Public Policy

  • Not about charity

    At a forum last night for Rhode Island gubernatorial candidates (organized by the Economic Progress Institute and held at the Ocean State Theatre in Warwick, RI), one of the participants emphasized a point that all of us would do well to remember. It is worth taking a moment to appreciate State Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s repeated insistence that “This is not about charity,” when talking about tax-supported public programs from Head … Read More

  • One Decade, Many Lessons: Islam in a post-9/11 America

    American Muslims are confronting a stark new reality: mounting opposition to the construction of mosques, congressional hearings into the radicalization of Muslim youth and rising hate crimes against Muslims. Americans hold a less favorable view of Islam today than even after the attacks. What happened? To answer this question, Andrea Elliott transports her audiences into the little-known world of American Islam—a community in search of itself. As terrorism in the … Read More

  • Newport Daily News: “Professors Discuss Healthcare at Forum”

    NEWPORT, R.I. – The Newport Daily News featured an article on the Pell Center’s panel discussion, “Rhetoric of the Affordable Care Act,” on Thursday, March 6: The political tension emanating from the federal Affordable Care Act is simply more of the same and can be traced back to the founding fathers’ debate over the role of government, two panelists agreed Wednesday night. Bryant University political  science professor Richard Holtzman and … Read More

  • New Report: Incarceration and Recidivism: Lessons from Abroad

    NEWPORT, R.I. — Locking up the same people over and over again points to failures in the American penal system. In a compelling study released today by the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, fellow Carolyn Deady explores why America’s prison population is so large and looks to other countries for clues to a smarter approach. “The U.S. prison population dwarfs that of other countries. As responsible citizens … Read More

  • Opinion: The Politics of National Interest

    The “Halftime in America” ad from Chrysler that I found so compelling angered Karl Rove. Go figure. You could simply chalk it up to different political perspectives—and that might be true, but not in the way you would think.  I’ll explain. Democrat or Republican, I’m drawn to candidates who put the nation ahead of party.  Liberal or conservative, I’m attracted to public servants who seek common solutions to common problems.  … Read More