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In their annual election, the student body of the Clinton School has selected a new group to lead the Student Government Association (SGA).
The newly elected Executive Committee consists of President Anna Applebaum; Governance Committee Chair Matt Devlin; Community Liaison Sylvia Tran; Communications Coordinator Brad Cameron; Class 8 Representative Chet Howland; and Class 9 Representative Quiana Brown.
“We all are fortunate to be part of this school, and as it is so young, we play a role in shaping where it will go,” said President-elect Anna Applebaum. “I’m really excited to have the chance to work with my fellow students to shape what our Clinton School experience will be for us and students to come.”
Some of the SGA responsibilities include providing a formal process through which student interests may be promoted and concerns may be addressed, cultivating relationships among the student body, faculty, and administration, and maintaining communication with former Clinton School students.
“I have all the confidence in the world in Anna and the rest of the newly-elected committee,” said out-going SGA President Mara D’Amico. “I’m really excited to see their new ideas and what they’re able to accomplish together.”
Please contact Community Liaison Sylvia Tran at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to learn more about the Clinton School SGA.
About the Clinton School Student Government Association Executive Committee
President: Anna Applebaum (Los Angeles, Calif.) – A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis where she majored in interdisciplinary project in the humanities and in French, Applebaum was editor-in-chief of Political Review, a monthly non-partisan publication dedicated to fostering political awareness and discussion. She has mentored and tutored children at a homeless shelter and juvenile detention center.
Governance Committee Chair: Matt Devlin (Silver Spring, Md.) – A graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park majoring in economics, Devlin served two years with AmeriCorps as a site coordinator with LIFT, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting low-income families. He cofounded the Economics Tutoring Association of Maryland and was a corporate social responsibility intern for CR Consulting in London.
Community Liaison: Sylvia Tran (Fort Smith, Ark.) – A graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in biology and sustainability, Tran worked with the Volunteer Action Center, a student-run board that coordinates and promotes service events and opportunities. She served as a social media strategist for Modthink and is interested in issues relating to women, children and international aid.
Communications Coordinator: Brad Cameron (Conway, Ark.) – A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in psychology, Cameron currently serves as communications director at Disruption Department, an education technology nonprofit. His public service interests include social entrepreneurism.
Class 8 Representative: Chet Howland (Asheville, N.C.) – A graduate of Davidson College with a degree in history, Howland spent two years serving with AmeriCorps’ Project Conserve in western North Carolina. He was an outreach associate for the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and a volunteer track coach at Asheville High School. Howland’s public service interests are centered on domestic income inequality.
Class 9 Representative: Quiana Brown (New Orleans, La.) – Brown earned a bachelor of arts degree from Clark Atlanta University and a master in social work from the University of Texas. She served as a KIPP school teacher and volunteered with the Houston READ Commission. She has a strong interest in advocacy for the rights of women and children.
The Clinton School of Public Service is now accepting applications for enrollment in its Master of Public Service (MPS) degree program in the fall of 2014.
The first school in the country to offer a master’s in public service, the Clinton School accepts 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.
“Our students come in with a wide variety of interests, whether it’s improving education in developing countries, environmental issues, civic engagement in rural communities, or international development, politics or social entrepreneurship, all of our students leave with the same goal: to empower communities to enrich their own lives create their own change,” said Skip Rutherford, dean of the Clinton School. “We welcome all applicants who wish to dedicate their lives to public service.”
Those interested in joining the program can now apply online. Admitted students will make up the school’s tenth class, beginning in August 2014. The application deadline is January 25, 2014.
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 individual (capstone) project in an area of their own interest.
Last summer, students completed international service projects in 21 countries, including, Belize, Kenya, Thailand, Nepal, Morocco, Slovakia, Nicaragua, England, South Africa, and India, among others, with organizations, including CARE International, Heifer International, Habitat for Humanity International, 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.
After completing the two-year MPS degree program, Clinton School graduates go 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 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 email@example.com.
The Clinton School is a non-partisan graduate institution and welcomes academically and experientially qualified applicants of all ideologies, backgrounds, ages, and life experiences.
The University of Arkansas Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service will co host the fifth symposium in the Blair Legacy Series.
“18 million cracks”: The Legacy of 2nd Wave Feminism in American Politics will be held Nov. 13-15 in Fayetteville and will examine the role and impact of female leaders in the era beginning in the 1960s.
“Second-wave feminists used their voices to spark a national dialogue regarding gender inequities,” said Angie Maxwell, assistant professor of political science and Diane D. Blair professor in Southern Studies. “This symposium recognizes the work and diligence of women, like Diane Blair, who fought for the passage of the ERA, pay equity and women’s reproductive rights. Their efforts several decades ago continue to impact the roles of women in today’s society.”
As part of the symposium, the public is invited to a free screening of the PBS documentary Makers: Women Who Make America at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Arkansas Union Theatre. Sara Evans, one of the film’s advisers, will lead a discussion following the viewing, and a reception will follow the program.
The two-day symposium will include respected scholars from around the country. The invited participants will work in small groups throughout the conference to produce a manuscript examining second-wave feminism and its ongoing influence on contemporary politics in the United States.
“Top women scholars from across the U.S. will come together to provide a critical examination of the legacy of second-wave feminism,” said Skip Rutherford, dean of the Clinton School. “These discussions during the symposium and the resulting publication reflect the value and commitment the University of Arkansas System makes to produce relevant research.”
National participants in the 2013 Diane Blair Legacy Series include Christina Bejarano, associate professor of political science, University of Kansas; Susan Carroll, professor of political science and gender studies, Rutgers University; Cecelia Conrad, director, MacArthur Fellows Program; Sara Evans, McKnight Distinguished University Professor of History, University of Minnesota; Stephanie Gilmore, activist, educator and writer, Philadelphia, Penn.; Valerie Martinez-Ebers, professor of political science, University of North Texas; Catherine Rymph, associate professor of history, University of Missouri; Wendy Smooth, associate professor of women’s studies and political science, Ohio State University; and Marjorie Spruill, professor of history, University of South Carolina.
The Blair Legacy Series invites senior scholars to assess the regional, national and international impact of politicians, intellectuals and social leaders though collaborative investigation. The previous four symposia have each resulted in a published book:
• The Clinton Riddle: Perspectives on the Forty-Second President (University of Arkansas Press, 2010), edited by Todd G. Shields, Jeannie M. Whayne and Donald Kelly
• Unlocking V.O. Key: Southern Politics for the Twenty-First Century (University of Arkansas Press, 2011), edited by Angie Maxwell and Todd G. Shields
• The Ongoing Burden of Southern History: Politics and Identity in the Twenty-First-Century South (Louisiana State University Press, 2012), edited by Angie Maxwell, Todd G. Shields and Jeannie Whayne
• Taking the Measure: The Presidency of George W. Bush (Texas A&M University Press, 2013), edited by Donald R. Kelley and Todd G. Shields.
For more information about the Blair Legacy Series or the film screening, please see the Blair Center website.
About the Participants:
Christina Bejarano is associate professor of political science at the University of Kansas and the current chair of the Committee on the Status of Latinos with the Western Political Science Association. Her research examines the intersectionality of race/ethnicity and gender. In addition to contributing book chapters, Bejarano has authored the forthcoming book, The Latina Advantage: Gender, Race, and Political Success (University of Texas Press) and refereed articles with colleagues including, “Tracking the Latino Gender Gap: Gender Attitudes Across Sex, Borders and Generations” (Politics & Gender, 2011) and “What Goes Around, Comes Around: Race, Blowback, and the Louisiana Elections of 2002 and 2003” (Political Research Quarterly, 2007).
Susan Carroll is professor of political science and women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University. She also holds the position of Senior Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics of the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Carroll is a founder and former president of the Organized Section for Women and Politics Research of the American Political Science Association, and she currently co-edits the CAWP Series in Gender and American Politics, a book series published by the University of Michigan Press. She is the author of Women as Candidates in American Politics (Indiana University Press, Second Edition, 1994). She is the editor of The Impact of Women in Public Office (Indiana University Press, 2001), Women and American Politics: New Questions, New Directions (Oxford University Press, 2003) and co-editor of Gender and Elections: Shaping the Future of American Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2006).
Cecelia Conrad is vice president of MacArthur Fellows Program. Conrad currently chairs the congressionally mandated Committee on Equal Opportunities in Sciences and Engineering, an advisory committee to the National Science Foundation. She is a board member of the Western Economic Association International and of the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession. Conrad’s research focusing on the effects of race and gender on economic status has been published in both academic journals and nonacademic publications including The American Prospect and Black Enterprise.
Sara Evans is the McKnight Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Minnesota. She is the editor of Feminist Studies and a consulting editor for the Journal of American History. Evans’ research specializes in gender analysis, American women’s history and social movements. She is the author of Journeys That Opened Up the World: Women, Student Christian Movements, and Social Justice, 1955-1975 (Rutgers University Press, 2003), Tidal Wave: How Women Changed America at Century’s End (The Free Press, 2003), Free Spaces: Sources of Democratic Change in America, 2nd edition (University of Chicago Press 1992), Born for Liberty: A History of American Women (Free Press, 1989), Wage Justice: Comparable Worth and the Paradox of Technocratic Reform (University of Chicago Press, 1989) and Personal Politics: The Roots of Women’s Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement and the New Left (Vintage Paperback, 1979, 1980).
Stephanie Gilmore is an LGBT and feminist activist, educator and writer. She collaborates with an editorial collective for Feminist Studies. Gilmore is a board member and newsletter editor for the Committee of LGBT Historians. She speaks frequently on college campuses about sexual violence, college campus culture and historical and contemporary activism. Gilmore has published numerous articles and book chapters on activism, feminist sex and sexuality and sexual labors. She is the editor of Feminist Coalitions: Historical Perspectives on Second-Wave Feminism in the United States (University of Illinois Press, 2008) and author of Groundswell: Grassroots Feminist Activism in Postwar America (Routledge, 2013).
Valerie Martinez-Ebers is professor of political science at the University of North Texas. She is also co-editor of American Political Science Review published by the American Political Science Association. Her area of research focuses on race, ethnicity and politics, especially Latino politics. Martinez-Ebers has collaborated on several books, including Latinos in the New Millennium: An Almanac of Opinion, Behavior, and Policy Preferences (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Latino Lives in America: Making It Home (Temple University Press, 2010), Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity and Religion: Identity Politics in America (Oxford University Press, 2009) and Politicas: Latina Trailblazers in the Texas Political Arena (University of Texas Press, 2008).
Catherine Rymph is associate professor of history at the University of Missouri. She specializes in recent United States history, with a focus on women’s political history. She is currently researching the history of the United States foster care system. Rymph is author of Republican Women: Feminism and Conservatism from Suffrage to the Rise of the New Right (UNC Press, 2006).
Wendy Smooth is associate professor of women’s studies and political science at Ohio State University. She also serves as a faculty affiliate with the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity where she focuses on public policies impacting women and communities of color. Smooth is currently working on a book titled, Perceptions of Power and Influence: The Impact of Race and Gender in American State Legislatures, which examines the impact of race and gender on the distribution of power and influence in state legislatures.
Marjorie Spruill is professor of history at the University of South Carolina. She is the author of New Women of the New South: The Leaders of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the Southern States (Oxford University Press, 1993). Spruill is the editor of One Woman, One Vote: Rediscovering the Woman Suffrage Movement (NewSage Press, 1995) and Votes for Women! The Woman Suffrage Movement in Tennessee, the South, and the Nation (University of Tennessee Press, 1995). She is co-editor of The South in the History of the Nation: A Reader Bedford/St. Martin’s, 1999), the three-volume anthology South Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times (University of Georgia Press, 2009, 2010, 2011) and a two-volume Mississippi Women: Their Histories, Their Lives (University of Georgia Press, 2003, 2010).
About the Partners:
The Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society was established in 2001 by an act of U.S. Congress. This research center was named in honor of Diane Divers Blair who taught in the political science department of the University of Arkansas for 30 years. The Blair Center reflects her academic model and strives to approach the study of the American South from a variety of angles, attempting to reveal the undercurrents of politics, history and culture that have shaped the region.
The nation’s seventh presidential school, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is the first school in the nation to offer a Master of Public Service (M.P.S.) degree, giving students the knowledge and experience to further their careers in the areas of nonprofit, governmental, volunteer or private sector service. Additionally, the mission of the Clinton School’s Center on Community Philanthropy, directed by Charlotte Williams, is to promote issues and research into community-based philanthropy and its role in generating social, economic and political change.
Previous Blair Legacy Series contributing scholars have included Josephine A.V. Allen, Ken Bode, David Brady, Elsa Barkley Brown, Charles S. Bullock, Dan Carter, James C. Cobb, Jane Dailey, June Teufel Dreyer, Leigh Anne Duck, Pearl K. Ford, Kari Frederickson, Keith Gaddie, Betty Glad, Barry Hannah, D. Sunshine Hillygus, Darlene Clark Hine, Robert Levgold, Susan MacManus, Dorothy McBride Stetson, Robert C. McMath, Wayne Parent, U.S. Sen. David Pryor, Sherman C. Puckett, Margaret Reid, Randy Roberts, Byron E. Shafer, Harold Stanley, Hanes Walton, Jr., Patrick Williams, Charles Reagan Wilson and Randall B. Woods.
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Todd Shields, director, Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences 479-575-3356, email@example.com
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“Open Enrollment Kickoff”
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- The Arkansas Insurance Department, in partnership with the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, will host the Open Enrollment Kickoff Oct. 1 to mark the opening of the Health Insurance Marketplace. On the first day that people can view plans offered through the Marketplace, those attending can set up a Marketplace account, shop and compare health insurance plans and learn about financial assistance available for those that qualify. Trained, licensed guides will be on hand to assist with enrollment. Attendees can also gather information from a number of informational booths.
“Building the Economy through Livable Communities: Little Rock’s Partnership with EPA, HUD, and DOT,” a panel discussion
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- Now in its fourth year, the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, a collaboration of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has helped communities build stronger regional economies, improve their housing and transportation options, and protect the environment. The three Deputy Secretaries of HUD, DOT and EPA will visit the Clinton School to discuss how communities, including Little Rock, are using this collaboration to plan the housing, transportation and economic development they need as infrastructure for economic growth, helping them attract businesses and improve quality of life for residents.
“Gasland Part II” a film screening
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- “Gasland Part II”, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, is a follow-up to the Academy Award nominated documentary, “Gasland.” The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in filmmaker Josh Fox’s words “contaminating our democracy”.
“Front Row Seat: A Photographic Portrait of the Presidency of George W. Bush,” former Chief White House Photographer Eric Draper
Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
- America’s forty-third president, George W. Bush, presided over eight of the most dramatic years in recent history, from the 9/11 attacks early in his administration to the worldwide economic crisis of 2008. By his side, recording every event from the momentous to the intimate, was his personal White House photographer, Eric Draper. From a collection of nearly one million photographs, “Front Row Seat” is a selection of more than one hundred images of President Bush that portray both the public figure and the private man.
“Surviving H1N1,” Luke Duvall
Monday, October 7, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- Duvall was a sophomore high school football player in Atkins, Arkansas when he became an overnight television star in October 2009 when CBS’ 60 minutes began following his story. At the height of the H1N1 pandemic, Luke was rushed to Arkansas Children’s hospital to save his life. His story helped educate the public on the importance of vaccinations. On the four year anniversary of arriving at Children’s Hospital on its helicopter, Angel One, Luke retells his remarkable story.
“Social Entrepreneurs: Doing Well By Doing Good”
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Clinton Presidential Library Great Hall) *In partnership with the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
- Join us for a conference about social entrepreneurism with Matt Flannery, co-founder and CEO of Kiva and a panel of Arkansas social enterprise leaders moderated by Rep Warwick Sabin.
“Boston Marathon Bombing and Lessons Learned,” Watertown Chief of Police, Ed Deveau
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- In partnership with Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, Ed Deveau, Watertown, Mass., Police Chief, will recount the lessons learned from the Boston Marathon Bombing and manhunt for the accused suspects. Shortly after midnight on April 19, the Watertown police department were ambushed by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects and engaged in a shootout with the suspects.
Paul Wachtel, distinguished professor in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at CUNY
Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with the Arkansas Psychological Association
- Dr. Wachtel’s research and writing have centered on the theory and practice of psychotherapy, the individual and contextual dynamics of personality, and the applications of psychological theory to major social issues and problems. In all of these areas, he has brought to bear an integrative theoretical perspective centered on the examination of how patterns are perpetuated or changed through the operation of vicious and virtuous circles on the one hand and the differentiation of behavior and experience in differential contexts on the other.
Terry Shook, award-winning urban planner
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- Shook, FAIA, is a principal of Shook Kelly, with offices in Charlotte, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Shook Kelley’s retail consultancy includes psychographic consumer analysis, strategic planning, and prototype development for many of the world’s foremost retail brands, and well as retail centric mixed use environments in existing urban as well as greenfield locations. He has more than 25 years’ experience in planning and branding traditional town centers, shopping centers, and retailers. Shook Kelly designed Birkdale Village (Huntersville, NC), which has received awards from the NAHB, ULI, and ICSC and is considered one of the most successful New Urban lifestyle centers in the United States.
International Public Service Project Panel
Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- Five Clinton School students, Ashley Jones, Tyler Pearson, Lindsay kuehn, Neena Viel, and Jessica Boyd, will discuss the international public service projects they completed this summer as part of the Master of Public Service degree program. The participating students traveled to Colombia, Slovakia, Kenya, Cambodia and Uganda.
“The Problem with Invasive Pythons in the United States,” professor JD Willson
Friday, October 18, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- Willson joined the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Arkansas in the fall of 2012 where he is completing basic and applied research on amphibians, aquatic reptiles, and invasive snakes. His dissertation research used multidisciplinary to examine aquatic snake population dynamics and evaluate the critical roles that snakes play as predators within wetland ecosystems and he became involved in research on the ecology, impacts, and potential for range expansion of invasive Burmese Pythons in the Florida Everglades.
“Pati’s Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking,” author Pati Jinich
Monday, October 21, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
- Jinich is the chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, DC and author of “Pati’s Mexican Table,” which is also the title of her popular public television series. Born and raised in Mexico City, she served as a political analyst and has a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. She left policy work to pursue her lifelong passions: to research, write about, test and cook Mexican food, and to share her knowledge and adventures in that cuisine and culture with others.
Ben Cohen, co-founder, Ben and Jerry’s
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- Cohen is the co-founder of Vermont-based Ice Cream giant, Ben and Jerry’s in 1978. Cohen resigned as CEO of Ben and Jerry’s in 1996 and has since taken a very active role in social activism, promoting issues throughout the Ben and Jerry’s Foundation, for organizations such as the Anti Displacement Project.
“Patton Veterans Project,” founder and president, Benjamin Patton
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
- The Patton Veterans Project, Inc. is a non-profit organization established to benefit servicemen and women and military families coping with the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress. They use the power of digital media to support, heal and empower veterans and military families coping with combat-related trauma. The youngest grandson of WWII’s General George S. Patton Jr., Benjamin is also the co-author of “Growing Up Patton: Reflections on Heroes, History and Family Wisdom.”
“Team Rubicon” president and co-founder, Jake Wood
Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- Team Rubicon (TR) unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Since its creation in January 2010, TR has impacted thousands of lives – in Haiti, Chile, Burma, Pakistan, Sudan, and here at home, in Vermont, Maryland, Missouri, and Alabama. TR reaches victims outside the scope of where traditional aid organizations venture. On the streets of Port-au-Prince, in the immediate aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, TR’s military veterans realized a simple truth – natural disasters present many of the same problems that confront troops in Iraq and Afghanistan: unstable populations, limited resources, horrific sights, sounds and smells. The skills cultivated on those same battlefields – emergency medicine, risk assessment and mitigation, teamwork and decisive leadership – are invaluable in disaster zones
“Red,” a panel discussion
Friday, October 25, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) In partnership with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre
- Arkansas Repertory Theatre producing artistic director Bob Hupp will host a panel discussion on the upcoming production of “Red,” which is being produced in partnership with the Arkansas Arts Center’s upcoming exhibit “Mark Rothko in the 1940’s: The Decisive Decade.” Written by John Logan and set in Rothko’s studio on the Bowery, “Red” chronicles the artist’s two-year struggle to complete a set of murals for Manhattan’s exclusive Four Seasons restaurant.
“The Role of Dissent in Democracy: From Working Within the System to Resignation,” Colonel Ann Wright, USA Ret.
Monday, October 28, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
- Col. Wright joined the Foreign Service and served as U.S. Deputy Ambassador in Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan, and Mongolia. She received the State Department’s Award for Heroism for her actions during the evacuation of 2,500 people from the civil war in Sierra Leone. She was on the first State Department team to go to Afghanistan and helped reopen the Embassy there in December 2001. On March 19, 2003, the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, she cabled a letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin Powell, objecting to the United States military action without the authorization of the UN Security Council. Since then, she has been writing and speaking out for peace.
“Egypt, Syria, What is Next,” Mustafa Akyol
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
- Akyol is a Turkish political commentator and author based in Istanbul, Turkey and has spoken on many platforms, including the Council on Foreign Relations, Brookings Institution, Heritage Foundation, Mont Pelerin Society and many universities around the world. He will be the keynote speaker at Annual Friendship and Dialogue Dinner ”Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty” on the same day.
“After the Tsunami,” a film screening
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (Clinton Presidential Library, Great Hall)
-“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 Larry Foley, and narrated in first person by one of the students, Clinton School of Public Service graduate Rina Meutia.
This essay, by current Clinton School student, Brenda Hernandez, originally appeared on the Clinton Foundation blog.
To me, service means looking beyond my personal needs and my individual aspirations. At a very young age, I was exposed by my grandfather to many issues related to poverty in our community. I quickly learned to take ownership of and pride in my community. Instead of complaining about problems, we worked collectively to create the change we wanted to see around us. As a young adult, I became passionate about creating awareness of the importance of civic participation, education, and social justice. However, it wasn’t until college that I really knew how to put that passion into practice.
My undergraduate career at the University of California, Berkeley, exposed me to even broader social issues. During this time, my passion and commitment to create social change only grew deeper when I realized how privileged I was to be in my situation. During college, I was suddenly in an environment where giving a voice to the voiceless was strongly encouraged. Individuals made it their personal mission to create positive change that would impact marginalized communities, and that quickly became the norm for me, as well. We did not always succeed in achieving the results we wanted, but we knew that creating awareness of important issues and motivating others to take action was just as critical as our original goal.
Today, service is what drives me to dedicate my life to continue working toward more equitable local, national, and global communities. Helping create change around us is gradual, but imperative. By becoming more invested in our communities, we are not only helping create positive change, but also setting an example for the next generation of leaders in America. My involvement with organizations such as AmeriCorps helped strengthen my commitment to public service. It takes fearless and resilient individuals to dedicate their lives to social change but with their stewardship, social change is created daily around the world. To me, service is being an agent of change wherever I go, which I consider both an honor and responsibility that I will continue to work toward achieving every day.
This essay, by current Clinton School student, Bolton Kirchner, originally appeared on the Clinton Foundation blog.
On my first day at the Clinton School, I walked into the classroom at the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Center and immediately started introducing myself. Students were from coast to coast in the United States and places as far away as Bhutan. This exciting moment highlighted one of the definitive strengths of the Clinton School: the diversity of the student body.
While we are a diverse collection of ethnicities and backgrounds, we also have a diverse collection of opinions. The Clinton School of Public Service helps students develop their own unique capacity for dialogue in order to impact local and global communities.
The Clinton School curriculum begins at the intersection of theory and practice. As students, we are taught to be practitioners who use the theory we are learning in the classroom and immediately apply it in our field service projects. The first year we participate in a team-based field service project within Arkansas. Our second project is an international project in a country of our choosing. The final field service component is the capstone, which is a public service project that we develop and complete on our own. These three field service experiences are supplemented by course work. We complete classes in diverse areas such as communications, program planning, and field research methods. The theories learned in the classroom along with the practice gained in the field create the foundation of the Clinton School curriculum.
Through all of these experiences, the Clinton School is teaching its students how to participate in, facilitate, and shape a dialogue for public service. We are immersed and engaged in discussions about local, national, and global issues, which increases our awareness and helps us begin to consider solutions. Our courses teach us how to help the marginalized in our communities share their voices with others. Through that process of giving a voice to the voiceless, we learn new perspectives and open new channels of dialogue. By actively working within the public sphere, we begin to shape conversations.
Social change is created through dialogue and it’s important that we positively advance that dialogue through hands-on experience, reaching local and international communities, communicating effectively, and connecting with others. Dialogue is inclusive, it establishes partnerships, and it creates equity. Through that dialogue, the students of the Clinton School of Public Service are helping to shape the future and make an impact, both in our local communities and around the world.
Clinton School students, Abby Olivier, Kayla Brooks, Jessica Boyd, Josh Visnaw, Tyler Pearson, and Ashley Jones, are attending the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting this week in New York. Through a variety of sessions, speeches and events, leaders from across sectors will develop new ideas and partnerships, learn from their peers, and take action.
Speakers for the 2013 annual meeting include President Bill Clinton, Secretary Hilary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Melinda French Gates, and Bono, among many others.
This year’s CGI theme, Mobilizing For Impact, explores ways that CGI members and member organizations can be more effective in leveraging individuals, partner organizations, and key resources in their commitment efforts.
Sessions during the week include plenary sessions, which bring together key leaders to discuss methods from different perspectives for addressing global challenges, small group discussions that are more in-depth conversations intended to maximize impact, and breakout sessions, such as designing ideas, commitment case studies, pitches, and conversations.
For more information on the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting events, schedules, or speakers, visit www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/ourmeetings/2013/.
Clinton School student, and Arkansas State University (ASU) graduate, Neena Viel, was recently featured on ASU’s website.The article focused on Neena’s recent public service work with the Clinton School and her strong desire to help others.
At ASU, Neena majored in Communications studies, she received the Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship, the Mahlon Martin Fellowship (which supports research and programming on public policy in Arkansas), and was awarded a Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship.
After graduating from ASU, Neena enrolled in the first Master of Public Service program in the country, at the Clinton School, to gain the necessary tools and the hands-on opportunities to continue a career in volunteer and nonprofit or for-profit public service work.
At the Clinton School, Neena completed hands-on work in Arkansas communities and also in Uganda, where she worked with an organization called Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project. Her work with the orphan project allowed her to gain international, real-world experience, and most importantly, to help others in an area of her passion.
Read the full article here.