• C.J. Chivers on Story in the Public Square

    Stepping into Battle with Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist C.J. Chivers

    Air Dates: August 18-20, 2018

    Since September 11, 2001, more than 2.7 million Americans have fought America’s battles in Iraq and Afghanistan. Chris Chivers has written a searing, new account of those wars and the men and women who have served in them.

    Chris (C.J.) Chivers is a senior writer at The New York Times and a writer-at-large for the New York Times Magazine. He contributes to the Foreign and Investigative desks and frequently posts on the At War blog, writing on war, tactics, human rights, politics, crime and the arms trade from Afghanistan, Iraq, Russia, Georgia, Chechnya and elsewhere on a wide range of assignments. In addition to writing, he shoots video and, occasionally, photographs. He remains a contributor to Esquire and Field & Stream.

    Chivers graduated with a B.A. cum laude in English from Cornell University in January 1988. From 1988 until 1994, Chivers was an officer in the United States Marine Corps, serving in the Persian Gulf War and performing peacekeeping duties as a company commander during the Los Angeles riots. He was honorably discharged from the Marines as a captain in 1994.

    Chivers was the 1995 valedictorian of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He was a staff writer at The Providence Journal in Rhode Island from 1995 until 1999, covering crime and politics, and was a contributor to several magazines, writing on wildlife, natural history and conservation.

    From 1999 until 2001 he covered crime and law enforcement for The New York Times in New York City, working in a three-reporter bureau inside the police headquarters in Lower Manhattan. While in this bureau, he covered the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Chivers’ New York Times magazine story “The Fighter” won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing. In 2009 he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for coverage from Afghanistan and Pakistan. His new book, available August 14, from Simon & Schuster, “The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq,” is an unvarnished account of modern combat, told through the eyes of the fighters who have waged America’s longest wars. Readers are immersed in the physical and emotional experience of war as lived by six combatants: a fighter pilot, a corpsman, a scout helicopter pilot, a grunt, an infantry officer, and a Special Forces sergeant.

    In 1996, Chivers received the Livingston Award for International Journalism for a series on the collapse of commercial fishing in the North Atlantic. Two of his stories in The Times from Afghanistan were cited in the award of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2002. In 2007, his reconstruction for Esquire of the terrorist siege of a public school in Beslan, Russia, won the Michael Kelly Award and National Magazine Award for Reporting. He was also part of The Times’s team that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2009, for coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan. His combat reporting from Iraq and Afghanistan, with that of his colleague Dexter Filkins and the photographer Tyler Hicks, with whom he often works, was selected in 2010 by New York University as one of the Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade.

    Story in the Public Square airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 5:30 a.m. ET, and Mondays at 12:30 a.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

     

  • Image from a Fall 2016 Lecture on Pope Francis' encyclical.

    Fall 2018 Lecture Series Announced

    Today the Pell Center announced the Fall 2018 event series. Tickets to Pell Center events are free and will be available about two weeks prior to the event date. Please RSVP in advance for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page, and call 401-341-2927 email pellcenter@salve.edu with any questions or concerns. Scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up for our email list and stay informed about when tickets become available.

    Please note, most events this fall will take place at the Bazarsky Lecture Hall in the O’Hare Academic Center. The exception is our October 10 event, Special Edition of “Story in the Public Square,” which will take place in Ochre Court.

     

    Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz

    September 26, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

    Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center

    Dr. Omer Bartov, Brown University

     

    You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor’s Stories of Life, Death and In Between

    October 3, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

    Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center

    Dr. Daniela Lamas, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

     

    Special Edition of Story in the Public Square

    October 10, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

    Ochre Court

    Former United States Secretary of State John Kerry

    *Limited seats available. More information to come.

     

    The Fighters – Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq

    October 16, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

    Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center

    C.J. Chivers, New York Times writer and Pulitzer Prize author

     

    The Ghost Army – Documentary & Discussion

    October 24, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

    Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center

    Rick Beyer, author and award-winning producer

    *Co-sponsored with Salve Regina University Department of Administration of Justice

     

    The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States

    November 5, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

    Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center

    Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, East Asia Nonproliferation Program at James Martin Center for Nonproliferation

     

    With US and Against US – How America’s Partners Help and Hinder the War on Terror

    November 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

    Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center

    Dr. Stephen Tankel, Senior Fellow for a New American Security

     

  • Molly McKew on "Story in the Public Square"

    The Weaponized Narrative with Molly McKew

    Air Dates: August 11-13, 2018

    “Weaponized narrative” is a relatively new term surfacing over the last couple of years, but information has long been an element of national power and a weapon when employed by skilled operators. Guest, Molly McKew warns the United States and its Western allies face a foe tremendously skilled and motivated in the use of information as a weapon.

    Molly K McKew is a foreign policy and strategy consultant and a Russian information warfare expert. McKew is an analyst and author; her articles have appeared in Politico, the Washington Post, and other publications. She is a frequent radio/TV commentator on Russian strategy, and briefs military staff and political officials on Russian doctrine and hybrid warfare. She specializes in narrative development to counter information operations.

    McKew is founder and narrative specialist of New Media Frontier, a social media intelligence company, and CEO of Fianna Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in advisory services, government/public relations, and strategic messaging campaigns for international clients. Her recent work has focused on the European frontier — including the Baltic States, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine — where she has worked to counter Russian information campaigns and other elements of hybrid warfare. She was recently the strategic director of a project to strengthen independent Russian language news and media in the Baltic states, including designing opinion research of Baltic Russian-speakers. Previously, she worked as an adviser to the Georgian National Security Council (2009-2013), and designed a project on national identity-building for former Moldovan Prime Minister Filat.

    McKew is a graduate of Stanford University, with a BA in Russian Language, History, and Culture, and of the London School of Economics, with an MSc in Russian/Post-Soviet Studies. In 2013, she was awarded the Order of Honor by the President of Georgia for her service in defense of Georgian democracy.

    Story in the Public Square airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 5:30 a.m. ET, and Mondays at 12:30 a.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

  • Gary Varvel on "Story in the Public Square"

    A Cartoonist’s take on the News with Gary Varvel

    Air dates: August 4-6, 2018

    Editorial cartoonists use illustration to offer a different perspective on the news and in doing so they challenge us to think in new ways. Gary Varvel brings a conservative perspective to his cartoons for the IndyStar.

    Gary Varvel was born in Indianapolis in 1957, graduated from Danville High School in Danville, IN, studied at John Herron School of Art (IUPUI) and after college spent 16 years working as the chief artist for The Indianapolis News. In 1994 he joined The Indianapolis Star as its editorial cartoonist. He holds that position now at the paper, IndyStar.com

    Varvel’s work is nationally syndicated through Creators Syndicate in 120 newspapers. His cartoons have appeared on CNN, Fox News and in Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New York Post, USA Today, Washington Times, National Review and Sports Illustrated. His cartoons have also been reprinted in many college and high school text books.

    “I have been blessed to also have scripted, produced and acted in two Christian movies, illustrated 2 children’s books, produced a national-award winning graphic novel on child poverty, and since October ’17 I’ve been writing a weekly conservative column and curating a conservative newsletter called, “Views from the Right” for IndyStar.” said Varvel.

    Story in the Public Square airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 5:30 a.m. ET, and Mondays at 12:30 a.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

     

     

  • IRS TAX Forum 2018 Data Privacy & Cybersecurity

    IRS Training Thousands on Cybersecurity Best Practices with Help from Pell Center Experts

    NEWPORT, R.I. – The 2018 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums are currently underway with educational sessions, training, and networking for tax professionals across the country. Hundreds of individual tax preparers attending the Forums are receiving dedicated cybersecurity training thanks to a three-year grant the Pell Center at Salve Regina University received from the American Coalition for Taxpayer Rights (ACTR) to devise and deliver these specific sessions.

    Pell Center Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri along with cybersecurity and data privacy expert Matt Cullina, CEO of CyberScout, and Linn Freedman, Chair of the Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team and Partner at Robinson+Cole, carefully developed the dedicated material to help sensitize tax preparation professionals to the most common cyber threats and vulnerabilities in the tax industry. The goal is to raise awareness about best practices and cyber hygiene, and provide resources that tax preparers and small businesses can use to protect themselves and their clients’ sensitive information.

    In recent years, individual tax preparation professionals and smaller businesses with tax information have become a more attractive target of data breaches, cyber intrusions, and various takeovers as state tax agencies and larger tax preparation businesses have continued to strengthen their own cybersecurity posture and make it harder for cyber criminals to infiltrate their networks. Indeed, cyber criminals are changing their tactics and targeting individual tax preparation professionals and smaller businesses, often considered the “low-hanging fruit.”

    In July 2017, the IRS launched a campaign directed at tax professionals to increase awareness about cyber threats, and provided guidance and resources to prevent phishing scams and develop information security plans. However, recent surveys have shown that less than 30 percent of respondents had a written plan in place or required any mandatory training, demonstrating there is still low awareness and compliance of security requirements in the tax professional community.

    “Participants are coming away with a better understanding of how even basic cyber hygiene and effective cyber risk management can protect their businesses from data breaches, fraud, phishing scams, ransomware attacks, and third-party vendor threats,” said Pell Center Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri. “The dedicated training sessions we developed are focused on preventing and mitigating cyber threats through risk management, employee awareness and training, security best practices, incident response and business continuity planning, crisis management, fiduciary duty, and legal compliance. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to help small proprietors in the tax preparation industry meet this growing challenge and, ultimately, improve the cybersecurity posture of the tax preparation industry as a whole.”

    “Cyber criminals are relentless when it comes to targeting taxpayer information,” said Matt Cullina, CEO of CyberScout, an identity and data security provider. “Tax preparers can protect their valuable business and client information from attack with the best practices and access to resources we outline in these sessions.”

    To find the next Tax Forum Sessions please visit https://www.irstaxforum.com/index for more information.

     

  • Caroline Orr on Story in the Public Square

    Caroline Orr Gets to the Core of Disinformation

    Air Dates: July 28-30, 2018

    According to the Director of National Intelligence, Russia attacked American democracy in 2016, and the attacks continue to this day. The information the intelligence community used to draw that conclusion is classified—but guest, Caroline Orr uses an incredible array of open-source information and data analytics to produce a sophisticated understanding of the political warfare targeting the United States.

    Caroline Orr is a freelance journalist, researcher, and doctoral candidate in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her research interests include risk communication, behavior change theory, social influence and group behavior in digital environments, psychological models of online decision-making, health psychology, sexual assault and violence prevention, reproductive health, and psychosocial determinants of health and health disparities.

    Caroline graduated Summa Cum Laude from East Carolina University, where she completed her B.A. in Psychology. Caroline also earned her M.A. in Health Education and Promotion from East Carolina University and her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University-Maryland. Caroline is currently working as a freelance journalist as she prepares to defend her dissertation on the use of behavior change theory in intervention design, measurement, and evaluation. She is also in the process of writing a book about disinformation and the weaponization of social media.

    Story in the Public Square airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 5:30 a.m. ET, and Mondays at 12:30 a.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

  • Jay Bookman on Story in the Public Square

    Death of the Grand Old Party with Jay Bookman

    Air Dates: July 21-23, 2018

    American politics seemed sufficiently combustible even before the images and stories of immigrant children being separated from their parents pushed our temperature even higher. Jay Bookman argues the super-heated politics of 2018 are a reflection of the death of the GOP as a moderate, governing party.

    Jay Bookman is a columnist and blogger at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, specializing in foreign relations, national politics, environmental and technology-related issues, and state and local politics. He occasionally forays into other aspects of life as time, space and opportunity allow.

    Bookman has received a Scripps Howard National Journalism Award, a National Headliner Award, the Aldo Leopold Award and other honors. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University who studied at Munich International School, Bookman began his journalism career in the late 1970s at The Transcript in North Adams, Mass., a then family-owned newspaper. He joined the AJC in 1990.

    Story in the Public Square airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 5:30 a.m. ET, and Mondays at 12:30 a.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

     

  • Gregg Easterbrook on Story in the Public Square

    Optimism in the Age of Fear with Gregg Easterbrook

    Air Dates: July 14-16, 2018

    The conventional wisdom—the story that dominates public life—is that the world is falling apart. Literally, our infrastructure is crumbling. Our politics are devolving.  Sea levels are rising. Gregg Easterbrook reminds us, however, that the reality of human experience is not that bleak and that there is opportunity in tackling the great issues we face.

    Gregg Easterbrook is the author of eleven books, including The New York Times bestseller, The Progress Paradox. He has been a staff writer, national correspondent or contributing editor of The Atlantic for nearly 40 years. Easterbrook has written for The New Yorker, Science, Wired, Harvard Business Review, The Washington Monthly, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times. He was a fellow in economics, then in government studies, at the Brookings Institution, and a fellow in international affairs at the Fulbright Foundation. In 2017, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    His latest book, It’s Better Than It looks: Reason for Optimism in an Age of Fear, explains that the world is in a much better place than the news and social media leads us to believe. Easterbrook offers specific actions to overcome today’s challenges and hope to the masses.

    Story in the Public Square airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 5:30 a.m. ET, and Mondays at 12:30 a.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

  • Image of Herbert and Claiborne Pell medal for United States History on a black background.

    61 Students Awarded Pell Medal for Excellence in U.S. History

    Newport, R.I. — 61 students from across Rhode Island earned the Herbert and Claiborne Pell Medal for U.S. History this year. The medal, originally presented by Senator Claiborne Pell and his wife, Mrs. Nuala Pell, recognizes college and high school students in the state who have excelled in U.S. History.

    “The students in Rhode Island continue to earn well-deserved recognition for their exceptional dedication to U.S. history,” said Clay Pell. “It has long been a goal of my family to learn from the past and prepare for the future.”

    “Studying our past and truly understanding it fosters well-rounded citizens and future leaders,” said Pell Center Executive Director, Dr. Jim Ludes. “The Pell Center is proud to continue honoring those Rhode Island students who have excelled in the study of American history.”

    Established by the Pell family, the Pell Medal is named for Representative Herbert C. Pell and his son, Senator Claiborne Pell. Herbert Pell served as a member of Congress and American Minister to Portugal and Hungary, while Claiborne Pell, who is responsible for the creation of the Pell Grants and the National Endowment for the Humanities, served in the Senate for 36 years and worked to strengthen American foreign policy.

    The winners of the 2018 Herbert and Claiborne Pell Medal for excellence in the study of U.S. History are:

     Barrington

    Madison Palmieri, Barrington High School

    Hong Tao Zhu, St. Andrew’s School

     Bristol

    Ryder Ferris, Mt. Hope High School

    Daniel Pittore, Roger Williams University

     Central Falls

    Manuel Gomez, Central Falls High School

    Coventry

    Audrey Buffi, Coventry High School

    Cranston

    Emma Boucher, Cranston High School East

    Cumberland

    Caroline Squizzero, Cumberland High School

    East Greenwich

    Benjamin Weinstein, East Greenwich High School

    Esteban Wu, Rocky Hill School

    East Providence

    Alexander Costa, East Providence High School

    Henry Schaefer, Providence Country Day School

    Harrisville

    Elliot Lafond, Burrillville High School

    Johnston

    Abigail Agnew, Johnston Senior High School

    Kingston

    Autumn Elizabeth Guillotte, University of Rhode Island

    Lincoln

    Bethany Reeve, Lincoln High School

    Lillian Rida, William M. Davies Jr. Career and Technical High School

    Middletown

    Natalie Huntoon, Middletown High School

    Narragansett

    Anna Pratt, Narragansett High School

    Newport

    Jack Garforth, Rogers High School

    Allison Graves, Salve Regina University

    North Kingstown

    Nora Ong, North Kingstown High School

    North Providence

    Stephen Grivers, North Providence High School

    North Scituate

    Jacob Harwood, Ponaganset High School

    North Smithfield

    Katarina Dulude, North Smithfield High School

    Pawtucket

    Melanie Gomes, Charles E. Shea Senior High School

    Bryce Gillis, St. Raphael Academy

    Sinavath Minea, William E. Tolman High School

    America Ordoñez Pineda, Blackstone Academy Charter School

    Portsmouth

    Daniel Pantini, Portsmouth High School

    Providence

    Ernest Andreoli III, Providence College

    Marisa Calise, Rhode Island College

    Ceili Florence Conway, Rhode Island School of Design

    Olivia Cooley, Moses Brown School

    Morgan DeLaCruz, The Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center

    Kerrick Edwards, Brown University

    Moises Lozano, Hope High School

    Peyton Luiz, La Salle Academy

    Sophia Papandonatou, The Wheeler School

    Elianny Ramirez, Central High School

    Noah Salvatore, School One

    Ruby Schlaker, Classical High School

    Faye Thompson, Lincoln School

    Riverside

    Sydney Ellis, St. Mary Academy Bay View

    Scituate

    Justin Andreozzi, Scituate High School

    Smithfield

    Timothy Ferron, Smithfield High School

    Zeynap Kazmaz, Bryant University

    Tiverton

    Samantha Bond, Tiverton High School

    Wakefield

    Lillian Hogan – South Kingstown High School

    Gregory Violet, The Prout School

    Warwick

    Helen He, Pilgrim High School

    Chana Odom, Community College of Rhode Island

    Nicholas Petrone, Toll Gate High School

    Joseph Quijioc, Bishop Hendricken High School

    West Greenwich

    Tessa Lyman, Exeter West Greenwich High School

    West Warwick

    Marissa Carlone, West Warwick High School

    Westerly

    John Mancini, Westerly High School

    Wood River Junction

    Elizabeth Coppes, Chariho Regional High School

    Woonsocket

    Rachel Breitenbach, Mount Saint Charles Academy

    Dominique DiSpirito, Woonsocket High School

    Michael Rannacher, Beacon Charter High School for the Arts

     

  • Edward Luce on Story in the Public Square

    The Fate of Western Democracy with Edward Luce

    Air Dates: June 30 – July 2, 2018

    Generally speaking, the history of Western democracy is relatively short. After the Cold War ended, some celebrated, triumphantly, the so-called “end of history.” But, Edward Luce argues the experience of the last 25 years has given rise to populist politicians on both sides of the Atlantic who threaten the liberal democratic order we built after World War II.

    Edward Luce is the Washington columnist and commentator for the Financial Times. He writes a weekly column, FT’s leaders/editorials on American politics and the economy and other articles. Luce has worked for the FT since 1995 as Philippines correspondent, capital markets editor, South Asia bureau chief in New Delhi and Washington bureau chief between 2006 and 2011.

    Luce is the son of politician Richard Luce; his first cousin is actress Miranda Hart. He completed his secondary education at various boarding schools around Sussex, graduated with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from New College, Oxford in 1990, and received a post-graduate diploma in newspaper journalism from City University, London.

    His first job was as a correspondent for The Guardian in Geneva, Switzerland. He joined the Financial Times in 1995 and initially reported from the Philippinesafter which he took a one-year sabbatical working in Washington, D.C. as speech writer for Lawrence Summers, then US treasury secretary (1999–2001) during the Clinton administration.

    Story in the Public Square airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 9:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 12:30 p.m. ET, and Mondays at 2:30 a.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

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