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
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
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
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.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Speaker(s): Jose Antonio Vargas
Jose Antonio Vargas, an award-winning multimedia journalist, is the founder of Define American, a new campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration. He's been a journalist for over a decade, writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country. Jose Antonio Vargas spoke at the Bob Graham Center in Pugh Hall on Monday, January 30th at 6:00pm. The event and parking are free and open to the public.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Speaker(s): Tavis Smiley
Dr. Cornel West
American families have been falling out of the middle class in record numbers and many folks are homeless and hungry for the first time in their lives. And that means more children are growing up in poverty than at any other time since the Great Depression.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Speaker(s): Reubin Askew
Former Gov. Reubin Askew, the leader who guided Florida through the civil rights era into the modern age, spoke at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service in an exclusive session looking at his life and legacy on November 14, 2011.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Speaker(s): Mary Ellen Klas
One of Florida’s leading political journalists shared her thoughts and perspectives on the upcoming legislative session and reflected on the current battles over redistricting at the University of Florida’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Speaker(s): Peter Bergen
Journalist, author, and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen spoke at the Bob Graham Center in Pugh Hall at on Wednesday, October. 12.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Speaker(s): Jane McGonigal
Jane McGonigal, PhD, is an expert on alternate reality games and a renowned game developer. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Speaker(s): Jeff Klinkenberg
Jeff Klinkenberg, an author, essayist and one of Florida’s leading newspaper columnists, discussed the profound cultural shifts occurring in the Sunshine State on Monday, Sept. 26 at the University of Florida’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Speaker(s): Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
Justice O’Connor discussed her groundbreaking work to advance civics education in Florida across several platforms, including a successful venture developing cutting-edge, digital civics games for young students.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Speaker(s): J. Glenn Morris
On the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks the Bob Graham Center for Public Service hosted a special session looking at what many experts consider the real possibility of biological terrorism – the next generation of weapons of mass destruction – and the threat faced by Florida’s major cities.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Speaker(s): Phil Angelides
At a time when the federal government and many state legislatures are grappling with mounting deficits and the risk of financial default, the Bob Graham Center for Public Service held an exclusive forum on Sept. 8 looking into the origins of the U.S. financial crisis.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Speaker(s): Kalpen Modi (Kal Penn)
On April 20, The Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida hosted a unique forum for 13 students to discuss some of the nation’s most pressing issues, including education reform, immigration and civic participation.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Speaker(s): Michael Sandel
Author and Harvard University Professor Michael Sandel brought his unique approach to examining the most hotly contested moral and political issues of our times to The Bob Graham Center for Public Service on March 22. He did an interactive talk that illustrated innovative approaches to thinking about controversial topics.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Speaker(s): Nicholas Kristof
Nicholas D. Kristof, one of the most respected columnists on foreign affairs working in the world today, discussed his work and his outlook for the year ahead during a special discussion at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service on February 28.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Speaker(s): Mike Haridopolos
In a Bob Graham Center exclusive, Senate President Mike Haridopolos offered an inside look at the upcoming 2011 Florida legislative session on February 10.