Pell Center

The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina is a multidisciplinary research center focused at the intersection of politics, policies and ideas.

Fall 2015 Lecture Series Announced

The Pell Center has announced its lineup of events and lectures for the Fall 2015 semester.

Click here to visit the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page where you may reserve free tickets for individual events.

Laudato si’ – Pope Francis and the Challenge of the Environment

September 23, 2015, 7:00 pm

O’Hare Academic Center – Bazarsky Lecture Hall

Panelists: Craig Condella, Ph.D., Dept. of Philosophy; Debra Curtis, PhD., Dept. of Sociology, Anthropology, & Global Studies; Jayme Hennessy, Ph.D., Dept. of Religious & Theological Studies; Susan Meschwitz, Ph.D. Dept. of Chemistry; Chad Raymond, Ph.D., Dept. of Political Science, International Relations & Global Studies

On June 18, 2015, Pope Francis released his second encyclical entitled Laudato si’: On care for our common home.  The much-anticipated work laments the environmental degradation of our planet and issues a call to global political action that could curb the excesses of rampant consumerism and unchecked technological development in exchange for more sustainable forms of development.

Join members of the Salve Regina University faculty for a panel discussion on Pope Francis’ latest encyclical.  Faculty from various departments will join in a moderated discussion that will open up to audience participation.  Topics for conversation will include the content, reception, and potential impact of Laudato si’.


Cybersecurity, the Internet, and the U.S. Presidential Race

October 14, 2015 – 7:00 p.m.

O’Hare Academic Center – Bazarsky Lecture Hall

Moderator: Melissa Hathaway, Hathaway Global Strategies LLC

Panelists: John N. Stewart, Cisco and Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government

The next president will inherit leadership of a nation that it is still the most powerful in the world, but that continues to face challenges to its economic and national security of staggering proportions. Among some of the most pressing challenges are the growing scope, pace, sophistication, and impact of cyber threats.

As the United States edges towards the next elections, how will these issues figure in the U.S. Presidential race? Are the country’s current and future leaders prepared for the tasks ahead of them? What measures do the need to take? What should be prioritized? And what should the role of the President be in shaping cyber policy, from issuing Executive Orders and legislative proposals, to convening leaders who have a stake in bolstering cybersecurity, to appealing for congressional action in areas such as information sharing, intelligence collection, and data breach law?

A panel of extinguished and internationally known experts will discuss these and other important and timely issues on the future of U.S. cyber policy. Moderated by Melissa Hathaway, president of Hathaway Global Strategies LLC, panelists are John N. Stewart, senior vice president and chief security and trust officer for Cisco and Joseph S. Nye, Jr. Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and John F. Kennedy School of Government.


The UN at 70: Taking Stock & Future Challenges

October 28, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

O’Hare Academic Center – Bazarsky Lecture Hall

*Co-sponsored with International Programs as part of International Education Week


Peace with Justice – Bishop Mark J. Hurley, the Black Power Movement, and Racial Justice in the Sixties

November 18, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

Bazarsky Lecture Hall

William Issel, Ph.D. – John E. McGinty Chair in History, Salve Regina University, 2015-2016

Dr. Issel will explore the complex relationships that linked the Vatican, American Catholics, and U.S. politics and policy during the 20th century. He will describe how a Catholic bishop drew on the work of Vatican II to broker a settlement of the San Francisco State College student strike in 1968-1969, the longest such event in United States history. This lecture will illuminate the way that transnational Catholic Church history, dramatic international events, national social, cultural, and political developments, and the distinctive features of particular local cultures have combined to create the story of Catholicism in America.


The Legacy: What’s Next for U.S. Policy in the Middle East?

December 2, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

O’Hare Academic Center – Bazarsky Lecture Hall

Timothy Hoyt, Ph.D., U.S. Naval War College

Hayat Alvi, Ph.D., U.S. Naval War College

Fourteen years after the attacks of September 2001 focused American attention on the Middle East, events in the region continue to vex U.S. policy makers and threaten U.S. interests.  More than a year since ISIS declared its caliphate, and after thousands of U.S. airstrikes, the region remains plagued by civil war, extremism, and uncertainty.  What’s at stake?  What can the United States hope to achieve in the region?  What is the best path ahead for U.S. policy makers to consider?  Join two faculty from the U.S. Naval War College for a candid conversation about U.S. strategy in the region.

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