College is a unique period of time that inherently opens up an environment in which students can be immersed in learning, whether they are enrolled full-time or part-time. A key component of learning and being a well-rounded person is to become and remain engaged in the immense world around you. We are offering you several avenues through which you can learn more about what is happening in the world, which can help you to become even more well-rounded and may also assist you to determine your future direction for your major, your career, and even your life focus.

TED Talk Tuesdays
Educational and Cultural Engagement
Current Events and Reading

TED Talk Tuesdays

Join us as we gather to watch and consider short talks from TED (technology, education, design), a clearinghouse of free knowledge. You will see and hear from some of the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers. Topics including technology, entertainment, design, business, science, and global issues are discussed by those with innovative and creative perspectives. The information just might prove to you that the power of ideas can change attitudes and lives. Join the group to learn new information on a variety of topics. We invite you to stay afterward for an informal and brief discussion about the topic. You are encouraged to share new thoughts, questions, and experiences with the group. We learn together. We learn from each other. We learn to keep learning. This will be a group experience that may broaden your world view and possibly tantalize your curiosity for more on each subject. Join us each week for  ļTED Talk Tuesday” at 12:30 pm¬†in the Donaghey Student Center (DSC), room D or G. All are welcome. Please consult our workshop calendar.

Educational and Cultural Engagement

This calendar presents some free and low-cost opportunities to stay engaged at UALR and in our surrounding community. This is not an exhaustive list of all such options in the Little Rock area. Please use this calendar as a way to enhance your educational and cultural experiences while at UALR. Many opportunities of this nature exist no matter where we live, we only need to look for them. For some of these events, there will be an opportunity to meet with SSS staff and other SSS students to attend as a group. Such opportunities will be sent to the SSS listserve.

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Current Events and Reading

We have a current collection of popular magazines in the SSS office (Speech 105) for current and active participants to utilize in the office as a means of staying engaged in the ever-changing world around us. You may request to review back issues, which also must remain in the SSS office. We will only reorder those that are referenced/read the most.

Consumer Reports – Category: Consumer advocacy –¬†The magazine publishes reviews and comparisons of consumer products and services based on reporting and results from a testing laboratory and survey research center. It also publishes cleaning and general buying guides.

The Economist – Category: Economic Liberalism –¬†The Economist editorializes classical and economic liberalism.¬† The magazine explores free trade, globalization, free immigration and socially liberal causes (such as supporting legal recognition for same-sex marriage).¬† It targets highly educated readers and claims an audience containing many influential executives and policy-makers.

Harvard Business Review (HBR) – Category: Business -¬†HBR’s articles cover a wide range of topics that focus on such areas as¬†leadership, organizational change, negotiation, strategy, operations, marketing, finance,¬†and¬†managing people.

National Geographic¬†- Category:¬†Geography, Science, History, Nature –¬†The official magazine of the National Geographic Society. Published since 1888, nine months after the Society itself was founded. ¬†It primarily contains articles about geography, history, and world culture.

The New Yorker¬†- Category:¬†Politics, Social Issues, Art, Humor, Culture –¬†The magazine of reportage, commentary, criticism, essays, fiction, satire, cartoons, and poetry. ¬†It is well known for its illustrated and often topical covers, its commentaries on popular culture and eccentric Americana, its short stories and literary reviews, its rigorous fact checking and copy-editing, its journalism on politics and social issues, and its single-panel cartoons sprinkled throughout each issue.

Popular Mechanics¬†– Category:¬†Automotive, DIY, Science, Technology –¬†Popular Mechanics¬†features regular sections on automotive, home, outdoors, science, and technology topics. A recurring column is “Jay Leno’s Garage” featuring observations by the late-night talk show host and vehicle enthusiast.

Scientific American¬†- Category:¬†Popular Science –¬†This magazine is notable for its long history of presenting scientific information to the general educated public through its clear explanations, as well as the quality of its graphics. Many famous scientists, including Albert Einstein, have contributed articles in the past 168 years. It is the oldest continuously published monthly magazine in the United States.

Smithsonian – Category: History, Science, Arts, Nature¬†–¬†The official journal published by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The first issue was published in 1970.