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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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“Overcoming Addiction and Ending the Stigma,” Ginny Atwood Lovitt
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– Ginny Atwood Lovitt is the executive director of the Chris Atwood Foundation, which works to provide recovery support and resources to people and families affected by addiction, to change the conversation and policies about addiction from ones of stigma to support, and to prevent the disease from taking hold of future generations. The Chris Atwood Foundation began in 2013 after the Atwood family lost their son and brother, Chris, to an accidentally fatal heroin overdose. He passed away at age 21, following a 6-year battle with addiction.
“The Robinson Center: Honoring the Past — Anticipating the Future”
Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Robinson Center)
– Join us for a panel discussion on the history and future of the Robinson Center. Members of the renovation project will talk about the rich history, the design details of the project, the economic impact to the region, the capabilities of the building going forward, and the significant impact to the arts in central Arkansas.
The panel includes:
Mark Stodola (Mayor, City of Little Rock)
Gretchen Hall (president & CEO, Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau)
Kevin McClurkan (management partner, Ennead Architects)
David Porter (principal, Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects)
Moderator: Skip Rutherford (dean of the Clinton School of Public Service)
“Sandboxes to Ballot Boxes: Creating a Local Children’s Movement,” Margaret Brodkin
Monday, November 14, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Kids can’t vote. Their needs often fall at the bottom of civic priorities where police and fire prevail in cutthroat local budget battles. Margaret Brodkin has spent 30 years successfully fighting for children – first in San Francisco and now in communities throughout California. She turned child advocates and service providers into a political force to be reckoned with in her home city – creating the country’s first local dedicated budget carve-out for children, which now garners $75 Million annually for children’s services. Brodkin will describe the strategies for taking on City Hall, as well as using the electoral process to create local dedicated funding streams for kids. Brodkin argues that the greatest opportunity for political success on behalf of children is at the local level, where innovative policy can flourish.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Physics wunderkind Taylor Wilson astounded the science world when, at age 14, he became the youngest person in history to produce fusion. The University of Nevada-Reno offered a home for his early experiments when Wilson’s worried parents realized he had every intention of building a reactor in their garage. Wilson now intends to fight nuclear terror in the nation’s ports, with a homemade radiation detector priced much lower than most current devices. In 2012, Wilson’s dreams received a boost when he became a recipient of the $100,000 Thiel Prize. Wilson now intends to revolutionize the way we produce energy, fight cancer, and combat terrorism using nuclear technology.
“Incarceration in Arkansas: A Public Health Crisis and A Call to Action,” Nickolas Zaller
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Nickolas Zaller is an associate professor in the department of health and health education at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Boozman College of Public Health and received his Ph.D. in international health, focusing on disease control and prevention, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has done extensive research on physical and mental health issues related to incarceration, and re-entry. Arkansas now leads the nation in the percentage of prison population growth.
“Locally Laid: How We Built a Plucky, Industry-Changing Egg Farm From Scratch”
Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
– Lucie Amundsen, co-founder and marketing chick for Locally Laid Egg Company, tells the story of how a midwestern family with no agriculture experience went from a few backyard chickens to a full-fledged farm. The newbie-farmers also deal with their own shortcomings, making for a failed inspection and intense struggles to keep livestock alive during a brutal winter. But with a heavy dose of humor, they learn to negotiate the highly stressed no-man’s-land known as Middle Agriculture. Amundsen sees firsthand how these mid-sized farms, situated between small-scale operations and mammoth factory farms, are vital to rebuilding America’s local food system.
“From Banking to the Thorny World of Politics,” former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shaukat Aziz
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
– Shaukat Aziz served as Prime Minister of Pakistan between 2004 and 2007, following five years as its Finance Minister and thirty years at Citibank. While in office, he steered one of the biggest economic turnarounds in recent history, taking Pakistan from the brink of bankruptcy. His time in government was marked by high economic growth, exchange rate stability, a reduction in poverty and an upsurge in local and foreign investment. He survived a suicide bombing by Al Qaeda while on the campaign trail, driving him to engage in the fight against global terrorism.
Richard Brodhead, President of Duke University
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Richard H. Brodhead is the ninth President of Duke University and the William Preston Few Professor of English. Since arriving at Duke in 2004, Brodhead has enriched undergraduate education, working to unify Duke’s academic opportunities with the residential experience. Brodhead led the expansion of Duke’s financial aid endowment to ensure that admitted students can afford to attend regardless of their financial circumstances. Under his leadership, Duke has engaged in a renewal of iconic campus buildings that has preserved historic exteriors while transforming interiors into welcoming spaces that foster true community. Duke also established the Duke Global Health Institute, an interdisciplinary center that works to translate research findings to address health care inequities and improve the health of people around the world, and launched the signature program DukeEngage, which gives Duke undergraduates the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge in service to society, either in the U.S. or around the world.
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