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March 2019


Paul Ortiz
March 11th, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Humans are wired to be story tellers…that’s kind of the signature element of oral history…in a way it kind of goes back to if you had a grandmother or grandfather, you remember the power of the story that they told.

-Dr. Paul Ortiz, AAHP-055

Dr. Paul Ortiz is the director of the award-winning Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and associate professor of history at the University of Florida.

He is president of the Oral History Association for the 2014-2015 term. He has previously served as vice-president as well as chair of the nominating committee for the OHA. His publications include the Emancipation Betrayed (University of California Press) a history of the Black Freedom struggle in Florida, and Remembering Jim Crow: African Americans Tell About Life in the Jim Crow South (New Press) which went into its 4th printing in 2014.

He is the recipient of several book awards including the Lillian Smith Book Prize conferred by the Southern Regional Council & the Harry T. and Harriett V. Moore Book Prize bestowed by the Florida Historical Society and the Florida Institute of Technology. His forthcoming monograph is titled: Our Separate Struggles are Really One: African American and Latino Histories and will be published by Beacon Press as part of its ReVisioning American History series. He is also co-authoring the forthcoming book Behind the Veil: African Americans in the Age of Segregation, 1895-1965 with William H. Chafe.

Paul has published essays in a wide array of publications including Latino Studies, The Oral History Review, Radical History Review, Truthout, Against the Current, Southern Exposure and McClatchy News Services. He writes frequently for the popular press about African American and Latino histories and politics. He has been interviewed by ABC News, the Washington Post, the Hong Kong Daily Apple, BBC, Russia Today News, Agencia De Noticias Del Estado Mexicano, and Time on historical and contemporary social issues.

Paul serves on the international editorial boards for Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies as well as for Palgrave Studies in Oral History, Palgrave Macmillan Books. He has served as a Post-Doctoral Faculty Mentor for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation as well as for the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program.

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April 2019

The Joseph L. Brechner Freedom of Information Award is an annual $3,000 cash award, sponsored by The Brechner Center. The award recognizes excellence in reporting about freedom of information, access to government-held information, or the First Amendment.
April 8 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Please register by Thursday, April 4th.

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May 2019

Jodi Siegel, Executive Director, and Kirsten Anderson, Litigation Director

Southern Legal Counsel is a statewide public interest law firm based in Gainesville. We will discuss how we use the power of the law to change systems, safeguard liberties, hold governments accountable and end discrimination.

May 13th @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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September 2019

Frank LoMonte, Director, UF Brechner Center for Freedom of Information

The Joseph L. Brechner Center for Freedom of Information is an incubator for ideas and initiatives that give the public timely and affordable access to the information necessary for informed, participatory citizenship. Dr. LoMonte’s talk will focus on open government and FOIA law.

Sept 9th @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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October 2019

Alex Patton, political consultant and owner of Ozean Media

Oct 14th @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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November 2019

November 11th, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

For our November luncheon, winners of this year’s Buddy Davis Speech Contest will read their entries. The topic for this year’s contest is: Possible Solutions for School Gun Violence

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December 2019

Adam Friedman, founder of Voter Choice Massachusetts and John Severini, Information Technology Professional / Entrepreneur

Polling Data shows most Americans are moderate, our current plurality system is unhealthy, unsustainable, and divides us as a nation. 3rd party candidates don’t have a voice, and often play the spoiler candidate. This is not Democracy. RCV fixes both!

Dec 9th @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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January 2020

Prof. Ann Cristiano, Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications and the Director of the Center for Public Interest Communications at UF
Jan 13th @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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February 2020


Dr. Maggie Labarta former President and Chief Executive Officer for Meridian Behavioral Healthcare
Feb 10th @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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March 2020

Adam Playford deputy editor at the Tampa Bay Times
March 9th @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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