Upcoming Speakers

April 2014

Monday, April 21
6pm to 7pm
Ken Stern

In “With Charity For All,” former NPR CEO Ken Stern examines the American charity industry: 1.1 million organizations, 10 percent of the national workforce, and $1.5 trillion in annual revenues.  He chronicles many flaws in the system, from tax-exempt charities such as bowl games, roller derby leagues, and beer festivals, to charitable hospitals and organizations that raise millions of dollars without ever solving the problem they have pledged to answer. “With Charity For All” provides an unflinching look at the philanthropic sector but also offers an inspiring prescription for individual giving and widespread reform.

Tuesday, April 22
2pm to 3pm
Active Transport Student Panel

Clinton School of Public Service students Brandon Mathews, Tatiana Riddle, and Rebecca Zimmermann will be presenting findings from their first year field service project with the City of Little Rock. Based on interviews with over 30 public officials in five cities, the students will discuss effective approaches to bicycle and pedestrian transportation that could be applied in Little Rock. 

Tuesday, April 22
6pm to 7pm
Alberto Chang-Rajii

Alberto Chang-Rajii is the president, founder, and sole shareholder of Grupo Arcano, a private equity and venture capital firm focused in developing new companies in the fields of energy, natural resources, and innovative technology. Chang-Rajii focuses on investing in people more than just in business plans, following a passion for innovation, and a vision to excel through networking, all while seeking to provide feedback to society to improve communities in which he operates. He is currently a board member for Endeavor, an international NGO that is the largest high-impact entrepreneurial network in the world, with $5 billion in revenues and more than 200,000 employees.

Wednesday, April 23
6pm to 7pm
Michael Morell

Michael Morell served as deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from May 2010 until June 2013.Morell has served as director for intelligence at the CIA, executive director at the CIA, and deputy director for intelligence at the National Counterterrorism Center. He joined the CIA in 1980 as an analyst and led a regional office in the Directorate of Intelligence, the unit that produces the President’s daily brief. In his career, he has received a number of awards, including the Presidential Rank Award for exceptional performance, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal for his role in the 2011 operation against Osama Bin Laden, and the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, among others.

Thursday, April 24
6pm to 7pm
David Finkel

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Finkel’s most recent book, the critically acclaimed “Thank You for Your Service,” chronicles the challenges faced by American soldiers and their families in the aftermath of war. His previous book, “The Good Soldiers,” was the best-selling account from the front lines of the U.S. surge during the Iraq War where he embedded with the 2-16 Infantry Battalion. In “Thank You for Your Service,” the 2012 MacArthur Fellow embeds himself with some of the men of the 2-16 again, but this time it is after their deployments have ended.