UALR Summer Laureate University for Youth (Kindergarten through Eighth Grade)

UALR Summer Laureate University for Youth

Summer Laureate University for Youth (SLUFY) is an educational program that provides unique learning experiences for high-ability students to explore and expand their talents and abilities. The program offers a variety of classes taught by a staff that includes graduate students seeking masters degrees in teaching the gifted and talented, certified master teachers, and other experts.

SLUFY presents high-ability students with a unique, enriched opportunity to learn through hands-on experiences under the guidance of enthusiastic teachers. Students also will get to meet other talented students, forging friendships that last long beyond the summer program.

The Summer Laureate University for Youth accepts applications from students in kindergarten through 8th grade during the current 2012-2013 school year. Students are placed in classes of the grade level they are completing in May.

limited number of scholarships are available to students who show both academic achievement and financial need.

For more information on this summer program click here.

Social Activist Angela Davis to Speak at UALR

Social Activist Angela Davis to Speak at UALR

Join us Thurs., Oct. 25, 2012!

Online RSVP’s for the Angela Davis lecture are now closed.  However, after 6:10 p.m. individuals will be admitted on a first come first serve basis.

Angela DavisDr. Angela Y. Davis, author, educator, and social activist who became nationally known in the 1970’s, will speak at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 25, 2012, at UALR’s University Theatre in the Center for Performing Arts. (See Campus Map/Directions)

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, please RSVP and arrive prior to 6:10 p.m. to guarantee your reservation.

Davis has devoted her life to social justice and will lecture on “Race and Justice: The Consequences of Mass Incarceration.”

The author of a number of books, Davis will conduct a book signing immediately following the lecture.

She recently released “The Meaning of Freedom” in August of this year where she “confronts the interconnected issues of power, race, gender, class, incarceration, conservatism, and the ongoing need for social change in the United States.” Davis also released a critical edition of “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass” in 2010.

Copies will be available for purchase at the signing.

She is a champion for women’s rights and a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison industrial complex.

An educator for most of her life, she is currently a Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness, an interdisciplinary Ph.D program, and of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

The lecture is sponsored by the UALR’s William G. Cooper Jr. Honors Program in English in association with the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity and the UALR Office of Campus Life.

See full list of Sponsors here.

*Seating is limited. Arrive early to guarantee your reservation. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, email or call 501-569-8932.

2nd Annual Civil Rights Heritage Commemoration Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Clinton Library


Dr. Terrence Roberts of the Little Rock Nine and Bliss Ann Malone Hunter of the Freedom Riders will be guest speakers at UALR’s 2nd annual Civil Rights Heritage Commemoration and Public Forum Saturday, July 14, at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center Park.

Hunter, one of the five Freedom Riders who came to Little Rock in 1961, will give the keynote address with remarks by honorees and attorney Christopher Mercer Jr. Minnijean Brown Trickey will speak on behalf of the Little Rock Nine.

In addition to Roberts and Trickey, Elizabeth Eckford, Carlotta Walls LaNier, and Thelma Mothershed Wair of the Nine are scheduled to attend.

Following the commemoration, the forum will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Library. Roberts will speak on the legacy of the 1957 desegregation of Central High.

The events are free and open to the public.

The full list of honorees include attorney Christopher Mercer Jr., publishers and NAACP civil rights activists L.C. and Daisy Bates, and theLittle Rock Nine – Melba Pattillo Beals, Elizabeth Eckford, Ernest Green, Gloria Ray Karlmark, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Thelma Mothershed, Terrence Roberts, Jefferson Thomas, and Minnijean Brown Trickey.

The UALR’s Institute on Race and Ethnicity will host the event marking the one-year anniversary of the institute, and heritage markers bearing the names of each of the new honorees along the Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail will be revealed.

The trail was inaugurated last year during the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders in honor of their efforts to integrate interstate bus transportation and the work of members of the Arkansas Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee who organized lunch counter sit-ins in Little Rock in the 1960s.

The Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail begins at the Old State House on Markham Street and stretches to the Clinton Center. It was established to educate the public about civil rights history in Arkansas and honor those who have contributed to obtaining equal rights for citizens in the state.

The UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity was founded in July 2011 to seek racial and ethnic justice in Arkansas by remembering and understanding the past, informing and engaging the present, and shaping and defining the future. It serves as a resource for multidisciplinary, research-driven data – including historical, sociological, educational, and economic analyses – to combat structural racism and fulfill its mission.

For more information, contact the institute at race-ethnicity@ualr.eduor (501) 569-8932.

Rockefeller Elementary exhibits at Arkansas Studies Institute

The Arkansas Studies Institute presents a new exhibition, Rockefeller Elementary Celebrates Governor Rockefeller.  The exhibit is free and open to the public, Monday through Saturday, 9am to 6pm at The Arkansas Studies Institute, 401 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201.  The exhibit is on view in the Mezzanine Gallery, 2nd Floor.

This exhibition is a collaboration between the teachers and students of Little Rock School Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

As a result of this project, teachers and students have gained an understanding of the legacy of their school’s namesake, as well as an appreciation for the differences between past and present-day life in Arkansas.

To preview the art and artists click here.