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  • Pell Center Wins Major Grant Award from Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

    Award will Support Initiative to Examine the Role of Storytelling in Politics and Public Life Newport—The Pell Center at Salve Regina University has won a major grant award from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH), an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The grant, announced by RICH on Monday, January 14, is to support Story in the Public Square, a project to examine and … Read More

  • The White House Looks Up in 2013: Congress Approves $60 Billion in Aid for Hurricane Sandy Victims and more

    The 2013 Presidential Inauguration has yet to come to pass, but the White House and Congress have passed an piece of important legislation for those affected by Hurricane Sandy and laid out ambitious plans in regards to gun control for the months ahead. On Tuesday night, Bloomberg reports the House of Representatives voted for an additional $50.5 billion in aid on top of the $9.7 billion package approved by both Congress and the House on Jan. 4th. According to the Bloomberg article, … Read More

  • Study Reveals College Graduates Were Least Harmed by Great Recession

    There have been many foreboding headlines for college graduates since the Great Recession. Last April, The Atlantic wrote “53% of Recent College Grads Are Jobless or Underemployed—How?” Last May, WTVM.com of Colombus, Ga. reported “One in two College Graduates not finding jobs.” NBC News, in August, described how the “Economy leaves many returning students disappointed, deep in debt.” As we enter a new year, college grads can know there is an upside. … Read More

  • New Year’s Resolutions for Cybersecurity

      2013—as the Champagne hangover fades, the New Year’s resolution begins. For many, January marks the opportunity to start fresh and improve on the previous year by setting goals—“resolutions”—and striving to achieve them. Weight loss, exercise, and money management are among the most common of all resolutions. After a season of too many cookies and cakes, not to mention holiday parties and gift-purchases, it’s only natural that a vow to … Read More

  • Setting Sandy Victims Aside: Boehner Pushes Aid Package Off the Table (Op-Ed)

    Here are some statistics from “Hurricane Sandy By the Numbers: A Superstorm’s Statistics, One Month Later,” a Time article published November 26, 2012: 8,100,000: Number of homes that lost power. The outages affected people in 17 states, as far west as Michigan. 820: Sandy’s size in miles, as measured by diameter of tropical storm-force sustained wind, as it made landfall just south of Atlantic City, New Jersey—more than double the … Read More

  • One Step Foward, Two Steps Back: South Korea’s First Female President Shadowed by Her Father’s Past

    South Korea, the country in the developed world known for its gender inequality, elected their first female president, Park Geun-hye on Wednesday, December 19, 2012.  CNN reports that Park won the election against incumbent Moon Jae-in with roughly 52% of votes when Lee conceded with about 48% of votes. Park, 60, is the daughter of authoritarian leader, the late Park Chung-hee, who ruled South Korea from 1961 to 1979. Park entered the political … Read More

  • Pell Center Announces Fellows Program

    The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy today announced the creation of a fellows program designed to drive the intellectual agenda and on-going research of the center located at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. Drawing from faculty at the University and seasoned policy professionals across the United States, the Pell Center is assembling a team whose members understand issues, are gifted communicators and teachers, and who have … Read More

  • A Different Arms Race: Newtown Tragedy Brings Gun Control to the White House

    On Friday, December 14, 2012, one of the most devastating American tragedies since 9/11 happened at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. At 9:30 am, twenty-six victims–twenty children, six adults–were killed by Newtown resident Adam Lanza. Many suspect that Lanza, suffered from a developmental disorder, most likely Asperger’s syndrome. He had obtained the guns used at Sandy Hook from his mother, Nancy Lanza, the first victim of that Friday, who used to go trap shooting. … Read More

  • The Wage of a Continued Presence in Afghanistan

    According to Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, “We clearly have had an impact on (al-Qaida’s) presence in Afghanistan…” Impact; what impact? Each day, an American family loses a loved one to the Taliban; roughly 2,000 soldiers have died since we retained a presence in Afghanistan in 2001, nearly eleven years ago. And many of those who fought, but were not killed, now suffer of PTSD, a growing mental condition which has … Read More

  • Status Update: I’ve been Hacked!

    Chances are high that, at some point today, either you or someone you know has posted an online message through one of the many social media platforms available. Hundreds of millions of users flocked to social networks this year to do precisely that, and they are doing it in record numbers though smart-phones, tablets, or desktop computers. The problem, however, is that this development has been noticed by one group … Read More

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