Pell Center

  • Michael Paul Williams Named 2021 Recipient of the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square

    NEWPORT, R.I.—Michael Paul Williams, a long-time columnist for The Richmond Times Dispatch, has been named the 2021 recipient of the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square.  Awarded since 2013, the prize honors storytellers whose work has a meaningful, positive impact on the public dialogue. Williams joined The Times Dispatch in 1982 and covered local government for a decade before becoming a columnist for the paper a decade … Read More

  • Unwinding Anxiety with Judson Brewer

    Air Dates: October 11-17, 2021 Colleges and universities all over the United States are facing a wave of students suffering from depression and anxiety heightened by the last year and a half of the pandemic.  Dr. Jud Brewer says there are things everyone can do to be more mindful, to break bad habits, and to be happier. Brewer is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center and … Read More

  • Season 8 of “Story in the Public Square” to Premier in January 2022

    NEWPORT, RI – “Story in the Public Square,” the five-time Telly-Award winning series from the Pell Center at Salve Regina University and The Providence Journal, is set to debut its eighth national season during the week of January 3, 2022 with 24 new episodes seen nationally on public television. “Story in the Public Square” is a weekly, 30-minute series that centers on storytellers—acclaimed filmmakers, scholars, photographers, journalists, physicians, activists, historians, … Read More

  • Afghanistan Beyond the War with Adela Raz

    Rebroadcast Dates: September 27-October 3, 2021 Original Air Dates: December 23-29, 2019 Afghanistan is known to most Americans as the site of America’s longest war.  Since 2001, the United States has sent hundreds of thousands of its sons and daughters to fight extremists and hunt down the perpetrators of 9/11.  But Afghanistan is more than the war. Ambassador Adela Raz has a unique perspective on her country’s rich history and … Read More

  • Exploring Identity and Hope with Padma Venkatraman

    Air Dates: September 20-26, 2021 The idea of “caste,” or a hereditary structure to society is foreign to many U.S. audiences. But Padma Venkatraman takes young readers into the caste structure of her native India in a soulful exploration of identity and hope. Venkatraman is an award-winning author who was born in Chennai, India.  Before becoming a novelist, she earned a Ph.D. in oceanography from The College of William and … Read More

  • 2021 Fall Event Series Announced

    We are pleased to announce our 2021 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.  While we currently plan … Read More

  • CSPAN Founder Brian Lamb

    Transparency in Government with C-SPAN Founder Brian Lamb

    Air Dates: August 23-29, 2021 Before 1979, the only way to see the proceedings of Congress was to visit the Capitol.  Brian Lamb believed the American public had a right to see government working and convinced the cable industry to create C-SPAN, the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network. After serving in the United States Navy, Lamb worked as a White House staffer and as the Washington bureau chief for Cablevision magazine.  … Read More

  • Fifty-Six Rhode Island Students Awarded Pell Medal for Excellence in U.S. History

    Newport, R.I. — Fifty-six students from across Rhode Island have earned the Herbert and Claiborne Pell Medal for U.S. History this year.  The award was originally presented by Senator Claiborne Pell and his wife, Mrs. Nuala Pell, recognizes college and high school students in the state who have excelled in U.S. History. Established by the Pell family, the Pell Medal is named for Representative Herbert C. Pell and his son, Senator Claiborne Pell. … Read More

  • Earning, Learning and Serving: Jamie Merisotis on Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines

     Air Dates: May 30-June 6, 2021 The prognosticators of doom would have you believe that humanity is cursed to a future without work as Artificial Intelligence replaces people in the workforce.  But Jamie Merisotis says we’ll still be working—doing the kinds of things only human beings can do. Jamie Merisotis is a globally recognized leader in philanthropy, education, and public policy and the author of “Human Work in the Age … Read More

  • “Story in the Public Square” Wins Bronze in 42nd-Annual Telly Awards

    NEWPORT, RI (May 25, 2021) – “Story in the Public Square” has won bronze for excellence in Public Interest Television in the 42nd Annual Telly Awards, the fifth Telly Award win for the nationally-broadcast show. This year, “Story in the Public Square” was honored with a bonze award for its 2020 episode featuring Elizabeth Rush, author of “Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore,” a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in General … Read More