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The Center on Community Philanthropy at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has received a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support its work of leading philanthropic and nonprofit infrastructure organizations to advance racial equity and sector effectiveness. The grant’s resources will help expand the reach of the Center within its core areas of research, convening, and leadership development.
“We are excited to deepen our efforts for racial equity and inclusion,” said Dr. Charlotte L. Williams, associate professor and director of the Center on Community Philanthropy. “We are committed to work alongside our partners to improve nonprofit practice within communities and across the sector”
The Center plans to promote community philanthropy by forming new models, innovations, and collaborations that focus on making incremental, measurable, and visible progress for racial equity. Plans include hosting research scholars from around the country to learn from their expertise to develop leadership capacity and best practices within the sector.
“We very much appreciate the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s continued support for our Center on Community Philanthropy,” said Clinton School Dean James L. “Skip” Rutherford III. “Regardless of income, everyone can give in a way that helps transform communities. The work of our Center educates and inspires individuals on how to do that. This grant will enhance that ideal.”
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.
Launched in 2007, the Clinton School Center on Community Philanthropy was created to focus its teaching, research and policy-making exclusively on the emerging field of community philanthropy, the idea of giving and sharing time, talent, and treasure from within one’s own community.
Retired Judge and Clinton Center volunteer Ellen Brantley was second in the crossword contest. Brantley is a two-time winner and this year marks her fourth time to finish second. Angelo Turturro, who is retired and lives in North Little Rock, was third.
Little Rock ophthalmologist Jim Deer finished second in the Sudoku competition. Robert Crook, senior database administrator with Talisys, a software and solutions firm in Little Rock, was third.
The championships were conducted by Little Rock District Judge Vic Fleming who constructs puzzles for the New York Times and other major publications. Deb Amlen, editor of the Wordplay crossword column in the New York Times, was the featured speaker.
The Clinton School has hosted the competition since its founding in 2007.
Little Rock native, Jeff Nichols, will deliver the commencement address for the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the Robinson Center (426 W. Markham) in downtown Little Rock. Nichols is a film writer and director responsible for such films as Mud, Take Shelter, and Midnight Special.
In addition to Nichols, University of Arkansas System President will deliver remarks at the ceremony.
As part of the Clinton School’s commitment to public service, we will collect donations for the UA-Little Rock Trojan Food Pantry. Thousands have accessed this campus food pantry including Clinton School students.
Specific food items are needed. Please consider bringing a can of tuna or a jar of peanut butter with you to the May 7th graduation. Donation boxes for these requested items will be easily accessible.. In addition, tax deductible check contributions can also be made to the UA-Little Rock Trojan Food Pantry and mailed to: Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 or brought to the graduation.
Hope Rises, a nonprofit in Little Rock, offers a comprehensive program for previously incarcerated women to transform their lives and achieve successful reentry into their community.
The Hope Rises Wellness & Recovery House is a supportive community living environment in which women can recover from trauma and addiction and work daily on their physical, mental, and spiritual health. Our 6-month program includes daily programming in gender-responsive case management, healthy eating and cooking, physical exercise, mental health counseling, community engagement, and job readiness and career development. For more information on our innovative approach, visit www.hoperises.org.
Beginning in October of 2016, photographer and student at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, Stacy Cox conducted her Master’s thesis research with the residents of the Hope Rises Wellness & Recovery House. Her research focused heavily on capturing images of the daily lives of our participants and recording their journeys in interviews. The resulting photographs are real, raw, and poignant – providing a perspective on the struggles and successes of women in reentry. Visit www.womeninreentry.org for a peek at some of these images as well as video interviews of Stacy, staff, and some of our residents.
Thursday, April 20th, Hope Rises will host a one-night gallery showing of some of these images to raise awareness of the organization, our work, Stacy’s talents, and the incredible strength of the women participating in our program.
For additional information about the event or to become a sponsor, please contact Hope Rises board member, Hallie Shoffner, at 870.217.3332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thirty-three students in the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service Master of Public Service degree program will conduct international public service projects in 19 different countries this summer.
Students will complete projects related to agriculture, education, economic development, criminal and social justice, and international development, among others, for organizations such as Winrock International, the United States State Department, the South African Education Project, and MassChallenge Israel.
“Having the opportunity to participate in high quality international and related work helps make the Clinton School experience special for our students,” said Clinton School Dean James L. “Skip” Rutherford. “The 2017 projects are exceptional.”
The international service component exposes the students to unique challenges around the globe and provides immediate and long-term impact for the students and their organizational partners.
Work sites and host organizations are selected collaboratively by Clinton School students and faculty.
2017 International Public Service Projects:
Darlynton Adegor – Syrian Emergency Task Force (Little Rock, Arkansas, USA) – Adegor will work with the Syrian Emergency Task Force to create a strategic plan for community engagement and collaborative partnership with stakeholders interested in the alleviation of the suffering of the Syrian people
Rebecca Agyei – Kofa Foundation (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA) – Agyei will develop and implement an evaluation plan as part of the organization’s monitoring and evaluation program. She will develop a data collection process and create measures to assess the impact of the organization’s program.
Amie Wilcox Alexander – United States Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agriculture Service (Tokyo, Japan) – Alexander will work with the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) to study agricultural commodity consumption and demand in Japan. She will research and produce commodity reports for the United States Department of Agriculture detailing market trends and demand in Japan.
Hannah Bahn – Lagim Tehi Tuma (Dalun, Ghana) – Bahn will work with Lagim Tehi Tuma (“Thinking Together” in Dagbani), an undergraduate summer action research fellowship that joins 6 students from Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges, USA, and 3 students from the University for Development Studies with the community of Dalun, in Ghana’s Northern Region. The program combines collaborative study, reflection, and introductory Dagbani language instruction with education-focused internships in an early education NGO, a community radio station, and an internet training centre.
Reggie Ballard – Moroccan Children’s Trust (Taroudant, Morocco) – Ballard will complete a summative outcomes evaluation of the Moroccan Children’s Trust student support program to provide a framework for program success and possible expansion. His work will provide a framework for program success and possible expansion.
Caitlin Campbell – U.S State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (Washington D.C, USA) – Campbell will work in the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor which works to spread democracy and respect for human rights around the world. There she will have the opportunity to meet with senior-level US and foreign government officials, draft documents for US foreign policymakers, and engage both domestic and foreign audiences in explaining the work of the US State Department and promoting US foreign policy.
Catherine Campos – Limited Resource Teacher Training (Kanungu, Uganda) – Campos will help create a recruitment strategy for LRTT in order for the organization to better tell its story and reach teachers that would benefit from the program. In order for Campos to this, she will work with the LRTT staff in implementing an impact assessment of the program.
Susanna Creed – Fundacion Arte Del Mundo (Banos de Agua Santa, Ecuador)– Creed will form a curriculum committee that will allow her to engage and collaborate with the people of Banos de Agua Santa, Ecuador to create a tailored, enriching out-of-school curriculum for the children in their community. The curriculum will be implemented and maintained through an improved sustainable volunteer program at Fundacion Arte del Mundo.
Brittney Dennis – Moroccan Children’s Trust (Taroudant, Morocco) – Dennis will conduct a needs assessment for the organization’s Women’s Empowerment program.
Caroline Dunlap – Winrock International (Senegal, Guinea, Nigeria) – Dunlap will develop an internship model for in-country young adults enrolled in agricultural programs in Nigeria, Senegal, and Guinea. Dunlap will develop a framework that will help educational institutions prepare their students to successfully complete internships, and help private sector hosts mentor and prepare them for the workforce.
Zac Hale- Landesa (Seattle, Washington, USA) – Hale will work on Landesa’s Responsible Investments in Property and Land project, developing guidance documents for land-investment stakeholders in Ghana and Tanzania.
Mollie Henegar – Awamaki (Ollantaytambo, Peru) – Henager will be working as the Program Coordinator for Awamaki’s summer Monitoring and Evaluation Program. She will oversee data collection and analysis in order to assess the program impact among the Andean women and business cooperatives that Awamaki serves.
Zackary Blake Huffman – U.S State Department (Yerevan, Armenia) – Huffman will be serving in the Pol/Econ department of the United States Embassy in Yerevan.
Lucy Kagan – U.S State Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agriculture Service (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)- Kagan will collaborate with Foreign Agricultural Service officers in the United States Embassy to conduct research and generate region-specific reports on U.S. Agricultural markets.
Megan Kurten – Limited Resource Teacher Training (Kanungu, Uganda) – LRTT is an organization that establishes a global network of teachers that collaborates on solutions to the unique challenges to education in limited resource contexts. Kurten will work on data analysis, curricula, and teaching models to evaluate the 2016 LRTT programs. This evaluation will be used to help adapt LRTT models for 2017 and 2018 to bring quality teaching to every child, regardless of income or location.
Steven Kwizera – Airforce Secondary School (Entebbe, Uganda) – Kwizera will work with the organization to research reasons why thelteachers and administrators are reluctant to use the computers and printers in the school’s computer lab to more efficiently manage tasks. Kwizera will then create and recommend a framework that encourages the use of basic technology for the teachers and administrators.
Domenick Lasora – Innpactia (Bogota, Colombia) – Lasorsa will research, create, and implement a marketing plan for the expansion of Innpactia’s online users. He will assist the organization in their expansion to Mexico and Peru.
Emily Loker – South African Education Project (Cape Town, South Africa) – Loker will be conducting interviews with high school students, parents, and teachers to further enrich SAEP’s understanding of what factors affect student success.
Chelsea Miller – Arthik Samata Mandal (Andhra Pradesh, India) – Miller will be evaluating gender empowerment programming for ASM that will allow the organization to grow its programming. Additionally, she will develop a guide for engaging US donors to further ASM’s mission.
Anthony Nickerson – Barleti Institute for Research and Development (Tirana, Albania) – Nickerson will assist the Barleti Institute implement program proposals. He will also assist the Barleti Institute in writing reports and grant proposals.
Fiona O’Leary Sloan – MassChallenge Israel (Jerusalem, Israel) – Sloan will work with MassChallenge, a nonprofit startup accelerator, on programming, curriculum, and mentorship for 40+ startups. She will also evaluate the organization’s mentorship program.
Ross Owyoung – Give and Surf (Boca Del Toro, Panama) – Owyoung will develop a curriculum for Isla Bastimentos Community Center to serve as the foundation for the community center’s educational program model. He will research best practices, use participant observation to access the current program curriculum, and collect data from the organization’s other community centers to determine the best-suited curriculum for Isla Bastimentos Community Center.
Elena Aurelia Perry – Vital Voices Global Partnership (Washington D.C, USA) – Perry will pilot an evaluation for the organization, using the photovoice methodology, by employing photography and group dialogue to explore the impact of a program for young women leaders. She will analyze the interactions among participants and create a visual representation of their social network.
Colby Qualls – Albanian Institute of Public Affairs (Tirana, Albania) – Qualls will assist the UNESCO Chair at Martin Barleti University in developing research on multiculturalism, intercultural dialogue, and human rights. He will also assist in a project that is bringing awareness to the use of Information Communication Technologies as a tool within the European classroom for pupils in need of special support.
Vinya Raj – University of Arkansas Pine Bluff (Pine Bluff, Arkansas, USA) – Raj will develop a curriculum for a statistics course for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. This curriculum will aid UAPB in expanding its initiative in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Natalie Ramm – Comprehensive Rural Health Project (Maharashtra, India) – Ramm will be updating the educational materials for the Comprehensive Rural Health Project’s Adolescent Girls Program. She will be surveying past and current participants and program instructors to discover what aspects of the program could be improved, and she will conduct best practices research to ensure that the program is teaching participants the most updated information about health, the environment, and social issues.
Paxton Richardson – DREAM project (Cabarete, Dominican Republic) – Richardson will develop curriculum for the organization’s scholarship program to support student success at the local university. She will conduct a needs assessment with current students, professors, and DREAM faculty members, and research evidence-based practices to craft curriculum.
Emily Smith – Limited Resource Teacher Training (Kanungu, Uganda) – Smith will be working to develop culturally appropriate data collection methods to serve the organization’s monitoring and evaluation process. She will also work on developing a plan to measure the long-term impact of the organization and target population.
Joshua Snyder – South African Education Project (Cape Town, South Africa) – Snyder will perform a comparative study on the impacts of for-profit and not-for-profit tutoring organizations in Cape Town, South Africa.
Nick Stevens – Farm to School Arkansas Children’s Research Institute (Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA) – Stevens will conduct formative research for the organization, generating profiles of immigrant populations in Arkansas and identifying barriers and facilitators to their participation in farm to school activities. This research will serve to educate the organization, and thus better enable them to support schools, growers, and communities as they implement farm to school with this target audience.
Emilie Street – Give and Surf (Boca Del Toro, Panama) – Street will assist the organization with program implementation for the opening of their new community center on Cristobal Island. She will be using participant observation, best practices research, and collecting data from the organization’s other community centers to determine the appropriate strategies for implementing a similar model in a new location.
Andrew S. Trevino – African Prisons Project (London, United Kingdom) – Treviño will assist the organization with development strategies for expanding its law college programs inside Ugandan and Kenyan prisons. He will conduct best practice research on the systems around the law colleges, how to deliver the law degree programs more effectively in the prisons, and think about standard processes, time tables, and what risk factors are involved in the program.
Brandon Trevino – Awamaki (Ollantaytambo, Peru) – Treviño will help implement an evaluation plan to serve as the foundation for the organization’s comprehensive monitoring and evaluation program. He will collect data and create measures to assess the impact of Awamaki’s programs on the lives of the rural, indigenous women who participate in them.
Today Amie Alexander was awarded the $12,000 B.A. Rudolph Scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Alexander is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture, food and life sciences. In addition to working on her master of public service at the Clinton School, she is also pursuing a concurrent degree at the William H. Bowen School of Law.
The B.A. Rudolph Foundation established a $50,000 scholarship fund at the Clinton School in 2015 in honor of the organization’s namesake, B.A. Rudolph, a 1978 graduate of the University of Arkansas. Previous recipients include Jennifer Guzman who graduated in 2016 and Stacy Cox who will graduate in May.
The B.A. Rudolph Foundation is a Washington, D.C. based charitable nonprofit started by women, for women, to honor the founders’ godmother, B.A. Rudolph. The Foundation’s mission is to advance and benefit young women interested in public service through educational, financial, and professional support.
“B.A. began her career in public service at the University of Arkansas and working with Bill and Hillary Clinton,” said Maggie Moore, one of the foundation’s three co-founders. “We’re proud to support her legacy by helping students at the Clinton School receive the educational opportunities they need to make differences in the world.” Moore and Kristen Hecht, program director at the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, presented the award to Amie in person at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock campus earlier today.
“Thank you to the B.A. Rudolph Foundation for this generous support,” said Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford. “B.A. was a friend of mine and her legacy of leadership and public service continues through the great work of the foundation which bears her name. Amie Alexander, whose professional future is very bright and whose public service commitment is very strong, is most deserving of this prestigious award.”
B.A. Rudolph served on Bill Clinton’s gubernatorial staff as well as his presidential administration as deputy chief of staff to Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater and chief of staff to USAID Administrator Brady Anderson. She died from cancer in 2011.
Yvonne Quek, a graduate student at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is organizing Little Rock’s first-ever Human Library event. The event will be held on April 23, 2017 from 1:30 – 4:30pm at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center at 4800 W 10th St, Little Rock, AR 72204. The event is co-sponsored by the Central Arkansas Library System and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. This interactive event invites both young and old readers to engage in meaningful conversations and hear from diverse perspectives.
The Human Library is an event that originated in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2000, and since then, has been held in over 70 countries worldwide. As the name suggests, it is a library of sorts. However, instead of loaning books and magazines, during the event, real people of all walks of life (and with experiences as diverse as the books in a library) are available to be “loaned out” for real conversation. Examples of “books” may include a refugee, a recovering alcoholic, an individual with depression, someone who’s deaf and blind, a transgender person, a homeless man, someone of the Muslim faith, someone with autism, and among others. People serve as “books” on loan to “readers”, as deep repositories of our culture, biases and stories.
Ronni Abergel, the founder of the Human Library, created this safe space to allow community members to gain insight into the lives of others who may have a different perspective on the world. As Haruki Murakami puts it aptly in his book Norwegian Wood, “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”
The African Students Association at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith will host its fifth annual African Night from 6-9 p.m. April 7 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, 800 N. 49th St.
Bowman will draw from her academic and consulting experiences in Africa to discuss democratization trends in parts of Africa. The event will also include African cuisine, a performance by Bi-Okoto, an Ohio-based professional African dance company, and a fashion show.
Tickets are $8 for UAFS students or children 13 and younger, and $15 for others. Contact Seth-Charles Nwachokor at (301) 633-3253 or email@example.com; Dr. Williams Yamkam at (479) 788-7981 or firstname.lastname@example.org., or visit Room 112 of the Vines building on the UAFS campus to reserve tickets.
*Reserve your seats by emailing email@example.com or calling (501) 683-5239.
“A Certain Sound: Speaking Truth to Power,” Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie
Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. (Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church) *In partnership with Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church
– Bishop McKenzie of Dallas, Texas serves as the 117th elected bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and was the first woman elected bishop in the denomination’s 213-year history. She is also the national chaplain for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the largest predominately African-American sorority of college-trained women, and serves as national chaplain for The Links, a national service organization for professional women of color. She is the author of five books including an edited anthology of sermons from 22 outstanding preachers titled Those Sisters Can Preach. She also produced the documentary Survivor Stories about Hurricane Katrina, which aired on cable and PBS. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, earned a Master of Divinity from Howard University’s School of Divinity, and a Doctorate of Ministry from United Theological Seminary.
“Rock Island Railroad in Arkansas,” Michael Hibblen
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
– For nearly 80 years, the Rock Island was a major railroad in Arkansas providing passenger and freight services. A decline in rail travel after World War II and an increase in trucks hauling freight over government-subsidized interstates were among factors that left the railroad struggling. Efforts to merge with other railroads were stalled for years by federal regulators. The Rock Island filed for bankruptcy in 1975 and attempted reorganization, but creditors wanted the assets liquidated, with a judge shutting it down in 1980. Most of the tracks that traversed the state were taken up, but a few relics, like the Little Rock passenger station and the Arkansas River bridge, remain as monuments to this once great railroad. Michael Hibblen is the author of Rock Island Railroad in Arkansas and a journalist with KUAR radio in Little Rock.
Victory Over Violence: Crime Solutions that Work
Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. (Little Rock Central High School) *In partnership with KARK and Fox16
– As Little Rock battles a growing crime problem, we explore solutions that can help our community claim “Victory Over Violence.” The program will feature a panel discussion and a question and answer session on ways to combat crime in our community.
Mayor Mark Stodola
Sgt. Willie Davis, LRPD and OK Program
Leifel Jackson, Community Organizer and Former Gang Member
Robert Holt, Let Our Violence End
Moderator: Donna Terrell, Fox`16 Anchor
“Philanthropy in the Southwest: Overview of Grantmaking by Private and Community Foundations in Arkansas and the Southwest,” Kathy Jankowski
Monday, April 10, 2017 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Over a period of three years, Arkansas foundation giving has reached more than $690 million dollars. The framework for this session will be Philanthropy Southwest’s third landscape study on philanthropic giving in the Southwest. The session will also offer an historic perspective on foundation giving in Arkansas and the surrounding region. In that context, the presentation will provide an in-depth analysis of giving along such interest vectors as rural and urban disparities and areas supported, from the arts and education to human services, health, and the environment. Kathy Jankowski is the founder and research director of Jankowski Associates
“Archives of American Gardens: Capturing Garden History,” Cindy Brown
Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Discover how Smithsonian Gardens is conserving American garden history with over 100,000 photographs and documents, and how you can participate. Smithsonian Gardens Education and Collections Manager, Cindy Brown, will share the interesting work that is being done and how you can add your own garden story to the Community of Gardens project. Cindy Brown is the Manager of Horticulture Collections Management and Education at Smithsonian Gardens, a position she has held since 2010. Brown leads a talented team overseeing Smithsonian Gardens’ archives, object and living collections, education, and web and social media. She has worked in the field of horticulture since 1993, beginning her career in a nursery and serendipitously discovering the world of public gardens. Currently, her project is the development of the Community of Gardens initiative, a website and mobile app for sharing share stories about gardens and green spaces and cultivating a deeper understanding, and appreciation of, the role gardens play in keeping communities healthy, happy, and connected.
Friday, April 14, 2017 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall) *In Partnership with Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault
– Janine D’Anniballe has been dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and training of sexual assault issues for the past 18 years. Currently, she is the Director of Access, Emergency, and Community Services at Mental Health Partners in Boulder, Colorado. Previously, she was the executive director of Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA), the rape crisis center in Boulder Colorado for ten years. D’Anniballe has provided training and consultation to attorneys, law enforcement, military personnel, mental health professionals, victim advocates and University staff in more than 30 states across the country. She serves as a trainer for the Ending Violence Against Women Project for the State of Colorado, providing training throughout the state addressing system response issues in sexual assault cases. In 2003, D’Anniballe joined the faculty of the National Judicial Education Program that educates judges on sexual assault issues and how these cases are approached in the courtroom so as to minimize re-traumatization of victims without undermining defendants’ constitutional rights. A licensed psychologist, D’Anniballe has a private consulting practice in Boulder with an emphasis on understanding and treating psychological trauma.
“Women Leaders and Best Friends”, Peggy Scranton
Monday, April 17, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. (Great Hall)
– University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor of political science, Peggy Scranton explores the friendship between Hillary Clinton and Diane Blair from their time in Arkansas and Washington, D.C. Her research at the University of Arkansas Library Special Collections in the Papers of Diane Blair, brings to light ways these women supported each others’ public success in Arkansas and how the friendship helped Hillary thrive in Washington during her terms as First Lady.
“President Trump’s First 100 Days,” Senator Tom Cotton interviewed by Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Senator Tom Cotton is a United States Senator from Arkansas. His committees include the Banking Committee, where he chairs the Economic Policy Subcommittee, the Intelligence Committee, and the Armed Services Committee, where he chairs the Air Land Power Subcommittee. Sen. Cotton grew up on his family’s cattle farm in Yell County. He graduated from Dardanelle High School, Harvard, and Harvard Law School. After a clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals and private law practice, Sen. Cotton left the law to join the military. He served nearly five years on active duty in the United States Army as an Infantry Officer. Sen. Cotton served in Iraq with the 101st Airborne and in Afghanistan with a Provincial Reconstruction Team. Between his two combat tours, he served with The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. His military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Ranger Tab. April 29th will be the 100th day of President Trump’s administration
“Civil Rights and the Arts in 2017 America,” A Conversation with Terence Blanchard and Charles Blow
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. (Mosaic Templars Cultural Center)
– Terence Blanchard and Charles Blow will discuss the state of civil rights in the United States and the Black Lives Matter Movement, as well as the uniqueness of music and the arts as a catalyst for unity. The event is a collaboration between the Oxford American, the Clinton School of Public Service, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, and UCA College of Fine Arts & Communication that is free and open to the public. The discussion starts at 7:00 PM, with a Q&A session and book signing to follow.
Since top-tier jazz and multiple Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard embarked on his solo recording career with his eponymous Columbia Records album in 1991, the New Orleans-born and -based artist has traveled many paths musically, including delivering adventurous and provocative acoustic jazz outings of original material, composing over fifty soundtracks, and even, in 2013, debuting Champion: An Opera in Jazz. He has also, in the spirit of his onetime membership in the jazz school of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, mentored several musicians in his bands who have gone on to have significant recording careers of their own, including Lionel Loueke, Aaron Parks, Kendrick Scott, and one of his current band members, Fabian Almazan.
Charles M. Blow is an Op-Ed columnist at The New York Times, where his column appears on Thursdays and Mondays. His columns tackle hot-button issues, such as social justices, racial equality, presidential politics, police violence, gun control, and the Black Lives Matter Movement. Blow is also a CNN commentator and a Presidential Visiting Professor at Yale, where he teaches a seminar on media and politics. In addition, he is the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones. The book won a Lambda Literary Award and the Sperber Prize and made multiple prominent lists of best books published in 2014. People Magazine called it “searing and unforgettable.”
“Peace, Politics and Protest,” Reverend John Dear
Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 12:00 Noon. (Sturgis Hall)
– Rev. John Dear is an internationally recognized voice for peace and nonviolence. A priest, activist and author, he served for years as the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the United States. After September 11, 2001, he was a Red Cross coordinator of chaplains at the Family Assistance Center in New York, and counseled thousands of relatives and rescue workers. John has traveled the war zones of the world, been arrested some 80 times for peace, led Nobel Peace Prize winners to Iraq, recently visited Afghanistan, given thousands of lectures on peace across the U.S., and served as a pastor of several churches in New Mexico. He arranged on many occasions for Mother Teresa to speak to various governors to stop an impending execution, and recently helped draft Pope Francis’ Jan. 1, 2017 World Day of Peace message on nonviolence. He is the author of thirty-five books and has been nominated many times for the Nobel Peace Prize, including by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sen. Barbara Mikulski. He works for www.campaignnonviolence.org, is a priest of the Diocese of Monterey, CA, and lives in New Mexico.
“Walking on the Moon: Reflections on the Future of Cancer,” Greg Simon
Monday, April 24, 2017 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Greg Simon served as the executive director of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, a position created by President Barack Obama and for which he was chosen by Vice President Joe Biden in March 2016. During his time in the White House, Simon and his team helped launch over seventy innovative collaborations. He was the CEO of Poliwogg, a financial services company creating unique capital market opportunities in healthcare and life sciences. Previously, Simon was senior vice president for Worldwide Policy and Patient Engagement at Pfizer, co-founded with Michael Milken, FasterCures/The Center for Accelerating Medical solutions, and with Leon and Debra Black co-founded the Melanoma Research Alliance. Simon is a cancer survivor, having been recently successfully treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Jonathan Forman, Science Policy Adviser for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 12:00 Noon (Sturgis Hall)
– Jonathan Forman currently holds the post of Science Policy Adviser at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), whose mission is to implement the provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in order to achieve the their vision of a world that is free of chemical weapons and of the threat of their use, and in which cooperation in chemistry for peaceful purposes for all is fostered. In doing this, the ultimate aim is to contribute to international security and stability, to general and complete disarmament, and to global economic development. The OPCW was awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons. Forman received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1996, after which he worked for a series of biotechnology companies developing molecular diagnostic and bioanalytical assay technologies for genomic, immunoassay, and cell capture applications.
“Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations,” John Avlon
Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with the Arkansas Literary Festival
– John Avlon is the Editor-in-Chief and managing director of The Daily Beast and a CNN political analyst. He will discuss his new book Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations, which describes George Washington’s prophetic letter to his fellow citizens about the forces he feared could destroy our democracy: hyper-partisanship, excessive debt, and foreign wars. Avlon offers a portrait of our first president and his battle to save America from self-destruction.
“Arkansas Puzzle Day,” with Deb Amlen
Sunday, April 30, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with the Arkansas Literary Festival
– Deb Amlen is the columnist and editor of “Wordplay,” the crossword column of The New York Times. She has been making people laugh and learn things they didn’t think they needed to know since 2011. Amlen has also been a senior columnist for David Pogue’s Yahoo! Tech, and is the author of It’s Not P.M.S., It’s You. Her work can also be seen in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Establishment and BUST Magazine, among others. Following the presentation, the Clinton School will welcome crossword and Sodoku puzzle enthusiasts for the Tenth Annual Arkansas Puzzle Day. The event will feature crossword and Sudoku contests at 2:00 p.m. and all skill levels are encouraged to attend and participate.
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