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Fulbright College of Arts and
Sciences

Projects/Events

 

Blair Legacy Conference:
J. William Fulbright in International Perspective: Liberal Internationalism and U.S. Global Influence
University of Arkansas, September 1-2, 2015

Call for Papers: Senator William J. Fulbright is without doubt one of the titans of U.S. politics in the twentieth century. The longest-serving chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Fulbright was senator for Arkansas for thirty years (1944-74) and left a singular imprint on U.S. foreign policy during those decades. As a result his stature is possibly as great internationally as nationally. This conference brings together a selected group of scholars to examine Fulbright’s contribution and re-assess his legacy in the context of U.S. foreign relations, and, more broadly, global developments in the twentieth century.

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18 million cracks”: The Legacy of 2nd Wave Feminism in American Politics
University of Arkansas, November 13-15, 2013

This year, the Blair Center and the Clinton School have chosen to examine the legacy of an entire generation of female leaders who came of age in the era of 2nd wave feminism and who fought for the ERA, pay equity, women’s reproductive rights, and even ran for public office. In 1973, Diane Blair participated in a famous debate with Schlafly on the State House floor regarding the passage of the ERA. Blair also authored the first Status on Women report issued by the Arkansas Commission on Women and. Such commissions proliferated across the country and began highlighting the substantial gender inequities that affected every aspect of women’s lives. Less than forty years later, another former professor at the University of Arkansas and Diane’s close friend, Senator Hillary Clinton ended her historic run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, she told her supporters, “although we weren't able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it's got about 18 million cracks in it.” The decades that passed between these two important events, dramatically changed the lives of women in America. The 5th Blair Legacy series will consider the impact that this generation of women had and continue of have on such issues as human rights, female candidates, 3rd Wave feminism, labor equity, notions of womanhood and motherhood, popular culture, public policy, and identity politics, to name a few.

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Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society – Clinton School of Public Service

The Blair Center-Clinton School Poll was created by political scientists Todd Shields, Pearl Ford Dowe, Angie Maxwell and Rafael Jimeno of the Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society at the University of Arkansas. With over 3,400 respondents, the poll has a national scope as well as ample sampling of such traditionally under-polled groups as African-Americans and Latinos. Additionally, by addressing topics that have been little studied, the poll allows researchers to identify socio-cultural influences on political values throughout the country with an emphasis on the South. The Blair Center partners with the Clinton School of Public Service to produce the Blair Center-Clinton School Poll .

Following the 2010 midterm election, the Blair Center partnered with the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute to conduct a national survey. The reports and findings from that poll are available under “2010 Poll Findings.” Preliminary findings from the 2012 Blair Center-Clinton School Poll will be available in January 2013.


Prominent Experts to Examine Bush Presidency

C-SPAN to record two-day conference and public discussion

Iraq, Afghanistan, Sept. 11, education, and domestic, economic and foreign policies will all be examined during a two-day conference on the presidency of George W. Bush. A public discussion will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, April 22, in Giffels Auditorium on the University of Arkansas campus. The forum is open to students, faculty and the general public and will be recorded by C-SPAN for future broadcast on the network. Audience members can ask questions after the panel members make opening comments.

The discussion and conference are being sponsored by the Fulbright Institute of International Relations and the Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas.

The featured speakers — all prominent experts on the presidency — will discuss all aspects of President Bush’s two-term presidency.

The featured speakers will be:

  • Bert Rockman, professor of political science, Purdue University, co-author of Presidential Leadership: The Vortex of Power and The George W. Bush Presidency: Appraisals and Prospects.
  • Sunshine Hillygus, associate professor of political science, Duke University, co-author of The Persuadable Voter: Wedge Issues in Presidential Campaigns.
  • Robert Maranto, Twenty-First Century Chair in Leadership, department of educational reform, University of Arkansas, author of The Second Term of George W. Bush.
  • Mitchell A. Sollenberger, assistant professor of political science, University of Michigan-Dearborn, author of The President Shall Nominate: How Congress Trumps Executive Power.
  • Steven Schier, Congdon Professor of Political Science, Carleton College, author of Ambition and Division: Legacies of the George W. Bush Presidency and Panorama of a Presidency: How George W. Bush Acquired and Spent His Political Capital.
  • Alexander Moens, professor of political science, Simon Fraser University, author of The Foreign Policy of George W. Bush: Strategy and Loyalty.

Participants will produce a book on the Bush presidency after the conference, which will be the second of a series drawn from conferences on the American presidency and sponsored by the Fulbright Institute and Blair Center. The first conference, held in 2002, resulted in the publication of The Clinton Riddle: Perspectives on the Forty-second President (University of Arkansas Press, 2004).

The Fulbright Institute of International Relations is dedicated to the scholarly examination of important international topics and to fostering international exchanges of students and faculty. The institute director is Donald R. Kelley, professor of political science. To view more information, visit the Fulbright Institute website.

The Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society was established by an act of U.S. Congress in 2001. It was named in honor of Diane Divers Blair, who taught in the department of political science at the University of Arkansas for 30 years. The center director is Todd G. Shields, professor of political science. For more information, visit the Diane D. Blair Center website


The Blair-Rockefeller Legacy Series

The Blair-Rockefeller Legacy Series invites senior scholars to assess the regional, national, and international impact of southern politicians, intellectuals, and social leaders. At the inaugural conference, experts considered the legacy of President William Jefferson Clinton. Their findings were compiled in The Clinton Riddle: Perspectives on the Forty-Second President, edited by Todd G. Shields, the Director of the Blair Center, Jeannie M. Whayne, and Donald Kelly, published by the University of Arkansas Press. Conference participants and contributors included: Betty Glad, Ken Bode, David Brady, D. Sunshine Hillygus, Darlene Clark Hine, Randall B. Woods, Dan Carter, Dorothy McBride Stetson, June Teufel Dreyer, Robert Levgold, Randy Roberts, and Barry Hannah. U. S. Senator David Pryor provided a foreword to the book. The Blair Legacy Series focused its 2009 conference on political scientist, V. O. Key, Jr., author of the landmark 1949 Southern Politics in State and Nation. The 2010 conference will debate the legacy of Arkansas-native and respected southern historian, C. Vann Woodward. The conference commemorated 50-year anniversary of the publication of his seminal work, The Burden of Southern History.

2nd Blair-Rockefeller Legacy Series Conference: "Unlocking V.O. Key, Jr."

3rd Blair-Rockefeller Legacy Series Conference: "C. Vann Woodward for a New Century: Politics and Identity in the Modern South"