Pell Center

  • 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

  • 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: “The Future of U.S.-India Relations with Ambassador Richard Verma”

    The relationship between the United States and India has long been complicated. On March 3, 2020, Salve Regina’s Pell Center Executive Director Dr. Jim Ludes hosted Ambassador Richard Verma, who served as the U.S. Ambassador to India during the Obama administration.  Verma addressed the current relationship between the U.S. and India, India’s role in global and regional affairs, and how the Biden administration might approach India on everything from China … Read More