Bring on the award-winning authors and the PBS correspondents. Each month, the Clinton School of Public Service provides engaging public programs covering a myriad of issues, and this month is no different. November's schedule includes speakers on topics like North Korea, mental health and The Rep's new Christmas production.

To reserve your spot, email or call (501) 683-5239. And if you can't attend in person, you can stream most programs live by clicking here.


"Little Stone, Open Home"

Nov. 2, 6 p.m. - Sturgis Hall

An artist talk with Mariel Capanna, followed by a discussion with Good Weather curator Haynes Riley. Mariel Capanna will be creating a permanent fresco, created on­site at Good Weather Gallery, an experimental art space run by curator Haynes Riley out of his brother’s garage in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

Celebrating its fifth year of contemporary art programming, Good Weather will present its final show on Saturday, December 2 in the gallery’s original North Little Rock location. Good Weather has hosted over 30 solo shows in the garage venue and has participated in national and international fairs including SUNDAY Art Fair and NADA Miami Beach.

A testament to this garage’s tripartite function as art gallery, gathering space, and family home, the "Little Stone, Open Home," fresco will be built with several layers of freshly mixed lime plaster — a material which visual art, sacred spaces, and vernacular domestic architecture have in common.

The garage door, which opens to a suburban street, will be left open throughout the installation process, blurring the boundary between public and private so that neighbors and visitors can enter the worksite and observe the construction of the base coat, scratch coat, and rough coat of plaster, and subsequently the development of each giornata (or "day’s work"), painted with earth pigment into freshly laidintonaco (the smooth coat of plaster).


"Facing Addiction Across America" with Ryan Hampton

Nov. 3, 12 p.m. - Sturgis Hall

Nearly three years into recovery from a decade-long heroin addiction, Ryan Hampton has been rocketed to the center of America's rising recovery advocacy movement. He is now a prominent, leading face and voice of addiction and is changing the national dialog about addiction through social media. With content that reaches over 1 million people a week, Ryan has the largest following of any person in the addiction and recovery space.  

He was part of the core team that released the first-ever Surgeon General's report on addiction and was singled out by Forbes as a top social media entrepreneur in the recovery movement. Ryan connects a vast network of people who are passionate about ending the drug epidemic in America. His writing on recovery and addiction related issues regularly go viral in online journals such as HuffPo and The Hill.


Eds & Meds: Engaging Anchor Institutions to Stabilize and Catalyze Communities

Nov. 6, 12 p.m. - Sturgis Hall

Anchor institutions such as universities and hospitals are often the largest non-public employers in their cities. Beyond their respective core missions, they are vital to local economies, employing large workforces, occupying and managing large pieces of real estate, procuring vast quantities of goods and services, attract investment through capital projects and research activities, and spawning nearby development of food, retail, and other amenities.

Cities such as Philadelphia, Detroit, Cleveland – and more recently Memphis – have leveraged anchor strategies to transform their surrounding communities through local hiring, procurement, planning, and policy strategies. Alex Feldman, Vice President of U3Advisors, will provide an overview of the anchor strategies and lessons learned from successful efforts in other cities, and Tommy Pacello, President of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative, will offer a more detailed look into the Memphis efforts.


"Love, Little Rock"

Nov. 6, 6 p.m. - Sturgis Hall

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jay Chesshir, and Stone Ward President Millie Ward discuss the ideas behind the "Love, Little Rock" campaign. From the attention-grabbing ad in The Washington Post to the social media war room in Little Rock’s tech park the following day, the three offer an inside look at the "breakup" with Amazon Headquarters and the genesis of using that decision as a catalyst to tell the world why Little Rock’s citizens love their city.


Luke Dittrich, Author of "Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets"

Nov. 7, 12 p.m. - Sturgis Hall

Book signing to follow

Luke Dittrich is the author of "Patient H.M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, and Family Secrets," the story of Henry Molaison, who lost the ability to create memories after he underwent a lobotomy to treat his seizures. His case taught scientists a lot about how the brain creates and stores memories. The case was one of personal tragedy for Molaison, but a boon for the modern landscape of medicine and science.

Dittrich is the grandson of William Scoville, the doctor who performed Patient H.M.'s lobotomy. Additionally, Dittrich is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist, and a contributing editor at Esquire.


Michael Gerson

Nov. 8, 6 p.m. - Sturgis Hall

Michael Gerson is a nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in The Washington Post. Gerson is the author of "Heroic Conservatism" and co-author of "City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era."

He appears regularly on "PBS NewsHour," "Face the Nation," and other programs. Gerson serves as senior adviser at One, a bipartisan organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases.

Until 2006, Gerson was a top aide to President George W. Bush as assistant to the president for policy and strategic planning. Prior to that appointment, he served in the White House as deputy assistant to the president and director of presidential speechwriting and assistant to the president for speechwriting and policy adviser.


"Making Democracy Work: Faith, Politics and Justice" with Ernesto Cortés, Jr.

Nov. 9, 12 p.m. - Sturgis Hall

Ernesto Cortés, Jr. is the co-director of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), which provides leadership training and civics education to poor and moderate-income people across the United States and United Kingdom. Cortés has been instrumental in the building of over 30 broad-based organizations whose hallmark is the development and training of ordinary people to do extraordinary things. He is the executive director of the 30 organizations of the West/Southwest IAF.


Headstrong: Stories of Mental Emotional Health

Nov. 10, 7 p.m. - New Deal Salon and Gallery

In partnership with The Yarn

The Yarn is a new storytelling company in Little Rock that believes in the power of story to break down barriers, connect with our neighbors, and change hearts and minds. The stigma around mental, emotional, and behavioral health can range from challenging to paralyzing. Join members from the Little Rock community to shed light on the sometimes-too-secret world of mental health and hear diverse perspectives from experts in the field and individuals whose lives are affected by these challenges.

This special program will be held at the New Deal Salon and Gallery in the SOMA neighborhood with a special prelude by Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's, Katherine Williamson.


Nick Schifrin on North Korea

Nov. 13, 12 p.m. - Facebook Live

American foreign correspondent Nick Schifrin, currently a special correspondent at PBS NewsHour, recently began a visiting fellowship for the second consecutive year at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

While his first visit to campus included a public program, "Unwrapping the Russian Riddle," his second visit will feature a Q&A session with Director of Public Programs Nikolai DiPippa on North Korea that will be streamed live through the Clinton School's Facebook page.


Danny Brassell

Nov. 15, 6 p.m. - Sturgis Hall

In partnership with Arkansas Reading Association

Danny Brassell has taught students ranging from preschoolers to rocket scientists and is currently an associate professor in the teacher education department at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Using humor, music, and games in his highly acclaimed presentations, Danny has motivated teachers around the country to create their own reading programs that nurture lifelong reading.


Jonathan Friesen

Nov. 16, 12 p.m. - Sturgis Hall

In partnership with Arkansas Reading Association

Jonathan Friesen is an author, speaker, and youth writing coach from Mora, Minnesota. His first young adult novel, "Jerk, California," received the ALA Schneider Award. His recent books include "Unfolding" and "Both of Me."


Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes

Nov. 16, 6 p.m. - Sturgis Hall

In partnership with Arkansas Reading Association

Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of six adult novels: "Voodoo Dreams," "Magic City," "Douglass’ Women," "Season," "Moon," and "Hurricane," as well as the memoir "Porch Stories: A Grandmother’s Guide to Happiness," and two writing guides, "Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors" and "The African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Non-Fiction." Her adult literary awards include the American Book Award, the National Endowment of the Arts Award in Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence, and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for Outstanding Writing.


Brad Herzog

Nov. 17, 12 p.m. - Sturgis Hall

In partnership with Arkansas Reading Association

Brad Herzog is an award-winning author and speaker. An American author and freelance writer, Herzog’s work includes children’s books, a trilogy of American travel memoirs, and other works of fiction and nonfiction, and many articles in magazines.


Garrett Graff, Author of "Raven Rock"

Nov. 28, 6 p.m. - Sturgis Hall

Book signing to follow

Garrett Graff is the author of "Raven Rock," the eye-opening true story of the government’s secret plans to survive and rebuild after a catastrophic attack on US soil—a narrative that spans from the dawn of the nuclear age to today.

In Raven Rock, Graff sheds light on the inner workings of the 650-acre compound (called Raven Rock) just miles from Camp David, as well as dozens of other bunkers the government built its top leaders during the Cold War, from the White House lawn to Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado to Palm Beach, Florida, and the secret plans that would have kicked in after a Cold War nuclear attack to round up foreigners and dissidents, and nationalize industries.

Equal parts a presidential, military, and political history, Raven Rock tracks the evolution of the government’s plans and the threats of global war from the dawn of the nuclear era through the present day. Relying upon thousands of pages of once-classified documents, as well as original interviews and visits to former and current COG facilities, Graff brings readers through the back channels of government to understand exactly what is at stake if our nation is attacked, and how we’re prepared to respond if it is.


Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Nov. 29, 12 p.m. - Sturgis Hall

The state of Arkansas has set an ambitious goal of moving from 37 percent of third graders reading on grade level to 80 percent by the year 2030. The Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and its partners will discuss how they will achieve this goal by engaging parents, ensuring children are ready for kindergarten, reducing chronic absenteeism, equipping teachers to use the science of reading, and stopping summer learning loss.  

Ralph R. Smith is executive vice president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private philanthropy dedicated to helping build better futures for disadvantaged children in the United States.

A board member for the Clinton School Center on Community Philanthropy, Smith will moderate a panel of Dr. Chad Rodgers (Medical Director, Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care), Johnny Key (Commissioner, Arkansas Department of Education), and Angela Duran (Campaign Director, Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading).


Panel Discussion with Arkansas Repertory Theatre on "The Gift of Magi"

Nov. 30, 12 p.m. - Sturgis Hall

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of a new chamber musical based upon O. Henry’s beloved holiday story. Unwrap a new tradition in this tender tale of love and sacrifice, told with fresh intimacy on The Rep stage. Acclaimed playwright Jeffrey Hatcher (Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Tuesdays with Morrie, Three Viewings) is joined by composer Andrew Cooke and 2017 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient Maggie-Kate Coleman (lyricist).

Jim and Della may not have much, but they have each other. As December 25th approaches, they each lament their modest means and search for the perfect gift for their beloved spouse. A joyous, bittersweet and life-affirming fable, The Gift of the Magi will warm your heart this winter.

Join the cast and crew for a panel discussion about this production and more.