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The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is set to host two speakers featured in the Arkansas Literary Festival, partnering with the festival for the seventh consecutive year.
The Clinton School Speaker Series and the Arkansas Literary Festival are proud to present journalist and author David Finkel on April 24, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. and author and professor Angie Maxwell on April 25, 2014 at 12:00 p.m., both at the Clinton School of Public Service, Sturgis Hall (1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, 72201).
David Finkel is a journalist and author whose most recent book, the critically acclaimed Thank You For Your Service, chronicles the challenges faced by American soldiers and their families in the aftermath of war. His previous book, The Good Soldiers, was the best-selling account of the U.S. surge during the Iraq War and a New York Times Best Book of the Year. Among Finkel’s honors are a Pulitzer Prize in 2006 and a MacArthur Fellowship in 2012. He is an editor and writer for the Washington Post.
Angie Maxwell is the Diane D. Blair professor of southern studies and assistant professor of political science at the University of Arkansas. She is the co-editor of Unlocking V. O. Key, Jr.: Southern Politics for the Twenty-first Century. Her recent publications have appeared in Presidential Studies Quarterly and the Journal of Black Studies. Maxwell will be talking about topics surrounding her new book, The Indicated South: Public Criticism, Southern Inferiority, and the Politics of Whiteness (New Directions in Southern Studies).
“Every year, the Arkansas Literary Festival tops itself and brings in an amazing group of authors, journalists, and presenters,” said Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford. “We’re thrilled to be involved with the festival again this year and really excited to host such wonderful and interesting authors as a part of our speaker series.”
The Arkansas Literary Festival is a product of the Central Arkansas Library System and will take place April 24 – 27, 2014.
About the Arkansas Literary Festival:
The festival will feature more than 80 presenters and special events, including a cocktail reception with authors, a writing workshop, and a concert. To view a full schedule of presenters and events, visit www.arkansasliteraryfestival.org. For more information, contact Brad Mooy at (501) 918-3098 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Clinton School Speaker Series:
The Clinton School hosts free public programs, guest lectures and community conversations featuring internationally-prominent leaders and timely topics. The series not only enhances the education of Clinton School students, but also provides a venue for the public to engage in intellectual discussions on the issues of the day. The lecture series features a diverse array of programs ranging from senators, congressmen and congresswomen, cabinet officials and ambassadors, to renowned academics, corporate CEOs, philanthropists, authors and journalists. For more information, visit www.clintonschoolspeakers.com.
“After the Tsunami,” directed by University of Arkansas Professor Larry Foley and narrated by Clinton School Alum Rina Meutia, will be awarded the Broadcast Education Association Award of Excellence from the Festival of Media Arts.
About the Festival of Media Arts
The Broadcast Eduacation Association’s Festival of Media Arts is a competitive festival open to BEA individual faculty and student members. Last year, the festival received over 1250 total entires in 15 competitions. Separate competitions for faculty and students cover the range from dramatic narratives, through non-fiction documentary and news to the frontiers of interactive multimedia.
Prizes are awarded during BEA’s annual convention and Festival of Media Arts – April 6-9, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
About “After the Tsunami”
“After the Tsunami” tells the story of Indonesian college graduate students who came to U.S. universities, most went to the University of Arkansas and Texas A&M, on scholarships following the 2004 tsunami that killed 173,000 in Banda Aceh. Former presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton championed the program, intended to help rebuild the human capital in Aceh Provence. The film is written and produced by Arkansas journalism professor Larry Foley, and narrated in first person by one of the students, Clinton School of Public Service graduate Rina Meutia.
“After the Tsunami” will air on AETN in Central Arkansas on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Clinton School alum Chance Williams, Associate Policy Director for Free Press in Washington D.C. was recently interviewed on C-Span about the impact of a recent Federal Appeals Court of the District of Columbia decision on internet net neutrality. The Court struck down an FCC ruling that prohibited internet service providers from blocking connections to content.
Next week, lots of kids will celebrate Valentine’s Day by sharing treats and notes with their friends.
But some kids will spend February 14 at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Some of these patients may be fighting for their lives. Others might have a clinic visit or an overnight stay after surgery.
Will you share a little love with these patients and send an online valentine wish? It won’t cost you a dime, but it will mean a lot to the kids.
Arkansas Children’s Hospital has a lofty goal: 10 printed valentines for every patient and 35,000 valentines wishes from around the world. A display in the lobby will showcase your Valentine’s Day wishes for all to appreciate.
Your valentine wish will help shower patients with love and affection. Use the online e-card to send your wish today!
With your help, this Valentine’s Day will be extra special for the patients at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Help them have a fun, cheerful Valentine’s Day - send a colorful valentine wish today.
Clinton School students are working towards their Master 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 (team-based) and Capstone (individual) field projects.Practicum projects are selected by the Clinton School and accomplished by small teams of 3-4 students from October 2014 through May 2015. Applications for Practicum projects are due on April 11, 2014.
Individual students select Capstone projects based on their career goals. Students devote roughly 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 2014. It is recommended that capstone project proposals be submitted by March 7, 2014. In addition to fulfilling degree requirements, the projects allow Clinton School students to add value to partnering organizations.
The school seeks field projects that meet an identified need of an organization or group of people. This allows for work to be accomplished that is beneficial to both the community and the student.
“Over the past six years our work with the students and faculty of the Clinton School of Public Service has been a great benefit to Newport and Jackson County,” said Jon Chadwell, executive director of the Newport Economic Development Commission. “The projects have helped our community provide better opportunities for our citizens and have allowed the students from the Clinton School to gain experience that will help them transform other communities in the future. It is one of the most mutually rewarding activities that we have undertaken for our town.”
Clinton School field projects include work such as:
“Every year, students, partner organizations and local communities all greatly benefit from our field service projects,” said Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford. “We’re excited to form new partnerships and we strongly encourage interested organizations to submit proposals to work with us next year.”
Organizations interested in partnering with the Clinton School can submit a proposal online at: http://clintonschool.uasys.
Information sessions for interested groups will be held around Arkansas in February and March. Interested groups are encouraged to attend one of the following sessions:
To RSVP to attend one of these information sessions, you can click here.
For additional information about the application process, contact Julianne Dunn at email@example.com or (501) 683-5392.
This profile originally appeared on Central Michigan University’s website.
“From my time at CMU (Central Michigan University) and through my involvement with the Volunteer Center, I learned that I could dedicate my life and my career to public service — that it didn’t have to be something I just did in my free time,” says Mara D’Amico, ’10.
“I began to seek out information about careers that would allow me to live my life as an active citizen. It’s something I strive for now, and I don’t believe I would be on this path had I not gotten involved at CMU or served through the Volunteer Center.”
Mara, who was a participant, site leader and board member of the Alternative Breaks program, says she was amazed by the number of ways to get involved at CMU. She cites her first Alternative Break, where she traveled with 11 other students to Greenville, S.C., to work with Crossroads Group Home for adolescent girls who had been sexually abused, as her most memorable trip.
“Throughout the whole experience, I felt as though these girls were doing more to teach me than I was doing to help them,” Mara said. “Each night that week we would return to the community church where we were staying, and I would cry.
“I cried tears that some of the girls didn’t feel like they could cry. I cried tears of anger that someone would rape an 11-year-old girl. I cried tears of sadness that we live in a world where these crimes are all too common. I realized then that my work couldn’t stop there.”
Since then, Mara says she has read countless books to educate herself on the issue of violence against women, educated thousands through theatrical productions and become a certified advocate for survivors of violence, and spent time volunteering in a domestic violence shelter.
“My first Alternative Break changed me; it helped me to understand the importance of finding something I’m passionate about and working endlessly to address it,” Mara said. “This shaped me in ways that I can’t even explain and really helped me to become committed to improving the state of our society in all of the ways that I can.”
Skip Rutherford, Dean of the Clinton School, was presented as the eleventh Clara Barton Distinguished Humanitarian of the Year. Select Arkansans from a variety of ages and professions that have responded to a life threatening need for help were recognized.
Congratulations to Dean Skip Rutherford for winning this award.
“After the Tsunami” AETN Schedule: