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Organization Profile

Town Hall of Cleveland was formed in 1931, making it the nation's longest, consecutively running speaker series. It is a not-for-profit organization, registered under section 501(c) 3 of the IRS as an Ohio Corporation. The organization is managed by its trustees in the interest of public education and information.

Town Hall and Case Western Reserve University will partner for the 2013-2014 Season. This partnership reflects the goals of both organizations to bring education and information to Northeast Ohio.

Mission Statement

The mission of Town Hall of Cleveland is to educate and to inform, through an annual series of public lectures, an audience of attentive and active citizenry in northern Ohio, promoting no particular social or political agenda other than to enrich the depth and quality of the public discourse essential to a free society.


The meetings of Town Hall of Cleveland are open to everyone with a ticket. Among those who attend are persons from a wide range of business professions, civic activists, religious, social and labor leaders, artists, politicians, teachers and students. Seven lectures are held, between September and March, at 6:00 PM at the Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square Center.

2013-2014 Executive Committee

  • Mark Olson, Chairman
  • Daniel Plato, President and Treasurer
  • Russell Warren, Vice-President-Programs
  • Nancy Fierle, Vice President-Marketing
  • Bruce H. Akers, Vice President-Nominating
  • Beth Rankin, Vice President-Membership
  • William J. Spiker, Vice President, Legal
  • Nancy North, Vice President-Student Program
  • Kitty Butler, Past Chair
  • T. Martin Butler, Past Chair
  • Karen R. Kleinhenz, Past Chair
  • Kathy Friedrich, Secretary
  • Joan McCarthy, Administration

2013 - 2014 Speakers

  • Sept. 16, 2013: Doris K. Goodwin
  • Oct. 7, 2013: William F. Baker, Ph. D.
  • Nov. 4, 2013: Martin Jacques
  • Dec. 9, 2013: Capitol Steps
  • Jan. 27, 2014: Jeff Hoffman
  • Feb. 24, 2014: Michael Ruhlman
  • Apr. 7, 2014: Bob Woodward
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