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As the nation’s first graduate school to offer a Master of Public Service degree, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service encourages participation in the National Day of Service on Monday, January 16, to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Service is a core principle of the Clinton School, where students have completed more than 750 public service projects in Arkansas, the United States, and around the world. Our field service component places our students in challenging environments where they work with local leaders to build engaged and vibrant communities.
We hope you can join your fellow citizens in volunteer opportunities of your choice or the one listed below.
“A Day of Service – A Day On, Not Day Off,” hosted by the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission
Monday, January 16, 2017 at 12:00 Noon (Central High School, 1500 S. Park St., Little Rock, AR 72202)
The Arkansas MLK, Jr. Commission is pleased to announce the MEGA KINGFEST: “A Day of Service – A Day On, Not Day Off” community outreach project, which will take place at Noon on Monday, January 16, 2017 at Little Rock Central High School, 1500 S Park St, Little Rock, AR 72202. Immediately following, the Arkansas MLK, Jr. Commission will hold the “Service Component” of “A Day of Service – A Day On, Not Day Off” to feed the at-risk and other worthwhile service activities such as health screenings, job counseling, distribution of hygiene kits, and so much more. “A Day of Service – A Day On, Not Day Off” is free to attend and is open to the public. Doors open at 11:00 AM. The event will feature free food, free health screens, a vendor showcase and a kids’ zone. For more information, contact DuShun Scarbrough at 1-888-290-KING (5464).
This post was written by class one alum Joe Ballard, and was originally posted on Global Daily.
In 2015, the world’s leaders came together at the United Nations to set forth an ambitious agenda for ending poverty, protecting our planet, and promoting global prosperity for all through the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Although we just held our final Annual Meeting in September, the Clinton Global Initiative’s mission has been to turn powerful ideas into action. Since its founding by President Clinton in 2005, the Clinton Global Initiative has been driven by a simple, unifying principle: the time to work together and take action on the world’s most pressing challenges is now. CGI members have made more than 3,600 Commitments to Action, or a specific plan for addressing a significant global challenge – such as climate change, opportunities for girls and women, global health, or displaced populations. Globally, the lives of more than 435 million people around the world have been improved as a result of these commitments. What does this mean? It means increased access to safe drinking water and sanitation for more than 33 million people, more than 13 million girls and women reached through empowerment initiatives, nearly 35 million people with access to information technologies, and the protection or restoration of more than 401 million acres of forest.
We know the great opportunities that come with sharing and analyzing our data to learn as much as we possibly can about what worked (as we did in September 2014), what didn’t (as we saw in June in 2016), and what trends can be identified to help guide practices for the broader social sector. For example, we know that our most successful commitments were the result of cross-sector partnerships, where members of the CGI community leveraged their unique expertise, resources, and capabilities to combine efforts and maximize impact.
As the Clinton Global Initiative convened its final Annual Meeting this year, and with the dawn of a new era in development, Corporate Social Responsibility, and philanthropy through the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, we asked ourselves: what have CGI commitments done in service of these goals through the years?
Our commitments data team poured through the data and categorized every commitment ever made through CGI to form our new report, “Analysis of Commitment Portfolio Alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.” Each commitment was designated a primary affiliation with one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
We gleaned a few insights that we believe can be helpful to the broader development community and social impact space.
You don’t need to recreate the wheel
There is a tremendous amount of work that can be built upon and advanced – and CGI commitments are a good place to start if you’re looking to make a difference. Over the years, CGI members have worked to achieve many of the same targets adopted by the SDGs with a particular focus on quality education (SDG 4), economic growth (SDG 8), and good health and well-being (SDG 3). As a result of CGI commitments, more than 52 million children have access to a better education; more than $1.6 billion has been invested or loaned to small- and medium-sized enterprises; more than 114 million people have increased access to maternal and child health and survival programs; and more than $318 million in research and development funds has been spent on new vaccines, medicines, and diagnostics. Commitments focused on these areas comprise over 50% of our portfolio – and are a good place to look to glean lessons from the field moving forward.
Create a clear focus that fits with the mission of your organization or central goal
When CGI defined a clear focus – such as Haiti, Ebola, refugees, youth unemployment, or oceans – the number of commitments in service of that focus increased. For example, after forming the CGI Oceans Action Network in 2013, the number of commitments aligned with SDG 14 on life below water increased substantially – generating 31 commitments specifically dedicated to this single issue area (with overlap across other various commitment areas). As a result, CGI commitments like “Blue Guardians” and the “Billion Oyster Project” are protecting our oceans, seas and rivers, increasing coastal resiliency to climate change, and improving marine and fisheries conservation efforts.
Partnerships are critical – and more are necessary
In 2014, the Commitment Portfolio Analysis discovered that completed commitments that were implemented by multiple organizations working in partnership exceeded their goals, while projects implemented by a single organization generally fell short of their targets. We recently released a new case study, “Engaging Smallholder Farmers in Value Chains: Emerging Lessons,” on how the power of partnerships have positively impacted smallholder farmers and supply chain management. And, we identified a set of promising practices for all organizations looking to form new or strengthen existing partnerships.
Understanding how CGI commitments have aligned with the broader agenda laid out in the Sustainable Development Goals helps us identify how more of the world’s leading companies, nonprofits, and governments can come together to create meaningful change. You can read more about our report on the topic here.
Photo Credit: Juliana Thomas / Clinton Global Initiative.
COMMAND AND CONTROL, a new documentary thriller about the real events that occurred at a Titan II missile complex in Arkansas in September 1980 will air on PBS Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 9/8c.
Directed by Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) and based on the critically acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), COMMAND AND CONTROL is a minute-by-minute account of a chilling nightmare that plays out at a Titan II missile complex in Arkansas in September, 1980. A worker accidentally drops a socket, puncturing the fuel tank of an intercontinental ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead in our arsenal, an incident which ignites a series of feverish efforts to avoid a deadly disaster. Putting a camera where there was no camera that night, Kenner brings this nonfiction thriller to life with stunning original footage shot in a decommissioned Titan II missile silo. Eyewitness accounts — from the man who dropped the socket, to the man who designed the warhead, to the Secretary of Defense — chronicle nine hours of terror that prevented an explosion 600 times more powerful than Hiroshima.
COMMAND AND CONTROL premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last April.
“The events of 1980 in Damascus, Arkansas, strike close to home, especially because AETN headquarters is less than 30 miles away from the site of the disaster,” said AETN Executive Director Allen Weatherly. “I had the opportunity to read the book the film is based upon and found the history riveting. We expect the same reaction to this superb film. AETN is excited to have ‘Command and Control,’ and the American Experience team, in our state to include Arkansans in the conversation to understand the events that took place in this shocking story.”
On the evening of September 18, 1980, Airmen David F. Powell and Jeffrey L. Plumb were performing routine maintenance at the Titan II silo in Damascus, Arkansas. At the age of 21, Powell was considered a highly experienced missile technician; Plumb, who had just turned 19, was still in training. As the two stood on a platform near the top of the Titan II, a socket fell from Powell’s wrench, plummeted 70 feet and, shockingly, punctured the missile. A stream of highly explosive rocket fuel began pouring into the silo.
Nothing like this had ever happened to a Titan II before and the Air Force had no procedures in place to deal with the event. For the next eight hours, the leadership of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) frantically struggled to figure out how to prevent a massive explosion and retain control of the thermonuclear warhead — a weapon so powerful that it could destroy much of Arkansas and deposit lethal radioactive fallout across the East Coast.
Woven through the Damascus story is a riveting history of America’s nuclear weapons program, from World War II through the Cold War, much of it based on recently declassified documents. A cautionary tale, COMMAND AND CONTROL forces viewers to confront the great dilemma that the U.S. has faced since the dawn of the nuclear age: How do we manage weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them?
For additional information about the screenings, please visit www.commandandcontrolfilm.com/screenings.
About the Filmmakers
A Robert Kenner Films production for American Experience
|Directed by||Robert Kenner|
|Screenplay by||Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser|
|Story by||Brian Pearle and Kim Roberts|
|Based on the Book||Command and Control by Eric Schlosser|
|Produced by||Robert Kenner, Melissa Robledo, Mark Samels, and Eric Schlosser|
|Edited byDirectors of Photography
|Kim Roberts, A.C.E.Paul Goldsmith and Jay Redmond
American Experience is a production of WGBH Boston
|Senior Producer||Susan Bellows|
|Managing Director||James E. Dunford|
|Executive Producer||Mark Samels|
Robert Kenner (Producer/Director/Co-Writer) has won an array of awards and garnered rave reviews for his documentary work exposing some of today’s least addressed, yet critical social and environmental issues. His film Food, Inc. was nominated for an Academy Award and won two Emmys. His most recent documentary, Merchants of Doubt, inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, lifted the curtain on a secretive group of pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities — yet whose contrary aim is to spread maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change. Kenner received Peabody, Emmy and Grierson Awards for his American Experience film Two Days in October, an examination of two key events during the Vietnam conflict and how they shaped Americans’ views of the war. Other films for American Experience include Influenza 1918, John Brown’s Holy War and War Letters. Kenner was also co-filmmaker with Richard Pearce on The Road to Memphis for Martin Scorsese’s series The Blues. He has directed a number of specials for HBO and National Geographic, including the award-winning Don’t Say Goodbye. Kenner has also directed a number of award-winning commercials and corporate videos for eBay, Hewlett Packard, Hallmark and others.
As an investigative journalist, Eric Schlosser (Producer/Co-Writer) tries to explore subjects ignored by the mainstream media and give voice to people at the margins of society. Schlosser’s first book, Fast Food Nation (2001), helped start a revolution in how Americans think about what they eat. It has been translated into more than 20 languages and remained on The New York Times best-seller list for two years. His second book, Reefer Madness (2003), looked at America’s thriving underground economy and was also a New York Times best-seller. Command and Control (2013) was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize (history), a New York Times Notable Book and best-seller, a Time Magazine Top 10 Nonfiction Book and won the Gold Medal Award (nonfiction) from the 2013 California Book Awards. An expanded version of Schlosser’s New Yorker article, “Break-In at Y-12,” was recently published as Gods of Metal (2015) in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. Gods of Metal explores the risk of nuclear terrorism by telling the story of three Catholic pacifists who broke into one of the most heavily guarded nuclear weapons facilities in the world. His next book is about the American prison system.
Two of Schlosser’s plays, Americans (2003) and We the People (2007), have been produced in London. He served as an executive producer of the films Fast Food Nation (2006), There Will Be Blood (2008), Food Chains (2014) and Hanna Ranch (2014), and as a co-producer of the Oscar-nominated documentary Food, Inc.
Mark Samels (Producer/Executive Producer of American Experience). As executive producer of PBS’ flagship history series, Mark Samels conceives, commissions and oversees all American Experience films. Samels has overseen more than 120 films, expanding both the breadth of subjects and the filmmaking style embraced by the series, allowing for more contemporary topics and more witness-driven storytelling. Beginning his career as an independent documentary filmmaker, he held production executive positions at public television stations in West Virginia and Pennsylvania before joining WGBH. Samels is a founding member of the International Documentary Association and has served as a governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Samels holds honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Emerson College and Elizabethtown College.
About American Experience
For more than 28 years, American Experience has been television’s most-watched history series. The series has been hailed as “peerless” (The Wall Street Journal), “the most consistently enriching program on television” (Chicago Tribune) and “a beacon of intelligence and purpose” (Houston Chronicle). On air and online, the series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. Acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, American Experience documentaries have been honored with every major broadcast award, including 30 Emmy Awards, four duPont-Columbia Awards and 17 George Foster Peabody Awards; the series received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Documentary Feature in 2015 for Last Days in Vietnam. Visit pbs.org/americanexperience and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to learn more.
Exclusive corporate funding for American Experience provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance. Major funding provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Additional funding for “Command and Control” provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers. American Experience is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston.
Additional funding for a national impact campaign for “Command and Control” provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York.
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“Looking Ahead to 2017: A Preview of the Upcoming Legislative Session”
Friday, January 6, 2017 at 12:00 noon (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with Arkansas Public Media
– This past election cycle was one of the most interesting and closely followed in recent history. “Looking Ahead to 2017” will feature a panel discussion that will focus on important issues impacting citizens of Arkansas at the local, state, and federal level, including healthcare, energy production, the justice system, and education reform. With more citizens interested and engaged in the political process than ever, community discussions about Arkansas’s future have never been more important. The upcoming legislative session begins Monday, January 9. Panelists for the discussion will include Senator Bart Hester (R), Senator Joyce Elliott (D) and Dr. Jay Barth.
“The 2016 Election Aftermath and What Comes Next,” Gabriel Debenedetti, political reporter for POLITICO
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 12:00 noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Gabriel Debenedetti is a political reporter for POLITICO. Before joining the magazine in 2015, he spent three years covering national politics for Reuters in Washington and New York. A New Jersey native, Debenedetti graduated from Princeton University, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Daily Princetonian.
“Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up: Harnessing Real-World Experience for Transformative Change,” Anthony Flaccavento
Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with Heifer International *Book signing to follow
– Anthony Flaccavento has been farming for the past 23 years in the Appalachian region of Virginia, and working on sustainable economic development for more than three decades. His consulting firm, SCALE, works with communities around the nation and world to build healthier food systems and stronger, more diverse local economies, including work in Arkansas with Heifer International, the Root Cafe and a farmers cooperative. In his recent book, Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up, he describes many examples of communities – including rural, small town and urban areas – that are building sustainable economies from the bottom up while also generating community capital, increasing civic dialogue, and fostering sustainability efforts.
“The Real Reason Behind the Refugee Crisis,” a panel discussion and photography exhibition
Friday, January 13, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with the United States Holocaust Museum
– Since its outbreak in March, 2011, the conflict in Syria has cost the lives of more than 400,000 people, displaced more than 11 million, and involved numerous atrocities and crimes against humanity. What began as a democratic uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime has transformed into a violent struggle between local, national, regional, and international forces. In August, 2013, a police photographer, code-named Caesar, smuggled 53,275 photographs out of Syria. The images have been touted by Western officials as clear evidence of war crimes. The pictures, most of them taken in Syrian military hospitals, show corpses photographed at close range, and virtually all of the bodies—thousands of them—show signs of torture. Join us for a panel discussion and photo exhibition featuring Stephen Rapp, former US ambassador-at-large for global criminal justice; Jim Hooper, former managing director of the Public International Law and Policy Group; and Mouaz Moustafa, executive director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force.
“Southern Fried: Going Whole Hog in a State of Wonder,” Rex Nelson
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
– For decades, Rex Nelson has been traveling Arkansas. He learned to love the back roads, small towns, and people of the state while going on trips with his father, who sold athletic supplies to high schools. They sat in old Depression-era gyms built by the Works Progress Administration, ate in small-town cafes, and waded in streams on warm spring days. Throughout his career as a sportswriter, political writer, senior staff member in the governor’s office, presidential appointee to the Delta Regional Authority, and now corporate communications director for Simmons Bank, Nelson has written millions of words about Arkansas and its people. In this collection of columns from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Nelson brings to life the personalities, communities, festivals, and tourist attractions that make Arkansas unique.
“A Town Hall with Rock Region Metro”
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with the Rock Region Metro
– The discussion will center on public transit and associated concepts. Rock Region Metro wants to hear from local citizens about what they want to see in our community, what concerns they have, and what actions they would like to see the agency undertake to help move their vision forward.
“Sister Act,” a panel discussion
Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre
– After witnessing a violent crime committed by her mobster boyfriend, flamboyant lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier is placed deep undercover in the witness protection program. Posing as a young nun in a convent, she struggles to fit in with the Mother Superior’s strict rules and regulations. Sharing her love for music, she injects modern panache into the choir’s stodgy performances. This soon turns their struggling church on its head and teaches the sisters the meaning of soul, and in return, they teach her the meaning of community. Based on the 1992 movie of the same name, Sister Act will be showing at The Arkansas Repertory Theatre until February 26, 2017. We invite you to join the cast and crew for a panel discussion about this production and more.
The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service Center on Community Philanthropy will welcome Scholar in Residence Robin D. Ferriby, Vice President of Philanthropic Services at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, February 27-March 3, 2017.
Ferriby is vice president for the Foundation for Detroit’s Future, an organization that administers and oversees the “Grand Bargain” that resulted in Detroit’s exit from bankruptcy. He graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law and holds an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. Today, his philanthropic leadership at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan includes responsibility over new gifts, donor stewardship, professional advisor relationships, new market and product development, philanthropic planning for individuals, families, and businesses, and foundation relationships.
During his residency, Ferriby will interact with students and faculty at the Clinton School of Public Service and Bowen School of Law as well as the wider community. He will write an essay on community philanthropy and will present his work on Friday, March 3 at 12:00 noon as a part of the Speaker Series at the University of Arkansas Clinton School.
The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has named the members of a team which will compete in Policy Solutions Challenge USA, a national competition policy competition. The 2017 team is made up of two second-year students, Stacy Cox and Thurman Green, and three first-year students, Paxton Richardson, Caitlin Campbell, and Tony Nickerson. The team will be coached by Assistant Professor Dr. Warigia Bowman.
Policy Solutions Challenge USA is a national competition among teams of students from U.S. schools of public policy, public affairs and public administration to develop innovative solutions to the most important policy problems facing the country, and the first round begins on January 9, 2017. This is the fifth year the Clinton School has competed. The team has advanced to nationals twice, placing second in 2013 and third in 2016. This year’s topic is providing safe and affordable housing for low income workers.
Thurman Green, a second-year student who participated in the Policy Solutions Challenge in 2016, will serve as team captain for this year’s team. “The Policy Solutions Challenge provides another opportunity for this team to apply skills learned from the Clinton School curriculum to solving a real policy problem,” said Green. “This competition is a great way to gain valuable policy writing experience on an issue of national importance.”
Every year, the teams will present their analyses and recommendations regarding the same topic in three rounds of competition. The first round will select 12 semifinalists from among all entries, and six of the semifinalists will be selected in the next round to attend the national finals to be held March 2017 in Washington, DC. Expert reviewers, drawn from leading policy analysis organizations, will select the semifinalists and finalists. A separate panel of expert judges will participate in person at the national finals.
On November 29, 2016 the United States Commission on Civil Rights announced the appointment of 14 members to the State of Arkansas Advisory Committee, including Dr. Warigia Bowman, an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, as chair. Bowman teaches courses in research methods and global development at the Clinton School.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with advising the President and Congress on civil rights matters and issuing a federal civil rights enforcement report. It was created by the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Since then, Congress has reauthorized or extended the legislation creating the Commission several times; the last reauthorization was in 1994 by the Civil Rights Commission Amendments Act of 1994. Since its inception in 1957, the United States Commission on Civil Rights has been at the forefront of efforts by the Federal Government and state governments to examine and resolve issues related to race, ethnicity, religion and, more recently, sexual orientation.
The Commission, by Congressional mandate, establishes Advisory Committees in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Advisory Committee members conduct reviews and produce reports and recommendations concerning local civil rights issues, including justice, voting, discrimination, housing, education, and other important themes. Appointees to the Committees serve four-year terms and are unremunerated.
Other committee members include Ericka Benedicto, Little Rock; Mike Cantrell, Jacksonville; Jimmy Cline, Benton; Diana Gonzalez Worthen, Springdale; Valerie Hunt, Fayetteville; Carol Johnson, Hot Springs; Xavier Medina, Fayetteville; Josh Mostyn, Rogers; Cynthia Nance, Fayetteville; Lee Rudofsky, Bentonville; Robert Steinbuch, Little Rock; Sean Teuton, Fayetteville; and Brian Vandiver, Little Rock.
Previous reports by the Arkansas Advisory Committee include Who is Enforcing Civil Rights in Arkansas? Is there a Need for a State Civil Rights Agency (2001) and Guarding Civil Rights in Arkansas: The Need for a State Civil Rights Agency (2015).
Bowman hopes to expand the scope of the discussion about civil rights in Arkansa. “This is an amazing opportunity to shine a light on key issues facing our state,” Bowman said. Under her tenure, Bowman hopes to use the Arkansas Advisory Committee as a mechanism to listen and respond to the voices of citizens in rural as well as urban areas on the most pressing civil rights issues facing them.
The Rotary Foundation named two new Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholars at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, first-year students Darlynton Adegor and Vinay Raj.
Each student has received a scholarship of $40,000 that can be used to cover academic and travel costs associated with the Clinton School program.
Adegor is from Delta, Nigeria and is a graduate of Lagos State University and the Nigerian Law School. He has worked as a lawyer with the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
Raj is from Chennai, India and is a graduate of the University of Madras. He received a Master of Public Health Degree from the Fay Boozman College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a Ph.D. in bioinformatics from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
“We are most grateful to Rotary for awarding these prestigious scholarships to two outstanding Clinton School students,” said Clinton School Dean James L. “Skip” Rutherford III. “Rotary’s commitment to service throughout Arkansas, America and the world is appreciated and serves as an ongoing positive example for others.”
Adegor and Raj join previous Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholars from the Clinton School, Demas Soliman of Alexandria, Egypt and Arjola Limani of Tirana, Albania.
The sponsor of the grant is Rotary District 6150, that includes parts of central and northeast Arkansas, and District Governor Paul Ford in cooperation with 12 Rotary Districts in the United States.
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“A Christmas Story,” a panel discussion with The Rep
Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 12:00 noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Based on the memoirs of Jean Shepherd, the 1983 film A Christmas Story has become a modern holiday classic. This winter, live at The Rep, enjoy Ralphie’s misadventures as his family struggles to enjoy an All-American Christmas on the brink of World War II. Armed with an overactive imagination and the wide-eyed optimism of childhood, he creates fantastic schemes to guarantee that he will find a BB gun under the tree, which backfire with hysterical results. In the end, nothing can defeat the spirit of Christmas when you are surrounded by a family who loves you, warts and all. We invite you to join the cast and crew for a panel discussion about this production and more.
“Honors College Forum: Tracking Trump and Hillary”
Friday, December 2, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– Students from the University of Arkansas Honors College will discuss lessons learned over the past semester. They participated in a one-hour course with faculty experts whose research touched on the presidency and the media. The course focused on each campaign and featured faculty experts addressing different aspects of the election (labor, populism, debate, economics, internationalism, gender, race, immigration, regionalism, polling, etc.).
“Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS,” Joby Warrick, 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
– In his new book, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Joby Warrick, traces how the strain of militant Islam behind ISIS first arose in a remote Jordanian prison and spread with the unwitting aid of two American presidents. When the government of Jordan granted amnesty to a group of political prisoners in 1999, it little realized that among them was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a terrorist mastermind and soon the architect of an Islamist movement bent on dominating the Middle East. In Black Flags, an unprecedented character-driven account of the rise of ISIS, Joby Warrick shows how the zeal of this one man and the strategic mistakes of Presidents Bush and Obama led to the banner of ISIS being raised over huge swaths of Syria and Iraq. Drawing on unique high-level access to CIA and Jordanian sources, Warrick weaves moment-by-moment operational details with the perspectives of diplomats and spies, generals and heads of state, many of whom foresaw a menace worse than al Qaeda and tried desperately to stop it.
Bishop Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church
Monday, December 12, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry was installed as the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church on November 1, 2015 and was elected and confirmed at the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, UT, on June 27, 2015. He is the Chief Pastor and serves as president and CEO of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and chair of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church. Presiding Bishop Curry has a national preaching and teaching ministry, having been featured on The Protestant Hour and as a frequent speaker at conferences around the country. He has authored numerous publications including columns for the Huffington Post and the Baltimore Times. His most recent book, Songs My Grandma Sang, was published in June 2015; Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus was his first book, in August 2013.
Sustainability, Innovation, and Technology Deployment in Higher Education
Monday, December 12, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
– This panel of sustainability leaders in higher education will explore how universities are stimulating innovation in the field of clean technology research, applications, and deployment globally. Presenters will discuss best practices for leveraging resources of higher education to pioneer new solutions for global sustainability.
Bridging the Gap: Public-Private Initiatives in Technology Demonstration and Verification and its Role in Cleantech Commercialization and Deployment
Monday, December 12, 2016 at 3:30 p.m.
– Panelists will share insights into public and private sector initiatives and inter-agency collaboration in the deployment of clean technologies to encourage the ultimate commercialization of innovations and the adoption of impactful technologies by end users. The focus will be on real world demonstration programs and how they support commercialization and bridge the gap between technology development initiatives and sustainability evaluations occurring at universities and startup companies and the real world.
Foundations as Mission Investors
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (Heifer Village)
– As part of the Global Solutions Summit, this session will involve leaders of the Mission Investors Exchange and Foundations, which encourage the development of new investment tools to direct foundation endowment investing into funds, companies, and projects, which have or utilize technology deployment to further the missions of the Foundations involved.
Melanie Audette – Senior Vice President, Mission Investors Exchange
Ardyth Neil – President, Heifer Foundation
Andrea Dobson – COO/CFO, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Bert van der Vaart – CEO, Small Enterprises Assistance Funds
Willy Foote – CEO, Root Capital
Mildred Callear – CFO, U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Michael Skelly, founder and president of Clean Line Energy
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. (The Innovation Hub)
– Michael Skelly is the founder and president of Clean Line Energy. He founded the company with the hope that Clean Line’s projects will bring about thousands of megawatts of new renewable energy projects. Prior to founding Clean Line, Skelly led the development of Horizon Wind Energy from a two-man company to a leadership position in the U.S. wind industry. Before Horizon, Skelly developed thermal, hydroelectric, biomass and wind energy projects in Central America with Energia Global. In the early 1990’s he co-founded the Rain Forest Aerial Tram, a mile-long tramway system that takes visitors on an aerial tour of the rain forest in Costa Rica. In 2008, he ran for the United States Congress as the Democratic nominee in the seventh District of Texas.
Roundtable on Corporate Sustainability
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (Great Hall, Clinton Library)
– As part of the Global Solutions Summit, this session will discuss corporate sustainability with the following experts.
Jon Johnson – Chairman, The Sustainability Consortium
Michael Eckhart – Director Sustainability Finance, CitiBank
Rodney Slater – former Secretary of Transportation
Chris Lloyd – Director of Public Policy and Social Responsibility, Verizon
Jonathan Mahler – L’Oreal Sustainability Team
Mark Rossi – Founder, BizNGO
Ruediger Kuehr – Executive Secretary, Electronic Waste Step-Initiative
Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registration
Friday, December 16, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 pm (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with the Clinton Foundation and NARA
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