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  • 2021 Spring Event Series Announced

    The Pell Center is pleased to announce its 2021 spring event series.  Tickets to these events are free and will be available approximately two weeks prior to the event date.   All events will take place virtually on the Pell Center’s Facebook page.  Please RSVP for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page and email [email protected] with questions.  To be notified when tickets become available, subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom … Read More

  • Examining Animal Rights in Industrial America with Ernest Freeberg

    Air Dates: January 11-17, 2021 The end of the 19th Century in America, is often associated with the rise of profound social movements like the temperance movement; the women’s suffrage movement, and—more darkly—even the eugenics movement.  Ernest Freeberg tells the story of the birth of the animal rights movement. Freeberg is a Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of Tennessee and is the award-winning author of “A Traitor to … Read More

  • The Lame Duck Insurrection

    I moved to Washington, DC, when I was 22 years old to go to graduate school at Georgetown University.  I used to visit Capitol Hill regularly to use the Library of Congress.  Every chance I had, I would walk across the street and walk the grounds of the Capitol.  In those days—before Capitol Police officers were murdered in the line of duty in 1998 and before 9/11—you could enter through … Read More

  • Grappling with Mental Illness in 20th-Century America with Robert Kolker

    Air Dates: January 4-10, 2020 Every family has its secrets. Robert Kolker tells the story of an all-American family in the middle of the 20th century forced to grapple with that era’s stigma and tragic consequences of serious mental illness. Kolker is the New York Times bestselling author of “Lost Girls,” named one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books and one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Top Ten Books of … Read More

  • Rose publishes “Developing Special Educators” with Graham, Renaud

    The Pell Center is pleased to congratulate Dr. Martha McCann Rose on her recently published book, “Developing Effective Special Educators: Building Bridges Across the Profession,” with authors Dr. Alice Tesch Graham and Dr. Gia Anselmo Renaud. Dr. Rose and Dr. Graham are professors in the Education Department at Salve Regina University and Dr. Renaud is a professor in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Bridgewater State University.  … Read More

  • Navigating Our Future with Big Tech with Alexis Wichowski

    Air Dates: December 28-January 3, 2020 Our nationality has long been a part of how we identify ourselves.  But Alexis Wichowski surveys the rise of “net states,” big tech companies that are, increasingly, taking on roles traditionally played by nation-states. Wichowski is a public servant, teacher, and writer.  She serves as Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Innovation and Acting Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Broadband for the City of New … Read More

  • The (Coming) Wave of Vaccine Disinformation

    Since the 1980s, 75 million people have been infected with the human immuno-deficiency virus, the virus that causes AIDS.  32 million people have died.  In 2009, about 1.4 billion people were infected by H1N1, the swine flu.  It killed 575,000 people, globally.  Ebola, in the 2014 outbreak, killed 11,310 people of the 28,616 it infected.  In every one of those cases, disinformation from Russia stoked anxieties, obscured the truth, and … Read More

  • Leeman, Hattendorf Publish “Forging the Trident”

    The Pell Center is pleased to congratulate Dr. William Leeman on his recently published book, “Forging the Trident: Theodore Roosevelt and the United States Navy,” co-edited with Dr. John Hattendorf of the United States Naval War College. “Forging the Trident” is a collection of essays on various aspects of Roosevelt’s lifelong relationship with the U.S. Navy written by leading American naval historians including editors Hattendorf and Leeman. Leeman is an … Read More

  • Adapting to a Changing World with Jen Schwartz

    Change may be an essential part of human existence, but Jen Schwartz explores the dislocations in human society caused by the speed with which the world is changing around us. Schwartz is a senior features editor at Scientific American who produces stories on the intersection of technology and the human condition. She specializes in writing about how society is adapting—or not—to a rapidly changing world, with a focus on climate … Read More

  • Enough

    This week, the notes I take to write this essay were marked by a terrifying consistency: American democracy is under assault.  And just as in some of the worst/best horror movies that I watched as a teenager, the calls are coming from inside the house: in this case, the White House. Let’s be crystal clear: the president of the United States has locked himself on a path in which he … Read More