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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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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that – MLK
“Shocked, Numb, Dismayed.“ These were the initial feelings that my daughter had after she heard the election results. She is a first year student in college, and she shared them with me at 1:30 am Tuesday night. “I am not coming back home…” My son texted from Europe; he was away from the country for his study abroad semester. He had similar feelings.
I spent the rest of the night messaging my two smart, enthusiastic, and incredibly talented kids, helping them process the numbness, the void they felt in their world: a deep sinking hole. No one could sleep through the night. The next day, as I learned later, they stayed in their rooms with other college students, missed classed, in utter despair.
Today, my son tried hard to convince me not to wear my hijab (headscarf) as I got ready to speak at a solidarity rally in response to the elections at the Capitol. I understand his fear and the fear of so many others in my community, frightened that we will face prejudice and hostility due to the faith we practice.
We, just like Hispanics, African Americans, LGBTQ community, and women are worried. We are afraid of the people who work with us from nine to five, afraid of the doctors, nurses, colleagues, teachers, counselors, bus drivers, HR professionals, lawyers, realtors and all others that we deal with, wondering if they are the silent supporters of Trump, if they think we are less deserving, less intelligent, and should be treated differently. And we are angry that our colleagues, friends, and fellow citizens betrayed us by buying the rhetoric of bigotry and intolerance. Social media is full of stories of this fear and anger.
I refuse to be angry and will not give in to this fear. I have seen how fear has divided my countrymen and women. We are living in troubled times when people are being judged for the color of their skin or their belief system or their gender orientation. I know that in the past year children have been bullied in schools, women have been thrown out of Cafes, professionals have been fired from their jobs, travelers have been kicked out plans, college students have been shot in the head, and civil liberties of many have been curtailed — only because of the faith that they practice. And this is not the first time. We have seen it happen to Jews, Irish, Chinese, African Americans and many other groups in the past. But in the end, we always overcame and rose higher. This is what America is all about. What happened on 9/11 or 11/9 does not define this nation. Instead how we react to these heartrending events is what defines America.
America is not a static reality resulting from the efforts of the founding fathers, but it is a living reality that evolves and develops and improves to protect its diversity time and again. The America I believe in is not defined by one person in the White House no matter how powerful he might be, instead it is a beautiful story narrated by millions coming from different races, faiths, and backgrounds. The America I believe in is no different from our faith systems asking us to protect not only ourselves but all those who believe in its many freedoms. This is why I find solace in a spirituality that helps us heal and understand the deeper motivations for others’ actions and guides us to react in compassionate ways.
When God tells us to love the stranger for we were strangers too in the land of Egypt (Old Testament) or love the enemy and pray for the one who persecute us or be a source of mercy to all His creation whether human, animal, or environment (Quran), it is God’s way of telling us that there is a purpose to every being and a reason for each occurrence and we all have a role to play in this divine process. This election is not the end of the world but a small event in the larger scheme of things. Sometime we do not understand the processes that we are a part of, but we still have to play our part of spreading God’s love to others around us.
My faith tells me that life means change. Every day should be better than yesterday and the spiritual state of the heart should be better than before. If we do not change, we are dead inwardly. If we do not make progress, we are dead outwardly. Faith about growth inwardly and progress outwardly.
Even anger can be a teacher. Our anger over the election results can be a reminder that winning is not always success and losing is not always failure. It is all about progress and there is a lot of room for that, now more than ever before.
For me, this election is a wakeup call to action. It is a call to constructive actions that do not result from fear, but arise from that deep place inside us where all are safe and welcome, a place of love. It starts with understanding those who acted out of their fears of a vanishing middle class and economic insecurities; fears of immigrants and all others who will change the face of a white America; fears that allowed divisive and poisonous public discourse of Us versus Them.
I refuse to operate from the same divisive energy of Trumpism, although cloaked in a liberal garb. I refuse to continue the dialogue along the lines of college educated versus uneducated, or progressive versus horde minded, or liberal versus prejudiced, etc. I am not frightened.
I am full of hope and my call of action starts from healing through understanding and doing what we should have been doing long time ago: finding common ground, taking responsibility for the marginalized, giving voice to the weak, and not staying silent in the face of oppression — especially when it does not affect us directly. My call to action finds its strength in spiritual and manifest itself through building a beloved community; compassionate, diverse, and inclusive, with no one left behind. This is why I join my friend, Jay McDaniel, in the statement below, which represents our shared hope that, even amid our anger, we may all find freedom from fear and, yes, freedom for love.
Sophia Said is program director of the Interfaith Center of Arkansas. With a degree in developmental economics from the University of Utah and another in public policy from the Clinton School for Public Service, she has been tireless in her efforts to work for peace in Arkansas, and to promote interfaith work between Christians, Jews, Muslims and other religious denominations. She was named Peacemaker of the Year 2015 by the Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice on February 13, 2016.
The Office of Field Service Education at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service will facilitate two information sessions for non-profits, government agencies, businesses, foundations, or other organizations working on issues of social change that are interested in becoming a field service partner for the 2017-2018 academic year.
The information sessions will cover different types of student projects, how to apply, and provide opportunities for questions. The two sessions:
Marvel Session: This information session will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Boys, Girls, Adults Community Development Center (306 US 49, Marvell, AR 72366). To RSVP, click here.
Little Rock Session: This information session will be held on Friday, November 18, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Clinton School of Public Service, Sturgis Hall (1200 President Clinton, Little Rock, AR 72201). To RSVP, click here.
“The Clinton School relies on effective community partnerships to provide students with valuable real world experience related to their academic work,” said Christina Standerfer, Interim Director of Field Service. “Without strong community partner involvement we would be not able to offer the rich education in public service that is the hallmark of the Clinton School.”
Practicum projects are selected by the Clinton School and completed by small teams of students in order to fulfill degree requirements and gain valuable experience, while also adding tremendous value to the partner organization. Applications for practicum projects are due on March 18, 2017.
Researchers from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service are studying how politics and religion mesh in the 2016 presidential election.
The nonpartisan study is led by Dr. Rebecca Glazier, UALR associate professor of political science, and Dr. Warigia Bowman, assistant professor at Clinton School of Public Service, to understand how the efforts of churches, mosques, and synagogues in Little Rock influence their communities and congregations.
“This research really began with a puzzle,” Glazier said. “Churches that hold health screenings have congregants with lower cholesterol and other positive health outcomes. I am more interested in political, community, and civic health than in blood pressure, so I wanted to know if the same thing happens for community and political engagement: Do churches that are engaged in the community have congregants with better civic health?”
This study builds on a smaller study Glazier conducted during the 2012 presidential election. Research questions include: Do religious organizations that are more engaged in the community have congregants with higher levels of political efficacy? Do sermons on global political issues increase political involvement? Do churches that are locally active improve the community engagement of their congregants?
“This collaborative UALR/Clinton School research project represents Little Rock’s most comprehensive analysis of the city’s diverse religious organizations and their engagement with and many contributions to the community,” said Skip Rutherford, dean of the Clinton School of Public Service. “Given the faith-related political issues that have emerged in the 2016 elections, this study is also exploring if and how local church leaders and their congregations deal with these topics.”
Student researchers from both institutions will survey congregation members in Little Rock the Sunday before the presidential election (Nov. 6) to study how religious organizations influence their members and create a sense of community.
Approximately 70 students from Glazier’s “Research Practicum on Religion and Electoral Politics” and Bowman’s “Field Research Methods” courses will participate in the study. The study provides student researchers with an invaluable opportunity to learn social and research skills that will give them an advantage in the competitive job market, Bowman said.
“The Little Rock Congregation Study provides an unparalleled opportunity for students to get to know the Little Rock community, while simultaneously learning how to do research and being engaged in this exciting election year,” Bowman said. “Students will learn, both in theory and in practice, how to conduct interviews, conduct and analyze surveys, and hold focus groups. These are valuable skills for people in marketing, the nonprofit world, and government.”
Researchers sent surveys to 392 congregations and religious organization in Little Rock. Clinton Public School students conducted interviews with leaders of the 82 congregations that responded. Seventeen congregations were selected to participate in the Nov. 6 survey collection.
The 17 houses of worship include four black Protestant churches, four Evangelical Protestant churches, three mainline Protestant churches, two Catholic churches, one Mormon church, one mosque, one Jewish temple, and one non-denominational Unitarian Universalist church.
The results of the study will be presented during a community event in April 2017 that will include leaders of some of the participating congregations.
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