J. William Fulbright served as the University of Arkansas' president from September 1939 until June 1941. In his first public address in that role, he focused on the importance of an informed, engaged public to the health of a democracy and the maintenance of good government and the role of higher education in producing civic-minded individuals. According to Fulbright, a broad education enables students to become intelligent voters who are able to recognize false propaganda and negative motives, untangle the significant from the meaningless and identify the real and important issues in political life. President Fulbright made this observation more than 75 years ago, and Fulbright College strives daily to form its students into citizens who reflect this vision.
As part of its celebration of 30 years as an NPR affiliate, KUAF hosted a discussion with panelists Rick Stockdell, P.J. Robowski and Dan Ferritor and moderator Kyle Kellams. The group reminisced about the station’s history. From starting in 1973 as a campus radio station with 10 watts in a small house, to becoming part of NPR, through several moves and fund raising drives, to the state-of-the-art studios and100,000 watts of power it has today, KUAF has had a long and storied past on the University of Arkansas campus. The only source of national and international news from NPR, it also offers classical music during the mid-morning and night time hours and a variety of locally produced and public radio programs on the weekends. In 1989, the station reached its current strength of 100,000 watts and 15 years later was named among the top 10 percent of all public radio stations in the United States for community service and financial stability by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Two University of Arkansas juniors, Grant Addison of Cabot and Hilary Zedlitz of Rogers, have been selected as finalists for the 2015 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. This is the fourth straight year that multiple University of Arkansas students have been named Truman finalists and in three of those years a finalist received the scholarship.
Graduate student Angela Chang and Honors College senior Tyler Hartney represented the University of Arkansas as “commitment-makers” at this year’s Clinton Global Initiative University in Miami last month.
Famed journalist Bob Woodward told students about the presidents whom he has covered for the Washington Post during the last 40 years, from Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton to Barack Obama, with some speculation that even Hillary Clinton "might be running for some political office, too."
Angie Maxwell, the Blair Professor of Southern Studies and an assistant professor of political science, has been named director of the Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society, effective April 1.
The Middle East Studies Program in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences will offer courses in anthropology, Arabic language, literature, history, political science and religion in the fall 2015 semester. This spring's course offerings reflect the diverse specialties and academic interests of the program's faculty, and maybe used to satisfy requirements for the Middle East Studies major and minor.
This summer for the first time the University of Arkansas will offer a new course, JWST 3103 Introduction to Jewish Languages. The course will meet M-F, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during the first five-week summer sesson, May 26 to June 26.