It is known as a citadel of free speech. The City Club of Cleveland has served as a forum and proponent of the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution for a century. To celebrate its history, the City Club will hold a Conference on Free Speech Monday at the Allen Theater.
Planning for the event began almost a year ago.
“(The event) is a great example of the type of thing the City Club has been doing for a hundred years. We wanted to show the importance of the City Club to Cleveland and the world. It’s a place where people can come to have civil discourse on topics of concern, topics often debated in the country,” said event chair Jan Roller.
Monday’s keynote speaker is Jeff Fager, Chairman of CBS News Division and Executive Producer of 60 minutes. Throughout the day, experts in their field will explore issues of free speech related to the internet, politics, terrorism and the music industry.
The music industry has long been at the forefront of the battle to protect free speech. CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Terry Stewart says the broad base of rock and roll – including blues, metal, hip hop – has helped to expand freedom of speech over the last fifty years. “Sometimes I think that’s not understood. We think of it in the academic world, in the judicial world, publishing – but really, music has been at the forefront of the whole confrontation for a very long time. I think it’s important for everyone to understand the role that music has played . It’s something we celebrate in the museum on a daily basis.”
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