Events Archive

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Speaker(s): Andrew O'Brien

In recognition of the tremendous contributions that America’s diaspora communities make toward the development of their countries of heritage, the Special Representative for Global Partnerships, Andrew O’Brien, lead a Diaspora Tour that across the U.S. The tour builds on the International diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA) partnership launched in 2011 by the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships (S/GP) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The tour came to UF's Pugh Hall Ocora on Sept. 10.

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Speaker(s): Bob Graham
Jon Mills
David Hart

Former U.S. Sen. and Gov. Bob Graham lead a review and discussion of the Florida water and land conservation amendment that will appear on the Florida ballot. The event included a panel featuring a pro/con discussion with Jon Mills, Dean Emeritus of the Levin College of Law and David Hart from the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Friday, April 11, 2014
Speaker(s): Dan Goldowitz

When an individual experiences trauma, it impacts every area of functioning — physical, mental, behavioral, social, and spiritual. Addressing trauma, especially in young children, will help to improve the long-term safety and well-being of a community.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Speaker(s): Robin Rudowitz

The Bob Graham Center for Public Service hosted a panel discussion on the economic impacts of Medicaid expansion on April 9 at 6 p.m. in UF's Pugh Hall Ocora.

Robin Rudowitz, Associate Director, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, is an expert on state and federal Medicaid financing issues discussed the financial implications of Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Speaker(s): Ananth Prasad

Ananth Prasad, Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation, joined with Graham Center Civic Scholars for a thorough and thoughtful discussion on the current state of Florida's infrastructure and what can be done going forward. The event was on Tuesday, March 25 at 6 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora. Secretary Prasad lead an insightful discussion on the current issues facing Florida's highway system, and how decision making is being pursued relevant to new projects.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Speaker(s): J. Hyatt Brown

Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and the Graham Center's Knight Fellow in Residence for Spring 2014, Hyatt Brown spoke at the Graham Center on Wednesday, March 19. Brown discussed a host of issues, including his experience in the Florida legislature as well as offering insights into his successful business career and how to utilize entrepreneurial skills in navigating international business.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Speaker(s): Roger Noll

Roger Noll, co-director of the Center for Regulatory Policy and professor emeritus of economics at Stanford University delivered a powerful presentation on The Future of Climate on Feb. 19 in the University of Florida's Pugh Hall. Noll has served on the advisory boards of the U.S. Department of Energy, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory. His talk examined the current and future consequences of global climate change and market-based approaches to creating sustainable energy policy.

Thursday, February 13, 2014
Speaker(s): Pam Bondi

Current Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi brought her experience and insight to the Bob Graham Center on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora. The event, as part of the Leadership Series, was be moderated by Bob Graham Center Director Dr. David Colburn. The open and flowing discussion covered a range of issues, including medical marijuana, healthcare, education, as well as personal insights as to why Attoreny General Bondi chose to run for office and her record.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Speaker(s): Bob Graham
Ed Braddy
Pegeen Hanrahan

Students interested in running for public office or who have an interest in learning more about the internal workings of political campaigns were provided an unique opportunity to hear and interact with three prominant and successful politicians on Tuesday, Feb. 4. Former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham, current Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy, and former Gainesville Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan discussed the ins and outs of political campaigning, what it takes to run for public office and the characteristics of a successful candidate to a large student audience.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Speaker(s): Derreck Kayongo

In 1979, when Derreck Kayongo was ten, his family fled the civil war in Uganda for a better life in America. Kayongo never forgot the experience of homelessness and living in a refugee camp, and today he has made it his mission to help save the lives of millions of children in developing countries, one bar of soap at a time.

Derreck Kayongo shared his experiences and inspired a large Gainesville audience on Tuesday, Jan. 28 in the Grand Ballroom at the Reitz Union.

Thursday, January 23, 2014
Speaker(s): David Garrow

Pulitzer Prize winning author David J. Garrow offered an intricate and fascinating perspective on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Garrow has written extensively on the civil rights movement. His book Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference won both the Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.  

The event was sponsored by UF African American Studies and the Bob Graham Center

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Speaker(s): Sergiy Balan
Paul D'Anieri

The Bob Graham Center for Public Service, in partnership with the Center for European Studies and the CLAS Dean’s Office, hosted a moderated discussion on the developments and recent anti-government protests in Ukraine on January 14 in the Pugh Hall Ocora. Sergiy Balan, a visiting Fulbright scholar in political science from Ukraine, was joined by Paul D'Anieri, dean of the college of liberal arts and sciences and research expert on the international and domestic politics of the Soviet Union, Germany and Ukraine.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Speaker(s): Speakers:

The Office of the Provost and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida jointly offered a two-day conference for faculty and administrators entitled Online Learning and the Future of Higher Education on Dec. 3-4.

Thursday, November 21, 2013
Speaker(s): Moderated by WUFT News' Bridget Grogan
WUFT News, in partnership with the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, as well as the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service presented "A Conversation on Human Trafficking" on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. The discussion was presented in three segments: An introduction to human trafficking in Florida, the Challenge of Criminal Cases, Raising Solutions. Program features content from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune's in-depth report, 'The Stolen Ones' (
Monday, November 4, 2013
Speaker(s): Panel Discussion

When an individual experiences trauma, it impacts every area of functioning — physical, mental, behavioral, social, and spiritual. Addressing trauma, especially in young children, will help to improve the long-term safety and well-being of a community. On Nov. 4 the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, the University of Florida’s College of Medicine and the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding hosted a panel discussion examining the impact of failing to properly address trauma and local efforts to become a Trauma Informed Community. Panelists included:

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Speaker(s): Will Weatherford

Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, Will Weatherford spoke at the Bob Graham Center as part of the Florida Leadership Series. Weatherford discussed a host of national and local issues, including the importance of civic engagement, term limits, the Affordable Care Act, education reform and online education, unemployment and poverty. The event was at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the Bob Graham Center in Pugh Hall.

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Speaker(s): David Finkel

David Finkel, currently the Enterprise Editor and Reporter for the Washington Post spoke at the Bob Graham Center on Thursday, October 24 in Pugh Hall. In discussing his latest book, Thank You for Your Service, Finkel delivered a powerful and moving talk focused on the harrowing conditions of soldiers in war and the sober realities of life after.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Speaker(s): John Bul Dau

John Bul Dau explores territory few can imagine—the depths of inhumanity and the boundaries of endurance. In 1987, at age 13, Dau fled his home in southern Sudan, narrowly escaping troops sent to exterminate all black Christian males. As his village was burned, women raped, children enslaved, and young men shot, Dau began a perilous journey spanning more than 1,000 miles and 14 years. This moving and emotional discussion was held on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the Rion Ballroom in the Reitz Union.

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Speaker(s): Jon L. Mills
Neil Chonin

Jon Mills, former Speaker of the Florida House and former Dean of the University of Florida's Levin College of Law, along with Neil Chonin, litigation director of the Southern Legal Counsel, discussed the upcoming landmark trial Citizens for Strong Schools v. Florida State Board of Education on Thursday, October 10 at UF’s Levin College of Law, Room 180. Chonin and Mills addressed the role of the courts in achieving quality and equity in Florida's public education system.

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Speaker(s): Preston Haskell

Former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham and entrepreneur and Knight Fellow Preston Haskell spoke at the Bob Graham Center on Thursday, October 3 at 6 p.m. in Pugh Hall. Haskell, founder and Chairman of the Haskell Company, is the Bob Graham Center Knight Fellow in-Residence for Fall 2013. The event featured Graham and Haskell discussing the importance of civic engagement and included insights both have learned about over long and distinguished careers.

Monday, September 30, 2013
Speaker(s): Stuart Eizenstat

Former ambassador and author Stuart Eizenstat presented his provocative analysis on how major geopolitical, economic, and security challenges are reshaping the Jewish world and its relationship with the United States. The event was held at the Bob Graham Center on Monday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. in Pugh Hall, and was followed by a book signing.

Monday, September 16, 2013
Speaker(s): Patricia Schroeder

Pat Schroeder was the first woman elected to Congress from Colorado in 1972. Schroeder quickly became an advocate for work-family and women’s issues, making her a key player in the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. She also ran for president in 1988. Schroeder brought her years of experience as a former member of Congress and politician to the Bob Graham Center on Monday, Sept. 16 before an audience of more than 125 people.

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Speaker(s): Regan Hofmann

An openly HIV-positive woman whose memoir was published in 2009, Regan Hofmann is an articulate and persuasive advocate for positive change in global health. Ms. Hofmann spoke to a crowd of more than 200 on Thursday, Sept. 12 in the Grand Ballroom at the Reitz Union.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Speaker(s): Stephanie Coontz

Stephanie Coontz gave a public presentation at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service in Pugh Hall titled: “Madmen, Working ‘Girls,’ and Desperate Housewives: Women, Men and Marriage in 1963 and 2013,” where she discussed her research into American family policy, women’s activism, and the history of marriage in the United States. The event also include a reception and book signing.

Monday, February 25, 2013
Speaker(s): Howell Raines

Howell Raines, former executive editor of The New York Times, will brought his years of experience in political journalism to the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at 6 p.m. on Feb. 25 at the University of Florida’s Pugh Hall. The program was being sponsored by The Hugh Cunningham Professorship in Journalism Excellence and the College of Journalism and Communications.

Monday, February 18, 2013
Speaker(s): Panel Discussion

A panel of medical professionals provided an unique and insider perspective in discussing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The event was held at the Bob Graham Center in Pugh Hall on Monday, Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. 

The panelists for the discussion will be:

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Speaker(s): David Campbell

David Campbell, political scientist and award winning author, brought his years of research and insights on the role of religion in American politics during a public presentation on Feb. 13 at the University of Florida’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service in Pugh Hall.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Speaker(s): Panel Discussion

As President Obama's second term begins, one of the more pressing issues facing the nation is immigration reform. Can all sides come together to craft a sensible solution? The panel discussion explored these issues and the possibilities for immigration reform in the current political climate.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Speaker(s): Panel Discussion

Marking and celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Morrill Act, which allowed for the creation of land-grant universities, was a panel discussion about the many challenges faced by UF in the past as it moves forward to the future. The program was held on Tuesday, Jan. 22 in Pugh Hall Room 170 at 6 p.m.

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Speaker(s): David Figlio

School choice and school accountability policies are designed to improve student outcomes by facilitating better matches between students and schools and by changing incentives for educators. However, the potential success or failure of these policies depends on the way they are designed.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Speaker(s): Susan MacManus
Daniel Smith

The Bob Graham Center hosted Dr. Susan MacManus and Dr. Dan Smith in a post-election wrap up discussion. MacManus and Smith brought their intricate knowledge of electoral politics and offered thought-provoking insight into the 2012 election season, making for a lively and riveting discussion. The event was held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 in Pugh Hall.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Speaker(s): David Frum

Political speaker David Frum brought his experience and insight of the American political system to the Bob Graham Center on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 6:00pm, which also included a special book signing after the event. Frum offered vigorous commentary about the upcoming election and why the current state of politics does not work, as well as answered questions from the audience.

Thursday, September 27, 2012
Speaker(s): Cheryl Little

Immigration advocate Cheryl Little presented a frank and engaging talk on immigrant rights and immigration issues facing the United States and what these issues mean for American society. The discussion was held at the Bob Graham Center on Thursday, September 27 beginning at 6:00pm. The event included an opening by former Florida Governor Bob Graham, and the question and answer session was moderated by Dean Paul D'Anieri, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Speaker(s): Jonathan Haidt

Jonathan Haidt discussed the moral foundations of politics and ways to leverage moral psychology to foster civil political dialogue on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. in Pugh Hall, before a crowd of over 300 people.

Widely recognized for research on the intuitive foundations of morality, Haidt uses moral psychology to understand hyper-partisanship in American politics. This work is the focus of his best-selling new book, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. His work draws consistent praise from both sides of the political spectrum.

Monday, September 10, 2012
Speaker(s): Marsha Ternus

Marsha Ternus, the former Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court, had a vibrant and interesting discussion on the increasing politicization of judicial elections and the impact that has on judicial independence, and the fairness and impartiality of judicial decision making. Ms. Ternus spoke before a crowd of over 80 people, on Monday, September 10 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Paramount Hotel and Conference Center in Gainesville. The event was sponsored by the Florida Free Speech Forum and the Bob Graham Center.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Speaker(s): Bob Graham
Lee Constantine

Former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham and Former Florida Senator Lee Constantine spoke at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service regarding the newly formed Florida Conservation Coalition. The event was Tuesday, April 3 at 6 p.m. in Pugh Hall. Graham and Lee discussed this new bipartisan initiative aimed at preserving the state's natural resources.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Speaker(s): Steve Bousquet

Journalist Steve Bousquet came to the Bob Graham Center to discuss and review the Florida State legislative session. Mr. Bousquet brought his insight and knowledge gained from his more than two decades working as a reporter to this frank discussion on what transpired during the legislative session this year. The event was held March 20 at 6 p.m. at the Bob Graham Center in Pugh Hall.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Speaker(s): Dr. Pedro Jose "Joe" Greer

One of the nation’s leading humanitarian-physicians spoke at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at 6 p.m. on March 13 at the University of Florida’s Pugh Hall.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Speaker(s): Aaron Williams

Aaron Williams, Director of the Peace Corps, spoke at The Bob Graham Center in Pugh Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 6:00pm. Williams discussed how the Peace Corps fits in today’s world and the importance of global citizenship. The event was co-sponsored by the UF International Center and the Center for Leadership & Service. Parking and the event are free and open to the public.

Monday, February 13, 2012
Speaker(s): Amira Hass

Amira Hass, a prominent Israeli journalist and author, mostly known for her columns in the daily newspaper Ha'aretz, spoke about her work in covering the Occupied Territories. She discussed how and why the Israeli occupation of the West Bank became a normal political reality for most Israelis, the implications of this perception, and some possible prospects for overcoming it. The event was held on Monday February 13, 2012 at 6:00pm at the Bob Graham Center in Pugh Hall.