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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on Dark Money in American Politics

American politics is awash in so-called dark money, swamping elections and tilting the United States Supreme Court. In this presentation, United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse details the evidence and offers a path to reform that would shine a light on the extent of the influence of big-dollar donors in American public life and curb their power.  We're pleased to partner with the League of Women Voters of Newport County for ... Read More

Firekeeper’s Daughter with Author Angeline Boulley

Join us as we partner with the Rhode Island Center for the Book to host Angline Boulley, the author of Firekeeper's Daughter, the 2022 selection for Reading Across Rhode Island's all-state read. Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She is a former Director of the Office of Indian Education ... Read More

Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood

Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O'Hare Academic Center

What Holds Us Together? In his latest book, Union, Pell Center Visiting Senior Fellow Colin Woodard described the struggle to create a national myth for the United States, one that could hold its rival regional cultures together and forge American nationhood. On one hand, a small group of individuals—historians, political leaders, and novelists—fashioned and promoted the idea of America as a nation that had a God-given mission to lead humanity toward ... Read More