Apr 18, 15

Jane McGonigal, a leader in the growing movement to create online games that are socially conscious and rooted in real-world problems will be speaking in a special forum at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service on Oct. 4.

McGonigal, a world-renowned game designer, combines cutting-edge...

Apr 18, 15

Jane McGonigal is a video game designer, but she engaged a University of Florida audience Monday in a massive, real-life thumb wrestling match to illustrate the power of games.

More than 250 audience members linked hands for the match, forming one long line that stretched through multiple...

Apr 18, 15

After the death of Osama bin Laden, CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen declared that the war on terror was over.

He told a University of Florida audience Wednesday that the statement meant that bin Laden's death and the Arab Spring have pushed al-Qaida into irrelevance. “It's time...

Apr 18, 15

Former Gov. Reubin Askew said Monday that politics today is “meanness and money,” and a Constitutional amendment is needed to allow limits on campaign spending.

“The system we have for financing campaigns is obscene, and I don't use that word lightly,” he told a University of Florida...

Apr 18, 15

The noted activist, author and academic Cornel West will join protesters in Gainesville later this month as part of a nationwide push-back against the Supreme Court’s 2009 decision to allow corporations and labor unions to give unlimited amounts of money to politicians.

West, a professor...

Apr 18, 15

The University of Florida’s Bob Graham Center for Public Service has built a wall intended to bring people together rather than keep them apart. The Great Civil Debate Wall was unveiled this week at the Graham Center’s home in Pugh Hall.

The wall is a series of five touchscreen panels,...

Apr 18, 15

When it comes to civic engagement, the kids aren't all-right.

And they're particularly not all-right in Florida.

"We stink," former U.S. Rep. Lou Frey said last week.

That is a succinct summary of a report released by Frey's organization, the Lou Frey Institute of Politics...

Apr 18, 15

Israeli reporter Amira Hass says Israel denies them many rights.

Israeli journalist Amira Hass said she couldn’t get an Internet connection to file a story last week from the West Bank, so she made a short drive to Jerusalem.

She told a University of Florida audience Monday that...

Apr 18, 15

Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams said Tuesday at the University of Florida that he expects baby boomers, who made up the first wave of Peace Corps volunteers as young people, will return to the program or join for the first time as they retire in the years ahead.

"We welcome all ages...

Apr 18, 15

About 150 people gathered Tuesday night to hear a doctor and college administrator discuss national health care and how to improve it.

Dr. Jose Greer, assistant dean of academic affairs at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, said health care reform is...