Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

– First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States


Active since 1980, the Florida Free Speech Forum (FFSF) is a lecture series that provides a place in our community for open and constructive dialogue. The FFSF is an independent, non-affiliated organization dedicated to the rational examination of public issues.

FFSF talks are luncheons held on the second Monday of each month from September through May at the Wyndham Garden Conference Center (formerly the Paramount Hotel and Conference Center). Guest speakers are given 30 minutes for their presentation and another 30 minutes for questions. Views expressed by the speakers are not necessarily those of FFSF. Forum programs are recorded and rebroadcast on WUFT-FM and WJUF-FM at 3:00 PM on the last Saturday of each month.

Please register for the talks since seating is limited. The buffet luncheon is served at 11:30 AM, and presentations begin promptly at 12:00 PM. The cost of the luncheon is $18.00. Non-dining observers are welcome to attend at no cost.


Contemporary Trends In Media & Politics

Carl R. Ramey
May 9, 2016
11:30am - 1:00pm

From Kennedy-Nixon in 1960 to the presidential campaign of 2016, we’ve come a long way in candidate debates and the interplay of media and politics.  Carl R. Ramey, a retired Washington, D.C. communications attorney and regular opinion writer for the Gainesville Sun, highlights the major changes that have occurred and the challenges presented by this new media landscape.