Graham Center Presents First Public Lecture Series 

Graham Center Presents First Public Lecture Series 

September 27, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—The Bob Graham Center for Public Service has organized a lecture series on civic engagement this year as the first in what is to become a host of public events the Gainesville community can look forward to from the new University of Florida center.

The Graham Center Forum on Civic Engagement kicks off on October 4 at 7 p.m. in Dauer Hall’s Keene Faculty Center. Stephen Ortiz, an assistant professor of history at Bowling Green State University and a UF history alumnus, will present “Soldier-Citizens: Veteran Activism and the Expansion of the Twentieth-Century Veteran Welfare System.”

"I am very excited that Dr. Ortiz is able to kick off the forum,” said Michael Bowen, assistant director of the Graham Center. “His work on veterans and their political efforts is a case study in successful civic action.”

For Fall 2007, the central theme of the Graham Center Forum is civic engagement, highlighting the center’s mission of enhancing public leadership. The center plans to focus on rotating topics each semester, covering areas core to its mission of addressing issues related the Americas, homeland security, and public leadership and service.

"The Graham Center Forums are designed to bring noteworthy speakers to campus to discuss topics that will appeal to students in our Certificate in Public Leadership program,” said Bowen. “But they also are meant to appeal to the broader university and local communities. Each semester will have a different focus, allowing the center to bring in scholars and policy makers at the cutting edge of their disciplines, ensuring that the lectures are always timely and poignant.”

In addition to the October 4 event, upcoming lectures include:

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit



Michael Bowen, Assistant Director of the Graham Center for Public Service
352-392-2264 or


Heather Read

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