The annual Unsung Heroes Event.  Please mark your calendars (Thurs. Jan. 15, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.)

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7 p.m., Tuesday, October 14 @ Lion’s Den, complete with pizza and give-a-ways!  

Dr. Williams Yankam provides commentary before and after.


Republican Congressman Tom Cotton and Democratic Senator Mark Pryor will debate in Fayetteville on October 14th from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in a one-on-one forum.

The debate, sponsored by the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, will be broadcast live on KATV, KATV.com, KAIT in Northeast Arkansas and KHBS/KHOG in Northwest Arkansas. The debate will originate from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville’s Global Campus.

Roby Brock from Talk Business and Politics will be the moderator, and KATV’s Scott Inman, KAIT’s Diana Davis, KHBS/KHOG’s Angela Taylor will be on a panel asking questions of the candidates.

The Fayetteville Chamber Senate debate is the only agreed-upon debate between Cotton and Pryor to be broadcast live.

[more details at http://talkbusiness.net/2014/09/fayetteville-chamber-senate-debate-set/ ]




Constitution Week 2014 Activities:

Twitter #UAFSConstitutionWeek to leave your favorite Amendment!

Table in Campus Center 11:00 to 1 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 17 for Voter Registration and leaving comments!

Special event!

Friday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m. in the Reynolds Room: watch new American Citizens become naturalized!  Open to the public!


From the national American Democracy Project:

Thank you for participating last month’s Inequality for All College Night Event. Are you ready to go beyond outrage and stand up to widening income inequality? Watch former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich explain how you can make a difference in this Webcast video: http://bit.ly/1nkCaNt  (you may need to use Internet Explorer to watch this).

For those who agree with the position advocated in the video:

In response to the excellent questions we received from the audience and inspiring comments sent through email, video, and Twitter, Robert Reich created a petition on MoveOn.org to call for Washington to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. We’ve received over 20,000 signatures in just a few days, but need YOUR help to reach our goal of 25,000.

Ask your students and college campus community to take action and sign Robert Reich’s petition today: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/raise-the-minimum-wage-44/

For those who do not agree, you have the right to contact your elected representatives with your thoughts as well.

Robert Reich’s Inequality For All to be shown on UAFS campus.

The American Democracy Project and the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, will present Robert Reich’s documentary, Inequality For All, on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at 4 PM in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center (Reynolds Room).  This event is open and free to the public. This film is an award-winning Sundance Film Festival selection addressing the economic gap between the rich and everyone else.

The event will simultaneously take place on campuses all over the nation. Following the presentation, Robert Reich will take part in a national webcast, soliciting questions from students and other viewers.

The showing of Inequality For All is in partnership with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

Reich served in the Clinton Administration as Secretary of Labor. He is a noted economist, author, and educator. His film and presentation are meant to raise awareness about the economic inequality in America.  Reich hopes to “afford our students a chance to come together for dialogue and deliberation on the subject,” states Jennifer Domagal-Goldman National Manager for AASCU.

Crystal_c_mercerCrystal C. Mercer of Little Rock, daughter of legendary civil rights lawyer Christopher C. Mercer Jr., will give a dramatic performance Jan. 23 as part of “Unsung Heroes: Celebrating Freedom in the Visual and Performing Arts” at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.

The 10 a.m. presentation will be held in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center. The event will also include a student-led panel speaking on “Finding Your Voice in the Arts” and the presentation of the Unsung Hero Award given by the American Democracy Project at UAFS.

Mercer is a freelance performance artist and sole proprietor of Columbus Creative and The Social Soapbox. She is also the company and production manager of The Unified Artists Movement, a non-profit theatre company.

Her past credits include a number of plays and musicals in Arkansas, off-Broadway in New York and internationally in England.

Mercer will perform “One Ninth,” a play by Spirit Trickey, who is the daughter of one of the Little Rock Nine, Minnijean Brown. The story is told through the eyes of Brown as she and eight other students faced the perils of integration at Little Rock Central High School in 1957.

Mercer uses theatre arts as a tool for empowerment, education and social justice. She said she honors the legacy of her father by “fusing arts and activism.”

Dr. Amy Jordan of Fort Smith, campus coordinator for the American Democracy Project, said the Jan. 23 activities honor the spirit and legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

Jordan said she is pleased to bring Mercer to Fort Smith and believes Mercer’s presentation, the announcement of the Unsung Hero Award and the discussion by the student panel will give thought-provoking insight to those attending the public event.

“Crystal Mercer is incredible, and she brings the spirit of Dr. King to her work,” said Jordan. “We hope many of our students and many community members will take advantage of this opportunity to hear her and to share in the other activities on Jan. 23.”

The American Democracy Project is a national initiative to foster responsible citizenship at all levels. For more information, contact Jordan at amy.jordan@uafs.edu or 479-788-7295.

Additional events honoring the late Dr. King are planned for Jan. 11-20. For more information, go to http://uafs.edu/News/news?storyid=3880.


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