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.

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.

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.

Jim Schultz | Clinton School Presents

Jim Schultz

Interview with Jim Schultz.  Jim Schultz is an American lawyer, political pundit, and was an Associate White House Counsel for U.S. President Donald J. Trump until November 2017. Schultz was part of the legal team at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Trump Transition Team.  Schultz previously worked as general counsel to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and as a top aide to Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.), when he was a U.S. attorney. He earned his undergraduate degree from Temple University before attending law school at Widener University.  In addition to having provided legal counsel to the President of the United States and his senior staff, Schultz has provided legal counsel to the Governor of Pennsylvania and his senior staff and cabinet, a number of federal and state elected officials and has handled high profile matters for private sector clients.  In his role as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Associate Counsel to the President, Schultz provided counsel to the White House on matters involving government contracting, procurement, trade, and transportation and infrastructure. Schlutz had liaison responsibilities to the Department of Transportation and the General Services Administration.  He played a significant role in the drafting and review of Executive Orders and was involved in the interview and selection process for United States Attorneys and Federal District and Circuit Court Judges.  Schultz also served as counsel to the Presidential Transition and was as a member of the legal team during the 2016 Republican National Convention. Throughout the 2016 election cycle, Jim was a frequent contributor on NBC 10 Philadelphia and currently serves as a contributor to CNN.

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. 

James Pardew | Clinton School Presents

James Pardew

Interview with Ambassador James Pardew, United States’ Ambassador to Bulgaria from 2002-2005, 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 Ambassador James Pardew, he is the author of Peacemakers: American Leadership and the End of Genocide in the Balkans, the first inclusive history of the successful multilateral intervention in the Balkans from 1995 to 2008 by an official directly involved in the diplomatic and military responses to the crisis. 

David O'Sullivan | Clinton School Presents

David O'Sullivan

Interview with Ambassador David O’Sullivan, European Union Ambassador to the United States, 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 Ambassador David O’Sullivan, European Union Ambassador to the United States,as the European Union’s top diplomat to the United States, he oversees the EU’s bilateral relationship with the United States and the direction and work of the EU delegation including: political, economic, and commercial affairs.

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.

Alan Abramowitz | Clinton School Presents

Alan Abramowitz

Interview with Alan Abramowitz, Professor of political science at Emory University, 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 Alan Abramowitz, Professor of political science at Emory University. He has authored or co-authored six books, dozens of contributions to edited volumes, and wrote more than 50 articles in political journals dealing with political parties, elections, and voting behaviour in the United States. He is one of the nation’s leading election forecasters. His “Time for Change” model correctly predicted the popular vote winner in every presidential election between 1988 and 2012. His next book is “The Great Alignment: Race, Ideology, and Transformation of the American Party System”.
 

Gilbert King | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Gilbert King 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 Pulitzer prize winning author Gilbert King. He is the author of “Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America,” which is about four black men falsely accused of raping Norma Lee Padgett, a 17-year-old white woman in Groveland, Fla. in 1949. It unearthed a largely forgotten chapter in the long history of racial injustice in the United States, and explored the tactics used by Thurgood Marshall, the future Supreme Court Justice, to chip away at the foundations of Jim Crow law.

Wendy Young | Clinton School Presents

Wendy Young

Interview with Wendy Young 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 Wendy Young, president of KIND (Kids In Need of Defense). KIND was was founded by Angelina Jolie and the Microsoft Corporation to create a pro bono movement of law firms, corporations, NGOs, universities, and volunteers to provide quality and compassionate legal counsel to unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children in the United States.

Lynn Stout | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Lynn Stout 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 Lynn Stout, A distinguished professor of corporate and business law at Cornell University Law School. An internationally recognized expert in corporate governance, securities regulation, financial derivatives, law and economics and moral behavior she discusses her book, “The Shareholder Value Myth: How Putting Shareholders First Harms Investors, Corporations and the Public.”

Stephen Wermiel | Clinton School Presents

Stephen Wermiel

Interview with Stephen Wermiel 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 Stephen Wermiel, former supreme court reporter for the Wall Street Journal and author of the book “Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion”, which makes public for the 1st time many of Justice Brennan’s case histories.

Curtis Wilkie | Clinton School Presents

Interview with Curtis Wilkie 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 Curtis Wilkie to discuss his book, "The Fall of the House of Zeus: The Rise and Ruin of America’s Most Powerful Trial Lawyer," which traces the rise and fall of billionaire lawyer Dickie Scruggs, documenting how he made his fortune through class-action lawsuits directed at the tobacco and asbestos industries before his conviction in 2008 for conspiring to bribe a Mississippi state judge.

Honorable Stephen Breyer | Clinton School Presents

Stephen Breyer

Interview with Honorable Stephen Breyer 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 Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice. He married Joanna Hare in 1967, and has three children - Chloe, Nell, and Michael. He received an A.B. from Stanford University, a B.A. from Magdalen College, Oxford, and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School. He served as a law clerk to Justice Arthur Goldberg of the Supreme Court of the United States during the 1964 Term, as a Special Assistant to the Assistant U.S. Attorney General for Antitrust, as an Assistant Special Prosecutor of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, 1973, as Special Counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and as Chief Counsel of the committee. He was an Assistant Professor, Professor of Law, and Lecturer at Harvard Law School, a Professor at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, and a Visiting Professor at the College of Law, Sydney, Australia and at the University of Rome. From 1980–1990, he served as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and as its Chief Judge. He also served as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States, and of the United States Sentencing Commission. President Clinton nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat August 3, 1994.