Our annual Conversations series brings three events to campus that feature local and national leaders discussing current public service issues. Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming events!



Join us for our upcoming virtual Conversation "Is Seattle Becoming Ungovernable?" on Thursday, October 29th at 6:30pm

Citizens in cities across the United States are rising up in protest, and societal struggles that were already challenging to solve have been exacerbated by the events of this year. Seattle especially has experienced significant unrest, with recall petitions, souring mayor-council relations, calls to defund police, protests at councilmembers’ houses, and the US attorney general calls Seattle an “anarchist” city. All of this begs the question: is Seattle becoming ungovernable?

In this livestream conversation presented by Seattle University Institute of Public Service and Town Hall Seattle, respected journalist Joni Balter and professor Dr. Larry Hubbell engage in a discussion with local experts to consider this question. Seattle City Councilmember Debora Juarez and former Seattle City Council President — and mayor for five days — Bruce Harrell join Balter and Hubbell to examine the impact of the recent past, particularly the last six months, on Seattle and local government—and to consider a way forward as a city.

Cosponsored by Town Hall Seattle - visit for tickets and more information. This event is taking place on Town Hall Seattle's Digistal Stage.

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