Clay Calvert

Clay Calvert, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication and director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, recently participated in the Cato Institute 16th annual Constitution Day Symposium in Washington, D.C. Calvert was part of the First Amendment Challenges panel discussion…

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Posted: September 26, 2017

Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project Director Clay Calvert was quoted in “Without Formal Complaint, Richard Spencer Will Not Be Able to Speak at UF” broadcast on Gainesville, Fla. ABC-affiliate WCJB-TV on Aug. 31. Calvert commented on UF’s decision to deny a request to rent space on Sept. 12 for…

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Posted: September 1, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project Director Clay Calvert was quoted in “’Calling Someone Transgender is Not an Insult’: Landmark Ruling in Richard Simmons Case” published on INTO on Aug. 31. In the article, Calvert argues that while there might be setbacks…

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Posted: September 1, 2017

Clay Calvert, director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, authored the column “When Controversial Speakers Come to Campus” published in the Tampa Bay Times on Aug. 25. In the column, Calvert addresses the recent request made by Richard Spencer, white…

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Posted: August 29, 2017

By Clay Calvert College campuses often are crucibles for free-speech controversies. The first eight months of 2017 were no exception, witnessing multiple incidents where conservative speakers like Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos drew opposition, anger and sometimes violence. So what happens when a controversial person – perhaps a non-student who…

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Posted: August 22, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project Director Clay Calvert is quoted in “ACLU Calls on LePage to Stop Censoring Posts to His Facebook Page” published in the Portland Press Herald on July 24. The article focuses on Maine’s Governor Paul LePage and…

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Posted: July 25, 2017

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications’ Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project was featured in “10 Overlooked Press Groups That Deserve Support,” published in the Columbia Journalism Review on July 14. In the article, Clay Calvert, Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication and Project director, comments on…

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Posted: July 17, 2017

  Clay Calvert, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication and director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, is the author of “First Amendment Lawsuit Says President Trump Can’t Block Twitter Followers He Doesn’t Like” published in The Conversation on July…

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Posted: July 12, 2017

Clay Calvert, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project director, was quoted in two national publications this week about First Amendment issues. In the article “Sarah Palin Files Convincing Lawsuit Against the New York Times Editorial Board,” Calvert comments on protected opinion in…

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Posted: July 5, 2017

By Clay Calvert President Donald Trump’s fondness for criticizing news organizations, “heckling journalists” and spouting points of public policy via his Twitter account is clear. News of his nomination of Christopher Wray to be the next FBI director, for example, came by tweet. His tweets carry the stamp of government…

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Posted: June 27, 2017

Clay Calvert, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project director, is quoted in “How Trump’s Attacks on the Media Turned Into Literal Attacks on the Media” published in The Wrap on May 26. Calvert comments on the effect President Trump’s bashing of the…

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Posted: May 30, 2017

“Catching Cops on Camera” was the theme of University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project Director Clay Calvert’s TEDxUF talk on April 1 at the Phillips Center in Gainesville. TEDxUF2017 featured nine speakers exploring the idea of transparency, sharing experiences and new perspectives…

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Posted: May 11, 2017