Dick Atkinson, Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Bill Clinton at the White House in 1994
The Richard Atkinson Speaker Series at the Clinton House Museum gives area residents the opportunity to learn about Arkansas culture, history, and politics from noted leaders in their fields.
Dick, as his friends called him, was known for his warmth, passion, and sense of humor. He was a beloved member of the University of Arkansas School of Law faculty and mentor to hundreds of students over his 30 years on the faculty. Dick originally came to Fayetteville in 1975 at the urging of his Yale University law school friends, Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham, who were both on the law school faculty at that time. Once in Arkansas, Dick fell in love with the region and its people. The series is named after him to honor his long-time friendship with the Clintons, his commitment to the community, and his love of art, culture, and politics.
Three events are scheduled for the 2017 series:
Wednesday, August 16th, 6:00 p.m.
Dr. Jay Barth, "The Future of Arkansas Politics"
After a period of dramatic transformation in partisan politics and governmental institutions in Arkansas, it's time to think about the dynamics that will shape politics and government in the Natural State in the generation ahead. In this wide-ranging talk, Barth will overview his analysis of the "new normal" and additional changes to come in Arkansas's politics.
Friday, October 6th, 6:00 p.m.
Dr. John DuVal, "'Of History and Hope': Reflecting on Miller Williams' Inaugural Poem"
In 1997 Arkansas's own Miller Williams delivered the inaugural poem "Of History and Hope" at the second inauguration of President Bill Clinton. In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of this inauguration, Dr. John DuVal, long-time friend and colleague of Williams, will discuss this poem as well as other poems that illustrate Williams' creative process.
Thursday, November 9th, 6:00 p.m.
Evin Demirel, "African-American Athletes in Arkansas"
Journalist and Arkansas native Evin Demirel has published a history of African-American athletes in Arkansas. He will tell stories of our region's most interesting and illuminating racial history, from Muhammad Ali's 1969 tour of Arkansas to the oft-forgotten "Black Razorbacks."