Equal Play: Will Women's Sports Ever Get a Fair Shake?

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Thursday, September 26, 2019
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$25-65

Women’s sports are ascendant. The fervor around the recent U.S. Women’s World Cup victory made it clear to anyone that had not been tracking the team’s dominance over the last several tournaments that greatness and commercial viability of athletics isn’t reserved for men’s sports. Locally, the WNBA Seattle Storm won its third championship in 2018, and was one of three teams in the league that has seen attendance rise year over year.

But it’s not all good news. The World Cup spotlight afforded the players a platform to highlight the inequity in pay, media coverage and sponsorships that plagues Women’s athletics. Many leagues struggle to survive, paths to professional careers are stunted, and even the most successful athletes are forced to play grueling schedules to earn a living, putting their health and careers at risk.

Join us as we consider the long road that has been paved by female athletes to get to where they are today, and the unique challenges women are working to overcome in sports at the collegiate and professional levels.

Crosscut Courage Awards

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Thursday, October 17, 2019
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Each year, the Crosscut Courage Awards Fundraising Breakfast recognizes those among us who have shown bold leadership and enduring courage, despite personal or organization risk. For the 2019 awards, we will be honoring leaders who have reached across social, cultural, political or ideological lines for the greater good. 

The Rising: Native Tribes Face the Existential Threat of Climate Upheaval

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Thursday, October 24, 2019
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Climate change is quickly altering the shape of the Northwest — its ecosystems, its organisms, its coastline. On the Olympic Peninsula, natural resources have supported several Native tribes for thousands of years. But facing declining fish stocks and an ocean in revolt, they are now facing what was previously unthinkable: moving from the place they’ve inhabited since time immemorial and relocating an entire village. The effects of climate change are leading some to assert Indigenous sovereignty, demand political action and support. For many, it’s simply a fight to remain in the place you call home and face the rising tide in the canoes of your ancestors.

We will convene tribal representatives and climate scientists to discuss the immense challenges the people of the coast face, ongoing efforts to adapt to those challenges, and what lessons society at large can take from Indigenous resiliency.

WTO: Did Everyone Lose the Battle of Seattle?

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019
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Twenty years ago this November, the world’s attention turned to Seattle where a meeting of the World Trade Organization was disrupted by thousands of protesters who filled the city’s streets. The conflict that followed shook Seattle and laid bare deep frustrations with the excesses of globalization and fears about the impact of free trade.

While it failed to stop the WTO, the three days of conflict did renew the power of grassroots political protest in the U.S. It set the course for Occupy Wall Street and other populist movements, and helped to shape the dialogue around economic equity in the 21st century.

Joined by prominent figures from the events, historians and today’s political analysts, we look back at the WTO with the benefit of hindsight to revisit those dramatic days, and to consider what the protests, responses and anxieties of those times may have foretold about our economic and political reality today.

Crosscut Festival 2020

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May 1 - 2, 2020

Join us May 1 & 2, 2020 for another weekend packed with unique programming and diverse panelists at the Crosscut Festival. 

Crosscut presents two days of thought-provoking conversations and innovative thinking, tackling the most important issues of our times. Journalists, politicians, authors, and newsmakers from our community and around the nation come together to take a hard look at the people, policy and events that shape our lives.