• 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.

  • Ross Douthat on "Story in the Public Square"

    The Future of Catholicism with Ross Douthat

    Air Dates: June 23-25, 2018

    Pope Francis has captured the hearts of Catholics – and non-Catholics alike. Ross Douthat however, warns that the very things that make the Pope so popular, come with real risks for the Church.

    Ross Douthat is a conservative columnist for The New York Times, and the youngest columnist ever at the paper. He was just 30 years old when he was hired. He is the author of, To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism published by Simon & Shuster. His other publications include Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class, and Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream with co-author Reihan Salam.

    Born in San Francisco, Douthat grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, and graduated in 2002 from Harvard College, where he edited the conservative newspaper The Harvard Salient and wrote for The Harvard Crimson. He majored in history and literature. At Harvard, his conservative views were well-known through his writing and his personal interactions.

    Shortly after graduation, in the fall of 2002, he took a position writing for The Atlantic, and remained there until 2009, when he became a columnist for The New York Times. He writes from a conservative point of view on a wide range of topics, including religion, politics, culture and society, and sometimes about film and TV. Find his work at https://www.nytimes.com/column/ross-douthat.

    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.

  • Dima Amso on Story in the Public Square

    Nature & Nurture with Neuroscientist Dima Amso

    Air Dates: June 16-18, 2018

    Every day, it seems, neuroscience is adding to our understanding of the way we think, the way we know, the way we understand, empathize, and emote. Dima Amso studies how the development of the human mind shapes our perception of the world.

    Dima Amso is a neuroscientist and associate professor in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences at Brown University. She runs Brown’s Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, which studies topics including Stress, Stress in Infancy and Early Childhood, Resilience in Individuals and Communities and adolescent risk-taking.

    A graduate of Tufts with a PhD from New York University, she researches the brain and cognitive development in typical and atypically developing populations, with a special emphasis on how environmental variables shape these trajectories. Amso is the author of over fifty scientific publications and is on the editorial board of three international journals.

    Amso works with multiple international agencies to support the development of evidence-based programming for best psychosocial and mental health outcomes for children facing extreme adversity – notably, young refugees from Syria, where she was born. She holds multiple awards from the National Institutes of Health and is a recipient of the James S. McDonnell Scholar Award. She is also a leading advocate for more women in STEM disciplines, where women historically and still today are disproportionately underrepresented.

    “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.

     

  • "Story in the Public Square" receives Bronze Telly Award

    “Story in the Public Square” awarded Bronze for Best Political/Commentary in Television in the 39th Annual Telly Awards

    tell awards logoNEWPORT, RI – “Story in the Public Square” has been awarded Bronze for Best Political/Commentary in Television ​in the 39th Annual Telly Awards. The Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television across all screens as judged by leaders from video platforms, television and streaming networks, agencies, and production companies including Vice, Vimeo, Hearst Digital Media, and BuzzFeed.  “Story in the Public Square” was honored, specifically, for its year-end “Story of the Year” episode for 2017 which focused on the Trump-Russia investigation and featured Dr. Evelyn Farkas of the Atlantic Council.

    Story in the Public Square” is an initiative to study, celebrate, and tell stories that matter. To do that, the show’s hosts, Jim Ludes from the Pell Center at Salve Regina University and G. Wayne Miller from The Providence Journal, sit down each week with talented story tellers and scholars to make sense of the narratives shaping public life in the United States.

    “’Story in the Public Square’ is pushing the boundaries for video and television innovation and creativity at a time when the industry is rapidly changing” said Sabrina Dridje, Managing Director of the Telly Awards. “This award is a tribute to the talent and vision of its creators.”

    “We are humbled to be honored by the Telly Awards,” said Ludes, who is also Executive Director of the Pell Center at Salve Regina University.  “We work with a great team at Rhode Island PBS to produce the show,” he continued, “and we’re excited to grow and continue telling stories that are important.”

    “We’ve been mindful of the need to stay out of the way of our guests who are gifted story tellers,” said Miller.  “They’re the reason the show works, so we’ll proudly accept this honor on behalf of everyone who has been a part of ‘Story in the Public Square,’” he said.

    “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 at Salve Regina University and The Providence Journal.

    The winner’s announcement caps a year-long initiative by the Telly Awards to rebuild the honors for the multi-screen era. Throughout 2017-2018 the Tellys refashioned their categories to honor the type of work being made by leading producers, including branded content, social video and animation, as well as working with industry experts to identify important industry categories where technology was playing an impactful role in the ways stories are now being told: Virtual Reality, Interactive and 360 Video. To judge all this new and innovative work, the Tellys recruited over 200 new judges, from companies such as Vimeo, Duplass Productions’ Donut, ustwo, Discovery Networks, VaynerMedia and Framestor.

    The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 to honor excellence in local, regional and cable television commercials with non-broadcast video and television programming added soon after. With the recent evolution and rise of digital video (web series, VR, 360 and beyond), the Telly Awards today also reflects and celebrates this exciting new era of the moving image on and offline.

    The Tellys annually showcases the best work created within television and across video, for all screens. Receiving over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents, Telly Award winners represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies and publishers from around the world.

    View all of winners of the 39th Annual Telly Awards winners at www.tellyawards.com/winners.

     

     

  • Jamestown Board of Canvassers Fake News Presentation

    Ludes to give “Fake News Presentation” on June 12th at Jamestown Town Hall

    The Jamestown Board of Canvassers will host a “Fake News Presentation” featuring Dr. Jim Ludes, Executive Director of the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, at Salve Regina University, on Tuesday, June 12th, 7 p.m. at the Jamestown Town Hall, 93 Narragansett Avenue, Jamestown.

    Urban myths and gossip have populated the Internet for a number of years. Even before that, people “in the know,” those with inside information, had heard about the alligators in New York City’s sewer system. Yet today we face a different conundrum: fake news designed to intentionally misinform. The fake news is spread by the immediacy of social media, especially Facebook and Twitter. And it is widely believed.

    Dr. Ludes will present “Fake News: Disinformation, Political Warfare and the Fate of Western Democracy.” He posits that American democracy – and western democracies – are at risk.

    Our elections, our public debates, our social fabric are under sustained attack from a Russian government determined to sow discontent, encourage divisiveness, create chaos and rekindle a new cold war.  In this talk Dr. Ludes blends history and contemporary events for an understanding of the nature of the threat and the steps every citizen can take to contribute to our republic’s defense.

    Dr. Ludes is Executive Director of the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy as well as Vice President for Public Research and Initiatives at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. He is an historian by training, his doctoral dissertation focused on the use of political warfare in the 1950s. He has authored several articles on political warfare, as well as a ground-breaking Pell Center study on the topic, “Shatter the House of Mirrors: A Conference Report on Russian Influence Operations.”  He is executive producer and co-host of “Story in the Public Square,” a weekly public affairs program broadcast on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel as well as Rhode Island PBS.

    The Jamestown Board of Canvassers maintains the roster of eligible voters in Jamestown. Both Democrats and Republicans work together, as Board members, to organize and run the local, state and national elections held in Jamestown.

    Dr. Ludes’ presentation is free and open to the public.  In order for the hosts to monitor the number of seats required and adjust the venue as necessary a free ticket is required: simply visit “www.eventbrite.com” and follow the process to create your ticket and reserve your seat.

  • Daniela Lamas on Story in the Public Square

    You Can Stop Humming Now, stories from Dr. Daniela Lamas

    Air Dates: June 9-11, 2018

    The remarkable strides made in medicine, such as the interventions that keep people alive, and the choices those technologies present to both patients and doctors, have been lost in a lot of the political debate about healthcare. Dr. Daniela Lamas, documents those choices and their consequences in a beautiful new book, You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor’s Stories of Life, Death and In Between.

    Daniela Lamas is a pulmonary and critical care doctor at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital and faculty at Harvard Medical School. Following graduation from Harvard College, she went on to earn her MD at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, where she also completed internship and residency. She then returned to Boston for her sub-specialty fellowship. She has worked as a medical reporter at the Miami Herald and her work is frequently published in the New York Times.

    “Her first book, “You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor’s Stories of Life, Death, and In Between,” has received wide critical acclaim, including:

    “Dazzling… Warmth and humanity radiate from every page…The patients in this book have something important to say, and so does the author. We should all be listening.”―USA Today.

    “Heart-rending and inspiring” ―Kirkus (Starred Review)

    “Thoughtful, reflective, and beautifully rendered…” ―Library Journal (Starred Review)

    “A masterpiece of medical writing. More, it is a compelling new philosophizing of the ancient question of what it means to draw breath, to still be above ground…” – The Providence Journal

    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.

     

  • Larry Tye on Story in the Public Square

    Bobby Kennedy, the Liberal Icon as told by Larry Tye

    Air Dates: June 2-4, 2018

    Bobby Kennedy had a reputation as a tough, even ruthless politician; however, Larry Tye believes he evolved into a liberal icon grounded in a personal authenticity.

    Larry Tye is a New York Times bestselling author whose most recent book is a biography of Robert F. Kennedy, the former attorney general, U.S. senator, and presidential candidate. Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon, explores RFK’s extraordinary transformation from cold warrior to fiery leftist.

    In addition to his writing, Tye runs the Boston-based Health Coverage Fellowship, which helps the media do a better job reporting on critical issues like public health, mental health, and high-tech medicine. Launched in 2001 and supported by a series of foundations, the fellowship trains a dozen medical journalists each year from newspapers, radio stations, and TV outlets nationwide.

    From 1986 to 2001, Tye was an award-winning reporter at The Boston Globe, where his primary beat was medicine. He also served as the Globe’s environmental reporter, roving national writer, investigative reporter, and sports writer. Before that, he was the environmental reporter at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, and covered government and business at The Anniston Star in Alabama.

    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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