- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 26, 2002

Former Clinton insiders, including presidential confidant and counsel Bruce Lindsey, will speak at a series of seminars to begin this fall at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

The seminars will serve as a prelude to the opening of the Clinton Presidential Library in the fall of 2004. The first seminar, which will focus on how Mr. Clinton's time was managed during crisis, will be held Nov. 12.

Organizers said yesterday the seminars will give the local community an opportunity to learn what the library will offer and will reacquaint people with the Clinton presidency. Some of the topics to be discussed include the economy, national security and White House communications.

"It'll be kind of like the real West Wing," said Margaret Scranton, a political science professor at the university who will moderate the panel discussion. "This is like an oral history project where in the end people will be able to put a name to a face, and that's important. The presidency is a window on America, so there is so much we can learn from what happened in the country during the Clinton years."

A seminar on Mr. Clinton's impeachment hearings has not been scheduled because, Miss Scranton said, the university will wait until the library opens to address the issue.

"When we tackle important issues such as the impeachment hearings, we want to do with a sound educational objective," Miss Scranton said. "We want to see how we can contribute to a discussion in a university scholarly way. There are lots of documents that will be made available at the [library] that will allow us to have a balanced and serious discussion on the hearings, but we're not there yet."

Meanwhile, the university is developing the state's first college class devoted to Mr. Clinton as president. Miss Scranton will teach the course, "The Clinton Presidency," which she said will serve as the prototype for the university system's Clinton School of Public Service at the presidential library. Classes will begin in January.

The first seminar, "Decision-Making at the White House: the President's Time," will feature four former Clinton key players: Mr. Lindsey, former White House chief of staff Thomas "Mack" McLarty, former White House director of scheduling Stephanie Streett and former chief of staff for the first lady Maggie Williams.

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