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Posted by JOSE GUZZARDI – Roger Dow, the president and CEO of the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA), visited the Clinton School Tuesday to talk about the changes on national and international tourism in the United States since the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
The US Travel Industry is worth about $713 billion dollars a year, and it creates 7.5 million jobs across the country. Tourism is one of America’s most important industries, and according to Dow, it is a strong tool for public diplomacy and a great way to improve America’s image abroad.
However, the number of foreign tourists coming to the United States has decreased considerably in the past few years. In 1992, 9% of people who crossed international borders came to the United States. In 2000, this number was reduced to 7.5%, and just last year, it went down to 6%. Dow pointed out one of the major reasons for this decrease is the difficulty for foreigners to obtain tourist visas to come to America, and he gives the example of Brazil to illustrate his point. Continue Reading →
Posted by DEAN SKIP RUTHERFORD – Bud Cummins, the former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, will speak Thursday at 11:30 at the Clinton School.
Cummins, along with seven other U.S. Attorneys, have been recently replaced in what has evolved into a national debate about the role of the Attorney General, the Justice Department, the White House and what constitutes executive privilege. Karl Rove, a recent Clinton School speaker and deputy White House chief of staff, has been subpoenaed by the House Judiciary Committee regarding this matter — which was discussed in our question and answer session following his speech here.
From a communications perspective, this issue has been poorly handled. It would have been better from the beginning if Attorney General Alberto Gonzales or someone in the administration had said something like this: 1. U.S. Attorneys serve at the will of the President and can be replaced at the will of the President and that’s what we’ve done. We thank those whom we have replaced for their service. 2. This is the first time for these mid-term changes because Congress passed the Patriot Act, a provision of which gave the President the authority to appoint US Attorneys without Senate confirmation and that’s what we’ve done. Continue Reading →
Posted by DEAN SKIP RUTHERFORD – If you are a C-Span junkie like I am, then don’t miss Steve Scully’s appearance at the Clinton School Monday evening. Steve is C-Span’s political editor and also coordinates the network’s educational distance-learning program in cooperation with the University of Denver. Steve was also very helpful when C-Span aired every class of the nation’s first college course on “The Clinton Presidency,” taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) by Professor Peggy Scranton.
I’ve known Steve for several years. In fact, he came to Little Rock and hosted a C-Span televised walk through of the Clinton Presidential Materials Project, where the Clinton archival collection was stored, before the Clinton Library opened in 2004. Recently, C-Span covered Bush Advisor Karl Rove’s speech in Little Rock, hosted by the Clinton School. Continue Reading →
Why I Support (Some) Charter Schools – Keith Nitta, Clinton School Professor
First, let’s be clear: I believe that public schools are vital for our nation’s democracy, economy, and security. Charter schools are public schools that have attracted attention from key business and minority leaders, whose support is absolutely essential for any widespread school reform. I support charter schools as one strategy among many for keeping the educational promise we extend to all children. Continue Reading →
Posted by PATRICK KENNEDY – Before the Karl Rove’s speech this morning at the Statehouse Convention Center, a group of four including myself, sat backstage listening to Rove talk candidly about life and politics for about an hour. At one point, he even poked fun of his own mythical status as the genius behind all that is good and bad in the world of politics.
We all saw a different side of Rove backstage that is not seen on television. In listening to Rove, there was a cold beauty in his understanding and usage of realism in shaping a political strategy. I was fascinated, curious but completely not interested in the boring ol’ partisan epithets that were thrown my way for weeks by those who disagreed with Rove. Continue Reading →
Posted by PATRICK KENNEDY – Last semester, the Clinton School hosted 109 year-old Ruth Lincoln (believed to be the oldest living Arkansan) as a guest lecturer in our Distinguished Speaker Program. Dean Skip Rutherford asked Lincoln questions about her experiences during WWI and WWII, the Great Depression and now the “War on Terrorism.” Lincoln was by far one of the most popular speakers at the school.
To even things out, the Clinton School will host 12 year-old Noah McCullough later this spring. If you’ve watched David Letterman, Jay Leno or Oprah recently, you’ve seen the precocious McCullough speak about his nomination for U.S. President in the year 2032. Continue Reading →
Posted by DEAN SKIP RUTHERFORD – When we started the planning of the Clinton Presidential Center and the Clinton School in 1997, a group of us, including University of Arkansas President Dr. Alan Sugg, visited Texas A&M University in College Station to learn about the George H.W. Bush School and the Bush Presidential Library.
Throughout the planning, building and opening of the Clinton Center and Clinton School, those associated with the Bush Library and Bush School were most helpful, cooperative, patient and gracious. They assisted us with answers to hundreds of questions. I can’t say enough good things about how open they were with information and how generous they were with their time. Continue Reading →
Posted by FAY KELLE – While public debate has begun to swirl around whether to strengthen, maintain or weaken the provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the most consequential aspect of this re-authorization process will not be what is debated but what is not debated. What most debates about NCLB miss is the fact that when standardized tests are used as the primary tool to measure students’ progress and provide indicators of school accountability, it diminishes the goal of education in a democratic society and damages teachers’ ability to teach and students to learn the knowledge and behaviors needed for 21st Century global economic competitiveness and thoughtful, active democratic citizenship. Continue Reading →
Posted by DEAN SKIP RUTHERFORD – We have two excellent public programs at the Clinton School this week. Dan Glickman of Washington D.C, the CEO of the Motion Picture Association, will speak Tuesday February 27 at 6 p.m. His appearance couldn’t be more timely given the Academy Awards only two days before. As Secretary of Agriculture, Dan served in the Clinton Cabinet with Vice President Al Gore. It will be interesting to hear what he says about “An Inconvenient Truth.” A reception will follow his remarks. Continue Reading →