About the Ouachita Speaker Series

The Ouachita Speaker Series was launched September 2012, in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. It is presented in conjunction with the Ponce de Leon Center, the Village’s cultural center. 

The creation of the Ouachita Speaker Series was inspired by other communities across the country that offer speaker series as open, thought-provoking forums for intellectual and educational enrichment, and the exchange of ideas. Distinguished speakers covering an exciting range of topics are invited to share their knowledge and observations, introduce new ideas, and inspire conversation. 

Named in honor of Hot Springs Village’s mountainous geographic location, the Ouachita Speaker Series is held appropriately in the Ouachita Activities Building at 1101 DeSoto Boulevard. The public is invited to attend. 

The project is envisioned as a way to bring inspiring and stimulating guest speakers to Hot Springs Village several times a year to complement the outstanding musical and theatrical performances offered throughout the year. 

Ouachita Speaker Series is held at the Ouachita Activities Building, at Ponce de Leon Center (next to the Woodlands Auditorium), at 1101 Desoto Boulevard, in Hot Springs Village. The sessions start at 7:00 pm.

Tickets are available online at www.hsvticketsales.com or at the Ponce de Leon Center office, 1101 DeSoto Boulevard, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The Ouachita Speaker Series is a proud member of the Hot Springs Village Arts Council and the Hot Springs Village Area Chamber of Commerce. 


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About Corey Alderdice

Program Title: "A Whole New Mind" for a Different Kind of School

The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees appointed Corey Alderdice director of the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts in May, 2012. For this presentation Director Alderdice will be looking at “why” and “how” we approach learning. The presentation looks at six competencies for "whole" brain learners who combine analytical thinking (left-brained) with artistic thinking (right-brained) to be a new kind of learner. He will discuss the school's mission and approach to developing a community of learning. 

Utilizing the framework of Daniel Pink's book, “A Whole New Mind,” Alderdice will explore how ASMSA employs interdisciplinary learning across science, mathematics, arts and humanities to develop engaged, twenty-first century learners who have the potential to become the next generation dreamers, thinkers, entrepreneurs and visionaries for our state.

While mapping the concepts of Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play, and Meaning to some of ASMSA's most interesting and specialized classes, Director Alderdice will share what goes into challenging students, drawing real-world connections to learning, and how faculty, staff and students collaborate to make ASMSA one of the nation's top 10 high schools.

The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts offers extraordinary learning opportunities for talented and motivated high school students from across the state. Unique courses, dynamic faculty and high expectations combine throughout the program's classes and residential program to create a school unlike any other in the state.

Since joining ASMSA’s community of learning, he has worked to bring national prestige to the school while developing new programs that underscore the unique opportunities available through ASMSA. Over the last three years, the school has been ranked among the Top 15, nationally, by Newsweek, Top 10 by The Daily Beast and recognized by The Washington Post to be among America’s top performing schools with elite students.

In 2013, the Bezos Family Foundation recognized Alderdice as one of twelve Educator Scholars. In 2014, Arkansas Business named him to their annual list of “40 Under 40” leaders in business, education and public policy. His work in utilizing social media and technology for admissions and campus external relations has been spotlighted in Education Week and The Washington Post.

Director Alderdice serves a member of the Arkansas STEM Coalition, Arkansas Discovery Network Advisory Council, Hot Springs National Park Rotary, Hot Springs Fifty for the Future, Hot Springs Downtown Gameplan Task Force, National Consortium of Specialized STEM Schools and WKU Center for Gifted Studies Advisory Board. 

He is married to Stephanie Patterson Alderdice, an accomplished communications coach and marketing strategist. They have one son, Elliott, who is four years old.