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    Spring 2019 Event Series Announced

    Today the Pell Center announced the Spring 2019 event series. Tickets to Pell Center events are free and will be available about two weeks prior to the event date. Please RSVP in advance for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page, and call 401-341-2927 email [email protected] with any questions or concerns. Scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up for our email list and stay informed about when tickets become available.

    Please note, most events this spring will take place at the Bazarsky Lecture Hall in the O’Hare Academic Center. The exception is our March 4 event, Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square, and March 25 event, Pell 100, which will take place at the Pell Center.

     

    A Climate A(wake)ening: Responding to the 2018 IPCC Report

    February 6, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Bazarsky Lecture Hall

    Panelists:

    Dr. Jameson Chace, Salve Regina University

    Dr. Craig Condella, Salve Regina University

    Dave McLaughlin, Clean Ocean Access

    Richard Tegtmeier, Biology Major, Class of 2019, Salve Regina University

    Eva Touhey, Clean Ocean Access

    Jessica Walsh, Newport Health Equity Zone

     

    Theodore Roosevelt and the Start of the American Century

    February 20, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Bazarsky Lecture Hall

    Panelists: Dr. Michael Budd, Dr. William Leeman, Dr. Timothy Neary, Dr. John Quinn, Salve Regina University, Department of History

    Moderator: Jennifer McArdle, Salve Regina University

     

    Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square

    March 4, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Pell Center

    Speaker: Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer prize-winning author and journalist

     

    Senator Pell Centennial

    March 25, 2019, 10:00 a.m., Pell Center

    Panelists:

    Sister Therese Antone, Chancellor, Salve Regina University (former President)

    David Evans, former Staff Director, Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts and Humanities

    Ambassador Peter Galbraith, former Professional Staff Member, Senate Comm. on Foreign Relations

    Thomas Hughes, former Chief of Staff to Sen. Claiborne Pell

    Wayne Miller, Pell Biographer

    John Mulligan, former DC Bureau Chief Providence Journal

    Karen Tramontano, former Legislative Asst. (Labor & Human Resources) to Senator Pell

     

    Current Health Concerns in the LGBTQ+ Community

    April 9, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Bazarsky Lecture Hall

    Panelists:

    Dr. Timothy Cavanaugh, Thundermist Community Health Center

    Freeman T. Freeman, MSW/CSW/LCSW

    Melissa H. Manley, Clark University

     

    John E. McGinty Lecture in History  

    The Rise and Fall of Mikhail Gorbachev—and Their Lessons for the Putin Era

    April 25, 2019, 6:30 p.m., Bazarsky Lecture Hall

    Speaker: Dr. William Taubman, Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Amherst College

  • Story in the Public Square on SiriusXM

    “Story in the Public Square” Renews Contract for Year Three with SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S.

    For the third consecutive year, Story in the Public Square will broadcast on SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S.

    Newport, R.I.—The Pell Center at Salve Regina University will broadcast new, weekly episodes of “Story in the Public Square”  for a third year on satellite radio provider SiriusXM’s P.O.T.U.S. channel, number 124.

    Hosted by Jim Ludes, Executive Director of the Pell Center at Salve Regina University, and G. Wayne Miller, senior staff writer at The Providence Journal, “Story in the Public Square” features interviews with today’s best print, screen, music, and other storytellers about their creative processes and how their stories impact public understanding and policy.

    “We’ve been fortunate to have a great relationship with SiriusXM since we began production in 2017,” said Ludes. “We’ve reached an audience of people who care passionately about the issues and we’re excited to continue broadcasting on P.O.T.U.S in 2019.”

    “The heart of ‘Story in the Public Square,’ is the guests we welcome each week,” said Miller. “Their stories, their analysis, their insights about public life and the human experience make the show what it is—and we have some great guests already lined up for the new year.”

    The audio version of “Story in the Public Square” airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, and Sundays at 4:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124.  Episodes are also broadcast each week on public television stations across the United States. 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.  A full listing of the national television distribution, is available at this link.

    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.

    SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S. channel 124 features non-partisan political talk radio. SiriusXM is the world’s largest radio company with more than 33 million subscribers, offering commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; exclusive talk and entertainment, and a wide-range of Latin music, sports, and talk programming.

    First published in 1829, The Providence Journal is the oldest continuously published daily newspaper in the United States.

    For more information about Story in the Public Square, please visit http://pellcenter.org/story-in-the-public-square/.

  • Charles Sennott on set of Story in the Public Square

    A New Era of Journalism with Charles Sennott

    Air Dates: December 22-23, 2018

    Since the era of the French Revolution, commentators and politicians have referred to the press as “The Fourth Estate,” signifying the important (if informal) role of the press in public life. Charles Sennott leads a non-profit news agency extending the power of the press to under-covered corners of the world.

    Sennott is the founder, executive director, and editor-in-chief of The GroundTruth Project, a non-profit news organization that supports a new generation of journalists to tell the stories that matter in under-covered corners of the world including the United States. Based at the flagship PBS station WGBH in Boston, GroundTruth’s mission is to provide training, mentoring and resources to emerging journalists to do work that seeks to make a difference and to do it safely.

    From 2008 to GroundTruth, Sennott was a co-founder, executive editor and VP of GlobalPost. From 1993 to 2008, Sennott was Middle East Bureau Chief for The Boston Globe. He began his foreign correspondent work in 1986 for the Daily News. He is a cum laude 1984 graduate of UMass Amherst, has a master’s in journalism from Columbia and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard from 2005 – 2006.

    Story in the Public Square airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts 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 4:30 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.

  • 2018 Story of the Year

    2018 Story of the Year – The Battle for Truth

    Air Dates: December 15-16, 2018

    Every December since 2013, the Pell Center at Salve Regina University has named a “Story of the Year,” the most important narrative in the public life of the United States in the preceding 12 months.

    Since June 1, 2018, we have asked guests what they thought the top story would be, so some of their answers were speculative. In this episode we hear from past guests such as Caroline Orr, Twitter sensation and behavioral scientist; Mark Blyth, author and Professor of Political Economy at Brown University; Sister Helen Prejean, anti-death penalty activist and author; Korsha Wilson, food writer and host of the podcast A Hungry Society; and many more on their top picks. The theme that resonated throughout their answers is what informed the decision, by hosts Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller, for the Story of the Year which is: The Battle for Truth.

    “2018 has been a year of disputed realities. The president of the United States used his bully pulpit to attack any source of information that might be critical of him, from news outlets and individual journalists to Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, social media and even internet search engines. In the midst of those attacks on the truth, 2018 was witness to continued foreign efforts to manipulate our information eco-system, including social media.” said co-host Jim Ludes. “But by the end of 2018, the battle was joined. Courageous journalists in the United States and around the world shined a light into dark places-some paying a horrible price for their courage. The Mueller investigation scored guilty pleas and indictments of nearly three dozen individuals-exposing the deceit at the heart of those who characterize the investigation as a “witch hunt.” Finally, the change in power in the House of Representatives promises meaningful congressional oversight-oversight that is part of the U.S. Constitutional system and central to the effective functioning of our government. None of these developments guarantee that the truth will prevail-but the battle is joined and the stakes are immense.”

    “A variety of individuals, organizations, foreign nations and others with ill intent during 2017 and before conducted an aggressive campaign to discredit the work and reputations of many impeccably credible scientists, analysts, political leaders, scholars, journalists and other experts and professionals committed to knowledge, facts and truths.” said co-host G. Wayne Miller. “Some of these truth-tellers were demoralized or decided to withdraw from the public discourse. But 2018 brought a spirited battle to counter the lies, disinformation and nonsense that are such a blow against the common good. The Founders, who made the First Amendment first, would be proud.”

    Story in the Public Square airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts 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 4:30 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.

  • Luis Martinez on Story in the Public Square

    Satellites & the Economy with Luis Martinez

    Air Dates: December 8-9, 2018

    Publically available satellite images offer some of the most fascinating perspectives about life on Earth. Luis Martinez goes one step further and mines those images for the data and stories they contain about some of the world’s most repressive regimes.

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    Luis Martinez is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. His main research interest is in the empirical analysis of the political economy of development, with a particular focus on the functioning of democracy in Latin America. In current work, he studies the impact of fines for electoral abstention on voter behavior in Peru and whether the source of government revenue affects local governance in Colombia. He is also interested in the functioning of non-democracies and is doing research on the manipulation of GDP statistics in authoritarian regimes and on the electoral response to state-led violence against civilians during the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. In previous work, he has studied transnational insurgency at the border between Colombia and Venezuela. His work has been published in the Journal of Development Economics and Experimental Economics.

    Martinez holds a BA in economics and philosophy from Los Andes University in Colombia and an MRes and PhD in economics from the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom.

    Story in the Public Square airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts 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 4:30 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.

     

  • Rochambeau Dialogue Conference

    Rochambeau Dialogue Consensus Statement Released

    Newport, RI – Today the Pell Center released the consensus statement of the first round of the Rochambeau Dialogue which was held in partnership with the Fondation Pour la Recherche Stratégique, at Salve Regina University, in Newport, RI, from Sunday, September 16 to Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

    Over the course of the dialogue, the bipartisan group of participants—which included a mix of foreign and defense officials from both countries, as well as a select group of well-known defense analysts in the academic and think tank community—discussed a broad set of issues. These issues ranged from the future of NATO and European defense cooperation, to ongoing joint counter-terrorism efforts in Africa, to Middle-Eastern stability following the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan for Action (JCPOA), and Franco-American cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. Two official keynote speakers, General Jean-Pierre Montégu, the French defense attaché, and Dr. Brian Pierce, Director of the Information Innovation Office at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) provided framing remarks during the dialogue. The group’s conversations promoted agreement among the dialogue’s nongovernmental participants to issue the 2018 consensus statement.

    “At a time when both democratic partners face a daunting array of shared challenges—from the revival of great power competition to the recrudescence of violent instability in several key regions of the globe—this ambitious and forward-looking consensus statement is a powerful reminder of the vitality and dynamism of the Franco-American alliance,” noted Dr. Iskander Rehman, Senior Fellow for International Relations at the Pell Center.

    “The Franco-U.S. defense relationship dates back to the American Revolutionary War and, as this consensus statement shows, endures today in the face of complex and sobering challenges,” said Dr. James Ludes, Executive Director of the Pell Center at Salve Regina University.  “We are proud to be able to host this important and ongoing dialogue and are grateful to our French partners for joining us in it.”

    The Rochambeau Dialogue, made possible, in part, by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, is an important programmatic effort designed to strengthen defense cooperation between the United States and its oldest ally, France. Each year’s Track 1.5 dialogue is structured around a series of Franco-American panels, each seeking to address a specific and timely issue in Franco-U.S. security cooperation. The themes of these panel discussions may change from year to year, in an attempt to adequately reflect the growing scope and dynamism of the Franco-American defense relationship.

    Read the Rochambeau Dialogue Consensus Statement 2018.

     

    About the Fondation Pour la Recherche Stratégique

    Created in 1992, the FRS is a recognized French public utility foundation and operates independently. The think-tank’s mission is to analyze the problems of strategy and international security, including military and defense issues, and to contribute to the strategic debate in France and the influence of French ideas abroad. Its expertise covers all issues of security and defense, from the analysis of the international balance of power to scientific, technological and operational issues, through the economy and the industry; defense, analysis of transversal threats (terrorism, cyber, proliferation …) as well as health and environmental risks.

  • Jeffrey Lewis on Story in the Public Square

    The 2020 Commission Report with Jeffrey Lewis

    Rebroadcast dates: January 26-27, 2018
    Original Air Dates: December 1-2, 2018

    National security analysts typically ground their work in a deep appreciation of history, context, and contemporary politics. Jeffrey Lewis adds a sophisticated understanding of nuclear weapons and the states seeking them to describe a catastrophic potential future of the U.S. relationship with North Korea.

    Dr. Jeffrey Lewis is the director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at CNS. Before coming to CNS, he was the director of the Nuclear Strategy and Nonproliferation Initiative at the New America Foundation. Prior to that, he was executive director of the Managing the Atom Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, executive director of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, a visiting fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a desk officer in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.

    At the Middlebury Institute, he teaches courses on arms control issues in Northeast Asia and Chinese nuclear policy. The work of his team was recently covered in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and VICE. He is the author of The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States, Minimum Means of Reprisal: China’s Search for Security in the Nuclear Age (MIT Press, 2007), and Paper Tigers: China’s Nuclear Posture (IISS, 2014). He is a regular columnist for Foreign Policy, and has published articles in Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. He is the founder of ArmsControlWonk.com, the leading blog and podcast on disarmament, arms control and nonproliferation.

    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 8:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 4:30 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.

  • Jed Shugerman on Story in the Public Square

    History of Law in America with Jed Shugerman

    Air Dates: November 24-25, 2018

    The confirmation of Justice Bret Kavanaugh was a bruising episode for many Americans. Jed Shugerman views that confirmation process against the long history of America’s courts and essential debates over the constitutional limits on executive power.

    Shugerman is a Professor of Law at Fordham University. He attended Yale Law School and graduated in 2002, and went on to earned his PhD in History. Blending his two areas of study, Shugarman published, The People’s Courts: The Rise of Judicial Elections and Judicial Power in America. The book “traces the history of judicial elections and Americans’ quest for an independent judiciary―one that would ensure fairness for all before the law―from the colonial era to the present.” (Harvard University Press, 2012). His articles often appear in Law Journals such as Yale Law Journal, the Georgia Law Review and the Harvard Law Review.

    Story in the Public Square airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts 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 4:30 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.

  • Korsha Wilson on Story in the Public Square

    You are what you eat with Korsha Wilson

    Air Dates: November 17-18, 2018

    “You are what you eat” is an expression every grade school student has heard—either as a boast or as a taunt. Guest, Korsha Wilson says that “what we eat, what we cook, and the meals we share can tell us a lot about race, access, privilege, heritage, and culture.”

    Korsha Wilson writes about food, food media, race, class and more.

    “I’m especially fascinated by how all of those things intersect and play out in restaurant spaces. I also host a weekly podcast on Heritage Radio Network called ‘A Hungry Society’.”

    Korsha Wilson

    Heritage Radio network, heritageradionetwork.org, describes itself as: “HRN is the world’s pioneer food radio station. The studio broadcasts live from two recycled shipping containers inside Roberta’s Pizza, an innovative restaurant at the epicenter of Brooklyn’s culinary renaissance. We run 100% on the support of our diverse community of members and partners.”

    Wilson’s work has been published in The New York TimesBon Appétit, The Boston Globe, Eater, Saveur, Taste, Boston Magazine, Village Voice, Munchies, Civil Eats, and Yes!. She is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and spent two years in journalism school at Emerson College before deciding to follow her passion for restaurants, food, and writing. She has also worked as a line cook, server, manager, and hostess in fine dining restaurants.

    Her philosophy perhaps is best summarized in her June 27 article for Yes!, “Cooking Stirs the Pot for Social Change: Preparing food — and letting others in our communities cook for us — is how we become good citizens who engage with the communities around us.”

    “Every time we step to our stoves to make a meal we’re engaging with the society around us. Each ingredient that we use, every technique, every spice tells a story about our access, our privilege, our heritage, and our culture. The foods and dishes we consume are all part of larger forces that impact our lives. Our appetites and what we crave are the result of our place in the world at that time.”

    Wilson has written about three cookbooks, Feed the Resistance, The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, and The Immigrant Cookbook. They each show how the act of cooking can be a platform for social justice and social action.

    Story in the Public Square airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts 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 4:30 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.

  • Peter Asaro on Story in the Public Square

    Stopping Killer Robots with Peter Asaro

    Air Dates: November 10-12, 2018

    For decades, Hollywood films and science fiction writers have told us ominous stories about the future dangers of killer robots and artificial intelligence. Peter Asaro warns that machines lack the essential human qualities required for operating weapons systems—and he’s working to ban them from doing just that.

    Dr. Peter Asaro is a philosopher of science, technology and media. His work examines artificial intelligence and robotics as a form of digital media, the ethical dimensions of algorithms and data, and the ways in which technology mediates social relations and shapes our experience of the world.

    His current research focuses on the social, cultural, political, legal and ethical dimensions of robotics and artificial intelligence, from a perspective that combines media theory with science and technology studies. He has written widely-cited papers on lethal robotics from the perspective of just war theory and human rights. Dr. Asaro’s research also examines agency and autonomy, liability and punishment, and privacy and surveillance as it applies to consumer robots, industrial automation, smart buildings, and autonomous vehicles. His research has been published in international peer reviewed journals and edited volumes, translated into French, German, Korean and Braille, and he is currently writing a book that interrogates the intersections between advanced robotics, and social and ethical issues.

    Dr. Asaro has held research positions at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University, Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University, the HUMlab of Umeå University in Sweden, and the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. He has also developed technologies in the areas of virtual reality, data visualization and sonification, human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robot vision, and neuromorphic robotics at the National Center for Supercomputer Applications (NCSA), the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and Iguana Robotics, Inc., and was involved in the design of the natural language interface for the Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine for Wolfram Research–this interface is also used by Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Bing to answer math queries, and won two 2010 SXSW Web Interactive Awards for Technical Achievement and Best of Show.

    Story in the Public Square airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts 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 4:30 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.