The Fort Smith-based U.S. Marshals Museum will host NPR Morning Edition co-host and author Steve Inskeep for a lecture on the rule of law and the impact of the Indian Removal Act of 1830 during an event Nov. 12 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
The free lecture will be open to the public at UALR’s Jack Stephens Center, beginning at 6 p.m. Attendees must RSVP by Nov. 9 at https://theruleoflaw.eventbrite.com/.
Inskeep is the author of “Jacksonland,” the 2015 account of President Andrew Jackson's conflict with John Ross, a Cherokee chief who resisted the removal of Indians from the eastern United States in the 1830's. In 1839, Ross’ wife, Elizabeth “Quatie” Ross, fell ill on the Trail of Tears and died in Little Rock. Her headstone lies in Little Rock’s Mount Holly Cemetery. Inskeep is also the author of “Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi,” a 2011 book about one of the world's great megacities.
Former United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit Judge Morris “Buzz” Arnold will introduce the program and moderate the question-and-answer session. Event sponsors include UALR, Sequoyah National Research Center, KUAR-Radio and NPR.
“We’re excited to bring Steve Inskeep to Arkansas,” said Alice Alt of the U.S. Marshals Museum Foundation. “We are all huge fans of his at the museum, and we’re looking forward to hearing his insights on the rule of law, one of our nation’s constitutional bedrock principles and a major part of what the museum will be about.”
The Marshals Museum, set to open in the fall of 2019, will focus on civic literacy and the rule of law with five immersive galleries — Defining Marshals, The Campfire: Stories Under the Stars, Frontier Marshals, A Changing Nation and Modern Marshals.