Upcoming Speakers

April 2014

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. 

Friday, April 25
12pm to 1pm
Angie Maxwell

Angie Maxwell is the Diane D. Blair professor of southern studies and assistant professor of political science at the University of Arkansas. Maxwell will talk about her new book, “The Indicted South: Public Criticism, Southern Inferiority, and the Politics of Whiteness.” In this interdisciplinary study, Maxwell examines and connects three key 20th-century moments in which the South was exposed to intense public criticism, identifying in white southerners' responses a pattern of defensiveness that shaped the region's political and cultural conservatism.

Monday, April 28
6pm to 7pm
John Beryrle

Ambassador John Beyrle has held policy positions and foreign assignments with an emphasis on U.S. relations with Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and the USSR since joining the State Department in 1983. Ambassador Beyrle’s service has included two previous tours at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, including as deputy chief of mission. He is the recipient of the Presidential Meritorious Service Award, the Baker-Wilkins Award as the State Department’s outstanding deputy chief of mission and the Distinguished Service Award, the State Department’s highest honor. Ambassador Beyrle retired from the State Department in 2012 and currently serves on the board of directors of the US-Russia Foundation.

Tuesday, April 29
12pm to 1pm
Arkansas Repertory Theatre

In partnership with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre

Second City specializes in sketch comedy and improv and has been delighting audiences for over 50 years. They have resident companies in Chicago and Toronto, as well as national touring companies. Shows consist of short scenes, songs, and improvised comedy sketches.