Upcoming Speakers

October 2014

Tuesday, October 21
Clinton School Students

Five Clinton School students will discuss the international public service projects they completed this summer as part of the Master of Public Service degree program. The international project component exposes students to unique challenges and hands-on experience across the globe, and provides immediate and long-term impact for the students’ organizational partners. Since the Clinton School opened in 2005, students have visited 72 countries to complete more than 200 projects.

Wednesday, October 22
Michael Ross

Michael Ross is an author and an associate professor of History at the University of Maryland. In his new book, “The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case,” Ross offers the first full account of one of the events that electrified the South at one of the most critical moments in the history of American race relations. The book covers the kidnapping, where two African American women kidnapped seventeen-month-old Mollie Digby in front of her New Orleans home. From the moment it happens through the highly publicized investigation and sensationalized trial that followed, Ross paints a vivid picture of the Reconstruction-era South and the complexities and possibilities that faced the newly integrated society.


*Book signing to follow

Thursday, October 23
Arkansas Repertory Theatre

Written by Frederick Knott, “Wait Until Dark” is inspired by the 1967 Hollywood film of the same name, with both the play and the film garnering multiple Tony, Golden Globe, and Academy Award nominations for many of the actors involved, including the film’s star, Audrey Hepburn. In the story, a sinister con man and two ex-convicts are about to meet their match. They have traced the location of a mysterious doll to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his wife, Susy. With murder afoot, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, as Susy discovers the only way to play fair is to play by her rules. A panel of those involved in the production will talk about what it’s like to bring this thrilling production to life.



*In partnership with The Arkansas Repertory Theatre

Friday, October 24
Secretary Henry Cisneros

In 1981, Henry Cisneros became the first Hispanic-American mayor of a major U.S. city. After serving four terms as Mayor of San Antonio, in 1992, President Clinton appointed then-Mayor Cisneros to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). After leaving HUD in 1997, he became president and COO of Univision Communications, the Spanish-language broadcaster that has become the fifth most-watched television network in the nation. Secretary Cisneros is currently a member of the advisory boards of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Broad Foundation and was honored by the National Housing Conference as the “Housing Person of the Year.”

Monday, October 27
Community Conversations

Nearly three out of four Americans today worry that their income will not keep up with rising prices of health care. These worries outstrip anxieties about losing a job, terrorist attacks, crime, and losing savings in the stock market. The questions we must address are: How can we get the health care we require, in the face of rising costs?  How can we pay for what we need? This community conversation will be using material from the National Issues Forum Institute that centers on the question: Coping With the Cost of Health Care: How Do We Pay for What We Need?

Tuesday, October 28
Nassir Al-Nasser

Nassir Al-Nasser was the president of the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly and is a former ambassador from Qatar. He is currently the United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations. Al-Nasser’s new book, “A Year at the Helm of the United Nations General Assembly,” goes into detail about the four main pillars of his leadership (mediation, UN reform, natural disaster prevention, and response), and also addresses the shortcomings of the United Nations. Al-Nasser shares his thoughts on restructuring the Security Council and on how best to implement changes to the General Assembly to make it as effective as intended.


*Book signing to follow

Wednesday, October 29
Women's Foundation of Arkansas

Join us for the public release of three reports from the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas that addresses the barriers in a 21st century education for women and girls in Arkansas. The reports examine the impact of teen pregnancy and birth on education, the perceptions of the status of women and the links between education of women and girls to Arkansas’s economic future. 



*In partnership with Women’s Foundation of Arkansas and Clinton Health Matters Initiative