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The City Club Raleigh National Public Affairs Forum, created in 2014, is a burgeoning national free speech and media platform where national speakers deliver messages of importance to the citizens of Raleigh, the state and the nation. The Forum engages City Club Raleigh membership, community leaders, the general public and the mass media with newsworthy events.


October 11, 2016
Speaker: Judy Woodruff, Co-Anchor, PBS NewsHour
Topic: The 2016 Election

Woodruff has covered politics and other news for more than three decades at CNN, NBC and PBS. In February 2016, she made history alongside Ifill serving as the first all-women panel to moderate a presidential debate. 

For 12 years, Woodruff served as anchor and senior correspondent for CNN, where her duties included anchoring the weekday program, "Inside Politics." At PBS from 1983 to 1993, she was the chief Washington correspondent for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. From 1984-1990, she also anchored PBS' award-winning weekly documentary series, "Frontline with Judy Woodruff." 

At NBC News, Woodruff was White House correspondent from 1977 to 1982. For one year after that she served as NBC's Today Show Chief Washington Correspondent. She wrote the book, "This is Judy Woodruff at the White House," published in 1982 by Addison-Wesley. Judy is a graduate of Duke University, where she is a trustee emerita.

Jun 16, 2016
Mexico Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Claudia Ruiz
Mexican official visiting Raleigh says countries stronger working together
Mexican secretary talks relationship, not walls in Raleigh appearance
American's Relationship with Mexico

March 31, 2016
H.E. Lukman Faily, Iraq Ambassador to the United States of America

Topic: Iraq - Current Challenges and Future

Bio: From June 2010 until May 2013, Faily served as Iraq's Ambassador to Japan. Prior to his assignment, he served as an Ambassador at the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Faily lived in the United Kingdom for 20 years, working in the Information Technology sector for several transnational companies. During his last 10 years in the UK, he held senior management positions in two major American companies, Ceridan Centrefile and then Electronic Data Systems, which is now part of Hewlett Packard. In addition, he held consultancy and team-leader positions in the Information Technology sector. 

While living and working in the UK, Faily was an active leader within the large Iraqi exile community and served as a trustee for several non-governmental Iraqi organizations. He also played an active role in opposing Saddam's dictatorship and advocated for democracy and rule of law in Iraq.

November 3, 2015
Carly Fiorina, Presidential Candidate 

Event: Meeting with Carly Fiorina which included the Forum Committee, North Carolina opinion makers, and political & community leaders. Ms. Fiorina provided a detailed presentation and Q&A session.

August 20, 2015 
Richard Burr, Senator and Chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

Topic: Where Are We Now in National Security

Bio: First elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994, Burr served five terms in the House and is currently serving North Carolina in his second term in the U.S. Senate. In the Senate, Burr serves as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and sits on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Finance Committee.Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, and raised in Winston Salem, North Carolina, Burr is a graduate of Wake Forest University. He also serves on the Board of Brenner Children’s Hospital and the West Point Board of Visitors.

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March 10, 2015
Inaugural Speaker

Thomas W. Ross, President of the 17-Campus University of North Carolina

Topic: The Future of Higher Education in the U.S.

Bio: Ross, who served as a North Carolina State Superior Court judge for 17 years, became president of the 17-campus UNC in 2011. Born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, Ross holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Davidson College (1972) and graduated with honors from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law (1975).  He also has served as President of Davidson College, executive director of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, a philanthropic organization devoted to improving the lives of the people of North Carolina and, early in his career, served as chief of staff in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Congressman Robin Britt.