Upcoming Speakers

September 2017

Sunday, September 24
3pm to 5pm

On the day before the 60th anniversary of the integration of Little Rock Central High School, children of the Little Rock Nine will discuss their parents’ role in the history-making crisis and how it has impacted their own lives. This panel discussion will look at what it is like when you are growing up as the child of a Civil Rights icon. Several of the children of the Little Rock Nine will share the experiences they have had as youths and adults. They will also discuss how having a parent as a Civil Rights pioneer has shaped their own life.

In partnership with the Butler Center 

Location: CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Tuesday, September 26
12pm to 1pm
Michelle Kuo

The author of Reading With Patrick, Kuo taught English at an alternative school in the Arkansas Delta for two years. Recently graduated from Harvard University, Kuo arrived in the rural town of Helena, Ark., as a Teach for America volunteer, bursting with optimism and drive. But she soon encountered the jarring realities of life in one of the poorest counties in America, still disabled by the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow. In this stirring memoir, Kuo, the child of Taiwanese immigrants, shares the story of her complicated but rewarding mentorship of one student, Patrick Browning, and his remarkable literary and personal awakening.

*Book Signing to follow

Wednesday, September 27
12pm to 1pm

Arkansas Education Commissioner and former senator Johnny Key sits down for an interview with Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford. Key previously served as associate vice president for university relations at the University of Arkansas System. Key began his career in public service in 1997 when he was elected to serve as a justice of the peace on the Baxter County Quorum Court. He was elected to three two-year terms in the Arkansas House of Representatives, followed by a tenure in the Arkansas State Senate from 2008-14.