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The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute and the Clinton School of Public Service will partner this week to present the inaugural Under 40 Forum, an overnight retreat designed to connect the honorees of the annual 40 Under 40 lists as published by Arkansas Business and the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal.
All 78 honorees from the two publications’ 2015 lists (there were two individuals on both lists) have been invited to gather at the Institute atop Petit Jean Mountain Friday and Saturday for this one-of-a-kind event. Gov. Asa Hutchinson will kick off the event Friday with an address and question-and-answer session. The participants will then engage in a facilitated discussion centered around recruitment and retention of young talent in the state. Matt DeCample, president of Aarch Communications in Little Rock and previously communications director for former Gov. Mike Beebe, will serve as facilitator.
The conversation about talent recruitment and retention will continue Saturday morning, with plenty of networking opportunities built in.
“Our goal for this meeting is two-fold,” said Skip Rutherford, dean of the Clinton School of Public Service. “First of all, we want to engage these young leaders in a meaningful discussion about the future of our state. Second, we firmly believe in the power of connection and collaboration, so we want to give them ample time and space to get to know one another.”
A report detailing the outcomes of the facilitated discussions will be published and provided to the governor’s office, the state Legislature and other state leaders.
“This is exactly the type of summit we think Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller would be proud of,” said Janet Harris, director of programs for the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. “He was known for using his beautiful space atop Petit Jean to convene the best and brightest minds in the state and beyond to advance solutions to Arkansas’ most pressing needs. We look forward to seeing what this distinguished group of people brings to the discussion.”
The Under 40 Forum is being held in full cooperation with Arkansas Business and the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal. The event is by invitation only to the 78 honorees, though Gov. Hutchinson’s address will be open to the media. The resulting report will be available to view at www.rockefellerinstitute.org.
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“Love is Good Business,” Becca Stevens
Friday, April 1, 2016, at 6:00 p.m.
– Becca Stevens is an author and social entrepreneur who founded Thistle Farms, an all-natural bath and body care company that is the largest social enterprise in the United States run by survivors of addiction, trafficking, violence, and extreme poverty. Stevens is the author of eleven books and is an Episcopal priest who is chaplain at Vanderbilt University’s St. Augustine’s Chapel in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2011, the White House named Becca a “Champion of Change” for her work against domestic violence. Recently, she was featured in the PBS documentary, A Path Appears, named Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America as well as the TJ Martell Foundation, and inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame. In her talk, “Love is Good Business,” Stevens will describe how ‘lavish’ and ‘economical’ intersect in the work of justice. From her social enterprise, Stevens has learned that love is good business and can help spark a national movement.
The Art of Leadership: Lessons from the American Presidency,” Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. (UALR Center for Performing Arts) *Part of the Winthrop Rockefeller Distinguished Lecture Series and in partnership with UALR *Book signing to follow
– Jon Meacham is executive editor and executive vice president at Random House, the largest trade book publisher in the world. He is the a former editor-in-chief of Newsweek, a contributing editor to Time magazine, editor-at-large of WNET, and a commentator on politics, history, and religious faith in America. Meacham won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for his previous book, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House. In his new book, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, Meacham chronicles the life, thoughts, decisions, and emotions of George H. W. Bush, drawing on President Bush’s personal diaries, on the diaries of his wife, Barbara, and on extraordinary access to the forty-first president and his family. In this presentation, Meacham explores Jefferson’s pragmatism and JFK’s capacity to recover from his own mistakes, to the management of conflicting egos as shown by Reagan and FDR, and how George H. W. Bush dealt with the end of his Presidency. Meacham explores what 21st century leaders in different fields of endeavor can learn from the greatest moments of our common past and how history can inform the decisions all of us make every day in positions that demand creative and innovative solutions.
Bernard Kinsey, founder of the Kinsey Collection of African American Art and History
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Bernard Kinsey is the president and founder of KBK Enterprises, a management consulting firm with extensive experience and success providing advice and counsel to senior-level executives. He has consulted on economic development with the governments of South Africa, Germany, the U.K., and France, and was appointed Honorary Consul General by the U.S. State Department and the Central African Republic. Kinsey also enjoyed a 20-year association with the Xerox Corporation and was one of the pioneers in breaking down racial barriers in corporate America. His leadership of the Xerox Black Employees Association led to the hiring of thousands of black employees, women, and Latinos, and is the subject of a Harvard Business School case study. For the past 7 years, Bernard Kinsey and his wife, Shirley, have focused their attention on The Kinsey Collection, their national touring museum exhibit of African American art and history dating back to the year 1600. The collection has been viewed by over 3 million visitors, was on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, and is currently on national tour. The Kinsey Collection will be on display at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in downtown Little Rock from April 8 – July 2, 2016.
“Campus Sexual Assault: A Survivor’s Perspective,” Kamilah Willingham
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with the Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault
– Kamilah Willingham is an outspoken advocate and activist dedicated to gender equality, social justice, and human rights. She currently works as a program and outreach director at the California Women’s Law Center in Los Angeles. She previously worked for Just Detention International (JDI), an organization dedicated to ending sexual abuse in prisons and jails. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and received her undergraduate degree from Pomona College.
“Bridges of Madison County” a panel discussion
Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall) * In partnership with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre
– Fresh from Broadway, Bridges of Madison County is a new musical from Jason Robert Brown based on the bestselling novel by Robert James Waller. Italian-American wife and mother, Francesca, lives a dutiful life on a quiet Iowa farm, until a charismatic, handsome photographer sweeps into her world, reigniting her passion for life and reawakening her capacity for romance. Torn between her need to be loved and her promise to her family, Francesca must make the most difficult choice of her life. Either way, her world will never be the same again. Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations, The Bridges of Madison County opens at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre on April 8.
Sherece West-Scantlebury, president and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Friday, April 8, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Sherece West-Scantlebury is president and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, a private, independent foundation based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Their mission is to improve the lives of all Arkansans in three interrelated issues: economic development; education; and economic, racial, and social justice. Involved in philanthropy for over to 20 years, West-Scantlebury served as CEO at the Foundation for Louisiana and as a program associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Her professional career includes nearly 30 years of experience in community development, public policy and advocacy, and public service. Her talk is in conjunction with the Clinton School Center on Community Philanthropy’s National Conference on Community Philanthropy and Public Service April 7 & 8, 2016.
Yusel Arias, Advisor to Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment for the Republic of Cuba
Monday, April 11, 2016 at 12:00 noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Yusel Arias is a specialist of economical affairs in the U.S. General Division of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Investment for the Republic of Cuba. In a time when diplomatic relations, trade, and travel restrictions are improving with Cuba after decades of hostility, Arias will talk about what this means for the United States. He previously spent time as the second secretary at the Cuban Embassy in Spain and as a specialist in the Europe Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cuba.
Melanne Verveer, executive director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
– The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security examines and highlights the roles and experiences of women in peace and security worldwide through cutting edge research, timely global meetings, and strategic partnerships. Ambassador Verveer most recently served as the first U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, a position to which she was nominated by President Obama in 2009. She coordinated foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic, and social advancement of women, traveling to nearly sixty countries. President Obama also appointed her to serve as the U.S. Representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. From 2000-2008, she was the chair and co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international NGO that she co-founded to invest in emerging women leaders. During the Clinton administration, she served as assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady. She also led the effort to establish the President’s Interagency Council on Women, and was instrumental in the adoption of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. She is the co-author of Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose.
“Pig’s Tale: An Omnivore’s Guide to Sustainable Meat,” Barry Estabrook
Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow *In partnership with Arkansas Literary Festival
– Barry Estabrook, author of the bestselling book Tomatoland, explores the dark side of the American pork industry in his new book Pig’s Tale: An Omnivore’s Guide to Sustainable Meat. Drawing on his personal experience raising pigs, Estabrook covers the range of the human-porcine experience. He embarks on nocturnal feral pig hunts in Texas, visits farmers who raise animals in vast confinement barns, and he describes the threat of infectious disease and the possible contamination of our food supply. In Pig Tales, Estabrook shows that it’s possible to raise pigs responsibly and respectfully in a way that is good for producers, consumers, and some of the top chefs in America.
“Arkansas Puzzle Day,” with Oliver Roeder
Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 12:00 Noon. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with the Arkansas Literary Festival
– Oliver Roeder, a senior writer and puzzle editor for FiveThrityEight, will discuss “Gridgate,” a plagiarism scandal unfolding in the crossword puzzle world. A group of puzzlers, using digital tools, has uncovered a pattern of copying in the professional crossword-puzzle world that has led to accusations of plagiarism and false identity. Following Oliver’s presentation, the Clinton School will welcome crossword and Sodoku puzzle enthusiasts for the Ninth Annual Arkansas Puzzle Day. The event will feature crossword and Sudoku contests at 1:00 p.m. and all skill levels are encouraged to attend and participate.
“Lessons from Traveling to Zika, Ebola, MERS, FLU and SARS Pandemics,” Daniel Lucey
Monday, April 18, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Daniel Lucey is a senior scholar with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and an adjunct professor of microbiology and immunology at Georgetown University Medical Center. A physician trained in infectious diseases and public health, he has taught for 11 years at Georgetown on global emerging infectious diseases. Lucey completed his infectious disease training and Master of Public Health at Harvard and worked in the U.S. Public Health Service at the National Institutes of Health. He has traveled widely in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East to exchange information regarding infectious diseases such as SARS, influenza, Nipah, HIV, anthrax, and MERS.
Kathy Behrens, president of Social Responsibility and Player Programs, National Basketball Association
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– As president of Social Responsibility and Player Programs for the National Basketball Association (NBA), Kathy Behrens oversees a group that manages all of the NBA’s programs that coordinate league and player social responsibility efforts, support player growth and development, and enhance the marketing opportunities for current and former players. Behrens joined the NBA in September 2000 as vice president of Community Relations, overseeing all of the NBA’s public service initiatives, community outreach, and employee volunteer programs. She later worked as senior vice president of Community and Player Programs, and executive vice president of Social Responsibility and Player Programs.
Friday, April 22, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Michael McCray is a civil rights lawyer and a federal whistleblower. A native of Arkansas, McCray first went to Washington, D.C. with the Clinton administration and began his community development career working on the Presidential Empowerment Initiative. After that, McCray became know as a whistleblower when he reported over $40 million in government waste, fraud, and abuse. He is the chairperson of the 3-5-7 Commission, a judicial reform association dedicated to exposing judicial misconduct to ensure that American citizens receive fair hearings. McCray is the author of Race, Power and Politics – Memoirs of an ACORN Whistleblower, in which he chronicles the rise and fall of the once venerable Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). The summit will also feature speakers by Marcel Reid, ACORN whistleblower and Joyce Rothschild, whistleblower researcher
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– Shannon Watts is a 43 year-old mother of five children and founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Prior to founding the group, Watts was a stay-at-home mom in a suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana. She had a 15-year career as a communications executive for both public relations agencies and Fortune 500 corporations. The day after the Sandy Hook tragedy on December 14, 2012, she started a Facebook page for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. That online conversation turned into an offline grassroots movement of American mothers fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and, along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than 2 million members.
“First in Business: George Washington’s Farm at Mount Vernon,” Sam Murphy, manager of Historic Trades at Mount Vernon
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– “George Washington: the Businessman” is not a moniker that most people associate with our nation’s first President, but it is one of the most illuminating biographical aspects to understanding his ideas, hopes, and challenges for the young nation’s political and economic future. As a farmer, Washington was constantly looking for opportunities to harness and innovate with natural resources and agricultural production. Sam Murphy, Manager of Historic Trades at George Washington’s Mount Vernon brings to life the gardens, river, farms, gristmill, and distillery that propelled this 18th century plantation into the place Washington was most proud to call home.
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Clinton School alumni land in many different places across the globe. From the World Bank, to the Presidential Management Fellowship, from running a local composting organization, to starting a charter school, Clinton School graduates change the world locally and globally.
Sophia Said exemplifies this spirit of social change. Sophia holds a bachelor’s of science in economic development from the University of Utah (2007) and a master’s in public service from the Clinton School of Public Service (2011). While at the Clinton School, she worked with the STAND Foundation helping them assess and improve the young adults’ leadership program with a comprehensive evaluation plan. She conducted her International Public Service Project in Pakistan working with the poor and underprivileged women entrepreneurs designing microfinance initiatives to enable gender empowerment. She works as an independent consultant for designing strategic plans and evaluation programs with several state and private agencies including Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Arkansas Department of Human Services, and Winrock International.
She is also very passionate about reducing prejudice and spreading awareness about different ways in which faith groups can collaborate and work together for community development. Sophia works as the director of programs for the Interfaith Center in Little Rock, Ark. designing interfaith initiatives and helping build bridges of understanding between people of different faith and ethnicities. She has designed several ongoing educational and dialogue based programs in an effort to create a more inclusive and welcoming Arkansas.
Said’s work helps to unite communities, and encourage cooperation. Recently, Said spearheaded the International Week of Peace in Little Rock working with several organization and community partners to spread awareness and education about peace efforts locally, nationally, and internationally. Aransas Peace Week 2015 was part of the International Day of Peace, September 21, as recognized annually by the United Nations and observed since 1981.
Sophia Said has emerged as an interfaith leader in Central Arkansas and attributes her success to Clinton School. “ The program has taught me to use transformational leadership skills in my community development and interfaith work,” said Said. “And also trained me to design effective programs based on real community needs.” Said was honored for her continued efforts to promote peace and community cooperation by being named Peacemaker of the Year 2015 by the Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice on February 13th 2016
Britney Sink, Executive Director of CASA of East Tennessee has been appointed to serve National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association as a member of the newly formed Performance Measurement network committee.
Network committees will advise and provide support to National CASA Association in its work on behalf of state organizations and local programs, by sharing expertise and providing input and guidance. The newly formed committees will focus their efforts in cultivating growth in four key functional areas of the organization: legal/advocacy, marketing/communications, performance measurement, and the organization’s annual national conference.
“Through strong partnerships and collaborative strategies, together we will strengthen the foundation of the CASA/GAL member network, create pathways for sustainable organizational growth, and generate better outcomes for the abused and neglected children served in the communities we serve,” said Tara Perry, Chief Executive Officer of National CASA Association.
Britney Sink, Executive Director of CASA of East Tennessee, Knoxville, TN was appointed to the National CASA Association Performance Measurement Committee. Along with 11 other CASA colleagues from across the county, Britney will be sharing her expertise in program evaluation. Ms. Sink has five years’ experience working with human welfare organizations developing, implementing, and evaluating programming to improve services for community members. In 2013 Ms. Sink received her Master of Public Service degree from the William J. Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas.
“It is an honor to be selected for the committee.” said Britney Sink, Executive Director, CASA of East Tennessee. “I am excited to share my passion for evaluation within the context of the important work CASA does and hope to utilize my skills to help navigate the development of effective program measurement on the National CASA level.”
“This engagement with state and local members is rooted in the National CASA Association Strategic Framework,” said Perry. “We are very appreciative and excited to have this level of talent serving on these committees.”
National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association is a network of almost 1,000 programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. The only program of its kind, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers are empowered by the courts to provide children with one-on-one advocacy. CASA volunteers see their assigned children regularly and interview all the adults who impact their lives. Volunteer advocates offer judges the critical information they need to ensure each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care, staying with the child until she is placed in a loving permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives.
For more information about National CASA Association, readers are encouraged to visit their website at www.casaforchildren.org.
In support of fellow classmates and others running the race, a group of Clinton School students will gather in front of Clinton School of Public Service Sturgis Hall to cheer on runners in the Little Rock Marathon this Sunday, March 6, 2016. The marathon course will pass by Sturgis Hall around the 4.5 mile mark.
Clinton School Students participating in the race include:
Alum Nicole Maddox was featured by the United States Agency for International Development as a former Global Health Fellow in “Building a Global Health Career from a Childhood Dream.”
The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II is the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health (GH) bureau’s premiere Fellowship program that identifies and supports diverse, technically excellent professionals at all levels to achieve the Agency’s health priorities. Through GHFP-II, USAID/GH is contributing meaningfully to identifying and training diverse future global health professionals, and engaging academia to strengthen non-technical competencies that are essential for a successful GH career.
GHFP-II Fellows support USAID/GH bureau in a variety of technical specialties and levels of experience. These diverse, technically excellent and culturally competent professionals represent the best in their field and make significant contributions to the Agency’s health priorities. Fellows work in fields such as Population and Reproductive Health, Nutrition, Health Systems Strengthening and many more.
The Clinton School partners with community initiatives, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations to provide our first year students an opportunity to practice skills learned in the classroom. This map depicts where projects have taken place and what issue areas have been addressed in these projects over the last 10 years.
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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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