Issues

  • Recap: Reading Across Rhode Island Kick-Off Event: “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You”

    On March 11, 2021 Salve Regina University’s Pell Center and the Rhode Island Center for the Book hosted a virtual kick-off event for the 2021 “Reading Across Rhode Island” statewide read, “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You.” The floor was opened to audience members to ask questions for guest speakers Providence Rhode Island Mayor Jorge Elorza, Valerie Tutson, a founding member and executive director of the Rhode Island Black Storytellers, and … Read More

  • Recap: “China Rising: The Future of U.S. China Relations”

    China and the United States are the two strongest and largest economies in the world. Many have negative opinions about China and its rise to prominence on the world stage. Pell Center Executive Director Dr. Jim Ludes hosted distinguished panelists Dorinda Elliott of the China Institute, Ambassador Nicholas Platt, president of the Asia Society, Dr. Gary Jefferson of Brandeis University, and Dr. Lewis Rutherford, venture capital investor in Asian markets, … Read More

  • Recap: “What’s Next? Discussing the 2020 Election Results with Evelyn Farkas and David Shuster”

    The American people may be as divided as they ever have been politically, but there is one thing that all people in this country can agree on: the 2020 Election was an emotional rollercoaster. On Tuesday, November 12, Pell Center Executive Director Dr. Jim Ludes met with David Shuster and Evelyn Farkas via a Facebook live event entitled, “What’s Next: Discussing the 2020 Election Results” to debrief the Election of … Read More

  • Recap: “2020 Election Security: Threats, Strategies, and Solutions”

    The security of our elections has been an issue of great importance following the 2016 election. Many fear that interference from foreign powers in our elections, specifically from Iran, Russia and China could threaten our democracy and the democratic process. The threat to our elections continues to be an important topic following the 2020 election and it appears this will be a topic of discussion for years to come. During … Read More

  • John Kerry on live set of Story in the Public Square

    John Kerry tapes special episode of Story in the Public Square at Salve Regina University

    NEWPORT, R.I. – Silence filled the great hall of Ochre Court. The cameras rolled and the audience sat in hushed anticipation of the special guest. On October 10, former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry filmed a special edition episode of Story in the Public Square at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. Salve Regina President Sister Jane Gerety gave the opening remarks welcoming the Secretary to the University. … Read More

  • Sister Helen Prejean on "Story in the Public Square"

    Dead Man Walking with Sister Helen Prejean

    Rebroadcast Dates: January 10-15, 2019 Air Dates: September 22-24, 2018 Since 1976, nearly 1500 Americans have been executed in the name of justice. Sister Helen Prejean, though, cautions about the human cost of the death penalty and the innocent victims wrongfully put to death. Sister Helen Prejean was born on April 21, 1939, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She joined the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille in 1957 (now known … Read More

  • Mark Blyth on Story in the Public Square

    Why American Debt is Good with Mark Blyth

    Rebroadcast Dates: December 29-30, 2018 Original Air Dates: September 15-17, 2018 One of the most persistent ideas in the politics of the West, whether we’re talking about Europe or the United States, is that government debt is best attacked through reducing government spending. Mark Blyth, warns though, that “austerity,” as such plans are known, is a historically dangerous idea. Blyth received his PhD in political science from Columbia University in … Read More

  • Gary Glassman on Story in the Public Square

    A New Look at Native America with Gary Glassman

    Air Dates: September 8-10, 2018 One of America’s persistent myths is that the first European migrants to the so-called “new world,” found a largely uninhabited continent. In a new documentary, Gary Glassman brings alive the thriving cities, social networks, art, and science of Native America. Gary Glassman is a producer and director whose documentaries aired on NOVA/PBS, The History Channel, the BBC, National Geographic and The Discovery Channel, among other … Read More

  • Molly McKew on "Story in the Public Square"

    The Weaponized Narrative with Molly McKew

    Air Dates: August 11-13, 2018 “Weaponized narrative” is a relatively new term surfacing over the last couple of years, but information has long been an element of national power and a weapon when employed by skilled operators. Guest, Molly McKew warns the United States and its Western allies face a foe tremendously skilled and motivated in the use of information as a weapon. Molly K McKew is a foreign policy … Read More

  • Caroline Orr on Story in the Public Square

    Caroline Orr Gets to the Core of Disinformation

    Air Dates: July 28-30, 2018 According to the Director of National Intelligence, Russia attacked American democracy in 2016, and the attacks continue to this day. The information the intelligence community used to draw that conclusion is classified—but guest, Caroline Orr uses an incredible array of open-source information and data analytics to produce a sophisticated understanding of the political warfare targeting the United States. Caroline Orr is a freelance journalist, researcher, … Read More