Guest Speakers

The AGS guest speaker series features a wide variety of locally, nationally, and/or internationally renowned lecturers.  Speakers present on a variety of topics in the arts or sciences, answer questions from our students, and often visit classes for additional time with students.  Students and faculty gather twice a week to hear a presentation.  These speakers contribute to the educational process of AGS in three ways:

  • Students hear the original views of outstanding thinkers and well-known public figures
  • Students are able to engage these visitors in conversation
  • The topics dealt with by the speakers are integrated into classroom discussions.

 In these ways, these visits enrich the curriculum by communicating to students that community interaction is vital to a successful and productive life.

2020 Series

 

July 7 - Steve Fryer - "Finding your people"

Steve Fryer is the President of CX Opportunity, LLC, a consulting studio with expertise in creating high-value customer experiences for online and storefront retailers.  He is also an alum of Arkansas Tech and Harvard Law School, and he spent 20 years in guest services leadership at The Walt Disney Company.

 

July 8 - Polly Price

Polly J. Price, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, is also Professor of Global Health in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. A public health law scholar as well as a legal historian and citizenship and immigration law expert, she has published, lectured, and taught widely about immigration and citizenship, public health law and regulatory policy, federalism, property rights, and the judiciary.

 

July 14 - Jennifer Earl

Jennifer Earl is a Professor of Sociology and (by courtesy) Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. She taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) before joining Arizona. She is Director Emerita of the Center for Information Technology and Society and Director Emerita of the Technology and Society PhD Emphasis, both at UCSB.  Her research focuses on social movements and the sociology of law, with research emphases on the Internet and social movements, social movement repression, and legal change. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for research from 2006-2011 on Web activism and has received over 1.25 million dollars in grant funding since earning her PhD. She is also a member of the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics.

 

July 15 - Baratunde Thurston

Baratunde Thurston is an Emmy-nominated host who has worked for The Onion, produced for The Daily Show, advised the Obama White House, and cleaned bathrooms to pay for his Harvard education. He’s the creator and host of Live On Lockdown, an interactive, entertaining, and informative show made for the pandemic. He’s also hosted the iHeartMedia podcast Spit, wrote the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black, and serves on the boards of BUILD and the Brooklyn Public Library. Baratunde makes media, delivers keynotes, and promotes action with his unique blend of criticism, humor, and optimism. He’s most invested in topics of race, technology, democracy, and climate because the hard stuff has already been solved.

 

July 21 - Kaila Mullady

Kaila Mullady is a world champion beatboxer, actress, producer, educator and social entrepreneur. At the heart of each of her performances is the boundary-pushing expression of the human instrument. Kaila’s lively and electrifying talk – part lecture and part performance – offers a freewheeling, intimate look at her journey through the often-challenging landscape of the male-dominated beatbox culture, how she made it to the top despite the odds being stacked against her, and the vital importance of owning her unique strengths and differences to stand out, thrive and achieve her goals.

 

July 28 - Governor Asa Hutchinson

Asa Hutchinson is the 46th governor of the State of Arkansas. In 2018, he was re-elected with 65% of the vote, having received more votes than any other candidate for governor in the state's history. President Ronald Reagan appointed Governor Hutchinson as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. In 1996, he won the first of three successive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. During his third term in Congress, President George W. Bush appointed him director of the Drug Enforcement Administration and later as an undersecretary in the newly created Department of Homeland Security. Governor Hutchinson grew up on a small farm in Gravette. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas law school. He and his wife, Susan, have been married 46 years. They have four children and six grandchildren.