Video Archive

Video recordings of past events are now available on our YouTube channel here.

LGBTQ Dynamics in Society and the Role of DE&I

Cone Park Branch Library 2801 E. University Ave., Gainesville, FL, United States

Feb 12th from 11:30 pm - 1:00 pm with Gina Duncan, Equality Florida's Regional Development Leader for Central Florida Please register by Monday, Feb 5th. ABSTRACT A discussion of LGBTQ rights and protections in society and in the workplace, the impacts of recent anti-LGBTQ legislation, and the pivotal role of DE&I initiatives in preserving an…

Innovations in Computing for the Social Good

Cone Park Branch Library 2801 E. University Ave., Gainesville, FL, United States

Jan 8th from 11:30 pm - 1:00 pm Please register by Monday, Jan 1st. ABSTRACT Society does not have a shortage of problems. As such, computing can be seen as an instrument to address many of society’s issues if only researchers could integrate technology with people, culture, policy and more. In this talk, Dr. Gilbert…

Fast and Furious: Florida’s Relentless Assault on Free Speech

Cone Park Branch Library 2801 E. University Ave., Gainesville, FL, United States

Nov 13th from 11:30 pm - 1:00 pm Please register by Monday, Nov 6th. Speaker Bio Bobby Block, Executive Director, First Amendment Foundation Bobby Block has had a four-decade career in journalism, including contributing to the Wall Street Journal’s coverage of 9/11, which earned a Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News in 2002. He co-authored the…

The “E” Word: Reframing and Understanding How Equity Impacts Everyone

Cone Park Branch Library 2801 E. University Ave., Gainesville, FL, United States

Nov 13th from 11:30 pm - 1:00 pm Please register by Monday, Nov 6th. Speaker Bio Dr. Dakeyan Chá Dré Graham, CEO and Founder of Re-Imagining Equity and Learning (R.E.A.L.), advocates for student, educator, and parent empowerment and opportunity as the Director of Educational Equity and Outreach for Alachua County Public Schools. He actively travels…

Communicating about climate change: Informing the public about the threats we face – and what to do about them.

Cone Park Branch Library 2801 E. University Ave., Gainesville, FL, United States

Oct 9th from 11:30 pm - 1:00 pm with Nathan Crabbe Florida is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change such as extreme weather and rising sea levels. But the way we communicate about climate change can increase divisions and make it more difficult to reach consensus on solutions. Nathan Crabbe, former opinion editor…

September Luncheon with Janet Coats

Aloft Hotel 3743 Hull Road, Gainesville, Florida

Sept 11th from 11:30 pm - 1:00 pm Presenter Bio Janet Coats, Managing Director of the Consortium of Trust in Media and Technology Ms. Coats has been at the forefront of the seismic shifts in journalism and information culture over the last 25 years. She’s led large multimedia news organizations, done groundbreaking work in civic…

How I Got Here and What I’ve Learned Along the Way

Aloft Hotel 3743 Hull Road, Gainesville, Florida

May 8th from 11:30 pm - 1:00 pm Presenter Bio Kay Abbitt, Alachua County School Board Kay Abbitt is currently representing District 5 on the Alachua County School Board. She taught in Alachua County schools for 10 years. She started a company that provided federally funded free tutoring to students in Florida and North Carolina…

The Winner of the Brechner Center’s Freedom of Information Award for 2023

Aloft Hotel 3743 Hull Road, Gainesville, Florida

April 10th at 11:30 - 1:00 pm Speaker Bio: Our eighth forum talk of this year will take place Monday, April 10th. The speaker(s) will be one or both of the winners of this year's Brechner Center for Freedom of Information Award winner. Format This year our meetings will resume being in person (with lunch).…

Student Speech Rights and Social Media: The Case of the Cursing Cheerleader

Aloft Hotel 3743 Hull Road, Gainesville, Florida

March 13th from 11:30 pm - 1:00 pm Presenter Bios Clay Calvert, UF Professor of Law & Brechner Eminent Scholar Emeritus Clay Calvert is Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida where until January 2023 he held a joint appointment as Professor of Law at the Fredric G. Levin College of Law and Brechner Eminent…

Is America ready for Voting Reform? The benefits of Ranked Choice Voting, and why it’s being adopted around the nation.

Aloft Hotel 3743 Hull Road, Gainesville, Florida

Feb. 13th from 11:30 pm - 1:00 pm Rank My Vote Florida was founded in 2019 by Florida citizens who were working on ranked choice voting in their own cities in Florida. The focus of Rank My Vote Florida is the statewide passage of RCV, while at the same time assisting efforts to get RCV…