Clinton School of Public Service Announces December Speaker Series

With the holiday season in full swing, December can be a busy month. Be sure to make room on your calendar for the Clinton School of Public Service’s December Speaker Series ranging from a University of Arkansas Honors College panel on the Trump/Clinton campaigns to a Q&A with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Joby Warrick.

Reserve your seats at any of the events by emailing or calling (501) 683-5239. If you have to miss any of the programs in person, you can watch most live on the Clinton School’s website.

“A Christmas Story” panel discussion with The Rep
Thursday, Dec. 1, at noon (Sturgis Hall)

This winter at The Rep, enjoy Ralphie’s misadventures as his family struggles to enjoy an All-American Christmas on the brink of World War II. The panel discussion will be about this Christmas favorite and more.

Honors College Forum: Tracking Trump and Hillary
Friday, Dec. 2, at noon (Sturgis Hall)

Students from the University of Arkansas Honors College will discuss lessons learned over the past semester. They participated in a one-hour course with faculty experts whose research touched on the presidency and the media. The course focused on each campaign and featured faculty experts addressing different aspects of the election such as labor, populism, economics and more.

“Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS” — Joby Warrick, 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner
Tuesday, Dec. 6, at noon (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow

In his new book, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Joby Warrick traces how the strain of militant Islam behind ISIS first arose in a remote Jordanian prison and spread with the unwitting aid of two American presidents. In Black Flags, Joby Warrick shows how the zeal of this one man and the strategic mistakes of Presidents Bush and Obama led to the banner of ISIS being raised over huge swaths of Syria and Iraq. 

Bishop Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church
Monday, Dec. 12, at noon (Sturgis Hall)

The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry was installed as the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church on November 1, 2015 and was elected and confirmed at the 78th General Convention of The Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City, UT, on June 27, 2015. He is the Chief Pastor and serves as president and CEO of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and chair of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church. Presiding Bishop Curry has a national preaching and teaching ministry, having been featured on The Protestant Hour and as a frequent speaker at conferences around the country. 

Foundations as Mission Investors
Tuesday, Dec. 13, at noon (Heifer Village)

As part of the Global Solutions Summit, this session will involve leaders of the Mission Investors Exchange and Foundations, which encourage the development of new investment tools to direct foundation endowment investing into funds, companies, and projects, which have or utilize technology deployment to further the missions of the Foundations involved.

Panelists include:
Melanie Audette – Senior Vice President, Mission Investors Exchange
Ardyth Neil – President, Heifer Foundation
Andrea Dobson – COO/CFO, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Bert van der Vaart – CEO, Small Enterprises Assistance Funds
Willy Foote – CEO, Root Capital
Mildred Callear – CFO, U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Michael Skelly, founder and president of Clean Line Energy
Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 9:00 a.m. (The Innovation Hub)

Michael Skelly is the founder and president of Clean Line Energy. He founded the company with the hope that Clean Line’s projects will bring about thousands of megawatts of new renewable energy projects. Prior to founding Clean Line, Skelly led the development of Horizon Wind Energy from a two-man company to a leadership position in the U.S. wind industry. Before Horizon, Skelly developed thermal, hydroelectric, biomass and wind energy projects in Central America with Energia Global. 

Roundtable on Corporate Sustainability
Wednesday, Dec. 14, at noon (Great Hall, Clinton Library)

As part of the Global Solutions Summit, this session will discuss corporate sustainability with the following experts.

Panelists include:
Jon Johnson – Chairman, The Sustainability Consortium
Michael Eckhart – Director Sustainability Finance, CitiBank
Rodney Slater – former Secretary of Transportation
Chris Lloyd – Director of Public Policy and Social Responsibility, Verizon
Jonathan Mahler – L’Oreal Sustainability Team
Mark Rossi – Founder, BizNGO
Ruediger Kuehr – Executive Secretary, Electronic Waste Step-Initiative

Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registration
Friday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with the Clinton Foundation and NARA


Livestream Only

Sustainability, Innovation, and Technology Deployment in Higher Education
Monday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m.

This panel of sustainability leaders in higher education will explore how universities are stimulating innovation in the field of clean technology research, applications and deployment globally. Presenters will discuss best practices for leveraging resources of higher education to pioneer new solutions for global sustainability.

Bridging the Gap: Public-Private Initiatives in Technology Demonstration and Verification and its Role in Cleantech Commercialization and Deployment
Monday, Dec. 12, at 3:30 p.m.

Panelists will share insights into public and private sector initiatives and inter-agency collaboration in the deployment of clean technologies to encourage the ultimate commercialization of innovations and the adoption of impactful technologies by end users. The focus will be on real world demonstration programs and how they support commercialization and bridge the gap between technology development initiatives and sustainability evaluations occurring at universities and startup companies and the real world.

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