• Who.

    Ted Turner

    The fourth recipient of the award is Ted Turner. Robert Edward "Ted" Turner III, is an American media mogul and philanthropist. He is known for founding the cable news network CNN, the first dedicated 24-hour cable news channel. He also founded WTBS, which pioneered the superstation concept in cable television. As a philanthropist, he is known for his $1 billion gift, which created the United Nations Foundation, a public charity supporting UN causes. Turner serves as Chairman of the United Nations Foundation Board of Directors.

  • Congrats.


    1st Place:

    Victoria Hutchinson
    Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School

    2nd Place:

    Colleen Crayton
    Midview High School

    3rd Place:

    William Gyurgik
    Shaker Heights High School

    Next 17 Winners:

    Keon L. Abner
    MC2STEM High School

    Molly Clark
    Orange High School

    Tazrel Franklin
    MC2STEM High School

    Matthew Gauthier
    St. Edward High School

    Juan Guzman
    Orange High School

    Raiesha James
    Cleveland School of Science and Med

    Rachel Lieberman
    Orange High School

    Natasha E. Madorsky
    Cleveland Heights High School

    Aditya Nair
    Solon High School

    Bardia Rahmani
    University School

    Scott Remer
    Beachwood High School

    Zachary Schwartz
    Solon High School

    Jonathan A. Sender
    Beachwood High School

    Gwen Stephen
    Lakewood High School

    Olivia Sullivan
    Rocky River High School

    Kevin Tan
    University School

    Brei Tinsley
    Shaw High School

  • Who.

    Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health

    November 11, 2011

    John Dean, Former White House counsel for the Nixon administration

    April 18, 2012

    Jim Wallis, President and CEO, Sojourners

    April 26, 2012
  • Who.

    CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic

    president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

    Chairman of Rock Ventures LLC, Founder and Chairman of Quicken Loans Inc.

    Mayor, City of Cleveland

    president and CEO of PBS

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and President of KeyCorp

  • Who.

    CBS News, Chairman CBS News Division; Former Executive Producer 60 Minutes

    Political Analyst Fox News

    Fellow, Information Society Project at Yale Law School

    BBC's World Have Your Say

    Case Western Reserve University, Professor of International Law, Director of Summer Institute for Global Justice

    PBS, Washington Week, Managing Editor & Moderator, NewsHour, Senior Correspondent

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Vice President of Education and Public Programs

  • The City Club of Cleveland Presents: Citadel of Free Speech Award
  • The City Club of Cleveland Presents: 100th Aniversary Essay Contest
  • The City Club of Cleveland Presents: Encore Speaker Series
  • The City Club of Cleveland Presents: Centennial Gala Celebration
  • The City Club of Cleveland Presents: Conference on Free Speech
  • What.

    The City Club of Cleveland established an award to recognize a nationally prominent figure who has contributed significantly to the advancement and preservation of free speech. The award recognizes the achievements of the recipient as well as highlights The City Club of Cleveland's continuing interest in and support of free speech.

    Make reservations*
    *Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance of the event. Reservations will be held 15 minutes past start of program, such as 12:15 for noon programs. Reservations will then be open to standby ticketing.

    Friday Forum:
    $40 Member
    $60 Non Member

    Reservations Toll-Free at 888-223-6786 or locally at 216-621-0082

  • What.

    The right of free speech carries great weight and responsibility. Inspired and funded by our longest tenured members, Stanley and Hope Adelstein, the free speech essay competition engages our youngest constituents, as students from area high schools across the 7-county region (Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Erie, Portage, Medina and Summit) are invited to articulate a fresh perspective on... More →

  • What.

    Over the course of the past decade The City Club has had numerous local and national prominent figures speak from our podium. Throughout this celebratory year we will bring back a number of speakers from the past ten years who have made a notable impact at our podium. We'll hear what they now have to say on today's top issues.

  • What.

    The City Club 100th Anniversary will culminate with a Gala Celebration in October 18, 2012. The Power of Ideas² (which enhances the tradition started at our 75th Anniversary) is the theme of the event. Several prominent speakers will give short talks on topics related to free speech, current events or area of speaker expertise.

  • What.

    • Free Speech in the Age of the Internet
    • World Have Your Say: A Global Conversation on Free Speech in the Age of Terrorism
    • A Cleveland Conversation on Free Speech in the Age of Terrorism
    • Free Speech in the Political Arena
    • Free Speech in the Music Industry




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Guest Bloggers

  • Beth Sebian

    The value of being well-informed

    When I first moved back home to Cleveland, I attended a City Club luncheon featuring a panel discussion about the development of downtown Cleveland. I was hooked. I had just moved from DC and was worried that I had left behind the luxury of exposure to big ideas that I had encountered in other cities. I learned that day that Cleveland is a place thriving with ideas and vision, and people hungry... More →

    David Agnew
    Commentator, City Club

    At the Source

    As a (belated) prophylactic measure, the Obama administration has promulgated new computer security policies intended to forestall future leaks of classified information.   In light of the new policies and Espionage Act prosecutions of alleged leakers, we might well ask if the unauthorized disclosure window is that opened so swiftly is now beginning to close.  Seems unlikely, by the... More →

  • Will Hollingsworth


    I posted last week about the idea of the signal-to-noise ratio in social media. What interests me about social media (which is a phrase I'm suspicious of, if only because Facebook is more a megaphone than a medium) is that it's the test kitchen for free speech in the age of information overload. Those of my generation, to maintain our sanities, must tune out more information than our parents ever... More →

  • Jameel Jaffer
    David Agnew
    Commentator, City Club

    Welcoming Jameel Jaffer to Cleveland

    Jameel Jaffer, a leading crusader against state secrecy, will join our two-part panel in here Cleveland next Monday.  He'll chat first with our panel on BBC's World Have Your Say, which will live-broadcast from our stage at the Allen Theater, and then with our Cleveland audience about Free Speech and the War on Terror.    We're very excited to have him.  Mr. Jaffer had a significant... More →