Story in the Public Square

  • Special Counsel; Independent Thinking

    There is a competition underway to condition the American public’s response, in advance, to whatever Special Counsel Robert Mueller ultimately reports.  For the president and his allies, the message has been consistent: it’s a “witch hunt.”  For Democrats, after championing the integrity of Mueller’s investigation for months, there seems to be an effort, now, to manage expectations. The president’s use of the term “witch hunt” in relationship to the Mueller … Read More

  • Tearing Down Institutional Racism with Darnisa Amante

    Air Dates: March 18-24, 2019 Schools across America face an increasingly diverse student population while deep-seated institutional biases endure. Darnisa Amante argues that successful leaders who dig deep and unpack their own experiences with race and bias can help tear down the barriers of institutional racism and make schools better. Dr. Darnisa Amante is an educational and racial equity strategist who is deeply committed to the study of culture; innovation; … Read More

  • Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square

    Elizabeth Kolbert Named 2019 Recipient of the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square Elizabeth Kolbert, best-selling author and staff writer for The New Yorker, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square. Awarded annually since 2013, the prize honors a storyteller whose work has significantly influenced the public dialogue. Kolbert’s most recent book, “The Sixth Extinction,” a masterpiece of … Read More

  • The First Campaign Narrative of 2020

    The 2020 campaign is fully under-way. Democrats and even a few Republicans have announced campaigns and exploratory committees, and campaign narratives are beginning to emerge. Campaign narratives are central to how candidates engage with the public. They provide a framework for understanding developments because the public, once having internalized a narrative, can sort facts and new developments on their own. The narratives that emerge around campaigns are driven by the … Read More

  • Elizabeth Kolbert 2019 Pell Center Prize Winner

    Elizabeth Kolbert Named 2019 Recipient of the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square

    NEWPORT, R.I. – Elizabeth Kolbert, best-selling author and staff writer for The New Yorker, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square. Awarded annually since 2013, the prize honors a storyteller whose work has significantly influenced the public dialogue. Kolbert’s most recent book, “The Sixth Extinction,” a masterpiece of environmental writing, received the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction in 2015 and … Read More

  • Story in the Public Square on SiriusXM

    “Story in the Public Square” Renews Contract for Year Three with SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S.

    For the third consecutive year, Story in the Public Square will broadcast on SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S. Newport, R.I.—The Pell Center at Salve Regina University will broadcast new, weekly episodes of “Story in the Public Square”  for a third year on satellite radio provider SiriusXM’s P.O.T.U.S. channel, number 124. Hosted by Jim Ludes, Executive Director of the Pell Center at Salve Regina University, and G. Wayne Miller, senior staff writer at The Providence Journal, “Story in … Read More

  • 2018 Story of the Year

    2018 Story of the Year – The Battle for Truth

    Air Dates: December 15-16, 2018 Every December since 2013, the Pell Center at Salve Regina University has named a “Story of the Year,” the most important narrative in the public life of the United States in the preceding 12 months. Since June 1, 2018, we have asked guests what they thought the top story would be, so some of their answers were speculative. In this episode we hear from past … Read More

  • The Fighters – Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq

    Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter and former Marine infantry officer C. J. Chivers has been covering the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq since their beginnings, back to being on scene minutes after the first passenger jet struck the World Trade Center in 2001. In 2009 he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for coverage from Afghanistan and Pakistan, and in 2017 he won the Pulitzer … Read More

  • John Kerry on live set of Story in the Public Square

    John Kerry tapes special episode of Story in the Public Square at Salve Regina University

    NEWPORT, R.I. – Silence filled the great hall of Ochre Court. The cameras rolled and the audience sat in hushed anticipation of the special guest. On October 10, former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry filmed a special edition episode of Story in the Public Square at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. Salve Regina President Sister Jane Gerety gave the opening remarks welcoming the Secretary to the University. … Read More

  • LIVE TAPING with former United States Secretary of State John Kerry

    Interview with former United States Secretary of State John Kerry A special, live taping of “Story in the Public Square,” featuring former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussing his book, Every Day is Extra, and the stories shaping public life in the United States today. *Limited seats available. More information to come.   *Tickets are currently sold out. Please go to the Eventbrite web-page to be placed on the wait … Read More