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About Dr. Christy Standerfer
Dr. Christy Standerfer (Ph.D., University of Colorado) is an associate professor of communication at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Standerfer served as a 2012-13 Fulbright Lecturing Scholar at University Marin Barleti in Tirana, Albania. She has over 20 years experience developing and presenting workshops, research, and reports on volunteer recruitment, community capacity building, and effective communication skills. Standerfer has collaborated with over 30 nonprofit and governmental organizations designing workshops and community meetings; facilitated more than 20 community meetings on issues of homeless populations, racial and ethnic tensions, immigrations, and building healthy communities; and produced and delivered over 20 written reports to nonprofit and governmental agencies related to need assessments, evaluations, and recommendations.
About Dean Skip Rutherford
James L. “Skip” Rutherford is Dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and is also teaching a 2014 elections seminar this semester. Rutherford has an extensive private sector background in communications and public relations and has served as a visiting professor at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark.; Lyon College in Batesville, Ark.; the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Ark.; and the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Ark. From 1997 until it opened in 2004, Rutherford supervised the planning and construction of the Clinton Presidential Center and Park and has been active in several campaigns and initiatives. He is the founder of the Political Animals Club, a non-partisan grassroots organization of community leaders and activists who meet regularly to discuss political issues. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Foundation for the Mid South and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
In the post below, Clinton School students, Angela Toomer, Anna Applebaum, Bolton Kirchner, Brenda Hernandez, Tatiana Riddle, and Tiffany Jacob reflect on their experience attending the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting in New York.
We never thought we would be able to shake President Clinton’s hand once, let alone twice. Yet in a back hallway of the Sheraton Hotel in Times Square, far from the hectic bustle of the main floor of the Clinton Global Initiative’s (CGI) Annual Meeting, the former President walked out of a discussion with Matt Damon with his hands extended to all passerby. The President’s genuine appreciation for CGIvolunteers was real – a reminder of our unique opportunity to be connected to this impressive global event through the Clinton School.
The magic of volunteering at CGI isn’t that this presidential encounter was an aberration, but that nearly all of us volunteers had some kind of similar experience. CGI promises to its members that they will encounter creative and passionate thinkers; that they will build relationships with each other both through workshops and through passing conversations in the crowded hallways. Scattered throughout the event, volunteers had the opportunity to experience this as well.
Bolton fostered the friendship of a thoughtful reporter from The Atlantic. Tatiana and Tiffany listened to Charlie Rose and President Clinton discussing challenges facing future US presidents. Brenda and Bolton sat in on a broadcast session in which Fareed Zakaria spoke with Chelsea Clinton and Paul Farmer on the Ebola crisis. Anna spoke at length with two photojournalists about the changing nature of their profession and the technological revolution in photography. And Angela was able to hear former Secretary Hillary Clinton speak with Melinda Gates regarding the possibilities for women and girls’ full participation in society.
The mission of the CGI annual meeting is to turn ideas into action. Leaders gather from all across the globe to support commitments to action. To date, CGI members have made over 3,100 commitments, effecting change in over 180 countries, and reaching more than 430 million people.
One of the most exciting moments at CGI was seeing the connection of the commitments with a longtime partner of the Clinton School, Bunker Roy. A frequent field service partner, Roy was honored at the event for expanding his organization, Barefoot College, into South Sudan through an innovative partnership with South Sudanese Bishop Elias Taban.
Overall, we were able to see the multiple faces of public service at CGI as reflected in members’ commitments and the many other people who were crucial in facilitating such a coordinated and professional event. We were able to connect with fellow volunteers, CGI and Clinton Foundation staff, and security personnel. We thank the Clinton School for the opportunity to attend CGI and we hope we are lucky enough to volunteer at a future CGI meeting!
Every phone call Clinton School of Public Service student Georgia Genoway makes to her father in Liberia begins with one question.
“I ask him, ‘Are there any cases of Ebola yet?’ He’ll say, ‘No, no Ebola here,’” Genoway said. Her father, George, lives in Grand Gedeh, a county in the eastern portion of the West African nation of Liberia.
More than 3,300 people have died from the disease and more than 7,000 cases have been reported since March, making it the worst outbreak since the virus was discovered in 1976. The World Health Organization has reported that more people have died from Ebola in the past seven months than in every other outbreak combined.
The majority of the cases are confined to the West Africa nations of Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal. On Tuesday, Thomas Eric Duncan became the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States — 10 days after he traveled from his home in Liberia to Dallas. He was listed Saturday in critical condition in a Texas hospital.
Surrounded by floor-to-ceiling bookcases in the library of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Genoway kept her spine straight as she leaned forward and plucked up a fold of her heavy, blue-and-yellow linen skirt.
In Monrovia, “a lot of the businesses are closed. You can’t find nonessential stuff. Not even cloth to sew skirts,” she said, rubbing the material between her fingers. “This place is a ghost town. There is almost nobody in the streets. They’re asking them to stay home. People are not even buying things like stationery.”
Genoway arrived in Little Rock from Monrovia, Liberia, on Aug. 16 to begin a two-year track to earn a master’s degree in public service from the Clinton School.
In Liberia, Genoway was involved in social work and volunteered for the Liberian National Red Cross and Gbowee Peace Foundation, working with young people on health advocacy issues.
Ebola has touched everyone’s lives in Africa, she said. Schools are shutting down because teachers are afraid to show up. Overwhelmed hospitals and health service centers are turning people away in droves, leaving them to fend for themselves. Bodies are being collected dozens at a time.
Some of Genoway’s fellow classmates, friends and their relatives have died from the disease. One classmate contracted the disease when he helped bury the body of a cousin, but he survived.
Genoway — whose 2-year-old daughter is still in Liberia with Genoway’s mother — said just like every other crisis, it is the “women and children who suffer the most.”
“It’s not even about my mother and my daughter. It’s about all women and children,” Genoway said. “A woman gave birth to twins on the side of the road because the hospital would not take her.”
Those who aren’t infected are suffering, as well.
“People are dying from malaria, from diabetes just because they cannot get care,” Genoway said.
Gil Gildner — a Little Rock photographer who has been in Liberia since last week documenting the outbreak for service organizations like Samaritan’s Purse, Society for International Ministries and Doctors Without Borders — said the situation in Liberia is bleak and “is only getting worse.”
“People are dying everywhere, but it’s not the fault of the hospitals. The hospitals are at double capacity, and admitting any more patients would increase the chances of infection for everyone,” Gildner said. “SIM, the organization with the best-performing Ebola unit with the highest survival rate in Liberia, is operating a 40-bed unit with as many as 78 patients.”
Genoway clenched her jaw, a steely glint in her eyes. She said she knows why Ebola has overcome West Africa and has devastated her homeland.
“When it first crossed the borders, the government said it was not true. Now they said it is true, but people say no,” Genoway said. “That’s how it spread. They made an error by not taking it seriously from the start. If they had treated it properly and educated people from the first case, the deaths would not have increased.”
Ebola is not an easy disease to transmit from person to person, said Dr. Robert Bradsher Jr., the director of the division of infectious diseases at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.
“People in West Africa have not been educated on the disease, so there are practices that have been happening that allow the spread of the virus,” Bradsher said. “That’s not an issue that is faced in the United States.”
Ebola — a virus that can impair kidney and liver function, and lead to external and internal bleeding — presents itself within two to 21 days of exposure. Early symptoms can include fever, severe headache, diarrhea, nausea, stomach and muscle pain and unexplained bleeding or bruising.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ebola cannot be transmitted through the air, but only through direct contact with the bodily fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola; through objects contaminated with the virus; or through contact with or consumption of infected animals.
“People are dying in homes and burying the bodies themselves,” Genoway said. “People don’t know; they are not educated.”
The United States has the health infrastructure, the education and communication system — as well as the proper equipment and medications — to identify, isolate and treat the virus, said Dr. Tom Cummins, chief medical officer for CHI St. Vincent in Little Rock.
“There are misconceptions about how contagious this disease is. They seem to think it’s as contagious as the cold or flu,” Cummins said. “I think the everyday Arkansan has very little to fear from this. Do not let the fear of Ebola dictate your life. I think a lot of people are so nervous, but it’s a different culture and a different environment over there than it is in the U.S.”
Arkansas Department of Health spokesman Kerry Krell said the state began in August distributing guidelines and precautions concerning Ebola to the state’s health-care facilities, schools and colleges, and specific businesses with employees from West Africa.
“The big thing is to ask for a patient’s travel history and trying to identify anyone coming into Arkansas from those … countries,” Krell said. “We let them know, ‘Here’s a patient that has a fever. What do you do now?’”
Bradsher said UAMS has been preparing for months by holding training sessions and working with the CDC and the state Health Department to establish protocols. Signs are posted in the emergency room and other treatment areas reminding patients to notify health care providers if they have traveled from any of the outbreak areas.
Duncan, the Ebola patient in Dallas, was sent home the first time he sought treatment at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, even though he had told the intake nurse that he had recently traveled from West Africa.
UAMS spokesman Leslie Taylor said the medical center has implemented an electronic record system that gives every member of the health care team equal access to all of the information gathered on a patient.
“Staff are asking patients at all of our access points — clinic, admissions, emergency department — about their travel and have processes in place to immediately isolate patients if necessary,” Taylor said.
Dr. Shane Speights, vice president of medical affairs for St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, said the strongest point of defense may be in one key place.
“It’s the lady that sits at the registration desk,” Speights said. “Those are the ones we recognized very quickly that we need to aggressively train. They need to get a travel history and ask, ‘Have you been to the Dallas area lately, to West Africa?’
“I don’t think any system is foolproof, but I think we do a pretty good job. The key is to keep everybody alerted and in the loop.”
Baptist Health spokesman Cara Wade said the organization is following all CDC guidelines as they pertain to Ebola and has instituted required specific screening questions for its health care providers.
“We also have an infection control policy and procedure specifically for Ebola. The key to preventing the spread of Ebola is to identify and isolate potential cases as quickly as possible,” Wade said.
Jessica Eldred, spokesman for Mercy Northwest in Rogers, said isolation rooms are in the emergency department and in every unit in the hospital.
“Placing a patient suspected of having Ebola in an isolation room is to ensure health care providers are taking the highest level of precaution,” Eldred said. “All providers and co-workers serving patients in the isolation rooms wear a Respiratory N95 Mask. These masks capture even the smallest particles. All providers and co-workers also wear gloves, gowns and a face shield or goggles.”
The CDC and the Arkansas Department of Health have also advised the state’s schools to reach out to students who have traveled from the outbreak areas. If an exposed person does not develop symptoms after 21 days, he will not become sick with Ebola, according to the CDC.
At the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, health center officials tracked the health of some students for 21 days in August and September.
“We will continue to make contact with anyone who travels from these countries and will follow up as required by the CDC and ADH,” spokesman Steve Voorhies said.
Harding University spokesman Hannah Beall Owens said the Searcy university has only one student from Liberia, and she was monitored for 21 days but had not been in any of the affected areas in the West African country.
At the Clinton School, Genoway also was monitored for 21 days.
It’s basic precautions like isolating those infected, frequent hand-washing and proper hygiene, and ensuring those caring for the sick are given the proper protective gear that officials say will help stop the virus.
“You have to take it really serious and create awareness,” Genoway said.
The article below originally appeared and was produced by www.deltarevisited.com
Newport and Jackson County are pleased to welcome a new Practicum Team from the Clinton School of Public Service to the area. The Team is composed of Joyce Akidi from Kampala Uganda, Alex Lanis from Ada, Oklahoma and Shanell Ransom from Columbia, South Carolina. Joyce, Alex and Shanell bring a great experience to the local project having worked on projects in Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina, Uganda, Haiti and Brazil.
The Clinton School Team will be working with a local steering committee on the development of a county-wide alumni database. The database will contain contact, educational and occupational information for people who have graduated from a high school in Jackson County or from ASU-Newport. In addition to developing the platform for the database and the mechanism through which to gather information, the Team will be assisting the local committee in developing privacy measures and usage guidelines that will govern the use of the database in the future.
One of the primary uses of the database will be to connect alumni from the area with job opportunities that might interest them. The hope is that by informing alumni of jobs in Jackson County that are in their field, it might encourage hometown people to move back to Newport and Jackson County. Another use for the database will be to inform former residents of opportunities to support their hometown. These opportunities could come through major fundraising efforts on large project, or through seeking their help to contact a broader range of political representatives concerning projects being sought by the community. Finally, the database can be used to share information about the positive developments in Jackson County so that the alumni of the area can be ambassadors for the community wherever they live.
The team was introduced at the Newport Business Resource Center on September 16, 2014 and they started their work with the steering committee. The final project plan and report will be due to the community and the Clinton School in April. For more information on this project and other developments in Newport and Jackson County, feel free to contact the Newport
Economic Development Commission at (870) 523-1009.
Newport, Arkansas, A city that keeps “Rolling on the River”
Having lived close to Newport, Arkansas for nearly 30 years, I have always had a fondness in my heart for this Delta town. Maybe it is because it reminds me so much of my hometown Lake Village. Newport is on the White River, Lake Village on Lake Chicot and close to the Mississippi. Being a history buff, I love the history of Newport and Jackson County. Maybe its the agricultural base that also reminds me of Lake Village. The fondness may be due to the countless times I passed through Newport on the way to see my in-laws in the Missouri Bootheel. or it could be, the folks in Newport are just good “folk“. I tend to think it is all the above.
But, Newport has not suffered the same fate as many Delta towns. It has managed to prosper and grow. Newport even has a major arts festival each year to promote the region’s artists. Go figure. There always seems to be something going on in Newport. Recently I had the chance to visit with Jon Chadwell, Director of the Newport Economic Development Commission, and Julie Allen, Director of the Newport Chamber of Commerce. Here are a few of the highlights of that visit.
LB: Give us a little history of the Newport Economic Development Commission (NEDC)
Chadwell: The city of Newport voted a 1/2c sales tax for economic development in 2002. It had a 10 year sunset clause. When the extension came up in 2012, it passed with an overwhelming 76% Yes vote. We were proud of that. We have another 10 years to work.
LB: Many agricultural based areas haven’t seen tax revenue growth in years. What is the contribution of Newport’s 1/2c?
Chadwell: We have really been fortunate. We have seen the 1/2c sales tax grow from $425,000 to $750,00. For a town of Newport’s size it allows us to do a lot of things.
As a reminder, in the late 1990s Newport lost approximately 1200 manufacturing jobs. With the help of the 1/2c sales tax and NEDC, most of those jobs are back. It has not been easy, but we have managed to get there. We could not have done it without the tax.
LB: How is the commission set up?
Chadwell: The NEDC is made up of 9 members who are appointed by the Mayor and City Council. They have total control of the 1/2c.
LB: What are the main focus areas for NEDC.
Chadwell: First, we have a little different philosophy about economic development. We are big on working with existing industry and retail businesses. While recruiting new industry and retail is good, we believe we need to nurture and support our existing base.
We are constantly providing resources, financial incentives and other links to help our existing businesses grow. In many cases we offer our existing businesses the same incentives as we do to prospects. That works well for us.
LB: I noticed a lot of work going on in downtown. Is NEDC involved in that?
Chadwell: To some degree. Most of what you see currently is new sidewalks and some cosmetic areas for downtown. We helped with some grant funds and planning resources and things like that. We also have a downtown revitalization program that has small matching grants for businesses that want to locate downtown, or existing businesses that want to improve their buildings. NEDC can make exterior grants available. We also have Commercial Development Grants.
LB: Tell us more about your office facility.
Chadwell: We own this building. It is a bank building that went through several buyouts and mergers. Working with the chamber we have made it a resource center where our small businesses can hold meetings, training seminars, and things of that nature. We have a kitchen upstairs adjoining our meeting rooms. It is an invaluable tool for the NEDC and local businesses.
LB: There is also a tourist attraction upstairs?
Chadwell: For sure, the Highway 67 Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Museum is upstairs.
We get folks from all over (the world) stopping in to visit.
LB: Julie, you have been patient so far. Where does the Newport Chamber of Commerce come in with all of this?
Allen: The Chamber works hand in hand with the NEDC. It helps being in the same building. I guess the best way to express our mission is outreach and improving the quality of life in Newport. We reach out to our current businesses and communicate with them. We want to know what’s going on, the good and the bad. We are always trying to find ways to help. If good things are happening, we want to share it. Then, we are big on tourism, actively working on ways to draw visitors and new residents.
LB: For a town this size, Newport has a couple big festivals.
Allen: We have things going on constantly but our two biggest festivals are Portfest and Depot Days. Portfest is held the first weekend in June each year and pulls in thousands to Jackson Port State Park. It is a two day festival with good headlining entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. Depot Days is the last Saturday of September and celebrates downtown Newport and the Rock N Roll Highway with lots of food and great music. While Depot Days is not a big as Portfest, it is growing. It is really a fun day downtown.
LB: I would consider the Newport Chamber one of the most active for a town this size. Is that a fair assessment?
Allen: I never really thought about it. We are fortunate. We have a great community with a lot of good folks that love it here and want to see it grow. We have a great facility to work out of and a ton of resources available to us. Newport is a great place to live an work and although being Chamber Director is my job, it is a great place to promote. It is truly satisfying to see it grow. I can’t say enough about the volunteers in the community.
We couldn’t do it with out them. They work tirelessly on every project. I think Jon will agree, it is a great group to work with.
Chadwell: I totally agree. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of volunteer hours go into these festivals, the art show each February, plus all the other activities and events. We always have a band of volunteers ready to help. Sure makes our jobs a lot easier.
University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service will host Dr. Sedef Akgüngör, in partnership with Philander Smith College, as a Fulbright Scholar in Residence until the end of February 2015.
During her time at the Clinton School of Public Service and Philander Smith College, Dr. Akgüngör will work with both schools to develop and deliver a course in Economics for Global Issues at Philander Smith and a graduate course in community economic development designed for the Clinton School.
“We are very excited to welcome Dr. Sedef Akgüngör to the Clinton School and Philander Smith,” said Ellen Fitzpatrick, director of international programs at the Clinton School. “Her deep experience in regional economic development will lend important expertise for us to integrate community development into our course offerings at the Clinton School.”
Dr. Akgüngör is a well-recognized economist and internationalist from Turkey and will work with Philander Smith to develop and teach a course that addresses the political economy of global problems, including issues in global public health and the economic roots to conflict and terrorism for the fall semester 2014.
Dr. Akgüngör’s duties as vice dean in the Faculty of Business at Dokuz Eylul University will be very helpful in assisting Philander Smith in establishing new courses with an international component. For the last five years, she has played an active role in designing the undergraduate curricula to be compatible with the European Higher Commission at Dokuz Eylul University, which allows for increased student mobility through the Erasmus program.
During her time in Central Arkansas, along with designing a course in Economics for Public Service, Dr. Akgüngör will be involved in other campus activities at both the Clinton School and Philander Smith. She will host a Public Program at the Clinton School and interact with the International Club and speak to incoming freshman at Philander Smith College.
Dr. Akgüngör will also be involved in local community organizations including The Raindrop House, The Little Rock Interfaith Alliance, WAND: Women’s Action for New Directions, and the Social Justice Institute at Philander Smith College.
The 2015 Gulf-South Summit on Service-Learning & Civic Engagement through Higher Education will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas on March 11-13, 2015, hosted by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the Clinton School of Public Service.
Registration is now live on the Gulf-South Summit website.
Proposals may be submitted for individual presentations, panel discussions, interactive workshops, and posters; deadline for submission is October 17. See details here.
The Gulf-South Summit is proud to present five awards recognizing the hard work and dedication of outstanding people and programs in the field of service-learning and civic engagement in higher education. Please take the time to think of those especially dedicated and competent colleagues you have working around you and nominate one or more for a coveted Gulf-South Summit Award!
- Outstanding Practitioner Contributions to Service-Learning in Higher Education
- Outstanding Community Partner Contributions to Service-Learning in Higher Education
- Outstanding Faculty Contributions to Service-Learning Instruction in Higher Education
- Outstanding Student Contributions to Service-Learning in Higher Education
- Outstanding Service-Learning Collaboration in Higher Education
Nominations for awards are due November 5, 2014. Click here for the Award Nomination Form.
Soul of the South’s Leah Patterson talks to an Charlotte Williams, Director of the Center on Community Philanthropy at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas for an explanation of “grassroots” philanthropy.
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The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is now accepting applications for enrollment in its Master of Public Service (MPS) degree program for the fall of 2015.
The first school in the country to offer a master’s in public service, the Clinton School enrolls students who are interested in pursuing or enhancing their careers in government, nonprofit, volunteer, and private sector service.
Students come to the Clinton School from across the country and the world to be part of our unique program. Past students include former AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and Teach for America members, as well as government, nonprofit, and business leaders and professionals. Admitted students will have a strong academic background, along with a demonstrated passion for helping others through public service.
“Whether your interest is the environment, health advocacy, improving education, politics or international development, our program offers the knowledge and hands-on experience that will help young professionals put their talents to work to empower communities and enrich lives,” said Skip Rutherford, dean of the Clinton School. “We welcome applications from anyone who wants to dedicate their life to public service.”
Those interested in joining the program can now apply online by clicking here.
Modeled on President Clinton’s vision of building leadership in civic engagement, the Clinton School MPS degree is a full-time, non-partisan graduate program that offers a practical approach to learning through the combination of coursework and for-credit field service projects. During the two-year program, Clinton School students complete three field service projects: a team-based project in Arkansas, an international service project, and a final capstone project in a public service area of their own interest. The Clinton School has over 100 projects every school year all over Arkansas, the country, and the world.
Last summer, students completed international service projects in 21 countries and territories, including Nicaragua, Paraguay, Albania, Uganda, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Vietnam, among others, with host organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Heifer International, Barefoot College, and Hope North.
Clinton School students also benefit from participating in the school’s renowned lecture series, which hosts an array of programs ranging from senators, congressmen, cabinet officials, and ambassadors to renowned academics, corporate CEOs, philanthropists, authors, and journalists. To see a list of past speakers, visit our speaker series website at www.clintonschoolspeakers.com.
After completing the two-year MPS degree program, Clinton School graduates have gone on to careers with organizations such as the Clinton Foundation, the Walmart Foundation, USAID, the U.S. Department of State, and Habitat for Humanity.
The Clinton School also offers concurrent degree programs in Law, Public Health, and Business in conjunction with other University of Arkansas schools. To learn more about applying to concurrent degree programs, click here.
Click here for information on applying to the Clinton School. For questions, or to schedule a visit, contact Clinton School admissions director Alex Thomas at (501) 683 – 5228 or email us at admissions@clintonschool.
The Clinton School is a non-partisan graduate institution and welcomes academically and experientially qualified applicants of all ideologies, backgrounds, ages, and life experiences.
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“Building World-class Ecosystems with Technology Startups”
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with Gravity Ventures
- With her vision of seeing Texas recognized as one of the top 3 innovation ecosystems in the world, Gabriella Draney will present the many different players and catalysts necessary to make that vision a reality. Building the world’s leading B2B accelerator was the first step in the process. Tech Wildcatters began spinning out new programs in 2012, beginning with the international exchange globeStart, in partnership with American Airlines. In 2013, Health Wildcatters became the first healthcare focused accelerator in the southwest and is currently running its second class. This fall marks the beginning of the latest spinout, the codex, which provides professional technology training.
“Resilient America: Electing Nixon in 1968, Channeling Dissent, and Dividing Government”
Monday, October 6, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
- Michael Nelson is the Fulmer Professor of Political Science at Rhodes College, a Fellow of Southern Methodist University’s Center for Presidential History, and a Senior Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. He is the author of numerous books, including “How the South Joined the Gambling Nation: The Politics of State Policy Innovation,” with John L. Mason, winner of the 2009 V. O. Key Award for Outstanding Book on Southern Politics from the Southern Political Science Association. His new book, “Resilient America,” explores how urban riots and the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the politics of outrage and race—all pointed to a reordering of party coalitions, of groups and regions, a hardening and widening of an ideological divide—and to the historical importance of the 1968 election as a watershed event.
Wendy Young, president of KIND
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- Wendy Young is the president of KIND (Kids In Need of Defense), which was founded by Angelina Jolie and the Microsoft Corporation to create a pro bono movement of law firms, corporations, NGOs, universities, and volunteers to provide quality and compassionate legal counsel to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children in the United States. Young has extensive immigration policy experience, including serving as chief counsel on immigration policy in the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Refugees for Senator Edward M. Kennedy. She has held prior immigration policy positions with organizations such as the United Nations, High Commissioner for Refugees, the Women’s Refugee Commission, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the National Council of La Raza.
“Red Lines,” a film screening
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. (Ron Robinson Theater) *In partnership with the Little Rock Film Festival
- “Red Lines” follows the story of two people, Mouaz Moustafa, who was born in a refugee camp near Damascus, raised in Arkansas, schooled in politics on Capitol Hill and by the Libyan uprising, and Razan Shalab-al-Sham. Inspired by the Arab Spring, Razan and Mouaz watched from their two vantage points as, for a hopeful moment, anything seemed possible in Syria. Razan runs a Syria-wide activist network, deeply convinced that democracy is possible with women playing a special role in its realization. With his contacts in Washington, the Arab world, and the Free Syrian Army, Mouaz becomes a critical link between the rebellion and the West. Their story, “Red Lines,” is about the transformative power of conflict and conscience. For more information, visit www.redlinesfilm.com
Jonathan Martin, national political correspondent for The New York Times
Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- Jonathan Martin is the national political correspondent for The New York Times and the former senior political writer for Politico. Martin began covering politics for National Journal’s political publication, The Hotline, and also covered party politics for National Review magazine. He is the co-author of the New York Times best seller “The End of the Line: Romney vs. Obama: The 34 Days That Decided the Election.” His work has been published in The New Republic, National Journal, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. Martin appears frequently as a guest on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, MSNBC, and NPR.
“The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion,” author Virginia Postrel
Friday, October 10, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
- Virginia Postrel is an author, columnist, and speaker whose work spans a broad range of topics, from social science to fashion, concentrating on the intersection of culture and commerce. Her most recent work, “The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion,” lays out the case for glamour as a life-shaping force, whether for good or for ill. Postrel takes an exhaustive look not only at the history of glamour, but at how it works, developing a theory that explains just about anything – from “how Jackie Kennedy is like the Chrysler Building or a sports car is like a Moleskine notebook, to why some audiences might find glamour in nuns, wind turbines or ‘Star Trek.’”
“Gay Panic in the Ozarks,” author Ed Bethune
Monday, October 13, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
- Ed Bethune is a former member of the United States House of Representatives from Arkansas. In his new novel, “Gay Panic in the Ozarks,” the story follows the character of Aubrey Hatfield and the citizens of Campbell County as they get a second chance to grapple with man’s greatest vice – the refusal to see wrong happening and not do something about it. The life journey of protagonist Aubrey Hatfield contrasts the culture of the turbulent sixties with today’s culture, and ponders how we should adapt to or resist the ever-changing notions of right and wrong. “Gay Panic in the Ozarks” is a novel that examines love, hate, morality, honor, and duty.
“The Southerner’s Handbook,” Rebecca Darwin, CEO and founder of Garden & Gun
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with P. Allen Smith
- Formally the first female publisher of The New Yorker, Rebecca Darwin is the president and CEO of the media company that owns Garden & Gun. Launched in 2007, the magazine was named the #2 hottest launch of over 700 magazines in 2007, has recently won a National Magazine Award in General Excellence and was named to Advertising Age’s 2011 Magazine A-list. Darwin is also the former publisher of Mirabella, former marketing director of Fortune, and has served as the president and CEO of the National Association of Female Executives. “The Southerner’s Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life” is a collection of instructional and narrative essays that offers a tutorial to modern-day life in the South.
20th anniversary of the award-winning film “Hoop Dreams,” with star Arthur Agee and executive producer Gordon Quinn
Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
- Arthur Agee is one of two Chicago-area high school basketball players whose lives were chronicled in the award winning 1994 documentary, “Hoop Dreams.” The film follows Agee and another rising young basketball star, William Gates, from their poor Chicago neighborhood as they transfer schools to a private school to have a better chance at playing in the NBA and improving their education. Gordon Quinn is the artistic director and founding member of Kartemquin Films, a nationally recognized media arts organization that acts as a bridge between communities and the media and fosters the growth of emerging filmmaking voices passionate about social issues. For more information on the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, visit www.hsdfi.org.
“2014 Election Preview,” Rob Engstrom, SVP and national political director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- Rob Engstrom is the senior vice president and the national political director at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is responsible for directing the Chamber’s national political, grassroots, and election-related activities. He also manages all member activities for the Chamber’s Federation, which includes thousands of state, local, and metro chambers of commerce and hundreds of trade and professional associations. Before joining the Chamber, Engstrom was director of the Division of Political Education at the Republican National Committee from 1998 to 2002, including a five-week stint on the Florida recount team for then-President-elect George W. Bush. In 2013, he was recognized as one of the top 50 influencers of the 2014 election cycle by Campaigns & Elections: The Magazine for People in Politics.
International Public Service Projects Panel
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- Five Clinton School students will discuss the international public service projects (IPSP) they completed this summer as part of the Master of Public Service degree program. The international project component exposes students to unique challenges and hands-on experience across the globe, and provides immediate and long-term impact for the students’ organizational partners. Since the Clinton School opened in 2005, students have visited 72 countries to complete more than 200 projects.
“The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case,” author Michael Ross
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
- Michael Ross is an author and an associate professor of History at the University of Maryland. In his new book, “The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case,” Ross offers the first full account of one of the events that electrified the South at one of the most critical moments in the history of American race relations. The book covers the kidnapping, where two African American women kidnapped seventeen-month-old Mollie Digby in front of her New Orleans home. From the moment it happens through the highly publicized investigation and sensationalized trial that followed, Ross paints a vivid picture of the Reconstruction-era South and the complexities and possibilities that faced the newly integrated society.
“Wait Until Dark,” a panel discussion
Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with The Arkansas Repertory Theatre
- Written by Frederick Knott, “Wait Until Dark” is inspired by the 1967 Hollywood film of the same name, with both the play and the film garnering multiple Tony, Golden Globe, and Academy Award nominations for many of the actors involved, including the film’s star, Audrey Hepburn. In the story, a sinister con man and two ex-convicts are about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his wife, Susy. With murder afoot, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, as Susy discovers the only way to play fair is to play by her rules. A panel of those involved in the production will talk about what it’s like to bring this thrilling production to life.
Henry Cisneros, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Friday, October 24, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- In 1981, Henry Cisneros became the first Hispanic-American mayor of a major U.S. city. After serving four terms as Mayor of San Antonio, in 1992, President Clinton appointed then-Mayor Cisneros to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). After leaving HUD in 1997, he became president and COO of Univision Communications, the Spanish-language broadcaster that has become the fifth most-watched television network in the nation. Secretary Cisneros is currently a member of the advisory boards of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Broad Foundation and was honored by the National Housing Conference as the “Housing Person of the Year.”
Community Conversation Health Care
Monday, October 27, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- Nearly three out of four Americans today worry that their income will not keep up with rising prices of health care. These worries outstrip anxieties about losing a job, terrorist attacks, crime, and losing savings in the stock market. The questions we must address are: How can we get the health care we require in the face of rising costs? How can we pay for what we need? This community conversation will be using material from the National Issues Forum Institute that centers on the question: Coping With the Cost of Health Care: How Do We Pay for What We Need
Nassir Al-Nasser, former ambassador from Qatar
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
- Nassir Al-Nasser was the president of the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly and is a former ambassador from Qatar. He is currently the United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations. Al-Nasser’s new book, “A Year at the Helm of the United Nations General Assembly,” goes into detail about the four main pillars of his leadership (mediation, UN reform, natural disaster prevention, and response), and also addresses the shortcomings of the United Nations. Al-Nasser shares his thoughts on restructuring the Security Council and on how best to implement changes to the General Assembly to make it as effective as intended.
“Barriers in Education for Women and Girls in Arkansas,” a panel discussion
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with Women’s Foundation of Arkansas and Clinton Health Matters Initiative
- Join us for the public release of three reports from the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas that addresses the barriers in a 21st century education for women and girls in Arkansas. The reports examine the impact of teen pregnancy and birth on education, the perceptions of the status of women, and the links between education of women and girls to Arkansas’s economic future.