Public Policy

  • Thomas Patterson speaks with Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller on Story in the Public Square

    June 17, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    The media’s role in modern American politics is that of investigator, arbitrator, and even king maker. Guest Thomas Patterson argues that, contrary to popular belief, media bias is not about left and right, but about positive and negative. Patterson is Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is the author of Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism, The Vanishing … Read More

  • World leaders gathered to discuss NATO

    Welcome to the Chinese Century: Picks of the Week

    America First Doesn’t Mean America Alone | The Wall Street Journal The most extraordinary op-ed of 2017 | The Washington Post China’s One Belt, One Road: An Ambitious Strategy Challenging the U.S. | American Security Project Last week, the President of the United States returned from his first trip abroad in office, with his staff loudly proclaiming the trip a huge success.  Of course, such assessments all depend on how … Read More

  • G. Wayne Miller and Jim Ludes interview Karen Tramontano on set of "Story in the Public Square"

    June 3, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    In the aftermath of the Second World War, political leaders built a global system of free trade because they believed it was crucial to world peace.  Like so much of the post-war order, that belief is under assault in the 21st century. Guest Karen Tramontano argues that free trade agreements can serve their original purpose even while helping workers. Karen Tramontano is currently the CEO and co-founder of Blue Star … Read More

  • G. Wayne Miller, Jim Ludes speak with Anthony Leiserowitz on set of "Story in the Public Square"

    May 13, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    Anthony Leiserowitz discusses communicating climate change to Americans on this week’s episode.

  • 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

  • Official seal for the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy

    Statement by Executive Director Jim Ludes on President Trump’s proposal to eliminate funding for the NEA and the NEH

    March 16, 2017 Pell Center Executive Director Dr. Jim Ludes released the following statement: More than 50 years ago, Senator Claiborne Pell was instrumental in passing bipartisan legislation to create the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The legislation succeeded because Republicans and Democrats believed that it was essential for all Americans to study and celebrate our history, our values, and our accomplishments as … Read More

  • Katherine Brown on set of Story in the Public Square

    February 18, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    This week we’re joined by public diplomacy scholar, practitioner Katherine Brown

  • Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes moderates the lecture about Pope Francis' encyclical letter as panelists Craig Condella, Deb Curtis, Jayme Hennessy, Susan Meschwitz and Chad Raymond look out upon a crowd of Salve students and Newport community members

    Spring 2017 Lecture Series Announced

    Today the Pell Center announced our Spring 2017 event series. Tickets to Pell Center events are free. Please RSVP in advance for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page, and call 401-341-2927 or email [email protected] with any questions or concerns. Please note, most events this spring will take place at the Bazarsky Lecture Hall in the O’Hare Academic Center. The exception is our March 28, 2017 event, “Rockin’ the … Read More

  • Black and white photo of FDR and Winston Churchill at the Atlantic Conference

    Present at the Destruction: Picks of the Week

    Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address, Annotated | The New York Times Joe Biden is Worried Donald Trump Might Destroy Western Civilization | Vanity Fair “Europe’s fate is in our hands”: Angela Merkel’s defiant reply to Trump | The Guardian In August of 1941, in Placienta Bay, Newfoundland, Canada, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill met and agreed to The Atlantic Charter.  While the United States was not … Read More

  • Tearing up trade agreements won't help workers

    Tearing Up Trade Agreements Won’t Help Workers: A More Responsible Approach Just May

    Newport, R.I. – The current heated debate over international trade is the outcome of a flawed public policy and political framework. With growing public sentiment against trade and political leaders on both the left and right opposing international trade agreements, the United States needs a new approach to international trade that addresses the inequities many believe damage America’s national interest while preserving the good that trade does in the world. … Read More