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Posted by DEAN SKIP RUTHERFORD – Clinton School Graduate Dr. Gary Wheeler is one of 10 physicians selected by students at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS) campus to receive the Red Sash Award. The Red Sash Award is given by the medical students to those who have had the most significant impact on their education. Gary will receive his award at the 2008 UAMS Honors Convocation Ceremony. Congratulations Gary.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – Dr. Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, will give the next Kumpuris Lecture on Thursday, May 1, 2008 at the Clinton Center Great Hall. This event is FREE and open to the public. Click here for more information. Email email@example.com to RSVP or call 501-683-5239.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – Together with students from UALR’s Bowen School of Law, several Clinton School students completed an economic development survey of the stretch of Little Rock’s Main Street between I-630 and Roosevelt Road. The project benefits the work of Southside Main Street (SoMa), a non-profit group working to revitalize the area.
As part of the two school’s joint Altheimer Public Service Program, the students partnered with Southside Main Street to complete the survey and throw a block party for the neighborhood earlier this month. The surveys went to neighborhood residents and business owners to determine the best ways to enhance the community. Highlights include:
The survey highlights include:
*The most requested new businesses: (1) drug store (2) bookstore (3) gourmet market (4) women/men boutique
*The types of restaurants people would most like to see: (1) Italian (2) Seafood (3) Home Cooking/Soul Food (4) Mexican (5) Chinese (6) Sushi.
*The community assets favored (1) Streetscape (2) Park (3) Community Gardens (4) Walking Trail
*46.5 percent of respondents would prefer new housing construction be single units.
*The most needed services: (1) youth education programs (2) medical clinics and doctors (3) dental offices (4) recycling (5) adult education programs.
Congrats to Hunter Riley and Marquita Little who led the Clinton School team’s efforts on this project.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – The Clinton School is a sponsor of the 2nd annual Little Rock Film Festival coming up May 15-18 in Arkansas’s capital city. Visit www.littlerockfilmfestival.org for a complete schedule of films and other activities. The website also includes an official welcome video from former President Bill Clinton.
After a wildly successful first run last year, the 2008 festival promises to be bigger and better. The Clinton School will again host some festival films and forums, including a showing of “Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater,” a documentary on the life of former Arizona Senator and 1964 Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. On hand for a discussion will be film director Julie Anderson and C.C. Goldwater, the Senator’s granddaughter who is featured in the film.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – Students in the Clinton School’s third class visited the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion today to make paper Flat Stanley’s to accompany them on their International Public Service Projects this summer. Invited by First Lady Ginger Beebe, the students will take Flat, the popular children’s book character, all over the world to their project locations which include Argentina, Australia, Belize, Cameroon, China, Czech Republic, India, Kyrgyz Republic, Malawi, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Vietnam. Upon their return, Mrs. Beebe will take Flat’s experiences to schools throughout Arkansas to promote reading and global awareness among elementary students. Thanks again to Mrs. Beebe and her staff for their partnership on this project. Below are some pictures from today’s events.
A diverse set of Flat Stanleys and Flat Stellas were made by the students.
Some students brought helpers to color their Stanleys.
Flat Stanley with Mosel, the First Dog of Arkansas.
These students made several versions of Flat Stanley.
Posted by Clinton School grad DR. GARY WHEELER - Susan Ivey’s visit to the Clinton School to participate in the speaker program has elicited a lot of criticism. No wonder. Her company, Reynolds American (aka RJR Tobacco), makes products that cost the lives of about one loaded 747 aircraft everyday. After years of denying the disease effects of tobacco products, with CEOs lying under oath before congressional committees, they now acknowledge the relationships of their products and disease. And there is no corporate remorse. Why should there be? The profits keep coming in as new tobacco users (children and young adults) are lured into addictive behaviors every day.
As it turns out, Ms. Ivey thinks that she is doing public service by promoting a new program called “harms reduction.” This program would move people from smoking addiction to chew/spit/snuff addiction. Instead of a 737 going down every day, it would be like a couple of MD-80s going down everyday.
You may expect me to be a critic of the decision to invite Ms. Ivey speak at the school. But that’s not the case. Anyone claiming to promote public service by their actions is fair to invite in my opinion. The school’s greatest legacy might be its creation of a sanctuary where anyone can talk, provided their talk is in some way related to public service. To prevent the school being a pawn of industries like tobacco, it is our job to meet the speaker in the forum of free speech, and to expose Ms. Ivey’s “harms reduction” program for what it is: skillful marketing ploy to continue to bring profit to stockholders, disguised as health policy. I think the audience recognized the smokescreen.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – The Clinton School’s new publication, Frank magazine, is now online: www.frankmagazine.org. There’s been a growing demand around the blogosphere for the content to be made available on the Web. The site currently features stories from the magazine’s first print edition.
Two of the most popular come from Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus, who writes a piece called “Power of the Pen,” advocating for more activism among journalists. There’s also an interview with American Idol’s imfamous judge Simon Cowell. In it, Cowell talks politics and gives props to Karl Rove’s dance moves.
Frank is a new thematic publication that reviews concepts and ideas in public service embodying the Clinton School’s philosophy of straight forward, practical solutions through its “Academics for the Real World” curriculum.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – Here’s next week schedule of Clinton School speakers:
“Open House to the World”, Little Rock Sister Cities Commission and Foundation
Monday, April 21, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– A reception to raise awareness of the Little Rock Sister Cities. One of the goals of the Sister Cities Commission and Foundation is to promote mutual cross-cultural understanding and exchanges. Little Rock’s Sister Cities are Ragusa, Sicily, Italy, Hanam City, South Korea, Changchun, People’s Republic of China, Pachuca, Mexico, and Kaohsiung, Republic of China (Taiwan).
The Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, President of The Interfaith Alliance
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– Dedicated to promoting mutual respect, cooperation and civility, The Interfaith Alliance strives to promote religion as a positive and healing force in the life of the nation. Welton Gaddy is also the host of “State of Belief,” a weekly radio show by The Interfaith Alliance that is carried on AirAmerica.
Joe Grieboski, President of the Institute on Religion and Public Policy
Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– Since its founding in 1999, Joe Grieboski has transformed the Institute on Religion and Public Policy into a well-respected global authority on the role of religious freedom in society and politics, culminating 2007 and 2008 nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic has cancelled his scheduled appearance tomorrow referenced belwo at Philander Smith College’s “Bless the Mic” lecture series. The event will not be rescheduled.