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  • Adapting to a Changing World with Jen Schwartz

    Change may be an essential part of human existence, but Jen Schwartz explores the dislocations in human society caused by the speed with which the world is changing around us. Schwartz is a senior features editor at Scientific American who produces stories on the intersection of technology and the human condition. She specializes in writing about how society is adapting—or not—to a rapidly changing world, with a focus on climate … 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

  • Enough

    This week, the notes I take to write this essay were marked by a terrifying consistency: American democracy is under assault.  And just as in some of the worst/best horror movies that I watched as a teenager, the calls are coming from inside the house: in this case, the White House. Let’s be crystal clear: the president of the United States has locked himself on a path in which he … 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

  • Recap: “The Constitution and Foreign Affairs with Dr. Anthony Clark Arend”

    Constitution Day in the United States is held annually on September 17 to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on that same day in 1787. While it spells out much of the American government’s framework, it says very little about the exercise of foreign affairs powers. However, some of the most contentious disputes between the legislative branches of the U.S. government have centered around foreign affairs. Dr. Anthony Clark … Read More

  • Imagine

    Yesterday, Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned that this winter could be “the most difficult time in the public health history of the nation.”  According to his estimates, another 200,000 Americans may die in the next two months from COVID-19, which would raise the total death toll to something in excess of 450,000 Americans in less than one year.  To put that … Read More

  • “Story in the Public Square” to Debut Sixth National Season on Public Television January 4, 2021

    NEWPORT, RI–The four-time Telly Award-winning series “Story in the Public Square” will continue to broadcast across the United States with the debut of its sixth national season beginning January 4, 2021, the show announced. The season will feature 24 new episodes. The show has been in production since January 2017 on SiriusXM Satellite Radio and in southeastern New England from its flagship TV station, Rhode Island PBS.  “Story in the … Read More

  • What If We Talked About Foreign Policy?

    Presidential campaigns are rarely won or lost on foreign policy.  In the last 50 years, probably only two—Ronald Reagan’s 1980 victory over incumbent President Jimmy Carter and President George W. Bush’s re-election win against my old friend then-Senator John Kerry in 2004—would qualify.  In 1980, American hostages were held captive in the old U.S. embassy in Tehran following the Islamic revolution that swept the old, pro-American regime from power.  In … Read More

  • Pell Center And Salve Regina University Partner with DHS For National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

    Newport, RI – For the sixth year in a row, the Pell Center and Salve Regina University are supporting the annual Department of Homeland Security’s campaign as a National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) Champion Organization, participating in a growing global effort, to promote online safety awareness with the theme: STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Now in its 17th year, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) continues to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity … Read More