America’s Civic Square

As Cleveland takes center stage during the Republican National Convention, the Cleveland Public Library maintains a civic space for learning, exploration and thought-provoking discussions of today’s timely topics. Don’t miss these intriguing community conversations. Below is a full list of special events including panel discussions, brown bag talks, armchair chats and visits from special guests.

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Monday, 7/18

Tuesday, 7/19

Wednesday, 7/20

  • Immigration in America
    • 12pm at the Main Library in the Eastman Reading Garden
    • Hear from community leaders on the front lines of this topic as they discuss ways to ensure Cleveland’s legacy is one of inclusion and appreciation. Discussion participants include:
  • The Power of Presidential Determination in American Politics
    • 4pm at Carnegie West Branch
    • Our current President changed the course of United States history when he led the Democratic Party to pass the Healthcare Act we know as Obamacare. What would be the impact to our families and neighbors if healthcare is viewed as a privilege and not a right enjoyed by all citizens. Are there other perspectives that will be decided in America’s Civic Square?

Thursday, 7/21

  • Champions Debate the Headlines
    • 1pm at the Main Library in the Eastman Reading Garden
    • Regional Debate Champions take the stage to address some of the news items making headlines during this campaign season. From background checks for gun purchases to North Carolina’s “Bathroom Bill” to the requirement for all police officers to wear body cameras – we’ll be taking a look at what has the nation talking.
  • The Darkside of American Presidential Politics
    • 5pm at Rice Branch
    • Why does race still matter in the election of the United States President? Each generation explores its own heritage of division, bigotry and injustice on the road to the Whitehouse. We explore and share why the ancient concept of race continues to define our modern electoral traditions.