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“United States Supreme Court Update”
Monday, October 3, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with UALR William H. Bowen School of Law
– On the first Monday of every October, the United States Supreme Court begins its new term. With Justice Scalia’s death, the Court faces an uncertain future this year. His death changed the outcome of several important cases and continues to impact the cases the Court chooses to hear. Who gets to appoint his replacement has become an important issue in the presidential campaign. Associate Dean of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law Theresa Beiner and Dean Emeritus John DiPippa will discuss the ongoing effects of Justice Scalia’s death, review the most important cases from last year’s term, and highlight the most interesting cases to watch in the upcoming term.
“Cybersecurity in the Real World,” Deputy Under Secretary Phyllis Schneck
Monday, October 3, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– Dr. Phyllis Schneck serves as the Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications for the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) and she is the chief cybersecurity official for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Before joining DHS, Schneck was the Chief Technology Officer for Global Public Sector at McAfee. Named one of Information Security Magazine’s Top 25 Women Leaders in Information Security, Schneck has briefed numerous foreign governments on information sharing and infrastructure protection, has worked with the UK infrastructure protection and cybersecurity authorities on US partnership, and moderated the White House Town Hall Meeting in Atlanta for the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. She holds seven information security patents and has six research publications in the areas of information security, real-time systems, telecom and software engineering.
“Command and Control”, a film Screening
Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Ron Robinson Theater, CALS)
– Command and Control, a new documentary about the real events that occurred at the Titan II missile complex in Arkansas in September 1980. Directed by Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) and based on the critically acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser Command and Control is a minute-by-minute account of a nightmare that plays out when a worker accidentally drops a socket, puncturing the fuel tank of an intercontinental ballistic missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead in our arsenal. 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 and Dean of the Clinton School of Public Service Skip Rutherford – chronicle nine hours of terror that prevented an explosion 600 times more powerful than Hiroshima. Filmmaker Robert Kenner, author and producer Eric Schlosser, and several of the Arkansas-based subjects will participate in a Q&A following the screening.
Earl Lewis, president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Friday, October 14, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) * In partnership with the Center on Community Philanthropy *Book signing to follow
– Dr. Earl Lewis is the current and sixth president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. A noted social historian, Lewis has held faculty appointments at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Michigan, and Emory University, where he served as provost, and has authored or co-authored eight books. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, he earned an undergraduate degree in history and psychology from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Minnesota. As the leader of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Lewis has reaffirmed the Foundation’s commitment to the humanities, the arts, and higher education by emphasizing the importance of continuity and change.
“The War Room Revisited: Looking Back at the 1992 Presidential Election,” John Kroger
Monday, October 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– In 1991, 24-year-old John Kroger joined Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign as deputy policy director. At that point Clinton’s name recognition was roughly 2% nationwide. One year later Clinton was president-elect. Kroger, now president of Reed College in Portland, Oregon, will tell stories about Clinton’s successful campaign and discuss how the political landscape has changed since that time. Before he arrived at Reed College, Kroger was the Attorney General of Oregon. Prior to that, he served as a professor of law at Lewis & Clark Law School, as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, and as a United States Marine.
“Making Ends Meets: How Should We Spread Prosperity and Improve Opportunity?”
Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with the Clinton Presidential Library and the National Issues Forum Institute
– National Issues Forums are community forums where citizens are the experts. This public forum confronts public policy issues by bringing citizens together so that they can share their individual values and find solutions to common problems, all attempting to raise the level of civil and intellectual discourse in the community.
Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California Irvine Law School
Friday, October 21, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding Dean at University of California Irvine School of Law. Prior to assuming this position in 2008, he was a professor of law and political science at Duke University and a professor at the University of Southern California Law School. He is the author of ten books, including The Case Against the Supreme Court and two books to be published by Yale University Press in 2017, Closing the Courthouse Doors: How the Supreme Court Made Your Rights Unenforceable and Renewing Free Speech on College Campuses (with Howard Gillman). He also is the author of more than 200 law review articles. He holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, and in January 2014, National Jurist magazine named Dean Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the United States.
“Democracy Goes to College: The Importance of On-Campus Voting Centers”
Monday, October 24, 2016 at 6:00pm (Sturgis Hall)
– Debates over making on-campus voting sites available to Arkansas college students have been active across the state in the lead-up to the 2016 elections. Peter Butler, president of the Hendrix College Student Senate, and Dr. Jay Barth, director of Civic Engagement Projects at Hendrix, will overview their experiences in working for expanded access to student voting sites on their campus and will reflect on the importance of them for making democracy come to life for our newest voters.
“Passing the Torch: Planning for the Next Generation of Leaders in Public Service,” Karl Besel and Charlotte Williams
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
– In Passing the Torch: Planning for the Next Generation of Leaders in Public Service, professors Karl Besel and Charlotte Williams lay out a well-defined roadmap for the future of public service. Elevating the importance of organizational succession planning, Clinton School of Public Service professor and director of the Center on Community Philanthropy Charlotte Williams and visiting scholar Karl Besel affirm an important Clinton School academic objective: leadership through civic engagement. They also highlight changing demographics and make a compelling case for public service organizations to do the same when planning for the future.
“The Crucible,” a panel discussion with the The Rep
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with The Arkansas Repertory Theatre
– Since its premiere in 1953, master playwright Arthur Miller’s chilling portrayal of the historic Salem Witch Trials has become an American stage classic as well as a terrifying metaphor for modern times. The Crucible explores the insidious dangers of paranoia, mass hysteria and prejudice, all potent issues that could be ripped from today’s headlines. Amid a rash of mysterious illnesses and rumors of strange behavior among the young girls of Salem, Mass., suspicions of malevolent forces at work begin to cloud the judgment of the town’s citizens and they pledge to root out the evil in their colony. Inspired by the “McCarthy Red Scare” of the 1950s, Miller’s white-hot play is a powerful testament to the injustices that can be committed in the name of patriotism and to the self-destructive nature of intolerance.
“How Can We Reduce Costs and Still Get the Care We Need?”
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with the Clinton Presidential Library and the National Issues Forum Institute
– National Issues Forums are community forums where citizens are the experts. This public forum confronts public policy issues by bringing citizens together so that they can share their individual values and find solutions to common problems, all attempting to raise the level of civil and intellectual discourse in the community.
“Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family,” Caroline Randall Williams
Friday, October 28, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. (Mosaic Templars) *In partnership with the Arkansas Cornbread Festival and the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center *Book Signing to follow
– Caroline Randall Williams is a third generation poet and author who, with her mother Alice Randall, recently authored Soul Food Love in which the duo reclaims and redefines soul food by mining the traditions of four generations of black women and creating 80 healthy recipes. They’ve updated the recipes and traditions handed down by their mothers and grandmothers into easy, affordable, and healthy – but still delicious – dishes. Caroline will speak about her family’s traditions of cooking and discuss how Soul Food Love can translate African-American family history through food and can show a powerful new way forward with delicious recipes and healthy habits. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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COMMAND AND CONTROL, a new documentary thriller about the real events that occurred at a Titan II missle complex in Arkansas in September 1980 will have multiple screenings across the state in October. Directed by Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) and based on the critically acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), COMMAND AND CONTROL is the opening night film for the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival on Friday, October 7. The film will also screen in Damascus at the South Side Bee Branch Fine Arts Center on Saturday, October 8th, and at the Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock, hosted by The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service on Sunday, October 9th. Filmmaker Robert Kenner, author and producer Eric Schlosser, and several of the Arkansas-based subjects will participate in Q&As following all three screenings. COMMAND AND CONTROL will be broadcast on AETN in early 2017.
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 in April and will be have a limited theatrical engagement this fall.
“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?
“The story of the Damascus accident is one that nobody really knows,” said Mark Samels, producer of COMMAND AND CONTROL andAmerican Experience executive producer. “Through our theatrical release and broadcast, we will share this story with audiences nationwide, but we are especially excited to bring this film ‘home’ to Arkansas.”
Friday, October 7, 2016
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Opening Night Film
Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 6 pm
South Side Bee Branch Fine Arts Center
334 South Side Rd
Bee Branch, AR 72013
Free and Open to the Public.
Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 6pm
The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service
Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72201
Free and Open to the Public. RSVP Required.
For additional information about the screenings, please visit www.commandandcontrolfilm.com/screenings.
The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas’s statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at aetn.org. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).
About Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the oldest non-fiction film festival in North America, will celebrate a quarter-century of bringing top documentaries, filmmakers and personalities to Hot Springs each fall. The 25th Anniversary Celebration will include over 100 of the most compelling films of the current festival circuit as well as the addition of a past-festival tradition. An array of parties throughout the 10 days will showcase historic Hot Springs’ Central Avenue, its restaurants and venues. HSDFF runs from October 7-16, 2016.
About The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service
The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service (www.clintonschool.uasys.edu) is the nation’s first to offer a Master of Public Service (MPS) degree. Located in downtown Little Rock’s River Market entertainment and cultural district, it differs from more traditional graduate studies because a significant portion of the school’s two year curriculum is team-based, international and international direct field service work. Currently Clinton School students are involved in 45 public service projects all over the country and the world. The school’s academic program is enhanced with a renowned speaker series (www.clintonschoolspeakers.com) which brings in over 100 programs during each school year. These sessions are free and open to the public.
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|
Directors 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.
The McLarty family today announced two University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service students, Arjola Limani and Yvonne Quek, have been selected as this year’s McLarty Global Fellows. During their fellowships at Vital Voices Global Partnership, Limani and Quek will conduct research projects focusing on human rights and advancing women’s economic empowerment.
“We are excited to welcome Arjola and Yvonne to the McLarty Global Fellowship program,” said Donna McLarty. “Both of these remarkable young women have demonstrated the kind of intellect, activism, and global outlook that will enable them to make significant contributions to Vital Voices and their mission to empower women leaders around the world – and we are proud to support their important work.”
Arjola Limani will help monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the Vital Voices Global Freedom Exchange Program, which seeks to end child sex trafficking. A native of Albania, Limani is a second year student at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. She is a graduate of European University in Tirana, Albania with a degree in law, and she previously worked for Don Bosko Center for the Youths, where she helped implement and support youth activities. Limani spent the past summer working with Heifer International in Peru, evaluating gender roles in coffee plantations.
Yvonne Quek will join impact assessment efforts for the Vital Voices GROW Fellowship, a business accelerator and leadership development program for women owners of small and medium sized businesses in Latin America, the Caribbean, Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. Born and raised in Singapore, Quek is a graduate of the National University of Singapore with a degree in law. Before attending the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, she worked as a corporate attorney in Singapore and assisted with fundraising for Saigon Children’s Charity in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Over the past summer, she worked in Peru on evaluating the social return on financial investment in the country.
“We are most appreciative of the McLarty family’s generous support of our students and our programs,” said James “Skip” Rutherford III, Dean of the Clinton School of Public Service. “These opportunities are both life-changing and career making for Clinton School students.”
Limani and Quek are the third class of McLarty Global Fellows to be granted semester-long fellowships at Vital Voices. Anna Applebaum, a Clinton School of Public Service alumna and a previous recipient of a McLarty Global Fellowship, will be granted a renewal of her Fellowship in order to continue her work for a second year as a Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Fellow at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. Past Fellows have included University of Arkansas students from the Sam M. Walton College of Business, who have studied abroad in
Brazil, Argentina and Spain through the Thomas F. & Donna McLarty Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship; and students from the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, who have participated in the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress Presidential Fellows Program.
About the McLarty Global Fellowship Program
The McLarty Global Fellowship Program was established in 2002 by Donna and Mack McLarty, along with their sons Mark and Franklin, their daughter-in-law Gabriela and their granddaughter Brianna. The three-part program funds University of Arkansas students in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, Sam M. Walton College of Business and Clinton School of Public Service through international study, fellowships with Vital Voices Global Partnership and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, and workshops with the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress in Washington, D.C.
Foreign correspondent Nick Schifrin, who has reported from more than 30 countries and who was most recently on assignment in Jerusalem with National Public Radio (NPR), will be a visiting fellow at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service during the 2-16-2017 academic year.
Schifrin will visit the Clinton School every six to eight weeks conducting a year-long student seminar, working with faculty and staff, meeting with and mentoring students, and speaking at the Clinton School and other places on the intersection of United States foreign policy, public diplomacy, and journalism.
His first campus visit is scheduled this week from September 13-16. While serving as a Clinton School fellow, he will be writing and continuing his journalism. In addition to his work for NPR, he is a special correspondent for PBS NewsHour.
Schifrin has been a foreign correspondent for nearly a decade. He became ABC News’ Afghanistan-Pakistan correspondent and bureau chief at age 28, covering every major story in South Asia for nearly four years. In 2011, he delivered one of the year’s biggest exclusives: the first video from inside Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. In 2012-2013 he served as ABC News’ London correspondent. From 2013-2015, he was Al Jazeera America’s Middle East correspondent, based in Jerusalem. He has won Edward R. Murrow, Emmy, National Headliner, and Overseas Press Club awards.
“During this election year and with a new presidential administration and Congress in 2017, we’re especially excited to have someone with Nick’s foreign policy and international experience at the Clinton School to work with our students, faculty and staff and to also serve as an academic and professional resource for others throughout Arkansas and the region,” said Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to teach and help mentor the Clinton School’s brilliant students,” Schifrin said. “I am looking forward to bringing my foreign affairs and journalism experience to the classroom, Little Rock, and the region.”
Schifrin has previously been a guest of the Clinton School Speaker Series. His previous lecture can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/2c4lqJK
In honor of the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, our Clinton School of Public Service/Sturgis Hall volunteers look back at where they were on September 11th, 2001 when they heard the news.
“When the first plane hit, I was outside in my backyard raking leaves on a beautiful Arkansas fall day. My husband called, he was in Birmingham, AL on business, and he told me to immediately go inside and turn on the television. I was watching live as the second plane hit. I must have watched CNN for hours that day. He wasn’t able to get home on a flight until Friday, September 14th.” – Jo Paulus“I was having coffee in the kitchen that morning in my home in Little Rock and casually watching television when the first alert and scenes of the first plane hit the screen. At first, it was hard to make sense of what I was seeing, and I soon concluded it was an accident. (Being older, I remembered when a plane accidentally hit the Empire State Building years ago). Soon, the second plane hit and it immediately was clear that it was a purposeful act. I was stunned, and glued to the tv for rest of the day (and many days after). That, for me, was the beginning of realization that terrorism had found our shores, and America would never be the same.” – Don Castleberry
“I was at my home in Little Rock, having just returned from a trip to the West Coast the night before. A friend called to tell me about what was happening and told me to turn my television on. I turned the tv on about 5 minutes later… just in time to see the second plane fly into the tower. I was hooked to the tv for the rest of the day and into the night. For a prior commitment, I was on one of the first planes to leave Little Rock after 9/11. I remember there was no increase in security at the airport or along the way. My first flight to Dallas was a Delta 737 with only about 9 people on board. My next flight was a 757 to Portland with less than 20 people on board. There were more people on the return trip a few days later, but I remember the planes were less than a third full.” – Bob Gee
Continuing a tradition that began in 2007, new students at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service have compiled a list of books they recommend others read.
The list contains 31 books not previously selected by students from 10 earlier classes and seven books that had been recommended at least once before. For the fifth time in 11 years, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho was chosen – the most for any book.
The list also includes two works by noted Nigerian author Chimamanda Negozi Adichie. Several of the books deal with issues of social change or injustice and a large majority are non-fiction.
The books will be on display at the Clinton School’s Sturgis Hall throughout the 2016-2017 year and will also be added to the school’s permanent collection. Printed lists will also be available at Wordsworth Books in Little Rock and at the Central Arkansas Library System’s main library. The list is also distributed to over 900 independent book stores throughout the country.
2016 Clinton School Recommended Reading List:
Darlynton Adegor: Holy Bible
Rebecca Agyei: Night by Elie Wiesel
Amie Alexander: Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an
Ordinary World by Bob Goff
Hannah Bahn: Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race
by Debby Irving
Reggie Ballard: Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest your Destiny by Hill Harper
Caitlin Campbell: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Catherine Campos: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Madeleine Chaisson: Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria
Susanna Creed: Ordinary People by Judith Guest
Brittney Dennis: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the
Leap….and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
Caroline Dunlap: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Mollie Henager: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Zack Huffman: Empire of Cotton: A Global History by Sven Beckert
Lucy Kagan: Capital, Volume I by Karl Marx
Megan Kurten: Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography
Wonks by Ken Jennings
Steven Kwizera: Confessions of a Tax Collector: One Man’s Tour of Duty
Inside the IRS by Richard Yancey
Domenick Lasora: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Jason Lochmann: On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt
Emily Loker: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Crystal Mercer: The Coming by Daniel Black
Chelsea Miller: World Changing 101: Challenging the Myth of
Powerlessness by David LaMotte
Tony Nickerson: Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just by
Ross Owyoung: Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Colby Qualls: The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by
Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
Vinay Raj: The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman
Natalie Ramm: The Circle by Dave Eggers
Liz Reich: Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and
Communities by Ruby K. Payne
Paxton Richardson: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
Fiona Sloan: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Emily Smith: To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Thad Smith: Fathered by God: Learning What Your Dad Could Never Teach
You by John Eldredge
Josh Snyder: Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
Nick Stevens: Walking with the Poor: Principles and Practices of
Transformational Development by Bryant L. Myers
Emilie Street: Worse Than Slavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim
Crow Justice by David M. Oshinsky
Ravyn Towns: #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso
Andrew Treviño: Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the
Persistence of Racial Inequality in America by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
Brandon Treviño: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of
Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service Center on Community Philanthropy has selected two Scholars in Residence for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Scholar in Residence program, established in 2009, is extended to researchers, practitioners and senior executives who have demonstrated exemplary contributions in the field of community philanthropy.
Dr. Earl Lewis
President, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
October 12-14, 2016
Dr. Earl Lewis became the sixth President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in March 2013. A noted social historian, Dr. Lewis has held faculty appointments at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Michigan, and Emory University, where he served as provost, and has authored or co-authored eight books. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Dr. Lewis earned an undergraduate degree in history and psychology from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and a PhD in history from the University of Minnesota. As the leader of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dr. Lewis has reaffirmed the Foundation’s commitment to the humanities, the arts, and higher education by emphasizing the importance of continuity and change.
Robin D. Ferriby
Vice President of Philanthropic Services
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
February 27-March 3, 2017
Robin D. Ferriby is Vice President of Philanthropic Services for the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and a vice president of the Foundation for Detroit’s Future, an organization that administers and oversees the “Grand Bargain” that resulted in Detroit’s exit from bankruptcy. Robin 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 their residencies each scholar will write an essay on community philanthropy, interact with students, faculty, and wider community, and present their work at 12:00 noon on the last day of their visit as a part of the Clinton School Speaker Series at the Clinton School of Public Service.
Nine teams of students from the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service will complete public service projects in partnership with public agencies, community initiatives, academic ventures, and nonprofit organizations across Arkansas during the 2016-2017 academic year.
As part of the school’s Master of Public Service degree program, the students will earn academic credit for their work on the projects, which include efforts to end senior hunger in Arkansas, enhance services provided to children and families, eliminate housing barriers for previously incarcerated individuals, and develop economic opportunities through the arts, among others.
Organizations partnering with the Clinton School on the projects are located throughout Arkansas including Conway, Hope, and Roland. Some projects are statewide in scope.
“What distinguishes the Clinton School’s academic curriculum from more traditional graduate programs is the project work our students complete all over Arkansas, the country and the world,” said Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford. “These nine new team-based initiatives not only will provide students with important professional experiences, but will result in long-term positive impact for people, communities, and organizations.”
The projects are part of the Clinton School’s Practicum program, the first of three public service projects completed during the two-year master’s degree program.
Forty Clinton School students will participate in the projects during their first year while also completing in-class coursework on topics such as program planning and development, field research, and communication.
The 2016-2017 Clinton School Student Team-Based Projects:
Develop case studies on communities’ efforts to stop summer reading loss
Partner Organization: Arkansas Campaign for Grade Level Reading
Team: Reggie Ballard (Little Rock, Ark.), Thaddeus Smith (Little Rock, Ark.), Colby Qualls (Monette, Ark.), and Brittney Dennis (Little Rock, Ark.)
Children who do not have access to quality summer learning programs can be 2.5 to 3 years behind their peers by the time they reach fifth grade, even if they are learning at the same rate during the school year. Through the Arkansas Community Foundation’s Summer Learning Initiative (SLI), five communities have developed and are implementing efforts to stop this summer learning loss. The practicum team will work with the Arkansas Campaign for Grade Level Reading to complete a series of case studies, one for each of the five communities. Students will use mixed methods, primarily qualitative data collection and secondary data analysis, to create narratives for each site. The case studies will be used to make improvements to the grant-making process and support provided to grantees, assess the efficacy of each project, and support a case to policymakers for funding summer and after school programs.
Develop comprehensive report of effectiveness of Arkansas GardenCorps: A nutrition education and gardening program focused on obesity reduction
Partner Organization: Arkansas Children’s Research Institute
Team: Catherine Campos (Miami, Fla.), Madeline Chaisson (Slidell, La.), and Nick Stevens (Jacksonville, Ark.)
The Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute is a statewide program designed to promote the use of school and community gardens to provide nutrition education, access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and opportunities for physical activity with the purpose of reducing childhood obesity and increasing environmental awareness and sustainable agriculture practices in Arkansas communities. The student team will assist in reviewing and aggregating all existing data from this program, as well as collect additional qualitative data from various identified stakeholders, to document program effectiveness The team will produce a comprehensive Five Year Summary Report and brief Executive Summary that will be used to 1) develop funding and additional program support 2) attract potential service members and 3) draw interest from potential service host sites (i.e. schools, community organizations).
Case study on the relationship between rural electrification and community development
Partner Organization: Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation
Team: Josh Snyder (Glendale, Ariz.), Paxton Richardson (Fall City, Wash.), Amie Alexander (Waldron, Ark.), Fiona O’Leary Sloan (Seattle, Wash.), and Emily Smith (Little Rock, Ark.)
Students will work with Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation to create a comprehensive multi-media, oral history project capturing stories of rural electrification and rural community development. The team will collect information directly from residents served by Arkansas’ 17 electric distribution cooperatives, in order to document and preserve those historical experiences, and provide case study evidence for rural development best practices. The final product will include video productions, including narration, in both feature-length (2 hours or less) and vignette format. The video(s) will be used for education and promotional purposes statewide. The case study report will comprehensively document the relationship between rural electrification and community development as a means for ensuring rural communities continue to thrive.
Create statewide foodbank member agency succession plans
Partner Organization: Arkansas Foodbank
Team: Rebecca Agyei (Kumasi, Ghana), Darlynton Adegor (Delta, Nigeria), Susanna Creed (Monrovia, Calif.), Starre Haas (Little Rock, Ark.)
Through its efforts to fight hunger in Arkansas, the Arkansas Foodbank is attempting to build the capacity of its member agencies in their 33 county device area. While many agencies thrive with the right leadership and administration, AR Foodbank has seen agencies fail and close when that leader leaves his or her position. Most agencies do not have a plan for succession when this key person or persons are no longer there to run their program. The organization’s goal is to increase the sustainability of the agencies by facilitating the creation of succession plans. This will include organizing operational information and training additional staff and/or volunteers in agency operations. The student team will conduct research using mixed methods to develop agency succession plans. The resulting deliverables will be included in a resource manual for agencies both locally and nationally, and will also be included as an organizational workshop topic.
Gap analysis to determine the best way to disseminate parent resources
Partner Organization: Centers for Youth and Families
Team: Mollie Henager (Conway, Ark.), Ravyn Towns (Memphis, Tenn.), Domenick Lasorsa (Cape Cod, Mass.), and Vinay Raj (Chennai, India)
For the last 30 years, Centers for Youth and Families has been a leading educational resource for parents needing assistance in guiding their children through childhood. The organization provides access to books, videos, and handouts as well as ongoing evidenced based parenting classes that focus on child development, discipline, building healthy relationships, teaching responsibility, and other areas specific to ADHD, strong willed children, and families who have experienced divorce and trauma. Despite a decline in the use of these resources over the last 5-7 years, therapists, social workers, judges, physicians, schools, and the general community have voiced continued support and need for them. Students will conduct a gap analysis in order to determine the best way to get information to parents to equip them where they are, ensuring relevancy and accessibility for today’s families.
Partner development and framework for nonprofit that aims to better relations between police and community members
Partner Organization: City of Conway
Team: Chelsea Miller (Hickory, N.C.), Hannah Bahn (Mercer Island, Wash.), Megan Kurten (Little Rock, Ark.), Steven Kwizera (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Brandon Treviño (Greeley, Colo.)
The City of Conway is developing a program that will be a public/private partnership to improve the relations and perception of the police force’s role in the community. The initial program will be set up to assist those who have low-level criminal violations, and warrants for their arrest for unpaid fines. In all cases, when a warrant is served, the individual goes to jail, and this creates an economic burden due to loss of job or other issues. The student team will work with local leaders to develop the framework and buy-in for a non-profit that will allow those with warrants a place to go to have a warrant served, without going to jail. Beyond creating this intervention program that will assist individuals in navigating the legal system, this non-profit will serve as an advocate for developing better relations between the police and residents of the city and, hopefully, can be used as a state and national model.
Develop evidence-based web content for statewide decarceration campaign
Partner Organization: decARcerate Campaign
Team: Emily Loker (Madison, Wis.), Caitlin Campbell (Batesville, Ark.), Jason Lochmann (Pine Bluff, Ark.), and Lucy Kagan (Fort Collins, Colo.)
Arkansas is on track to becoming the incarceration capital of the world. As crime rates decrease, the prison population continues to increase because of reactive policy and sentencing discrepancies. Crime and punishment are contentious issues, especially in the South, and it is important that stakeholders against hyper-incarceration address these issues with sensitivity. Students will gather fully developed, evidenced-based content for a website that outlines a campaign to reduce mass incarceration in Arkansas. The team will work with the decARcerate campaign to review literature about organizing de-carceration campaigns in the South, conduct message-testing focus groups with stakeholders across the state, and make recommendations to a coalition about prison reform messages that appeal to Arkansans.
Public Service curriculum development for early college prep middle school
Partner Organization: Hope Academy of Public Service (Hope Public Schools)
Team: Andrew Treviño (Greeley, Colo.), Caroline Dunlap (Brookline, Mass.), Zack Huffman (Houston, Miss.) and Crystal Mercer (Little Rock, Ark.)
This practicum team will work with the Hope Academy of Public Service, a middle school that has developed a unique program focusing on early college preparation and career opportunities in public service. The student team will assist in establishing a public service curriculum based on best practice research and primary data collection that demonstrates students of poverty are capable of meeting academic and career goals if appropriate opportunities are provided. This work with help develop a diverse group of community –minded, student leaders, with the aid of local community resources through the provision of rigorous instruction and relevant experiences in both the classroom and the larger community.
Capacity study and best practices on services available to AR homeless population
Partner Organization: Jericho Way Day Resource Center
Team: Natalie Ramm (Little Rock, Ark.), Liz Reich (Forest Park, Ill.), Ross Owyoung (McGehee, Ark.), Emilie Street (Jackson, Miss.), Tony Nickerson (Richland Hills, Texas)
There are many gaps in services provided to the homeless population due to lack of capacity. Jericho Way Day Resource Center was established to identify and provide resources and services for those in need with the ultimate goal of transitioning clients out of homelessness. The student team will develop a non-biased needs/capacity study and best practices report on social and behavioral health focused services that could expose gaps in services. The assessment and report will allow case managers and advocacy groups to pinpoint focus for finding solutions to homelessness in Arkansas.