Seligman First Amendment Lecture Series

The Seligman First Amendment Lecture Series fosters dialogue about First Amendment issues and is made possible by a generous gift from the Jane G. and Fred K. Seligman Endowment.

former U.S. Senator visiting UWF
Senator Bob Graham speaks at the UWF Conference Center on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Sen. Bob Graham highlights governmental involvement

On Jan. 16, former Sen. Bob Graham,  an 18-year U.S. senator and an eight-year governor of the State of Florida, paid a visit to the University of West Florida. During his address he spoke about youth participation in America with governmental affairs.


Senator Bob Graham

January 16, “The Art of Public Dialogue” with Senator Bob Graham

Senator Bob Graham was the Honored Speaker at the Inaugural Event of the Seligman First Amendment Lecture Series

On January 16, 2018, the inaugural Seligman First Amendment Lecture Series presented Senator Bob Graham for an event entitled “The Art of Public Dialogue.”

During “The Art of Public Dialogue,” Drs. Kelly Carr and Jocelyn Evans, along with Graham, examined the role of partisan rancor, social movement, organized protest, civic space, and technology in shaping the character of public discourse over the last several decades. Panelists will discuss the importance of civic engagement, participatory politics, public debate, collective consensus building, space for dissent, and demonstration of mutual respect.  

About the Speakers 

For nearly 40 years, Senator Bob Graham was a public servant at the local state, and national level. As first a state legislator, then governor and finally a three-term U.S. Senator, Graham has had a role in nearly every major public policy issue in modern Florida's history. 

Dr. Kelly Carr is an assistant professor in the UWF Department of Communication. She explores Supreme Court decisions within their broader public contexts, focusing on arguments about affirmative action and academic freedom.

Dr. Jocelyn Evans is a professor with the UWF Department of Government and associate dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. Her recent scholarship addresses technology and political communication as well as the social meaning of civic space. 

About the Series 

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