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  • Transatlantic Digital Debates

    Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri Named to New Cohort of Transatlantic Digital Debates Fellows

    Francesca Spidalieri, Senior Fellow for Cyber Leadership at the Pell Center at Salve Regina University, has been selected as a fellow for the 2017 Transatlantic Digital Debates (TDD) program. The TDD program is a joint initiative of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Germany and New America, a Washington, DC, based think-tank. Together, the two organizations bring a select group of young professionals together from their respective countries to … Read More

  • G. Wayne Miller, Jim Ludes interview Narges Bajoghli on set of "Story in the Public Square"

    May 6, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    Chemicals weapons are in the news again following their use against civilians in Syria. Western audiences might most commonly associate chemical weapons with the first World War a century ago, but this week’s guest Narges Bajoghli shares stories from veterans of a more recent conflict – the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980’s. Narges Bajoghli is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in International and Public Affairs at the Watson Institute at Brown University, … Read More

  • 2017-2018 Nuala Pell Leadership Program Fellows

    Nuala Pell Leadership Program Selects Fellows for 2017-2018

    Twelve rising sophomores at Salve Regina University have been selected for an innovative leadership development program run by the Pell Center. Named in honor of the wife of U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell, the Nuala Pell Leadership Program builds student leaders for the twenty-first century. “We’re excited to see how the class of 2020 will build on all of the wonderful successes of their predecessors,” said Chelsea Buffington, program director. “This … Read More

  • Donald Trump speaks at podium with presidential seal

    Trump is Changing America: Picks of the Week

      100 Days that changed America | CNN Trump Wants it Known: Grading 100 Days is ‘Ridiculous’ (but His Were the Best) | The New York Times A President’s First 100 Days Really Do Matter | FiveThirtyEight.com As President Donald Trump reaches the 100th day of his presidency, the media is obsessed with assessing what the real estate tycoon has done. It’s not surprising. In his first 100 days, President … Read More

  • G. Wayne Miller, Jim Ludes interview Paul Gionfriddo on set of "Story in the Public Square"

    April 29, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 50 million adult Americans live with a diagnosable mental health disorder.  Despite its prevalence, our guest Paul Gionfriddo confronts a lot of myths in the discussion of mental health issues in America. Gionfriddo is President and CEO of Mental Health America. He has worked in a variety of health and mental-health related positions during a career spanning over thirty years. In … Read More

  • Image demonstrating damaging results of refugee crisis in Greece

    Documentary Filmmaker Daphne Matziaraki to Receive 2017 Pell Center Prize

    Newport, R.I. – Filmmaker Daphne Matziaraki, whose documentary about the European refugee crisis was nominated for an Academy Award, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square. The prize, awarded annually since 2013, honors a storyteller whose work has significantly influenced the public dialogue. “It is an incredible honor to be awarded the prestigious Pell Center Prize for Story in the … Read More

  • Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller with Sean Kay on set of "Story in the Public Square"

    April 1, 2017: “Story in the Public Square”

    In 1958, Danny and the Juniors told us “Rock and Roll is Here to Stay,” and by the 1970s, punk had celebrated the triumvirate of “sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll.” Guest Sean Kay says rock and roll played a more substantial role in the history of the last half-century. It changed America and spread the values of freedom, equality, human rights and peace across the globe. Sean Kay is an international … Read More

  • Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller with Bob Hackey on set of "Story in the Public Square"

    March 25, 2017: “Story in the Public Square”

    From Richard Nixon to Donald Trump, leaders on both sides of the political aisle have described the state of American healthcare in terms intended to scare and mobilize voters. Guest Bob Hackey argues that those cries of crisis have warped the healthcare debate. Hackey is a political science professor at Providence College, as well as the director of the Health Policy & Management Department. He is the author of Cries … Read More

  • G. Wayne Miller, Jim Ludes and Michael Corkery sitting on set at Story in the Public Square.

    March 11, 2017: “Story in the Public Square”

    NYT financial journalist Michael Corkery helps make sense of financial stories affecting Americans everywhere.

  • A depiction of the 1933 Reichstag Fire

    Fear is Corrosive to Freedom: Picks of the Week

    Trump invites victims of illegal immigrant crime as guests for speech to Congress | Washington Times The real goal of Trump’s executive orders: Reduce the number of immigrants in the U.S. | Los Angeles Times Bannon’s reckless pursuit of ethno-nationalist greatness | Washington Post This week’s Picks-of-the-Week are co-authored by two historians, Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes and Salve Regina University Provost Scott Zeman. In the November 2016 election, … Read More