The Clinton School of Public Service today released its program of April speakers, including Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, authors of “The League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth,” an exposé on  the NFL’s efforts to cover up the risks of brain damage in the sport. Fainaru-Wada, also co-author of the best-selling “Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports” and his brother Fainaru, a Pulitzer Prize winner for the Washington Post, will be at the Clinton School on April 15, 2014 at noon, with book signing to follow. 

All events are free and open to the public. Reserve your seats by emailing or calling (501) 683-5239.


Full list of April speakers after the jump:

Mayors Day of Recognition of National Service
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. (Clinton School of Public Service)
Little Rock Mayer Mark Stodola will join more than 1,000 mayors across the country in a day of recognition to highlight the impact of national service on city challenges. National Service Members from across Central Arkansas and the Mayors from cities where National Service Members are deployed will be recognized for the important impact National Service Members make in communities across Arkansas and the country. The event will recognize and thank the hundreds of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members serving in cities across Arkansas and encourage citizens to give back to their communities.


“The Need to Iterate Education,” Jamie Casap
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
Jamie Casap, the Global Education Evangelist at Google, seeks to transform education by harnessing the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools in the classroom. Casap helps educational organizations innovate ways to utilize tools in support of new learning models. His team is responsible for bringing Google tools to millions of administrators, teachers, and students around the world. Casap was named one of Tech & Learning’s top 10 most influential in education and he is a faculty associate at Arizona State University teaching classes in leadership, innovation, and public policy.

“Hunger, Hardship and Child Health,” Deborah Frank
Friday, April 4, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
Deborah Frank is the founder and principal investigator of Children’s HealthWatch, researching food, energy, and housing insecurity and their impact on children’s health and development. Since 1998, Children’s HealthWatch has collected data in frontline healthcare settings to perform research on the impact of public policy on the health, nutrition, and development of children ages zero to four. Frank is currently the director of the Grow Clinic for Children at the Boston Medical Center and is a professor of child health and well-being at Boston University School of Medicine.


First Ever High School Startup Weekend
Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with Noble Impact
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. Considered to be the world’s access point for entrepreneurship, Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where aspiring entrepreneurs can explore whether startup ideas are viable. This specific event is the first high school-focused event that Startup Weekend has sanctioned, welcoming teams from 12 high schools from around the state. The 54-hour event will begin Friday evening, April 4th, and will conclude with final pitches to an esteemed panel of judges on Sunday evening, April 6th at 4:00 pm. For more information or to contact event organizers, click here.

“Back to the Future: The Rise of NeoTraditionalism in Urban Planning,” author Karl Besel
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
In “Back to the Future: The Rise of NeoTraditionalism in Urban Planning,” Karl Besel explores new urbanism and urban revitalization within the context of public policy trends, such as regional governance and the role of non-profits. The book primarily assesses the commonalities between suburban new urbanist development and inner city redevelopment projects, connecting the roots of historical preservation communities to New Urbanism. Besel is an associate professor and graduate program director in the Department of Public Administration and Health Management at Indiana University Kokomo.

Tom Healy, chairman of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
Tom Healy is a writer, poet, and the chairman of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which oversees the Fulbright program worldwide. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas and is sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Approximately 325,400 “Fulbrighters,” 122,800 from the United States and 202,600 from other countries, have participated in the Program since its inception more than sixty years ago.

“Living Through This,” author Anne Ream
Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow *In partnership with the Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Anne Ream is a Chicago-based writer and the founder of the Voices and Faces Project, an award-winning new-media documentary initiative created to bring the stories of survivors of gender-based violence to the attention of the public. Ream is the co-founder and workshop facilitator for “The Stories We Tell,” North America’s first testimonial-writing program for survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, and human trafficking. Her new book “Lived Through This,” chronicles the stories of rape and sexual violence survivors who have been shaped, but refuse to be defined, by their histories of violence.


New Urbanism: Classic Concepts for New Communities
Monday, April 14, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at Hendrix College in Worsham Student Performance Hall in the Student Life and Technology Center. *In partnership with Hendrix College and the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
Join us for “New Urbanism: Classic Concepts for New Communities,” a panel discussion on how to create more livable, sustainable, and eco-friendly cities. Panelists will discuss “New Urbanism,” a movement among developers, architects, city planners, and others that promotes the value of close-knit neighborhoods with significant human interaction. Following the panel, there will be a guided tour of The Village at Hendrix to illustrate the principles of New Urbanism.

“The League of Denial,” authors Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
In “League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth,” Mark Fainaru-Wada, co-author of the best-selling “Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports,” and his brother Steve Fainaru, a Pulitzer Prize winner for the Washington Post, tell the story of the NFL’s extended campaign to suppress efforts to prove the connection between the sport and brain damage.

“Ten Principles for Building Healthy Places,” David Scheuer
Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
David Scheuer is the President of the Retrovest Companies, which designs and constructs high quality buildings, streets capes, and neighborhoods on sites where the urban environment will be significantly enhanced. In creating vibrant communities, he strives to create a model of environmental, social, and fiscal sustainability. Scheuer has over 35 year of experience in the real estate and construction industry, developing several award-winning residential and mixed-use projects.

“With Charity for All: Why Charities are Failing and A Better Way to Give,” author Ken Stern
Monday, April 21, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow
In “With Charity For All,” former NPR CEO Ken Stern examines the American charity industry: 1.1 million organizations, 10 percent of the national workforce, and $1.5 trillion in annual revenues. He chronicles many flaws in the system, from tax-exempt charities such as bowl games, roller derby leagues, and beer festivals, to charitable hospitals and organizations that raise millions of dollars without ever solving the problem they have pledged to answer. “With Charity For All” provides an unflinching look at the philanthropic sector but also offers an inspiring prescription for individual giving and widespread reform

“On the Right Track: Recommendations for the Future of Active Transport in Little Rock”
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
Clinton School of Public Service students Brandon Mathews, Tatiana Riddle, and Rebecca Zimmermann will be presenting findings from their first year field service project with the City of Little Rock. Based on interviews with over 30 public officials in five cities, the students will discuss effective approaches to bicycle and pedestrian transportation that could be applied in Little Rock.

“Beyond Business: Passion, Vision and Execution,” Alberto Chang-Rajii
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
Alberto Chang-Rajii is the president, founder, and sole shareholder of Grupo Arcano, a private equity and venture capital firm focused in developing new companies in the fields of energy, natural resources, and innovative technology. Chang-Rajii focuses on investing in people more than just in business plans, following a passion for innovation, and a vision to excel through networking, all while seeking to provide feedback to society to improve communities in which he operates.

Michael Morell, former Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
Michael Morell served as deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from May 2010 until June 2013. Morell has served as director for intelligence at the CIA, executive director at the CIA, and deputy director for intelligence at the National Counter-Terrosim Center. He joined the CIA in 1980 as an analyst and led a regional office in the Directorate of Intelligence, the unit that produces the President’s daily brief. In his career, he has received a number of awards, including the Presidential Rank Award for exceptional performance, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal for his role in the 2011 operation against Osama Bin Laden, and the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, among others.

“Thank You for Your Service,” author David Finkel
Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow *In partnership with the Arkansas Literary Festival
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Finkel’s most recent book, the critically acclaimed “Thank You for Your Service,” chronicles the challenges faced by American soldiers and their families in the aftermath of war. His previous book, “For The Good Soldiers,” was the best-selling account from the front lines of the U.S. surge during the Iraq War where he embedded with the 2-16 Infantry Battalion. In “Thank You for Your Service,” the 2012 MacArthur Fellow embeds himself with some of the men of the 2-16 again but this time it is after their deployments have ended.

“The Indicted South: Public Criticism, Southern Inferiority, and the Politics of Whiteness,” author Angie Maxwell
Friday, April 25, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *Book signing to follow *In partnership with the Arkansas Literary Festival
Angie Maxwell is the Diane D. Blair professor of southern studies and assistant professor of political science at the University of Arkansas. Maxwell will talk her new book, “The Indicated South: Public Criticism, Southern Inferiority, and the Politics of Whiteness.” In this interdisciplinary study, Maxwell examines and connects three key 20th-century moments in which the South was exposed to intense public criticism, identifying in white southerners’ responses a pattern of defensiveness that shaped the region’s political and cultural conservatism.


John Beyrle, former Ambassador of the United States to Russia
Monday, April 28, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
Ambassador John Beyrle has held policy positions and foreign assignments with an emphasis on U.S. relations with Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and the USSR since joining the State Department in 1983. Ambassador Beyrle’s service has included two previous tours at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, including as deputy chief of mission. He is the recipient of the Presidential Meritorious Service Award, the Baker-Wilkins Award as the State Department’s outstanding deputy chief of mission and the Distinguished Service Award, the State Department’s highest honor. Ambassador Beyrle retired from the State Department in 2012 and currently serves on the board of directors of the US-Russia Foundation.

“Second City”
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall) *In partnership with the Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Second City specializes in sketch comedy and improv and has been delighting audiences for over 50 years. They have resident companies in Chicago and Toronto, as well as national touring companies. Shows consist of short scenes, songs, and improvised comedy sketches.

Eduardo Medina Mora, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. (Sturgis Hall)
Before being appointed as Ambassador of Mexico to the United States in January of 2013, Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora had a distinguished career in the public and private sectors. He is the only official in history who has held the three top civilian security positions in the Mexican cabinet: Attorney General, Secretary of Public Security, and Director General of Mexico’s intelligence agency, the Center for Investigation and National Security (CISEN). During those years, he was also a member of the National Security Council and President of the National Public Security Council.