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Hope Star - Hope, AR
  • Diarist to lecture at Clinton home

  • Presidential diarist to former President Bill Clinton and Arkansas native Janis F. Kearney will lecture here on her collective works Friday at the William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site.
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  • Presidential diarist to former President Bill Clinton and Arkansas native Janis F. Kearney will lecture here on her collective works Friday at the William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site. The 6 p.m. lecture is free to the public and will count toward two hours of professional development credit in Arkansas history and American history for teachers and other professionals, according to a National Parks Service announcement. Kearney will discuss her latest work, “Daisy: Between a Rock and A Hard Place,” concerning the life of the late civil rights icon Daisy L. Gatson Bates; and, she will also lecture on her presidential works, including “Conversations William Jefferson Clinton: From Hope to Harlem” and “Something to Write Home About: Memories from a Presidential Diarist.” Her latest work chronicles the life of Bates, who is widely credited as a central character in the 1957 Little Rock Central High School integration effort. In 1995, Kearney became the first ever personal diarist to a sitting U. S. President during the two terms in office served by Bill Clinton, through the period from 1995-2001. All of her works will be available for purchase after the lecture, and there will be a book signing. Kearney now resides in Little Rock with her husband, Bob J. Nash. The couple have three children and three grandchildren. For additional information, contact the Clinton home at 870-777-4455 during regular hours from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

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