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“Legacies & Lunch presents the Annual Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail Induction Ceremony”
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 12:00 Noon (CALS Ron Robinson Theater) *In partnership with the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies & UALR Joel E. Anderson Institute of Race and Ethnicity
– The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies & Clinton School of Public Service present a joint Legacies and Lunch and Arkansas Sounds event featuring the induction of the latest honorees into the UALR Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity’s award-winning Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail. There will also be live musical performances from the Dunbar Magnet Middle School Singers, Tonya Leeks, and David Ashley. Legacies and Lunch is sponsored in part by the Arkansas Humanities Council. Reception to follow.
“All Politics is National: The Rise of Negative Partisanship and Nationalization of US House and Senate Elections in the 21st Century,” Professor Alan Abramowitz
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
– Alan Abramowitz is the Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. He has authored or coauthored six books, dozens of contributions to edited volumes, and more than fifty articles in political science journals dealing with political parties, elections, and voting behavior in the United States. He is also one of the nation’s leading election forecasters—his Time for Change Model correctly predicted the popular vote winner in every presidential election between 1988 and 2012. Abramowitz’s next book, The Great Alignment: Race, Ideology and the Transformation of the American Party System, will be published by Yale University Press in 2017.
“Beyond the Blues,” a conversation with Adia Victoria
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In Partnership with Oxford American
– In December, the Oxford American magazine devoted its acclaimed annual Southern Music Issue & CD entirely to the genre of the blues. For the face of its “Visions of the Blues” issue, the magazine released multiple covers, celebrating three generations of blues masters: John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, and Adia Victoria. Victoria might not be a household name (yet), but give one listen to her 2016 debut album, Beyond the Bloodhounds, and you’ll understand why the Oxford American hails her as the future of the blues. A collection of scorching blues-inflected rock songs steeped in her personal experience as a Southern black woman, the album hinges on the vengeful single “Stuck in the South,” on which she sings: “I don’t know nothin’ ’bout Southern belles / But I can tell you something ’bout Southern hell.” Victoria was raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in a strict Seventh Day Adventist atmosphere. She later moved through New York, Atlanta, and Paris, before landing in Nashville. “I wrote this album as a memorial to my 20s,” she says of Bloodhounds. “Those are tender years for a lot of women. It hurts. You get busted up in love and life. You make a lot of mistakes. You meet a lot of people who do you dirty because you don’t understand your value yet.”
“Covering the South,” NPR’s Southern Bureau Chief Russell Lewis
Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. (Darragh Center, CALS) *In Partnership with Arkansas Public Media
– As NPR’s Southern Bureau Chief, Russell Lewis covers issues and people of the Southeast for NPR — from Florida to Virginia to Texas, including West Virginia, Kentucky and Oklahoma. His work brings context and dimension to issues ranging from immigration, transportation and oil and gas drilling for NPR listeners across the nation and around the world. Lewis is also a key member of NPR’s ‘Go Team’ — a small group of experienced NPR producers and reporters who respond to major disasters worldwide. He is often among the first on the scene for NPR — both reporting from these sites as well as managing the logistics of bringing additional NPR reporters into disaster areas that lack functioning transportation systems, basic utilities, food, water and security.
“The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, Secret Deals and What Comes Now”
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
– Jay Solomon is the Wall Street Journal reporter who’s been breaking news on the historic and potentially disastrous Iran nuclear deal. The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, Secret Deals and What Comes Now is the product of extensive in-depth reporting and interviews with all the key players in the conflict—from high-ranking Iranian officials to Secretary of State John Kerry and his negotiating team. With a reporter’s investigative eye and the narrative dexterity of a historian, Solomon shows how Iran’s nuclear development went unnoticed for years by the international community only to become its top security concern. He catalogs the blunders of both the Bush and Obama administrations as they grappled with how to engage Iran, producing a series of both carrots and sticks, and he takes us inside the hotel suites where the 2015 nuclear agreement was negotiated, offering a frank assessment of the uncertain future of the U.S.-Iran relationship.
“Exit Right: The People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century”
Friday, February 24, 2017 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
– In Exit Right: The People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century, Daniel Oppenheimer tells the stories of six major political figures whose journeys away from the left reshaped the contours of American politics in the twentieth century. By going deep into the minds of six apostates—Whittaker Chambers, James Burnham, Ronald Reagan, Norman Podhoretz, David Horowitz, and Christopher Hitchens—Oppenheimer offers an unusually intimate history of the American left, and the right’s reaction. At its core, Exit Right is a book that asks profound questions about why and how we come to believe politically at all—on the left or the right. Each of these six lives challenges us to ask where our own beliefs come from, and what it might take to change them. At a time of sky-high partisanship, Oppenheimer breaks down the boundaries that divide us and investigates the deeper origins of our politics.