Events Archive

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Speaker(s): Cynthia Farrar

Cynthia Farrar, a scholar and civic entrepreneur from Yale University, spoke on Thursday, April 16 at the University of Florida’s Pugh Hall Ocora. Her lecture analyzed the history and theory of democracy in ancient Athens.

Monday, April 13, 2015
Speaker(s): Panel

Although the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred five years ago, the effects of devastation remain. A panel of experts convened  and discussed the continued impacts, recovery initiatives and lessons learned for future disaster and recovery efforts. The event was held at the Bob Graham Center’s Pugh Hall Ocora on Monday, April 13.Panelists included:


Monday, April 6, 2015
Speaker(s): Kamal Latham

How do you "do business" with the second largest economy in the world when political, economic, and cultural dynamics are quite different than those in the United States?  Kamal I. Latham - a former career diplomat at U.S. Embassy Beijing who helped negotiate a multi-billion dollar trade deal with China - provided an insightful discussion on forging "win-win” relationships with Chinese partners. Mr.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Speaker(s): Jimmy Carter

In a last minute switch, former President Jimmy Carter stepped in for his wife Rosalynn Carter who came down with a bug. The topic of the speech remained as planned, a discussion on mental illness. Presdient Carter spoke about his wife's book, “Within Our Reach: Ending the Mental Health Crisis.”  His speech was followed by a question and answer session, moderated by Dr. Nancy Hardt, professor and director for Health Disparities at the University of Florida College of Medicine.

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Speaker(s): Nathan Crabbe

The Gainesville Sun held a forum on land and water conservation, including a discussion of how state lawmakers are planning to spend Amendment 1 money.

The forum took place on March 19 at 7 p.m. at the University of Florida’s Pugh Hall.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Speaker(s): Martha Barnett

Former Florida Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham and legal pioneer and Knight Fellow Martha Barnett discussed the importance of civic engagement on Wednesday, March 18 in the Pugh Hall Ocora. Barnett, former American Bar Association president and retired senior partner at Holland and Knight, is the Bob Graham Center Knight Fellow in-Residence for spring 2015. Graham and Barnett will offer lessons learned over their long and distinguished careers.

This event was co-sponsored with Florida Blue Key.

Monday, March 16, 2015
Speaker(s): Terry Anderson

In March 1985, Associated Press reporter Terry Anderson was abducted off the streets in Beirut and held at the mercy of his Hezbollah Shiite captors. He lived for nearly seven years in chains wondering fearfully if each day would be his last. But his spirit soared beyond captivity, and he never gave up, nor did those who loved him. Now a free man and University of Florida lecturer, Anderson recounted his harrowing story of his survival, life after, and his perspective on journalism on Monday, March 16 in the Pugh Hall Ocora.

Monday, February 23, 2015
Speaker(s): David Lawrence
Vance Aloupis

David Lawrence and Vance Aloupis discussed the history and progress of the Children's Movement of Florida at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23 in the Pugh Hall Ocora.

The Children’s Movement is a non-partisan grassroots organization working towards the increased investment in Florida’s children during the first five years of life.

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Speaker(s): Paula McClain

This year's Forman Lecture on Race and Politics featured Dr. Paula McClain who gave a riviting discussion on the findings of her latest research, Black Americans and Latino Immigrants in a Southern City: Friendly Neighbors or Economic Competitors? The talk was on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora.

Monday, February 9, 2015
Speaker(s): Dan Mathews

Should PETA use sex and stars to sell a cause? Does PETA go too far in its campaigns? PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews gave a riviting talk at the Bob Graham Center on Monday, Feb. 9 in the Pugh Hall Ocora on the organization’s provocative tactics.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Speaker(s): Dr. Nancy Hardt

Dr. Nancy Hardt has dedicated decades to teaching hundreds of patients, medical students, political leaders and the community about the causes of health care disparities for children and families.

She was instrumental in the development of the Family Data Center, which brings multidisciplinary data sources into one secure dashboard.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Speaker(s): Kathleen Dupes Hawk and Adolfo Leyva de Varona
Dr. Lillian Guerra

The 1980 Mariel Boatlift episode was a profound event in American history as the state of Florida was forced to respond to the sudden arrival of more than thirty thousand Cuban refugees in Key West.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Speaker(s): Tessa Thompson

UF MLK Celebration is a campus-wide celebration honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his commitment to social justice through educational programs and service initiatives that are designed to empower individuals to leverage their strengths, passions, and talents to better the lives of others.

This year's Keynote Address was given by Tessa Thompson, the lead actress in Dear White People and Selma, on Wednesday, Jan. 21 in the University Auditorium. The theme for the event was " MLK's Legacy: The Voice of Women."

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Speaker(s): Panel

The Public Utility Research Center (PURC) at the University of Florida is an internationally recognized academic center dedicated to research and providing training in utility regulation and strategy.

On January 15 PURC and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service hosted a sustainability forum focusing specifically on the economics of sustainble energy. Three University of Florida Economics students presented papers on topics related to the economics of sustainable energy.

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Speaker(s): Conference Speakers

The University of Florida Office of the Provost and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service hosted a conference on Building Robust Graduate and Research Programs for the Future, which ran from Thursday, Dec. 11 through Friday, Dec. 12 at UF's University Auditorium.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Speaker(s): Lucy Morgan
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Lucy Morgan spoke at the Bob Graham Center on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. Mike Foley, master lecturer, College of Journalism and Communications, conducted a one-on-one interview with Morgan to discuss the importance of investigative reporting. Considered a "modern-day muckraker," Morgan discussed her experiences writing about lobbyists and politicians in Tallahassee and her work to expose social ills and corporate and political corruption.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Speaker(s): Daniel Smith
Susan MacManus

Two of Florida's most prominent political commentators, Susan MacManus and Dan Smith, discussed the results and implications of the 2014 elections at the Bob Graham Center on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. in Pugh Hall.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Speaker(s): Jennie Erin Smith

This fall, the College of Journalism and Communications launched its Science Journalist in-Residence program to bring some of the nation’s most accomplished science writers to UF.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Speaker(s): Hedrick Smith

Hedrick Smith spoke at the Bob Graham Center on Wednesday, October 29 at 6 p.m. in Pugh Hall. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter and editor and Emmy award-winning producer/correspondent, discussed the perspectives articulated in his best-seller, “Who Stole the American Dream.” The book is a startling and revealing portrait of the past 30 years of U.S. political and economic history. A book signing was held immediately following the event.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Speaker(s): MariaTeresa Kumar

The Hispanic Student Association, Students Taking Action Against Racism and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service hosted "I Am A Millennial: The Importance of the Youth & Minority Vote" on Thursday, Oct. 23 in Pugh Hall Ocora. A diverse group of panelists discussed the importance of the student vote in the upcoming midterm elections. Panelists included:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Speaker(s): Leonardo A. Villalón

On Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora, The Center for Global Islamic Studies, in cooperation with the Bob Graham Center for Public Service and the University of Florida International Center, hosted a panel discussion on ISIS and the Question of Islamic Militancy.

Monday, October 20, 2014
Speaker(s): Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz

The Pew Research Center’s 2013 Survey of  U.S. Jews has sparked widespread discussion about the current state of the American Jewish community and its future direction. The survey’s results paint a picture of a diverse community, with alternative signs of continuing cohesion, assimilation and division.

Monday, October 13, 2014
Speaker(s): Steve Baines

Steve Baines is Assistant Field Director for Religious Outreach of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation. AU works in the courts, in Congress and state legislatures, at the White House and in the arena of public opinion to address an array of pressing issues.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Speaker(s): Panel

The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa is breaking records as the largest epidemic of Ebolavirus in history.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the reports of more than 3,000 Ebola-related deaths may be underestimated. The first case to be diagnosed in the United States was recently reported on Sept. 24.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Speaker(s): Panelists:

The debate over medical marijuana is coming to the University of Florida in a panel discussion later this month.

The Pot Predicament: Is Marijuana Good Medicine? was held Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora.  It featured a lively panel discussion on Amendment 2, the proposed Florida constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Speaker(s): John Esposito

John L. Esposito, professor of Religion and International Affairs and of Islamic Studies at Georgetown University, spoke at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service on Sept. 18, offering the keynote address marking the opening of the UF Center for Global Islam.

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Speaker(s): Brian Calfano

Brian Calfano is a professor of political science at Missouri State University, policy advisor for the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission, and coauthor of a new and riviting book titled, God Talk: Experimenting with the Religious Causes of Public Opinion. Dr. Calfano brought his expertise on the intersection of religion and politics to the Bob Graham Center for a talk that focused on how religion drives political mobilization from various demographic groups, and new experimental methods organizations can utilize in seeking to drive political action.

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.