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!)”.”

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.

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.

Ellen Hart | Clinton School Presents

Ellen Hart

Interview with Ellen Hart, world-class runner and lawyer.  Mrs. Hart is known for her incredible athletic and professional achievements while going public about her battles with bulimia.  As an undergraduate student-athlete at Harvard, Hart earned eight varsity letters while competing in basketball, soccer, and track and field. She placed third to qualify in the 10K in the 1980 Olympic Trials and went on to break the world record in 20K and the United States record in 30K.  Hart earned her juris doctor from the University of Colorado Law School. She was an attorney with the Denver firm of Morrison and Foerster from 1988-90 and served as Executive Director of the Community Action Program at the University of Denver from 1990-92.  Hart was married to Federico Peña, the former mayor of Denver, United States Secretary of Transportation, and United States Secretary of Energy. She helped start the Eating Disorder Foundation while giving lectures and speaking publicly about her personal experiences.  A movie about her life, “Dying to be Perfect: The Ellen Hart Peña Story,” was released in 1996.

John Hechinger | Clinton School Presents

John Hechinger

Interview with John Hechinger, a senior editor at Bloomberg News, a 2011 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service, and a two-time winner for the George Polk Award for his reporting on education, 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 John Hechinger, author of True Gentleman: The Broken Pledge of America’s Fraternities, which takes readers deep into the world of fraternity culture, and reveals how profoundly that culture influences Wall Street, Main Street, and Washington.

Emily Crane Linn | Clinton School Presents

Emily Crane Linn

Interview with Emily Crane Linn, Executive Director of Canopy Northwest Arkansas, 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 Emily Crane Linn, Executive Director of Canopy Northwest Arkansas, a resettlement center that provides refugees with everything they need to build a new life: from a place to live and language classes to counselors and babysitters. They help refugees learn English, put together a resume, evaluate their degree, and prepare for the American workforce. 

Baz Dreisinger | Clinton School Presents

Baz Dreisinger

Interview with Baz Dreisinger.  Dr. Baz Dreisinger is the author of Incarceration Nations, a first-person odyssey through the prison systems of the world. Professor, journalist, and founder of the Prison-to-College Pipeline, Dreisinger looks into the human stories of incarcerated men and women and those who imprison them, creating a jarring, poignant view of a world to which most are denied access, and a rethinking of one of America’s most far-reaching global exports: the modern prison complex. Dreisinger was named a 2017-18 Global Fulbright Scholar and is working to internationally replicate the Prison-to-College Pipeline with a focus on the Caribbean and South Africa.

Ryan Hampton | Clinton School Presents

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Interview with Ryan Hampton for NPR affiliate KUAR on Clinton School Presents, a weekly dialogue with the 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 Ryan Hampton, a recovery advocate. Nearly three years into recovery from a decade-long heroin addiction, Ryan Hampton is 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.

Dan Zak | Clinton School Presents

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Interview with Dan Zak, a reporter for the Washington Post, 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 Dan Zak, author of Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age. In his book, Zak writes about a book about nuclear weapons, the activists who resist them, and the bureaucracy that maintains them.

Janine D'Anniballe | Clinton School Presents

Janine D'Anniballe

Interview with Dr. Janine D’Anniballe, Director of Trauma Services at Mental Health Partners 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 Dr. Janine D’Anniballe. She’s been dedicated to the prevention, treatment and training of sexual assault issues for the past eighteen years. She is the Director of Trauma Services at Mental Health Partners in Boulder Colorado. Previously, she was the Executive Director of Moving to End Sexual Assault Rape Crisis Center in Boulder Colorado.