Helene Gayle | Clinton School Presents


Interview with Helene Gayle, President and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust, for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Helene Gayle, President and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust, a community foundation dedicated to improving the region through strategic grant making, civic engagement, and inspiring philanthropy. Named one of Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women and one of Non-Profit Times Top 50, Helene has authored numerous articles on global and domestic public health issues, poverty alleviation, gender equality, and social justice.

Alice Driver | Clinton School Presents

Alice Driver

Interview with Alice Driver, a bilingual long form journalist based in Mexico City. Mrs. Driver’s works focuses on migration, human rights, and gender equality. For the past two years, she has covered migration along the United States/Mexico border and throughout Central America, witnessing first-hand how US policies have affected migrants living along the border.

Roderick Hart | Clinton School Presents

Roderick Hart

Interview with Roderick Hart, former Dean of the Moody College at The University of Texas at Austin, for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue of distinguished guests that visit the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nikolai DiPippa, Clinton School Director of Public Programs, sat down with Roderick Hart, former Dean of the Moody College at The University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of “Civic Hope; How Ordinary Americans Keep Democracy Alive” which analyzes over ten thousand letters to the editor from 1948 to the present published in twelve US cities. It states that the vitality of a democracy lies not in its strengths but in its weaknesses, and in the willingness of its people to address those weaknesses.

Remembering Betty Ford | Clinton School Presents


Interview with Susan Ford Bales, daughter of President Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford, and Lisa McCubbin, award-winning journalist and the author of four New York Times bestselling books. McCubbin is the author of Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer is an intimate and insightful biography of Betty Ford, the groundbreaking, candid, and resilient First Lady and wife of President Gerald Ford.

Rebecca Harper | Clinton School Presents

Rebecca Harper

Interview with Rebecca Harper.  In today’s world, the intersection of home and academic literacies often is non-existent. Yet, individuals practice sophisticated literacy skills on a daily basis. Unfortunately, these are often overlooked in lieu of traditional literacy practices.  As a literacy professor, reading and writing are Rebecca Harper’s areas of expertise, but she learned more from literacy tasks in real life than in courses taken during her doctoral program. Join her for a lecture in real world literacy as she shares what pinball, her mother’s eulogy, and ESPN taught her about literacy and how it transformed literacy practices.  Harper is and assistant professor of literacy in the Department of Advanced Studies and Innovation at Augusta University. She received her Ph.D. in Language and Literacy from the University of South Carolina. She is the author of “Content Area Writing that Rocks (and Works!)”.”

Marjorie Spruill | Clinton School Presents

Marjorie Spruill

Interview with Marjorie Spruill.  Forty years ago, two women’s movements drew a line in the sand between liberals and conservatives. The legacy of that rift is still evident today in American politics and social policies.  Gloria Steinem was quoted in 2015 in The New Yorker as saying the National Women’s Conference in 1977 “…may take the prize as the most important event nobody knows about.”  After the United Nations established International Women’s Year (IWY) in 1975, Congress mandated and funded state conferences to elect delegates to attend the National Women’s Conference in Houston in 1977. At that conference, Bella Abzug, Steinem, and other feminists adopted a National Plan of Action, endorsing the hot-button issues of abortion rights, the Equal Rights Amendment, and gay rights – the latter a new issue in national politics. Across town, Phyllis Schlafly, Lottie Beth Hobbs, and the conservative women’s movement held a massive rally to protest federally funded feminism and launch a Pro-Family movement.  “Divided We Stand” reveals how the battle between feminists and their conservative challengers divided the nation as Democrats continued to support women’s rights and Republicans cast themselves as the party of family values.

Bill Meyer | Clinton School Presents

Bill Meyer

Interview with Bill Meyer.  While the power of mindfulness and meditation have become well-known in the culture at large, their use in education is just beginning. But teachers who incorporate moments of stillness, breath awareness, and calming images know how potent these practices are for creating focus and facilitating learning.  “Three Breaths and Begin” is about practice, written by a schoolroom teacher who has shared these practices with students, teachers, and parents in a variety of real-world settings. Meyer details exactly how a teacher can use meditation techniques each and every day. From the very beginning of introducing the practice to students by creating a space within the classroom, to meditating on field trips, in sports setting, and in the midst of tragedy, he sets forth scripted meditations, with every aspect of conducting, running, and reflecting on the meditation considered.

Stuart Newberger | Clinton School Presents

Stuart Newberger

Interview with Stuart Newberger.  Renowned international terrorism litigation attorney Stuart Newberger has helped hundreds of American victims of state-sponsored terrorism, and their families, find justice, through his work with international law firm Crowell & Moring in Washington, D.C.  In his book, “The Forgotten Flight: Terrorism, Diplomacy and the Pursuit of Justice,” Newberger asks how we can bring leaders of sovereign nations to account for their crimes.  As a lawyer, Newberger represented the families of the seven Americans killed in the UTA 772 attack, a French airliner blown up by a suitcase bomb in 1989 while flying from Central Africa to Paris, killing all 170 people on board.  Now he tells the story of the flight for the first time, piecing together the events leading up to the crime in extraordinary detail. He reveals how French investigators cracked the case and takes us inside the behind-the-scenes diplomatic talks with the Libyan government.

Danny Brassell | Clinton School Presents

Danny Brassell

Interview with Danny Brassell.  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.

Debby Schriver | Clinton School Presents

Debby Schriver

nterview with Debby Schriver.  Debby Schriver is a cult expert, an author, and a human rights activist whose projects connect us to common, core values that lift the human spirit. Schriver earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her study of psychological and sociological development began in college and has been an integral part of her career as an educator at UT and as a writer.  “Whispering in the Daylight: The Children of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries and Their Journey to Freedom” is based on numerous interviews from group members and, more importantly, on interviews with the children—second and third-generation followers.  Schriver chronicles how this group wpsyas formed, documenting its many abuses and its gradual adoption of cult-like behaviors and practices. Her extensive research – including interviews with Tony Alamo himself, harrowing visits to Alamo compounds, and witnessing gut-wrenching confrontations between freed children and their unreformed parents – tells the story of a closed group whose origins and history are unlikely ever to be definitively unraveled.

Howard Bryant | Clinton School Presents

Howard Bryant

Interview with Howard Bryant.  Howard Bryant is an acclaimed sports journalist who writes for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine and appears regularly on ESPN Radio. Bryant has been a panelist on ESPN’s The Sports Reporters since 2006 and is a sports correspondent for Weekend Edition with Scott Simon on National Public Radio.  Bryant is the author of four books. His latest book, “The Heritage,” is the story of the rise, fall, and fervent return of the athlete-activist. Through deep research and interviews with some of sports’ best-known stars – including Colin Kaepernick, David Ortiz, Charles Barkley, and Chris Webber – as well as members of law enforcement and the military, Bryant details the collision of post-9/11 sports in America and the politically engaged post-Ferguson black athlete.

Dwayne Estes | Clinton School Presents

Dwayne Estes

Interview with Dwayne Estes.  Mr. Estes serves as executive director for SGI. For ten years Dwayne has served as Professor of Biology at APSU and was promoted to Full Professor in 2015.  Grassland loss is the single greatest conservation issue currently facing eastern North American biodiversity. Southern grasslands are nearly extinct and the species that depend on them are fading fast. The Southeastern Grasslands Initiative (SGI) is a collaboration of leaders in international biodiversity conservation led by the Austin Peay State University Center of Excellence for Field Biology, in partnership with the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, North Carolina Botanical Garden, and Roundstone Native Seed.  SGI seeks to integrate research, consultation, and education, along with the administration of grants, to create innovative solutions to address the multitude of complex issues facing Southeastern grasslands, the most imperiled ecosystems in eastern North America.

Mark Updegrove | Clinton School Presents

Mark Updegrove

Interview with Mark Updegrove.  In “The Last Republicans,” presidential historian Mark Updegrove offers a groundbreaking look at the lives of George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, the most consequential father-son pair in American history, often in their own words.  Drawing extensively on exclusive access and interviews with both Bush presidents, Updegrove reveals for the first time their influences and perspectives on each other’s presidencies; their views on family, public service, and America’s role in the world; and their unvarnished thoughts on President Donald Trump and the radical transformation of the Republican Party he now leads.  “The Last Republicans” offers revealing and often moving portraits of the forty-first and forty-third presidents, as well as an elegy for the Republican “establishment,” which once stood for putting the interests of the nation over those of any single man.  Updegrove is an author, presidential historian, and president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation. He is the author of four books on the presidency including “Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency.” He appears regularly on Good Morning America, and This Week, and has written for The New York Times, The Hill, Politico, The Daily Beast, Time, Parade, National Geographic, and Texas Monthly.

Ken Thomas | Clinton School Presents

Ken Thomas

Interview with Ken Thomas.  Ken Thomas is a White House reporter with The Associated Press and has been based in the AP’s Washington bureau since 2005. He has covered President Donald Trump since the start of his transition and throughout his administration.  He previously covered Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic primary campaigns of Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, as well as President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.  Thomas is a 1997 graduate of Georgetown University and a 1999 graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism.

Ilya Somin | Clinton School Presents

Ilya Somin

Interview with Ilya Somin.  Ilya Somin is a Professor of Law at George Mason University. His research focuses on constitutional law, property law, and the study of popular political participation and its implications for constitutional democracy.  Somin is the author of “Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter” and “The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain.” He is the coauthor of “A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case” and co-editor of “Eminent Domain: A Comparative Perspective.”  From 2006 to 2013, he served as co-editor of “The Supreme Court Economic Review,” one of the country’s top-rated law and economics journals.  Somin earned his B.A., Summa Cum Laude, at Amherst College, M.A. in Political Science from Harvard University, and J.D. from Yale Law School.

Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Díaz | Clinton School Presents

Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Díaz

Interview with Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Díaz.  Dr. Rodriguez-Díaz spent the spring 2018 semester as the Researcher in Residence and Visiting Philanthropy Faculty Scholar for the Clinton School’s Center on Community Philanthropy.  Rodríguez-Díaz is currently an associate professor in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. Previously, he worked as a public health scientist and an associate professor at the School of Public Health at the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan.  He will share findings from research conducted during his residency that explore the role of race in emerging response and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico.

Timothy McCarthy | Clinton School Presents

Timothy McCarthy

Interview with Timothy Patrick McCarthy.  Timothy McCarthy is an award-winning scholar, educator, and public servant. He holds a joint faculty appointment in Harvard’s undergraduate honors program in History and Literature, the Graduate School of Education, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he is Core Faculty and Director of Culture Change & Social Justice Initiatives at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Dr. McCarthy is also founding Faculty Convener of the Carr Center’s Emerging Human Rights Leaders Program.  A historian of politics and social movements, slavery and abolition, the art and literature of protest, media culture, and human rights, Dr. McCarthy is the author or editor of five books with the New Press, including The Radical Reader: A Documentary History of the American Radical Tradition (2003), Prophets of Protest: Reconsidering the History of American Abolitionism (2006), and Stonewall’s Children: Living Queer History in the Age of Liberation, Loss, and Love(forthcoming).  Dr. McCarthy is the host and director of A.R.T. of Human Rights, a regular public series, co-sponsored by the Carr Center and the American Repertory Theater, that brings academics, artists, and activists together to explore the relationship between art and social change.  A frequent media commentator, Dr. McCarthy is featured in several documentary films, has appeared on NPR, BBC, CBS News, Air America, Bloomberg Radio, Al Jazeera, Democracy Now!, HuffPost Live, and Big Think, and has published essays in The Daily Beast, Salon, Boston Globe, Huffington Post, and The Nation.

Nadine Strossen | Clinton School Presents

Nadine Strossen

Interview with Nadine Strossen.  Mrs. Strossen is Professor of Constitutional Law at New York Law School and the first woman national President of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she served from 1991 through 2008.  HATE dispels misunderstandings plaguing our perennial debates about “hate speech vs. free speech,” showing that the First Amendment approach promotes free speech and democracy, equality, and societal harmony. We hear too many incorrect assertions that “hate speech” — which has no generally accepted definition – is either absolutely unprotected or absolutely protected from censorship. Rather, U.S. law allows government to punish hateful or discriminatory speech in specific contexts when it directly causes imminent serious harm. Yet, government may not punish such speech solely because its message is disfavored, disturbing, or vaguely feared to possibly contribute to some future harm.  Citing evidence from many countries, this book shows that “hate speech” laws are at best ineffective and at worst counterproductive. Their inevitably vague terms invest enforcing officials with broad discretion, and predictably, regular targets are minority views and speakers. Therefore, prominent social justice advocates in the U.S. and beyond maintain that the best way to resist hate and promote equality is not censorship, but rather, vigorous “counterspeech” and activism.