Clinton School of Public Service Releases December Speaker Lineup

Fresh off the hugely successful Clinton Library anniversary celebrations, the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service recently released its list of December speakers, proving it has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

All events are free and open to the public. To reserve your seats, email or call (501) 683-5239. 

Here’s what’s happening at the Clinton School this month.

Documentary Screening: “The Toughest Job: William Winter’s Mississippi”

Dec. 2, 6 p.m. at Ron Robinson Theater 

In a showing partnering with the Little Rock Film Festival, “The Toughest Job” follows the life and career of Mississippi’s 57th Governor William Winter and his march for education reformation.


Panel Discussion: “Elf: The Musical”

Dec. 3, 12 p.m. at Sturgis Hall

We all know the movie and are doubly excited about the musical adaptation by Thomas Meehan (The Producers) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone), with a score by Tony-nominated songwriting team of Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer). This panel, in partnership with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, brings together Producing Artistic Director Robert Hupp with members of the cast and creative team to discuss the hilarious and heartwarming musical.


Nassir Al-Nasser, former ambassador from Qatar

Dec. 5, 6 p.m. at Sturgis Hall

Nassir Al-Nasser was the president of the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly and is a former ambassador from Qatar. Currently the United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, his new book, “A Year at the Helm of the United Nations General Assembly,” goes into detail about his leadership and addresses the U.N.’s shortcomings. Al-Nasser will share his thoughts on this topic and more.


“Amendment 3: It Passed. Now What?”

Dec. 8, 12 p.m. at Sturgis Hall

In partnership with the Political Animals Club, the Clinton School will host a panel to analyze Amendment 3 and its major categories. Moderated by Rex Nelson, the panel will include Amendment 3’s co-authors, Senator Jon Woods and Representative Warwick Sabin, Little Rock attorney Scott Trotter and Randy Zook, CEO of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce.


Dr. S. James Gates, Jr., Director of the Center for String and Particle Theory at the University of Maryland and Member of the Maryland State Board of Education: “Next Generation Science Standards: A Key to the Next Generation of American Jobs”

Dec. 10, 6 p.m. at Sturgis Hall (in partnership with the Arkansas State Board of Education)

With earlier science education for students, the goal of new K-12 standards is to prepare students for new economic opportunities. Dr. Gates, a member of the President’s Council of Advisors of Science and Technology and a chief advocate of revisions to science education, will examine why this matters and why he believes it will make a difference.


General Wesley Clark, USA , Retired: “Don’t Wait for the Next War”

Dec. 12, 6 p.m. at Sturgis Hall (in partnership with the Clinton Foundation)

Little Rock native and 2004 Democratic presidential candidate General Wesley Clark will discuss his new book, “Don’t Wait for the Next War: A Strategy for American Growth and Leadership,” focusing on global challenges America faces and how to develop a strategy that involves both private and public actors.


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