Dr. Sam Taggart collects the medical history on the state of Arkansas and discusses 200 years of health crises and the untold stories of the individuals who provided care in the state in his new book, “The Public’s Health: A Narrative History of Health and Disease in Arkansas.” He highlights a parallel dilemma currently unfolding in society of a battle between private interests and common good and the continued challenges to provide care to citizens regardless of their geography, especially in rural areas. From the scourges of smallpox, cholera and yellow fever in the 19th century to polio, AIDS, and drug abuse in the 20th century, "The Public’s Health" takes a close look at the health and diseases of the people of Arkansas, the tools they had at their disposal and how they responded.
Holly Gordon is the Executive Director of Girl Rising: Educate Girls, Change the World, an international movement for girls’ education, and the Executive Producer of “Girl Rising,” a film at the epicenter of the movement because 66 million girls around the world are denied the right to go to school. She will discuss how to apply storytelling as a tool for social change. Girl Rising was named the #1 Most Dynamic Social Initiative of 2012 by Forbes Magazine. Gordon previously worked as the Director of Content for the Tribeca Film Festival and as a producer for ABC news where she covered high-profile stories and breaking-news coverage.
Abramsky’s new book, The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives focuses on the poverty epidemic raging across America and attempts to capture the personal faces and stories of those poverty affects most adversely. For the past two years, his focus has been on Voices of Poverty, a website devoted to documenting the diversity, loneliness, and complexity contained in the personal stories of America’s poor. Sasha Abramsky is a professor of writing at U.C. Davis, a fellow at the NYC-based Demos think tank, and a reporter and author for magazine articles, blogs, and books.
In 2002, Robert Ehrlich became Maryland’s 60th Governor and abandoned the "life means life" policy of his predecessor that precluded persons serving life sentences from eligibility for executive clemency. Ehrlich promised to evaluate each request for clemency on a case-by-case basis and was nationally recognized for his progressive approach that helped free wrongly convicted defendants. He believed it to be a constitutional, statutory, and moral responsibility to undertake a serious and innovative approach to executive clemency. From 2003-2007, Governor Ehrlich reviewed 444 applications and granted 228 pardons. To date, 99 percent of those pardoned have not reoffended.
“The Slaw and the Slow Cooked: Culture and Barbecue in the Mid-South” attempts to provide a deeper understanding of the larger experience of the legendary American culinary tradition known as barbecue. The book casts a wide net for divergent approaches and includes Jones Bar-B-Q Diner in Marianna, Arkansas, possibly a century-old restaurant serving top-notch pork and simultaneously challenging race and class boundaries. James Veteto is an environmental anthropologist specializing in ethnoecology, agrobiodiversity studies, sustainable agricultural systems, sustainable development, food and culture, and alternative political ecologies. He is the Director of the Laboratory of Environmental Anthropology and the Southern Seed Legacy project at University of North Texas and the Executive Director of the Appalachian Institute for Mountain Studies.
The Clinton School will welcome crossword and Sudoku puzzle enthusiasts for the Seventh Annual Arkansas Puzzle Day. The event will feature crossword and Sudoku contests, which will take place at Sturgis Hall at , and a film screening of the award winning documentary "Wordplay," which will be screened at the Ron Robinson Theater in the Arcade Building (corner of President Clinton Avenue and River Market Avenue) at
Where: Clinton School of Public Service, Sturgis Hall (puzzle contests); Ron Robinson Theater, Arcade Building ("Wordplay" screening) (puzzle contests); ("Wordplay" screening)
In partnership with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance and Share Our Strength
Join us for a discussion on ending childhood hunger in the United States with Governor Mike Beebe of Arkansas, Jeff Bridges, Academy Award-winning actor, musician and national spokesperson for the No Kid Hungry campaign, and Billy Shore, founder and CEO of Share Our Strength. They will discuss the mission to end childhood hunger by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals. The Arkansas No Kid Hungry Campaign, which includes Share Our Strength, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, and Governor Mike Beebe, launched in October 2010 and is focused on developing the strategies to connect kids with the healthy food they need where they learn, play, and live.
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.