Upcoming Speakers

September 2015

Tuesday, September 8
6pm to 7pm
Brian Stone, Jr.

Brian Stone is an associate professor in the City and Regional Planning Program of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he teaches in the areas of urban environmental management, land use, and transportation planning. Stone's program of research is focused on the spatial drivers of urban environmental phenomena, with an emphasis on climate change and air quality. Most recently, Stone published studies on the role of land use in climate change mitigation, the extent to which urban areas are amplifying global warming trends, and the role of sprawling land use patterns in ozone formation. He is the director of the urban climate lab, a group of researchers exploring the connections between climate change and the built environment and how land use is contributing to climate change, including through urbanization and displacement of natural land covers.

Wednesday, September 9
12pm to 1pm
Heather Davis, Tim Hopper

Tim Hopper, chief economist, and Heather Davis, chief investment officer for private markets, will discuss what rising interest rates mean for the economy and markets. They will also address the TIAA-CREF fruits of employment program. As TIAA-CREF’s leading economic advisor, Hopper is responsible for articulating the firm’s economic views and providing guidance that informs the firm’s investment portfolios and asset allocation strategies. As chief investment officer, Davis is responsible for strategy, investment originations, portfolio management and board reporting for the organization’s private fixed-income and private equity investments, including direct equity investments in the real assets sectors. 

Thursday, September 10
12pm to 1pm
Macbeth, a panel discussion

Murder, madness, and magic haunt every shadowy corner in the most powerful of William Shakespeare’s great tragedies. After receiving an ominous prophecy on a blood-soaked battlefield, Macbeth and his ambitious wife claw their way to the Scottish throne. Each step closer to fulfilling his royal fate leads Macbeth deeper and deeper into a fiendish quagmire of carnage and corruption, from which none can survive; not even him.  Join The Rep as we cast a spell on Arkansas audiences with this powerful production that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Join us for a panel discussion about this production with moderator Bob Hupp, producing artistic director at Arkansas Repertory Theatre.

Monday, September 14
12pm to 1pm
Jeff Smith

In 2009, Jeff Smith, a former Missouri State Senator, pleaded guilty to charges related to campaign malfeasance and earned himself a year and a day in a Kentucky federal correction institution. In “Mr. Smith Goes to Prison”, he traces the cracks in America's prison walls, exposing the shortcomings of a race-based cycle of poverty and crime that sets inmates up to fail. Now an urban policy professor, Smith’s blend of academic training, real-world political acumen, and insights from a year on the inside of prison help him offer practical solutions to the nation’s prison problem and to jumpstart the rehabilitation of the millions behind bars.

Friday, September 18
6pm to 7pm
Chelsea Clinton

In “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!,” Chelsea Clinton tackles the biggest challenges facing us today. She combines facts, charts, photographs and stories to give readers a deep understanding of the world around them and how anyone can make a difference. With stories about children and teens who have made real changes big and small, this book inspires readers of all ages to do their part to make our world a better place. One of Clinton’s favorite childhood books was “50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth;” as an elementary school student in Little Rock, AR, she helped start a paper-recycling program at her school; as a teenager in Washington, D.C., she led her school’s service club; and as a student at Stanford University, she volunteered as a reading and writing tutor and at the Children’s Hospital. Today, she is Vice Chair of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation where she helps lead the work of the Foundation across its various initiatives, with a particular focus on work related to health, girls and women, creating service opportunities, and empowering the next generation of leaders. Chelsea holds a BA from Stanford University, an MPH from Columbia University, and an MPhil and doctorate degree in international relations from Oxford University.   

The lecture featuring Chelsea Clinton will be the 1,000th public program for the Clinton School of Public Service. On September 18, 2004, the Clinton School welcomed their first public program speaker, Senator Bob Dole.

This event will be at the Wally Allen Ballroom at the Statehouse Convention Center

Monday, September 21
6pm to 7pm
John Hope Bryant

John Hope Bryant is the founder, chairman and chief executive Officer for Operation HOPE, whose mission is to make free enterprise work for everyone by working as a nonprofit private banker for the working poor, the underserved, and struggling middle class. Through Operation HOPE and its partners, Bryant is today responsible for more than $2 billion of private capital supporting low-wealth home ownership, small businesses, entrepreneurship, and community development investments in 300 U.S. cities, South Africa, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Wednesday, September 23
12pm to 1pm
Chelsea Halstead

Chelsea Halstead is a program manager for the Colibrí Center for Human Rights where she leads the Colibrí’s Family Advocacy program, speaking with families to collect information on missing persons and making case matches by comparing reports to forensic data. The Colibrí Center is a family advocacy nonprofit based in Tucson, Arizona that works with families, forensic scientists and humanitarians to end migrant death on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Wednesday, September 23
6pm to 7pm
Ray Boshara

Ray Boshara is the author of “The Role of Education,” the second essay in a three-part series titled “The Demographics of Wealth: How Age, Education, and Race Separate Thrivers from Strugglers in Today’s Economy” and published by The Center for Household Financial Stability at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The essays are the result of an analysis of data collected between 1989 and 2013 through the Federal Reserve's Survey of Consumer Finances, including interviews with more than 40,000 heads of households during that time period. Bokhara’s essay, “The Role of Education” examines the possible links between education and household wealth.

Monday, September 28
12pm to 1pm
Nancy Lublin

Nancy Lublin is the founder of Crisis Text Line, which is an emotional support line via texting for those in crisis. Before founding Crisis Text Line, Lublin created Dress for Success, a global entity that provides interview suits and career development training to women in need and turned around the organization Do Something from the brink of closure to one of the largest youth organizations in the world. Once named to Fortune’s “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” alongside the Pope and Dalai Lama, Lublin is also the author of the business best seller “Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business.” Lublin’s innovative approach to business, teens, and technology has transcended the not-for-profit world and featured on Oprah, 60 Minutes, The Today Show, and in People Magazine.

Wednesday, September 30
6am to 7pm
Alexander Eaton

Alexander Eaton is the director of sustainability at charity: water, which is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Eaton works to integrate innovative technology and entrepreneurial solutions to keep water flowing at thousands of clean water projects in 22 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Before starting at charity: water, Alex worked to empower smallholder farmers through renewable energy, agricultural technology and innovative financing. Over the last ten years he designed and brought to market the patented bioenergy system Biobolsa, worked with KIVA to develop one of their first green-finance products, and ran the International Renewable Resources Institute

Wednesday, September 30
12pm to 1pm
Theresa Beiner, John DiPippa

Every year on the first Monday in October the United States Supreme Court begins its new term. Last term's same sex marriage and Obamacare decisions are the latest examples of how the Court's decisions change the way we live. Associate Dean Theresa Beiner and Dean Emeritus John DiPippa at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law will discuss last year's United States Supreme Court term and its blockbuster cases. They will also highlight the important cases on the Court's docket and their significance.