• Fighting Misinformation and the Pandemic with Ashish Jha

    Air Dates: October 19-25, 2020

    Whatever the final count of fatalities is in the United States from the COVID-19 pandemic, the cost is already far too high.  Dr. Ashish Jha reminds us that there are still simple things that Americans can do to stay safe, to stay healthy, and to help fight the pandemic.

    Jha is a practicing physician and is the Dean of the Brown School of Public Health and professor of Health Services, Policy, and Practice after serving as the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute and teaching at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School.  He has been recognized as a global expert on pandemic preparedness and response in addition to health policy research and practice.  He has led groundbreaking research around Ebola and is now on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response, leading national and international analysis of key issues and advising state and federal policy makers. Jha has published more than two hundred original research publications in prestigious journals including the BMJ and New England Journal of Medicine and is a frequent contributor to a range of public media. He has conducted extensive research on improving the quality of health care and the reduction of its costs, focusing on the impact of public health policy both nationally and globally.

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Jha addresses the segment of the population who are not following basic public health measures.  He says he feels sympathy, knowing many Americans are experiencing “pandemic fatigue” and are dealing with a “a deluge of misinformation.”  He says, “you can understand why some people might think, well maybe it’s not so bad, maybe it is overstated, and that makes it harder for people to constantly be wearing the mask, to constantly be doing social distancing.”  He adds, “from a policy point of view, we’ve got to counter that misinformation, and we need our leaders to counter that misinformation.”

    “Story in the Public Square” broadcasts each week on public television stations across the United States. A full listing of the national television distribution is available at this link. In Rhode Island and southeastern New England, the show is broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 3:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

  • Pell Center And Salve Regina University Partner with DHS For National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

    Newport, RI – For the sixth year in a row, the Pell Center and Salve Regina University are supporting the annual Department of Homeland Security’s campaign as a National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) Champion Organization, participating in a growing global effort, to promote online safety awareness with the theme: STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

    Now in its 17th year, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity across our Nation, ensuring that all Americans have the resources they need to be safer and more secure online.

    In support of the campaign, Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes will deliver the keynote address on information security & protecting critical information within networks as a part of the Council for Electronic Revenue Communication Advancement 2020 Fall Conference on October 21, 2020.

    Additionally, Salve Regina University will hold a virtual Cybersecurity Career Seminar on October 21.  The event will feature a panel discussion with Salve Regina alumni and faculty, including Darwin Salazar, Senior Product Security Analyst at Johnson & Johnson, Giuliana Sandonato, Senior Software Engineer at Raytheon Missiles & Defense, Barrett Wann, professor of Administration of Justice, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity and Intelligence at Salve Regina University and Defense Intelligence Agency Account Executive at CACI International Inc., and Francesca Spidalieri, senior fellow for Cyber Leadership at the Pell Center, where she leads the Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI).  This seminar will cover cybersecurity careers with discussion on the widening gap between the demand of cybersecurity professionals and the supply of a skilled workforce.  Each panelist will discuss their respective career paths and offer insight into what Salve Regina can offer to students who wish to pursue a cyber-focused degree, either as an undergraduate or a graduate student.  The event is co-sponsored by the Pell Center, the Office of Career Development, and the Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education at Salve Regina. Register for this webinar here.

    On October 28th, the Pell Center will host a panel discussion on election security, moderated by Francesca Spidalieri.  The discussion will explore some of the key issues surrounding election security and cyberattacks and cover strategies and solutions to securing the integrity and availability of our elections.  It will also highlight specific measures adopted by many state and local election jurisdictions to keep elections secure and accurate and to ensure public confidence in the work of their local governments.  Panelists include Dr. David Mussington, Director of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise and Professor of the Practice at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, Derek Tisleris, a fellow and counsel with the Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program, and David Levine, who is the Elections Integrity Fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy. Register for this event here.

    To raise community awareness, the Salve Regina’s Cybersecurity Team will be engaging the community in a series of exercises in ways cybercriminals would attempt to infiltrate our systems and networks.  Additionally, the Office of Information Technology at Salve Regina will host an online cybersecurity presentation with a Q&A session.  More programming details and additional cybersecurity awareness resources on Salve Regina’s NCSAM page on the new Campus Portal.

  • Russia’s History of Covert Electoral Influence with David Shimer

    Air Dates: October 12-18, 2020

    Over the last four years, Americans have heard a lot about Russian interference in our elections. David Shimer says we haven’t heard the whole story about the Cold War, 2016, or 2020.

    Shimer is an expert on election security, U.S.-Russian relations, and covert action.  He is the author of “Rigged: America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference,” a New York Times Editors’ Choice book.  His reporting and analysis have been published in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, and Foreign Affairs.  He has appeared on CNN and MSNBC to discuss the threat of foreign election interference, and he has been interviewed by the New York Times, NPR, and Politico about American and Russian foreign policy.  Shimer is an Associate Fellow of Yale University, where he received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in history, and is pursuing a doctorate in international relations at the University of Oxford as a Marshall Scholar.

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Shimer describes writing his book “Rigged” to detail the history of Russia’s covert electoral interference to what came before its operation in the U.S. presidential election in 2016.  He says Russia’s foreign policy has evolved from spreading communism to tearing down democracy and from engaging in an ideological struggle to a power struggle.  He adds, “Russia’s strategy to divide democracies from within […] gives [it] new opportunities for influence, which is why you’ve seen Russia supporting authoritarian-minded, divisive candidates and causes around the world.”

    “Story in the Public Square” broadcasts each week on public television stations across the United States. A full listing of the national television distribution is available at this link. In Rhode Island and southeastern New England, the show is broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 3:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

     

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health in the COVID-19-Era with Gayani DeSilva

    Air Dates: October 5-11, 2020

    Pandemic, social unrest–Americans of every age are coping with the mental health consequences of this era.  Dr. Gayani DeSilva cautions that the challenges of being a child or adolescent currently poses special health risks.

    DeSilva has been a psychiatrist for 15 years and focusses on enhancing the mental health of children and adolescents and their families.  Much of her work addresses the complex array of needs with adolescent and young adult criminal and violent offenders to understand the interplay between mental illness, societal factors, and interpersonal issues.  She is the author of “A Psychiatrist’s Guide: Helping Parents Reach Their Depressed Tween,” and “A Psychiatrist’s Guide: Stop Teen Addiction Before It Starts.”  DeSilva obtained her medical training at Albany Medical College and completed her internship at Brown University, and her residency at Harvard University.  She holds numerous awards and citations, and currently is on volunteer faculty at the University of California-Irvine and is Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Inland Empire Health Plan.  DeSilva also co-hosts the podcast, “Chat and Chai,” which consists of 13 episodes, including “A Candid Conversation on Racism,” “A Discussion on Suicide, Warning Signs, Myths and More,” and “COVID-19 & Loneliness.”

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” DeSilva encourages parents to remain transparent and model healthy modes of coping with stressful situations like the pandemic.  She suggests inviting children and young adults to be participants in healthy coping strategies, thus helping families to handle difficult situations collectively.

    “Story in the Public Square” broadcasts each week on public television stations across the United States. A full listing of the national television distribution is available at this link. In Rhode Island and southeastern New England, the show is broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 3:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

  • A Public Health Perspective on COVID-19 with Megan Ranney

    Air Dates: September 28-October 4, 2020

    COVID-19 has put America’s top doctors on the frontlines of a battle to save lives.  Dr. Megan Ranney spends her days at the front, working in an urban emergency room where her training in public health and emergency medicine give her unique insights about the pandemic and the nation’s response.

    Ranney is a practicing emergency physician and researcher, focusing on the intersection between digital health, violence prevention, and public health.  She is the current Warren Alpert Endowed Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital/Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  Ranney is also the founding Director of the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health and Chief Research Officer for the American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine, the country’s only non-profit committed to using the public health approach to reduce firearm injury.  She a founding partner of GetUsPPE.org, dedicated to matching donors to health systems in need of protective equipment.  She completed her internship and residency in Emergency Medicine, Master of Public Health, and fellowship in Injury Prevention Research at Brown University.

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Ranney describes the virtual forums where she and other doctors shared their experiences and best-practices for treating COVID-19 in the early weeks of the pandemic.  She says, “[COVID-19] is utterly different from any other illness that we’ve seen, and it is disorienting to be trying to practice and to present our patients with decisions, to present families with guidance when we’re still lacking so much of that basic medical evidence.”

    “Story in the Public Square” broadcasts each week on public television stations across the United States. A full listing of the national television distribution is available at this link. In Rhode Island and southeastern New England, the show is broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 3:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

  • Examining the Broad Reaches Systemic Racism with Tricia Rose

    Air Dates: September 21-27, 2020

    Americans took to the streets after the murder of George Floyd, rejecting racism in all its forms. Tricia Rose explains that structural racism has a long history in the United States—and so do the efforts to combat it.

    Rose is Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University. She also holds the Chancellor’s Professorship of Africana Studies and serves as the Associate Dean of the Faculty for Special Initiatives. A graduate of Yale and Brown University, Rose authored “Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America,” “Longing to Tell: Black Women Talk about Sexuality and Intimacy,” and “The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop and Why It Matters.” She sits on the Boards of the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Color of Change, and Black Girls Rock, Inc.. Focusing on issues related to race in America, mass media, structural inequality, popular culture, gender and sexuality and art and social justice, Rose engages widely in scholarly and popular audience settings. She co-hosts the weekly “The Tight Rope” podcast with Dr. Cornel West, covering a range of topics from pop culture and art and music, to the contours of systemic racism, philosophy, the power of Socratic self-examination.

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Rose distinguishes between different categories of racism. When referring to systemic, structural racism specifically, she says the vast network of institutions involved creates “a systemic set of forces that produce chronic and adverse outcomes for people of color.” She adds that its systemic nature means “it is not easily resolved by simply fixing one area or fixing a few areas at once in a short-term period of time.”

    “Story in the Public Square” broadcasts each week on public television stations across the United States. A full listing of the national television distribution is available at this link. In Rhode Island and southeastern New England, the show is broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 3:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

  • 2020 Fall Event Series Announced

    The Pell Center is pleased to announce its 2020 fall event series.  Tickets to these events are free and will be available about two weeks prior to the event date.  Please RSVP for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page and call 401-341-2927 or email [email protected] with questions.  Scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up for our email list and be notified when tickets become available.  All events will take place virtually on the Pell Center’s Facebook page at 7:00 p.m. EST/EDT.

     

    The Constitution and Foreign Affairs

    Dr. Anthony C. Arend, Georgetown University

    September 17, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

    Location: Facebook.com/PellCenter

    In partnership with the Pell Honors Program.

     

    How Did We Get Here? A Conversation with Presidential Historian Robert Dallek

    Dr. Robert Dallek, University of California, Los Angeles

    October 1, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

    Location: Facebook.com/PellCenter

    This event is made possible by the generous support of the John E. McGinty Fund in History.

     

    2020 Election Security: Threats, Strategies, & Solutions

    Panelists:

    Dr. David Mussington, Director of the Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise

    Derek Tisler, Fellow and Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program

    Francesca Spidalieri, Senior Fellow, Pell Center

    October 24, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

    Location: Facebook.com/PellCenter

     

    COVID-19 and the Fight for Social Justice

    Dr. Faith Mitchell, Intermittent Institute Fellow, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy and the Health Policy Center

    November 18, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

    Location: Facebook.com/PellCenter

     

    What’s Next? Discussion of the Election Results

    Panelists:

    Evelyn Farkas, President, Farkas Global Strategies

    David Shuster, Emmy award winning broadcast journalist

    November 10, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

    Location: Facebook.com/PellCenter

     

    China Rising: The Future of U.S. China Relations

    Panelists:

    Ambassador Nicholas Platt, served as ambassador to Pakistan, Philippines, Zambia and high-level diplomat in Canada, China, Hong Kong and Japan. He is the former president of The Asia Society.

    Dr. Gary Jefferson, Carl Marks Professor of International Trade and Finance, Brandeis University and renowned specialist on the China economy.

    Dr. Lewis Rutherfurd is a pioneer venture capital investor in China and other emerging markets in Asia. He also serves as a consultant to the Pell Center.

    December 8, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

    Location: Facebook.com/PellCenter

  • Tackling Social Inequality in American Education with Eve Ewing

    Air dates: September 14-20, 2020

    The artist’s role in society is to challenge us, to shine a mirror on our strengths and to expose our weaknesses.  Through a remarkable body of work—poetry, visual arts, rigorous scholarship on race and society, as well as ground breaking work in comic books, Eve Ewing does just that.

    Ewing is an Assistant Professor in the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.  She is a qualitative sociologist of education whose work is centered around two primary issues.  First, how racism and other large-scale structures of social inequality impact the everyday lives and experiences of young people, and second, the ways public school systems serve to interrupt or perpetuate these social problems, and the role educators, policymakers, families, community members, and young people themselves play in understanding, acknowledging, and disrupting them.  Ewing’s scholarship, community work, and classroom teaching are aimed at expanding the ways that urban school stakeholders, other researchers, and the broader public can be equipped to understand, respond to, and ultimately dismantle white supremacy, and to make school systems institutions of liberation, rather than oppression.  Ewing is the author of “Electric Arches,” which received awards from the Poetry Society of America and the American Library Association and and was named one of the year’s best books by NPR and the Chicago Tribune. She is also author of “Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side,” “1919” and the co-author of “No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks.”

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square,” Ewing recognizes American schools’ failure to teach children about certain aspects of American history and the reinforcement of ideas that uphold white supremacy that result.  She adds however, that “schools are one of the most exciting spaces where there’s an insurgency of education [that extends beyond] formal schooling spaces [through] peer-led and community-led education.”  She says, “there are lots of really incredible teachers, librarians, administrators and community leaders all over the country that are trying to make schools a space of radical possibility right now.”

    “Story in the Public Square” broadcasts each week on public television stations across the United States. A full listing of the national television distribution is available at this link. In Rhode Island and southeastern New England, the show is broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 3:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

  • “Quick Hits” News with David Shuster

    Air Dates: September 7-13, 2020

    Journalists often have a front row seat as history unfolds. Over the last 30 years, David Shuster has witnessed a scandal in Arkansas that reverberated in Washington, the attacks of 911, America’s Wars and every presidential campaign in between.

    Shuster is an Emmy award winning broadcast journalist who is best known for his work at NBC News and MSNBC where he hosted his own news shows and served as the primary backup host for “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” and “Hardball with Chris Matthews.”  Shuster anchored the channel’s prime time coverage of breaking news stories including politics, natural disasters, and the death of Michael Jackson.  As a field correspondent, his assignments included the Iraq war, the selection of a Pope, and Hurricane Katrina.  Shuster was an evening news anchor for Al Jazeera America, where he guided the network’s political coverage.  He most recently served as Anchor and Managing Editor for i24News, where he co-anchored prime time shows with Tal Heinrich.

    On this episode of “Story in the Public Square” Shuster describes his latest project, “Quick Hits,” a collaborative reporting project that goes “through 12 to 14 top stories across the United States and around the world every day.”  He adds, that he and his fellow reporters, “use the formula that has worked in TV and that is live conversational kind of fast exchanges.”

    “Story in the Public Square” broadcasts each week on public television stations across the United States. A full listing of the national television distribution is available at this link. In Rhode Island and southeastern New England, the show is broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 3:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

  • Crafting Stories of Empathy with Paul Tremblay

    Air Dates: August 24-30, 2020

    Empathy is a recurring theme on “Story in the Public Square,” because it is central to the crafting of compelling stories—whether set in fiction or non-fiction.  Paul Tremblay uses empathy to draw readers in to the strange and often terrifying worlds that he imagines. 

    Tremblay is one of the best writers of horror and psychological thrillers today.  He is the author of “The Cabin at the End of the World,” “Disappearance at Devil’s Rock,” “A Head Full of Ghosts,” the crime novels “The Little Sleep and No Sleep ‘Till Wonderland,” and the short story collection, “Growing Things and Other Stories.”  His latest book is “Survivor Song,” set in a pandemic plagued worldHe has won the Bram Stoker, British Fantasy, and Massachusetts Book awards and currently serves a member of the board of directors of the Shirley Jackson Awards.  His essays and short fiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly online, and numerous years’ best anthologies.  

    “Story in the Public Square” broadcasts each week on public television stations across the United States. A full listing of the national television distribution is available at this link. In Rhode Island and southeastern New England, the show is broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 3:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.