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UA Little Rock Downtown Center release spring lecture series

Faculty members at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will present their research and creative works on a variety of topics this fall at the UA Little Rock Downtown Center, 333 President Clinton Ave.

The lecture series will feature talks on the 2020 presidential election, restrictions on religious clothing and its impact on attitudes about immigration, hip hop and the American constitution, and Syrian and Lebanese migration. 

All lectures are free and open to the public, except for the Feb. 20 event. Individuals are encouraged to RSVP by emailing

For more information, contact Ross Owyoung, UA Little Rock Downtown director, at 501-916-5000 or or check online.

The lecture schedule includes:

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 6-7 p.m., “Syrian and Lebanese Migration in the Brazilian Imagination” with Dr. Edma Delgado-Solórzano, assistant professor of Spanish.

Thursday, Feb. 20, 6:30-8 p.m. As part of the Applied Communication Leadership Lecture Series, Dr. Marquese McFerguson, UA Little Rock applied communication alumnus, will discuss “Between Hip Hop, Communication, and Community Building.” The lecture is $20 for general admission or $5 for UA Little Rock employees and students.

Thursday, March 5, 6-7 p.m., “2020 Presidential Election Discussion” with Skip Rutherford, dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Just two days after Super Tuesday, Rutherford, who is leading a seminar on the 2020 elections this fall at the Clinton School, will discuss the results of Super Tuesday and its implications for the presidential election.

Wednesday, March 11, 6-7 p.m., “Banning the Veil: The Effect of Religious Clothing Restrictions on Attitudes towards Immigrants in Europe” with Dr. Rebecca Glazier, assistant professor of political science, Dr. Chris Williams, assistant professor of political science and international studies, and graduate student Leon Kockaya.

Wednesday, March 18, 6-7 p.m., “Hip Hop and the American Constitution” with andré douglas pond cummings, associate professor of law at William H. Bowen Law School.

Thursday, April 2, 6-7 p.m. Donaghey Scholars alumna Elizabeth Bowles, president and chairman of Aristotle Inc. will deliver the Kathy and C. Earl Ramsey Lecture Series.