To launch its 100th anniversary, the City Club hosted a one-day conference on free speech Monday at Cleveland’s newly renovated Allen Theater.

Nationally renowned speakers explored the central issues facing free speech on the Internet, in politics, amidst the demands of national security and in the music industry.

The Keynote Speaker was Chairman of CBS News Division and Executive Producer of “60 Minutes” Jeffrey Fager.

“You can cover anything if you make it interesting and the American public is hungry for it,” said Jeff Fager.

Jeff Fager, Chairman of CBS News and Executive Producer of 60 Minutes knows. He’s among the latest to speak as a guest of the City Club of Cleveland.

The hallmark of The City Club is to hear a speaker and then the speaker takes questions from the audience.

The City Club is the oldest, independent, continuously operating free speech form in America, founded in 1912.

The City Club is in the midst of a year-long celebration of it’s 100th Anniversary. A Who’s Who have spoken to tens of thousands of people. Presidents including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush; Civil Rights leaders Julian Bond of the NAACP and Rosa Parks; politicans, Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, Former Vice-Presidents Dan Quayle and Dick Cheney and even Lt. Cornel Oliver North and hundreds more have been guest speakers at The City Club.

Journalist, Charles Michener, has been coming to The City Club for years. He has also spoken at the forum.

“I think it’s absolutely vital, particularly today when everything is so confused about speech with the internet, with the polarization and political discourse.”

“I’ve visited other cities, they have similar programs but nothing as unique as The City Club, nothing as authentic as The City Club.”

“When people can ask questions and get their questions answered immediately, it’s a great opportunity for all of us.”

Here’s to another 100 years City Club!

Article Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News

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