Pryor Cen­ter of­fers new speaker se­ries

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - JAIME ADAME

FAYET­TEVILLE — A new speaker se­ries will be launched by the Uni­ver­sity of Arkansas, Fayet­teville as a cen­ter de­voted to pre­serv­ing the state’s his­tory be­comes part of the school’s arts and sciences col­lege.

The David and Bar­bara Pryor Cen­ter for Arkansas Oral and Vis­ual His­tory, founded in 1999 as a part of UA, in­cludes archived video in­ter­views with no­table Arkansans and news footage from Lit­tle Rock TV sta­tion KATV go­ing back more than 50 years.

The down­town Fayet­teville cen­ter since 2009 had been over­seen by the chan­cel­lor’s of­fice but now is part of UA’s J. Wil­liam Ful­bright Col­lege of Arts and Sciences, the uni­ver­sity an­nounced.

“Our hope is that in join­ing Ful­bright Col­lege, the Pryor Cen­ter will be able to con­tinue grow­ing, en­hance its com­mu­nity and aca­demic out­reach through new part­ner­ships with fac­ulty and stu­dent re­searchers, and re­ceive ex­panded sup­port through the col­lege,” Ful­bright Col­lege Dean Todd Shields said in a state­ment.

Shields said a goal of the new speaker se­ries is to “build stronger con­nec­tions be­tween the pub­lic and the Pryor Cen­ter.”

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