Upcoming Speakers

February 2016

Tuesday, February 9
6pm to 8pm

According to the latest statistics available through the Centers for Disease Control, from 1994 to 2013, the percent of adults in Arkansas diagnosed with diabetes more than doubled – from approximately 5% to over 11%. This community conversation will bring Arkansans together to talk about how to best address this growing and costly disease in our communities and our state. Following a brief presentation about the research that went into developing the discussion guide that will be used, participants will engage in discussion facilitated by Clinton School students and alumni to explore various approaches to addressing diabetes in Arkansas. Light refreshments will be served.

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Wednesday, February 10
12pm

Nearly 70 percent of jobs in Arkansas today require a high school diploma or less, and only about 30 percent require a postsecondary credential. Though Arkansas is poised for significant job growth over the next decade, the 70/30 split is projected to remain. Researchers from MDC, Inc. will present the findings of a report commissioned by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Where the Jobs Are, Opportunity and Challenges in Arkansas Employment, that answers the question “How can we make sure tomorrow’s jobs are better than today’s?” Following the presentation, Sherece West-Scantlebury, president and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, will moderate a panel of business, community, and government leaders to learn what we can do now to begin to expect more for Arkansas’s educational and economic future.

 

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Thursday, February 11
6pm
Jeremy Haft

Jeremy Haft, author and adjunct professor at Georgetown University who lectures in both the Walsh School of Foreign Service and the McDonough School of Business, has spent two decades starting and building companies in China across sectors of the economy. In his book Unmade in China: The Hidden Truth about China's Economic Miracle, Haft explores the hidden world of China’s intricate supply chains and tells the story of systemic risk in Chinese manufacturing and what this means for the United States. He has also authored other books covering China’s economy, including All the Tea in China: How to Buy, Sell, and Make Money on the Mainland, which presents best practices for importing, exporting, and doing business in China.

*Book signing to follow

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Friday, February 12
6pm
Devery Anderson

Devery Anderson is the author of Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement. He was determined early on to seek out the facts of the brutal, racially motivated murder of Emmett Till and bring them to light. Emmett Till offers a comprehensive account of the 1955 murder of Emmett Till and its aftermath, while also telling the story of the 14 year-old African American boy from Chicago. Till’s death and the acquittal of his killers by an all-white jury set off a firestorm of protests that reverberated all over the world and helped spur the civil rights movement in the United States. *Book signing to follow

 

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Tuesday, February 16
12pm
Larry Sampler

Larry Sampler serves as Assistant to the Administrator in the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs leading USAID’s efforts for the agency’s two largest missions. Previously, he was Senior Deputy Assistant to the Administrator in the same office, working on Afghanistan and management issues. Before that, Sampler was Vice President and Director of the Communities in Transition Division of Creative Associates International. A recipient of the Constitutional Medal from President Hamid Karzai of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Sampler has served the private sector, in the military, and in post and intra-conflict missions of both the Organization for the Security and Cooperation in Europe and the United Nations. 

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Wednesday, February 17
6pm
Leigh Hafrey

Leigh Hafrey, author and a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, has worked in professional ethics for over two decades, with a focus on ethical leadership, teaching college courses at Harvard Business School and MIT and consulting for private organizations around the world. For 17 years, along with his wife, Sandra Naddaff, Hafrey was a co-Master of Mather House, one of the 12 residential complexes in Harvard College. In his most recent book, War Stories: Fighting, Competing, Imagining, Leading, Hafrey covers the arc of military American self-perception on the screen, in print, and in public conversation over the past 20 years. 

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Thursday, February 25
6pm

This panel discussion will focus on case studies that show how Black Lives Matter has come to function as a banner that has unified many other social movements. The speakers will draw from their own professional experiences as “teaching artists” and organizers to discuss movements, including work recently published by professor Dave Stovall about the speakers’ involvement in the development of the Little Village Lawndale High School Campus, an award-winning school whose construction is a story of creative, youth-led community building. 

Esmeralda Baltazar is a visual artist and educator at the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, TN, where she works with a number of cultural organizing and youth initiatives across the southern United States that focus on building multilingual spaces and multicultural coalition building.  

Aquil Charlton is a hip-hop musician and visual artist who currently is an artist in residence at Chicago’s Urban Gateways and ALT-City ensembles. In 2011, Charlton traveled to Pakistan as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department before accepting a U.S. State Department One Beat fellowship.

 

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Monday, February 29
12pm
Andy Smith

Andy Smith, the director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center, will look at the development of the modern political poll, why they have become so common, and the impact they have on politics and policy today. The Survey Center is a nonpartisan, academic public opinion research center for governments, nonprofits, and faculty researchers. Smith is also an associate professor in the University of New Hampshire department of political science, focusing his research on survey methodology, elections, and public policy.

 

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