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“Legacies and Lunch with Bobby Roberts”
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (CALS Ron Robinson Theater) *In Partnership with the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
– Bobby Roberts has been the director of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) since 1989. During his tenure at CALS, it has been recognized as one of the premier library systems in the United States, noted for outstanding public service and innovative programming. Roberts is retiring from CALS on March 4. On March 2, he will talk with Clinton School of Public Service Dean Skip Rutherford at the Butler Center’s monthly Legacies & Lunch presentation series. A native of Helena, Ark., Roberts became a historian and archivist, a writer of Civil War history, a university faculty member, and a member of Governor Bill Clinton’s staff before taking leadership at CALS. At Legacies & Lunch, Rutherford will interview Roberts about his interest in history and politics, the transformation of CALS, and what he sees for the future of the library system, the city of Little Rock, and the state of Arkansas. This special program is co-hosted by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and sponsored in part by the Arkansas Humanities Council.
“Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works,” Jay Newton-Small
Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
– As Washington correspondent for TIME, journalist Jay Newton-Small writes about everything from Washington politics to foreign policy and national trends. In her new book, Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works, Newton-Small takes readers through the offices and hallways of Capital Hill to demonstrate how women are reaching across the aisles, coalescing, and affecting lasting change. With deep interviews, including conversations with Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Mikulski, Kirsten Gillibrand, Valerie Jarrett, Sarah Palin, Kelly Ayotte, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and dozens of other former and current public figures, Broad Influence is an insightful look at how women are transforming government, politics, and the workforce, and how they are using that power shift to effect change throughout America.
“Rightsizing Cities Initiative and the Relocal Tool,” Donovan Rypkema and Emilie Evans
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Donovan Rypkema is principal of PlaceEconomics, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development consulting firm. The firm specializes in services to public and nonprofit-sector clients who are dealing with downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization and the reuse of historic structures. Emilie Evans is the director of the Rightsizing Cities Initiative with PlaceEconomics and leads projects using Relocal, their data-based tool, and a community priority survey to develop tailored, parcel-level recommendations for incorporating vacant buildings and lots into neighborhood revitalization strategies. They will be discussing their Rightsizing Cities Initiative and the Relocal tool, which will be unveiled at the Little Rock City Board’s agenda meeting that evening.
“Marketing the Movement,” founder and creative director of The Voices and Faces Project, Anne Ream
Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– In this interactive 90-minute workshop, Anne Ream of The Voices and Faces Project will use their award-winning “Ugly Truth” campaign, a multi-media advertising campaign to fight and end trafficking and exploitation in Illinois. This campaign seeks to show that while legal advocacy and direct services are critical to the fight for gender justice, they are not enough. The critical third leg of any social justice movement must be strategic communications — the ability to tell a story and speak in a language that sparks the public’s imagination. In “Marketing a Movement,” Ream considers historical and contemporary examples of social justice movements that used messaging and media to great effect. She explores how legal advocacy efforts can be energized by strategic communications and new media, and unpacks the idea that “the medium is the message” when creating change campaigns.
“New Rules for Radicals: How Storytellers, Opinion Shapers and Subversives Are Changing the Movement to End Gender-based Violence,” founder and creative director of The Voices and Faces Project, Anne Ream
Friday, March 11, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Anne Ream, founder and creative director of The Voices and Faces Project, introduces the audience to a series of stories about gender-justice activists (almost all of them survivors of such violence themselves) who are creating measurable social change. The talk will include the story of a pastor who has developed a ministry focused on sexual violence; a group of survivors in South Africa who are challenging the African National Congress to take gender justice as seriously as they did Apartheid; and a trifecta of online activists who effectively used Facebook to drive a boycott of Facebook — an action that ultimately led the company to change its policies on addressing anti-woman hate speech. “New Rules for Radicals” is a lecture and photography program that defies conventional wisdom about what it means to be a survivor of rape or abuse, showcasing the storytellers, opinion shapers and subversives who are radically changing the movement to end gender-based violence.
Dan MacCombie, co-founder of RUNA Tea
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– Dan MacCombie, along with Tyler Gage, cofounded RUNA Tea, a tea company centered around the guayusa leaf, which is grown Ecuador, contains caffeine, and has about twice as many antioxidants as green tea leaves. With RUNA Tea, MacCombie demonstrated how to find the balance between purpose-driven missions and business. A recipient of Forbes Top 30 under 30, MacCombie has forged lifelong relationships in some of the world’s most unlikely of places and created a business that thrives and respects local cultural traditions, supports small farmers, and maintains the integrity of the Amazon rainforest.
“How to Decimate a City,” Alana Semuels
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– Alana Semuels is a journalist for The Atlantic and previously a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. In November of 2015, Semuels wrote “How To Decimate a City,” which explored the history and impact of an elevated highway through Syracuse, New York.
“Farming in Arkansas: Crops, Costs and Challenges in 2016,” Randy Veach, president of Arkansas Farm Bureau
Monday, March 28, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Randy Veach is in his eighth term as president of the Arkansas Farm Bureau, and is the 10th president since its creation in 1935. Veach farms cotton, soybeans, rice, wheat, corn, and milo in and around the community of Lost Cane near Manila, Ark. Veach, a third-generation farmer, is a member of the boards of the American Farm Bureau, the Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Co., the Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co., American Ag Insurance Corp. and the Farm Bureau BanCorp, where he serves as a member of the bank’s Executive Committee.
“Working Across Sectors for Downtown Revitalization,” a panel discussion
Monday, March 28, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– Join us for a panel discussion on efforts in Arkansas and the nation to revitalize downtowns. Panelists include: Karen Minkel, director of the Walton Family Foundation’s Home Region, responsible for work with grantees focused on quality of life initiatives in Northwest Arkansas and the Delta region of Arkansas and Mississippi; Gabe Holmstrom, executive director of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership; Victor Dover, a charter member and former board member of the Congress for the New Urbanism who has worked for many public agencies, developers, and citizen groups to create appropriate methods of land development regulations and served on the LEED for Neighborhood Development Core Committee; and Stacy Hurst, director of Department of Arkansas Heritage.
Nick Schifrin, Journalist
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– Nick Schifrin is an American foreign correspondent that has reported from more than 30 countries since 2007. For more than four years he covered every major story in south and southwest Asia, from Benazir Bhutto’s assassination in December, 2007, through a surge of violence in Kandahar, Afghanistan in the spring of 2012. From 2007-2012, Schifrin served as a correspondent for ABC News in London, New Delhi, and Afghanistan/Pakistan. In 2011 Schifrin was one of the first journalists to arrive in Abbottabad, Pakistan after Osama bin Laden’s death. He delivered one of the year’s biggest exclusives: the first video from inside bin Laden’s compound. Currently a Special Correspondent at PBS NewsHour, Schifrin’s series, “Nigeria: Pain and Promise” covered the country’s corruption, economy, anti-gay laws and fight against Boko Haram.
“Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865,” James Conroy
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
– James Conroy has been a trial lawyer in Boston for over 30 years, having first pursued a public affairs career in Washington, D.C. as a House and Senate press secretary, speechwriter, and chief of staff. In his first book, Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865, Conroy explores the most critical meeting of the Civil War. He describes in great detail what happened when leaders from both sides came together in the only presidential peace mission in America’s wartime history to try and end the hostilities. Ultimately failing to come to an agreement, the War would drag on for two more months. Conroy argues that the failure of the Hampton Roads Conference shaped the course of American history and the future of America’s wars to come.
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Cofounded by a Clinton School team-based project and the Newport Economic Development Commission (NEDC), the Delta Visual Arts Show is now in its eighth year. A current Clinton School team is working with the NEDC and Newport civic and community leaders on developing the Delta Visual Arts Center in Newport. More information can be found here or by clicking on the flyer below.
University of Arkansas Clinton School graduate Tshering Yudon of Thimphu, Bhutan, has written and published her first book, Bumo Jarim, a children’s book about her home country.
Bumo Jarim is a Bhutanese folktale about a young, courageous girl named Karma who helps readers to redefine and examine beauty, compassion, and courage, and is illustrated by Sonam Chophel of Thimphu, Bhutan. The book was originally conceived in 2014 as a commitment Yudon made while attending the Clinton Global Initiative University. Yudon later created an online platform – Shingira – to contextualize and highlight the purpose of the project, even starting a gofundme page to help with some of the initial costs.
“Through Bumo Jarim, I hope to not only inspire and celebrate young girls and their fortitude,” Yudon said. “But also make notions of compassion and true beauty more ubiquitous for young and impressionable minds.”
Yudon graduated from the Clinton School in 2015 after earning her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. While at the Clinton School, she was a McLarty Global Scholar working with Vital Voices in Washington, D.C. She is currently pursuing another writing project while promoting the children’s book, and also seeking opportunities in Seattle in the field of global development and public health.
The book is now available for purchase online here, along with postcards and thank you cards that compliment the story. For every book purchased, a copy of Bumo Jarim will be given to a child in Bhutan.
I recently reached out to author Tshering Yudon about the project:
What inspired you to write this book?
Stories matter – stories help us imagine and reimagine ourselves – stories behave as tools to build conversations and relationships across cultures and generations. Growing up, I had a fervent passion for reading and books in general. I remember the trips to the bookstore that my father and I took and the joy that came from getting one of those thick-picturesque-hardcover books. However, often I wondered why the books I read and treasured didn’t much resemble the local and familiar.
In 2014, during my first year at the school, I was presented an opportunity to build a “Commitment to Action” for the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in Phoenix, Arizona. I reflected on my life and the paths I had dared to embark upon, and realized how greatly reading had guided and nurtured me and how much it would mean to share that with others.
I pledged to write a children’s book based on folktales from Bhutan, a book that would represent the local and familiar. The later part of the commitment would include distributing copies of the book to rural schools in Bhutan. At the core of my commitment, I wanted to celebrate and sustain the local.
What did you want to accomplish with this publication?
The greater goal of the project had always been more than writing a children’s book. I put forth an online platform – Shingira that stands for “root of a tree” – to contextualize and highlight the purpose of the project. The platform’s mission is to engage dynamically with our roots and shifting identities within the context of modernity and social change.
In keeping with the mission, I am currently working on distributing at least 1000 copies of the book – Bumo Jarim – to schools in Bhutan. I have self-published the first batch of Bumo Jarim, which is now available on our online platform, any funds would go towards printing and distributing copies in Bhutan. Simultaneously, I am communicating with local educators to promote storytelling and reading at schools.
Did you have an idea about the illustrations or was that mostly Sonam’s lead?
Being the project lead and writer, I had a vision for the storyboard and what the protagonist would look like. I pitched my concepts for the storyboard and Sonam, our lead artist, sketched them out. Sonam not only possess a creative and imaginative mind, but he also knows how to draw for a younger audience. Together, we laid out all the illustrations for the book.
How important was it for you to tell a Bhutanese story, about a young, courageous girl, specifically?
Sharing a Bhutanese story is absolutely an important part of the project. Bhutan is a relatively young and budding nation, and is still negotiating with elements of modernity and change. I think it is critical to examine our future whilst being cognizant of our past, and with that in mind I launched Shingira. I hope to work on more creative projects in the future – books, videos, podcasts and the like.
It is an absolute thrill to introduce a strong female protagonist who not only exhibits courage and judgment, but also helps readers to redefine and examine beauty as being akin to compassion and courage. Through Bumo Jarim, I hope to not only inspire and celebrate young girls and their fortitude, but also make notions of compassion and true beauty more ubiquitous for young and impressionable minds.
Do you relate to Karma at all? Did you write from some of your own experiences?
I spent a great deal of time testing out different names for our main character, and finally settled with Karma. The name itself is gender-neutral and stands for “a star.” In Buddhism, Karma connotes action or deed with a broader implication of the forces of cause and effect.
I think our young Karma is inspirational and models what it means to live and give authentically. I have always striven for those ideals in my own life. I relate to Karma’s journey into the wild to find and be herself; I was 15 when I made a brave decision to attend an international high school in Canada – Pearson United World College – that has a mission to make education a force to unite people, nations, and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. My time at Pearson played a pivotal role in laying the foundation towards a path to service and building better communities. I am really proud of the work we have done with the book, and I truly hope that Karma inspires young girls and boys to become more courageous and compassionate.
The University of Arkansas Clinton School Center on Community Philanthropy recently joined a partnership to launch the inaugural session of Higher Purpose Academy (HPA), an innovative community empowerment program for minority millennials in the Mississippi Delta. The academy took place on February 6 at Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, MS. Tim Lampkin, resident of Clarksdale, founded Higher Purpose Academy. “I believe we are developing a best practice model to engage our minority millennials on several topics for the future such as advocacy, racial equity, financial literacy, and much more. Our aim is to empower people and provide resources to the next generation throughout the poorest region,” said Lampkin.
The Academy was offered for free to low to moderate income individuals ages 18- 35. The first session covered topics such as entrepreneurship, building and protecting your brand, networking, and community/economic empowerment. Seventy-five area residents participated. Julian Mitchell, an award-winning brand marketer, instructor and multimedia journalist, was the keynote speaker. “The Center on Community Philanthropy is proud of the partnership with Higher Purpose Academy as they empower minority millennials in the Mississippi Delta,” said Dr. Charlotte Williams, director of the Center on Community Philanthropy. “Knowledge sharing, community mobilization, and civic participation will help cultivate the next great leaders in the Delta region.”
Policy Solutions Challenge USA is a national competition among teams of students from U.S. schools of public policy, public affairs and public administration to develop innovative solutions to the most important policy problems facing the country.
These students represent the next generation of skilled policy analysts, prepared by the schools of public policy, public affairs and public administration to draw upon the tools of economics, statistics, political science, organizational management and law to design new responses to the difficult issues confronting federal, state and local governments. If the U.S. is to thrive in the 21st century, these professionally trained policy analysts must contribute actively to shaping public policy.
Here are the teams that have been invited to the semifinal round of competition in 2016:
The Hope Fund was established in 2009 to provide funds to Clinton School students to better assist their partner organizations. Jericho Way is currently the partner organization of student Amanda Cullen, Class 10.
A new food pantry for students, faculty and staff at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has opened in the Donaghey Student Center on the UALR campus.
Click here to support the UALR campus food pantry. (Be sure to type “Trojan Food Pantry” in the “Where would you like your donation to go” box.)
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The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service invites non-profits, government agencies, businesses, foundations or other organizations working on issues of social change to submit ideas for field projects to be accomplished during the 2016-2017 academic year.
Clinton School students are working toward their Masters of Public Service degrees. In their field projects, they apply what they are learning in the classroom to real public service projects.
The Clinton School is currently accepting proposals for Practicum and Capstone field projects.
Practicum projects are selected by the Clinton School and accomplished by small teams of students from September 2016 through May 2017. Applications for Practicum projects are due on April 8, 2016.
Individual students select Capstone projects based on their career goals. Students devote over 250 hours to implementing their Capstones, which begin at different times of the year depending on student course schedules. Proposals for Capstone projects are accepted on a rolling basis through August 2016.
In addition to fulfilling degree requirements, the projects allow Clinton School students to add value to the organizations they partner with.
An information session for interested organizations will be held on Thursday, March 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Sturgis Hall. To attend, click here.
“The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance is very pleased to be partnering again with Clinton School students,” said Patty Barker, Arkansas No Kid Hungry Campaign Director. “We are excited to be able to expand the great research provided by last year’s Practicum team showing the positive effects of offering free school breakfast to all students can have on student achievement, which will help our No Kid Hungry stakeholders set key policy priorities to improve educational opportunities for all Arkansas children.”
Clinton School field projects include work such as:
“The students, the partner organizations, and the community have all benefited from the field service projects,” said Skip Rutherford, Dean of the Clinton School. “We encourage interested organizations to submit proposals to work with us next year.”
If you are unable to attend the information session and/or would like additional information about the application process, contact Hilary Trudell at email@example.com or 501-683-5200.
Welcome to The Dean’s List! The Dean’s List will profile up-and-comers in Memphis who are certain to be the next group of leaders in the nonprofit, corporate, government, and faith communities. The Dean’s List is curated by Kevin Dean, the Executive Director of Literacy Mid-South.
Kayla Brooks, 27, is the Network Facilitator for Seeding Success, a nonprofit that collaborates with corporate, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations to ensure every child graduates high school prepared for college, career & success in life. Though she may work behind the scenes, but her impact on Memphis is huge. She coordinates hundreds of agencies to align their work, which could be a daunting task for many. A graduate of Vanderbilt University and the Clinton School of Public Service, Kayla returned to her hometown to make a difference. Kayla is a rising star to watch! She has a big future ahead of her!
Why do you call Memphis home?
Memphis is home because I was born and raised here. There is a soothing calm that comes over me whenever I cross the bridge returning home.
What do you think is Memphis’ greatest challenge?
I think Memphis’ greatest challenge is education. We are not where we want/should be as far as reading scores are concerned. The future of our city depends on how well we prepare our children. Education helps reduce crime and poverty rates and will improve health. That said, I am confident that this is an issue our community can tackle together.
Tell us why your job is important for Memphis.
I would not necessarily say my job is important, but rather the work I am collectively engaged in is important. I along with other community partners are working together to improved education outcomes cradle to career for youth in Shelby County. In particular, I work with organizations in the out-of-school and after school space. My role is to support these organizations in determining how to work collectively and independently in order to better serve their students and families.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen (so far) in Memphis?
The strangest things I have seen in Memphis are bike lanes in neighborhood where people do not bike.
If one of your friends was coming to Memphis to visit and wanted you to build their itinerary, what would it look like?
If I had a friend travel to Memphis his or her itinerary would probably include a tour of the Civil Rights Museum, Stax Museum, and Slave Haven. This would be followed by a picnic lunch by the river or bbq at A&R on Elvis Presley. Depending on the time of year we may check out a Grizzlies or Redbirds Game. Evening activities may include: live music at Memphis Sound Lounge, a play at Hattiloo, or dancing at Prohibition Lounge.
What’s the one Memphis restaurant you couldn’t live without?
I could not live without Lenny’s I am addicted to the Philly Cheesesteak.
What makes Memphis different from other cities?
Memphis a gem and we don’t know it. I think that is what makes us different from other cities. We are our own best kept secret. I hear leaders and people influence discuss the need to recruit talent here. I hear Memphians talk about moving to other cities because those places have this or that. I think people do not realize that there is a wealth of untapped talent here. There are a wealth of activities here, you just have to expand your horizons. There is so much history in this place, especially Black history. The Orange Mound and Douglass communities are examples, just to name a few. Memphis is different from other cities because we think something greater exists elsewhere, but greater is right at home.
Where do you see yourself in ten years? I love to write and to travel.
Hopefully in 10 years I will have been able to infuse those passions into something meaningful and financially fruitful. I enjoy working in education and plan to continually engage in this work.
What’s the one misconception people have about Memphis that is simply untrue?
The biggest misconception is that you will get killed, shot, or robbed. That’s just not true.
What area of town is your favorite and why?
The downtown riverfront is my favorite area of town. I love to watch the water. It is also great inspiration when I am looking for something to write.
What can Memphians do to make a difference in our community?
There are several things that Memphians can do to make a difference in our community.We can all vote in EVERY election and hold our officials accountable. We can take the initiative to improve things in our community if there is something wrong e.g. pick up trash, volunteer at the local school, etc.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I always tell people Memphis is full of great things and full of problems just like any other city. However, I believe Memphis is a place for passionate people interested in change and who are not afraid of hard work. It is a place for change makers. This is why I made it my home.