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Debate: Are Tougher Punishments for Hate Crimes Just?


CLEVELAND: Robert Abrams of Shaker Heights High School and Justin Wedell of University School will debate the topic “Hate crime enhancements are unjust in the United States” at noon on Friday, March 14, 2008, at The City Club of Cleveland. This debate will determine the winner of the Annual High School Debate Championship.


Each year high school debaters from across the region vie for the opportunity to participate in this special event. The debaters square off in a Lincoln/Douglas-style format. Affirmative construction, cross examination, negative construction and rebuttal will all be strictly timed, and the participants are judged on logical, creative, and persuasive arguments.


Immediately following the debate, the winner and runner up will be presented with trophies recognizing their achievement in debate.


“The City Club is proud to host this annual event celebrating the talent of our local high school students,” says James Foster, executive director of The City Club. “The debates are always lively and the capabilities of the protagonists most impressive. We’re excited to give the students an opportunity to participate in the ultimate expression of free speech: The Annual High School City Club Debate.”


The Annual High School Debate Championship is sponsored by Baker Hostetler, in memory of Patrick Jordan.


Tickets for this City Club Friday Forum are $18 for members and $30 for non-members. Lunch is included. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. They can be purchased by calling The City Club at 216.621.0082 or visiting the website at www.cityclub.org.


The Sandwich Generation: Baby Boomer Caretakers

Jennie Chin Hansen, R.N., M.S., F.A.A.N., president-elect of AARP, will discuss the disproportionate impact of affordable healthcare and financial security among women who care for both their aging parents and their children at noon on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at The City Club of Cleveland.

Hansen serves on the Board Audit and Finance Committee, the Governance Review Committee, and the AARP Services, Inc. Board. She previously chaired the AARP Foundation Board and was vice chair of the Board Membership Committee and is the first boomer to become the organization’s president.

In 2005, Hansen transitioned after nearly 25 years as executive director of On Lok, Inc., a nonprofit family of organizations providing integrated and comprehensive primary and long-term care community based services in
San Francisco. On Lok is the prototype for PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly), which was signed into federal legislation in 1997 making this Medicare/Medicaid program available to all 50 states.


Hansen currently is teaching nursing at San Francisco State University and chairs a nurse leadership grant focused on acute care hospitals and safety at UCSF's Center for the Health Professions.

Hansen received her B.S. from Boston College and her M.S. from the University of California, San Francisco and has received distinguished alumni awards from both institutions.


Tickets for this City Club Special Program are $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Lunch is included. They can be purchased by calling The City Club at 216.621.0082 or visiting the website at www.cityclub.org.







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