Upcoming Speakers

August 2016

Thursday, August 25
6pm to 7pm
Sichan Siv

Ambassador Sichan Siv is the international bestselling author of Golden Bones: An Extraordinary Journey from Hell in Cambodia to a New Life in America. In Golden Bones, Siv tells his own story of fleeing Cambodia after being captured and forced to perform slave labor by Khmer Rouge officials. In 1976, he escaped the killing fields in Cambodia and resettled as a refugee in Connecticut. He went on to work as Deputy Assistant to President George H.W. Bush in the White House and at the State Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed him as an ambassador to the United Nations, where he severed until 2006, and represented the United States at the 60th anniversary of the United Nations.

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Saturday, August 27
10am to 11am
Start Here Little Rock

Start Here Little Rock is launching a program to increase engagement of women and minorities in Little Rock in the entrepreneurial process and to increase access to entrepreneurial information, resources, and training. This one-day workshop will feature a variety of entrepreneurial and small business support organizations and will focus on educating attendees about the services they provide. Participants will learn how to connect to and best leverage these resources. During the second half of the program, attendees will hear local success stories from women and minority entrepreneurs across a wide range of industries and backgrounds. For more information, visit www.startherelr.org

UPDATE: The event has been moved to the Ron Robison Theatre.

Monday, August 29
6pm to 7pm
Meredith Walker

Meredith Walker is the executive director and co-creator of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Smart Girls is a groundbreaking way to use the internet to inspire, encourage, and celebrate the lives of young women. The former head of the talent department at Saturday Night Live, Walker now devotes all of her time to Smart Girls by leading workshops, service days, and Smart Girls volunteer teams. Smart Girls helps young people cultivate their authentic selves and emphasizes intelligence and imagination over “fitting in.” 

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September 2016

Thursday, September 1
12am to 1pm
Arkansas Repertory Theatre

Monty Python’s Spamalot blends the most quotable parts of the cult comedy classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail with the satire of the entertainment industry. Obstacles such as witches, wizards, killer bunny rabbits with big pointy teeth, and the French are just a few of the things Arthur and his brave knights must vanquish on their eternal quest to find the Holy Grail, and along the way, proving that you should always look on the bright side of life. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical, Spamalot opens at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre on September 2.

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Tuesday, September 6
12pm to 1pm
Mel Coleman

Mel Coleman is the CEO of North Arkansas Electric Cooperative and the president of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) board of directors. NRECA is the largest trade association based in Washington, D.C., serving the nation’s more than 900 electric cooperatives. Coleman has served in numerous national, state, and local leadership roles in his career. North Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, which is based in Salem, Arkansas, is part of the 17-member Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, the Little Rock-based cooperative that provides electricity to nearly 500,000 homes, farms, and businesses in Arkansas and surrounding states.

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Saturday, September 10
10am to 12pm
Little Rock Paper Airplane Championship to benefit the Lymphomaniac Society

The Lymphomaniac Society is proud to host the Little Rock Paper Airplane Championship on Saturday, September 10. This fun event for children and adults will benefit the Lymphomaniac Society, which provides respite trips for cancer survivors and their caregiver upon completion of treatment. Participants will compete in distance and airtime events in categories from Family (6 and under) to Adult Professional. There will be a variety of food trucks on site. For registration and sponsorship opportunities, visit http://www.lrpaperairplane.com

Monday, September 12
6pm to 7pm
Jeremy Richman

Jeremy Richman is the founder of the Avielle Foundation and the father of Avielle Richman, who was one of the children murdered in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. Dr. Richman has extensive research experience that spans the range from neuroscience and neuropsychopharmacology, to cardiovascular biology, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, immunology and inflammation, and kidney disease. The Avielle Foundation was founded to prevent violence and build compassion through neuroscience research, community engagement, and education.

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Wednesday, September 14
12pm to 1pm
Dana Suskind

Dana Suskind is professor of surgery at the University of Chicago, director of the pediatric cochlear implant program, and founder and director of the Thirty Million Words initiative at the University of Chicago Medical School. Based on scientific research that shows the critical importance of early language exposure on the developing child, Thirty Million Words helps parents enhance their home language environment in order to optimize their child’s brain development and therefore, his or her ability to learn.

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Thursday, September 15
6pm to 7pm
Alex Winter-Nelson and Peter Goldsmith

Alex Winter-Nelson and Peter Goldsmith are both professors in the College of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne. Winter-Nelson and Goldsmith will present their findings of an ongoing study with Heifer International that focuses on the gift of dairy cows, draft cattle, and meat goats to farmers in Zambia’s Copperbelt region. The researches will unpack data from the first 18 months of the five-year study that examines how the livestock gifts, along with training in animal management, might change diets, the purchase of non-food items, and how farmers perceive their own economic status. Over a longer time frame, they also examine evidence of changes in women’s empowerment and decision-making in the households that received animals.

Thursday, September 15
6pm to 7pm
Alex Winter-Nelson and Peter Goldsmith

Alex Winter-Nelson and Peter Goldsmith are both professors in the College of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne. Winter-Nelson and Goldsmith will present their findings of an ongoing study with Heifer International that focuses on the gift of dairy cows, draft cattle, and meat goats to farmers in Zambia’s Copperbelt region. The researches will unpack data from the first 18 months of the five-year study that examines how the livestock gifts, along with training in animal management, might change diets, the purchase of non-food items, and how farmers perceive their own economic status. Over a longer time frame, they also examine evidence of changes in women’s empowerment and decision-making in the households that received animals. 

*Reserve your seats by emailing publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.edu or calling (501) 683-5239

Tuesday, September 20
6pm to 7pm
Kevin Merida

Kevin Merida is the editor-in-chief for “The Undefeated,” ESPN’s new website that provides in-depth reporting, commentary, and insight on race and culture through the lens of sports with innovative storytelling, original reporting, and provocative commentary. Merida is the former managing editor for news at the Washington Post and is the author of two previous books, Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas and Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs

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Tuesday, September 27
6pm to 7pm
Elaine Kamarck

Elaine Kamarck is an author and the director of the Center for Effective Public Management at the Brookings Institution. In her new book, Why Presidents Fail and How They Can Succeed Again, Kamarck surveys recent presidential failures to understand why Americans have lost faith in their leaders. She argues that presidents today spend too much time talking and not enough time governing. As a Harvard academic and former White House insider, Kamarck explains the difficulties of governing in our modern political landscape, and offers examples and recommendations of how our next president can not only recreate faith in leadership but also run a competent, successful administration. Book signing to follow.

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