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Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – As is mentioned in the post below, the Little Rock film festival events at the Clinton School this weekend were a big hit for the second year in a row. The Clinton School showed “Lioness,” a documentary following five women soldiers on the front lines of the Iraq War, and “Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater,” the story of the late Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona who ran for president in 1964 against Lyndon Johnson. On hand for panel discussions following the films were Shannon Morgan of Mena, Ark., who is one of the soldiers featured in “Lioness,” and CeCe Goldwater who is featured in the film about her grandfather.
Clinton School student James Mitchell; Shannon Morgan; “Lioness” directors Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers; film festival organizer Brent Renaud; and Clinton School student Russ Swearingen.
CeCe Goldwater at the Clinton School.
Posted by DEAN SKIP RUTHERFORD -
*About half of our students leave this week for their summer international projects with others leaving over the next couple of weeks. This summer our students will be performing public service projects on the world’s six inhabited continents including a few who will be working on international projects in Arkansas, New York and Washington D.C.
*This past week I joined graduate school representatives from the University of Chicago, Duke (Sanford Institute), Harvard (Kennedy School and Law), University of Michigan (Ford School and Law), University of Minnesota (Humphrey Institute), Princeton (Wilson School), Stanford (MBA and Law), and Yale–among others–at the Truman Scholar Graduate Fair on the campus of William Jewell College near Kansas City. Each of us had the opportunity to greet, meet and recruit potential students from the 65 new Truman Scholars. It was a very rewarding experience, and it was particularly rewarding to hear comments like “your speaker series is the best in the country;” “I really like your emphasis on public service field work;” “your Web site is very good;” and “FRANK is the most creative school magazine I’ve seen.” Thanks to our staff for these and many other accomplishments.
*Speaking at the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law graduation Saturday, I noted the growing interest in our recently established joint JD/MPS degree. If things go as expected, next year Idonia Trotter of Pine Bluff, Ark. will be the first to receive this joint degree. Idonia sets such a positive example for others here at the Clinton School, and there isn’t a better person to be “the first.”
*While on the subject of joint degrees, Clinton School student Chanley Painter, who just completed her first year at the Bowen Law School and earned very high marks there, will be among the contenders for Miss Arkansas this summer. We certainly wish her well.
*Congrats to Brent and Craig Renaud, Owen Brainard, Jack Lofton, (who will be attending the Clinton School in 2009) Jamie Moses and many others for the second and highly successful Little Rock Film Festival. The Clinton School is one of the sponsors and we will continue to do so. New in our school collection is a DVD of the documentary “Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater,” which was featured at the school as part of this year’s festival. It was produced by his granddaughter, CeCe Goldwater who spoke following the showing. The big (and to my knowledge yet unreported) festival news this year was Governor Mike Beebe’s strong commitment to make Arkansas more filmmaking friendly. The Governor made that announcement at the fundraising gala at the Clinton Presidential Center.
*Another festival note: From a personal perspective, our nephew, Will Churchill of Nashville Tenn., wrote and performed the music for the film “War Eagle.” In addition to being a great guy, Will is a real talent, and I predict War Eagle will be the first of many productions for him.
*Had the opportunity to discuss the 2008 presidential election at the Associated Press Managing Editors awards banquet this weekend. Clinton School student James Mitchell of Cleveland, MS., who blogged the Iowa caucuses and the Clinton-Obama Texas debate for us, joined me. James is among the students featured in our new Clinton School film trailer which will soon be on our website and other venues.
*Though we take a break from our fast paced public program/speaker series during the summer months while many of our students are abroad, we still have events from time to time. Coming in June: The second annual Arkansas Crossword Puzzle championship competition and in July, Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift. Orientation for our new class begins in mid-August.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – SYNC Weekly, the local tabloid newspaper geared toward young readers, did its cover story this week on Clinton School student Marquita Little. Little is traveling to Johannesburg, South Africa, this summer to complete her International Public Service Project with Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy. She is a Little Rock native who graduated from McClellan High School and Hendrix College in Conway. Below is a snipet from the article. Click here for the full story.
In less than a month, Little Rock native Marquita Little will find herself in the small South African village of Henley-on-Klip. But the 24-year-old is not headed to South Africa for a vacation. Instead Little will spend June and July interning at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.
Little is one of 30 University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service students spending their summer on one of six continents as part of the school’s International Public Service Projects. Student Erin Jones was the first, departing at the beginning of May for Calcutta, India. Other students will spend the summer in locations as familiar as New York City and Washington, D.C., and as far-flung as Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and Kathmandu, Nepal.
A handful of students will serve with the South African Education and Environment Project in Cape Town, South Africa, but Little will be the only Clinton School student at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, about 20 miles south of Johannesburg.
“They weave leadership opportunities into the extracurricular activities,” Little said. “I’ll be working to help kids start clubs and organizations for leadership opportunities, and help with their student government.”
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas has an account this morning of the visit of Texas State Rep Mark Strama to the Clinton School yesterday. Strama, the former program director for MTV’s Rock the Vote, said Democratic presidential frontrunner Barack Obama could be a factor in local races this year because of his support among young voters. From the article:
By engaging the younger generation, the Illinois senator has gotten younger voters excited about politics, and they are likely to stay involved in the process, said Mark Strama, now a Democratic state representative in Texas.“I wouldn’t be surprised if the folks who’d gotten newly engaged through the presidential campaign become activists up and down the ballot and throughout their communities,” Strama said in an interview with the Arkansas News Bureau after giving a speech at the University of Arkansas’ Clinton School of Public Service.
At 35 percent, voter turnout was slightly higher than normal in Arkansas’ Feb. 5 presidential primary, which was moved from mid-May this year to increase the state’s influence in the presidential nominating process.
That level of turnout possibly could carry over to the May 20 primary for state and local offices because voting is habit forming, said Strama, also founder of the first online voter registration company.
Click here for the full story.
Mark Strama visits with Clinton School students.
Posted by DEAN SKIP RUTHERFORD – I’ll be speaking Saturday afternoon at the 2008 commencement of the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law. Together the Bowen School and the Clinton School now offer the nation’s first joint JD/MPS degree. In 2009, Idonia Trotter is projected to be the first student to receive the joint degree. As part of my graduation comments, I’ll continue to lift up two of my major concerns: student loan debt and the need for scholarships.
Saturday evening I’ll be at the Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors Conference discussing the 2008 elections. Having taught college courses on the 2002 and 2004 elections, I’m looking forward to reviewing what is happening this year. The question and answer session following should be lively.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT: This map image shows all of the locations of this summers International Public Service Projects:
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT – The Clinton School Speaker Series kicks back up next week with two speeches and two film screenings as part of the Little Rock Film Festival. Here’s the info:
Mark Strama, Texas State Representative and Democratic Activist
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- Mark Strama was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2004. Before taking public office, he founded the first ever online voter registration company and served as director of programs for MTV’s Rock the Vote.
Jim Wallis, President and CEO of Sojourners, in partnership with First United Methodist Church of LR
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. (Wally Allen Ballroom, Statehouse Convention Center) *Book signing to follow
- Jim Wallis is a bestselling author, public theologian, speaker, preacher and international commentator on religion and public life, faith and politics. His latest book is “The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post-Religious Right America.”
Little Rock Film Festival: “Lioness”
Friday, May 16, 2008 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- “Lioness” presents the untold story of the first group of women soldiers in U.S. history sent into direct ground combat, in violation of official policy. Told through intimate accounts, journal excerpts, archive footage, as well as interviews with military commanders, the film follows five women who served together for a year in Iraq. One of the women hails from nearby Mena, Ark.
Little Rock Film Festival: “Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater”
Friday, May 16, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Discussion to follow
- “Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater,” is a documentary film about Arizona Senator and 1964 Republican Presidential candidate Barry M. Goldwater. Join director Julie Anderson and the Senator’s granddaughter, C.C. Goldwater, for a discussion a film screening chronicling Senator Goldwater’s unique career, highlighted by his 1964 campaign against Lyndon B. Johnson.
Posted by BEN BEAUMONT - The Clinton School’s most famous student, Flat Stanley, along with Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe and Clinton School grad Dr. Gary Wheeler visited Crestwood Elementary School in North Little Rock today. Mrs. Beebe shared Flat Stanley’s story and read a book to 2nd grade students at the school, while Dr. Wheeler shared he and Flat’s experiences this past summer completing an International Public Service project in Belize.
Flat Stanley, Ginger Beebe, Gary Wheeler and 2nd grade students at Crestwood Elementary.