Joe David Rice to Speak at the Clinton School of Public Service

One of AY Magazine’s own will be making a splash in October.

AY’s travel editor, Joe David Rice, will be speaking at the Clinton School of Public Service as part of the school’s October speaker series.

Joe David rice

Joe David Rice

Rice will be highlighting the complexity of The Natural State, from its earliest days to the present day. Few people have as much knowledge about Arkansas as Rice. In fact, he’s literally written the book on Arkansas, which is entitled Arkansas Backstories: Quirks, Characters and Curiosities of the Natural State.

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In his book, the longtime Department of Parks and Tourism director dives into the lesser known areas and histories of Arkansas. Did you know that the first member of Congress to be assassinated was shot in Arkansas’ Monroe County? While Bill Clinton may be the first president from Arkansas, he’s not the only one with ties to the state. Abraham Lincoln may have lived in northeast Arkansas chopping wood during his early years

These stories and more create a fascinating look at Arkansas, and Rice will present his talk with his trademark passion. It’s a must-see event.

Rice’s talk will be held Friday, Oct. 5, at noon, at Sturgis Hall, in the Clinton School of Public Service. A book signing will follow the talk.

Clinton School Speaker Series events are free and open to the public. Seats can be reserved by emailing publicprograms@clintonschool.uasys.eduor by contacting (501) 683-5239.

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