• 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 guests such as Caroline Orr, Twitter sensation and behavioral scientist; Mark Blyth, author and Professor of Political Economy at Brown University; Sister Helen Prejean, anti-death penalty activist and author; Korsha Wilson, food writer and host of the podcast A Hungry Society; and many more on their top picks. The theme that resonated throughout their answers is what informed the decision, by hosts Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller, for the Story of the Year which is: The Battle for Truth.

    “2018 has been a year of disputed realities. The president of the United States used his bully pulpit to attack any source of information that might be critical of him, from news outlets and individual journalists to Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, social media and even internet search engines. In the midst of those attacks on the truth, 2018 was witness to continued foreign efforts to manipulate our information eco-system, including social media.” said co-host Jim Ludes. “But by the end of 2018, the battle was joined. Courageous journalists in the United States and around the world shined a light into dark places-some paying a horrible price for their courage. The Mueller investigation scored guilty pleas and indictments of nearly three dozen individuals-exposing the deceit at the heart of those who characterize the investigation as a “witch hunt.” Finally, the change in power in the House of Representatives promises meaningful congressional oversight-oversight that is part of the U.S. Constitutional system and central to the effective functioning of our government. None of these developments guarantee that the truth will prevail-but the battle is joined and the stakes are immense.”

    “A variety of individuals, organizations, foreign nations and others with ill intent during 2017 and before conducted an aggressive campaign to discredit the work and reputations of many impeccably credible scientists, analysts, political leaders, scholars, journalists and other experts and professionals committed to knowledge, facts and truths.” said co-host G. Wayne Miller. “Some of these truth-tellers were demoralized or decided to withdraw from the public discourse. But 2018 brought a spirited battle to counter the lies, disinformation and nonsense that are such a blow against the common good. The Founders, who made the First Amendment first, would be proud.”

    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. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 4:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.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.

  • Luis Martinez on Story in the Public Square

    Satellites & the Economy with Luis Martinez

    Air Dates: December 8-9, 2018

    Publically available satellite images offer some of the most fascinating perspectives about life on Earth. Luis Martinez goes one step further and mines those images for the data and stories they contain about some of the world’s most repressive regimes.

    Luis Martinez is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. His main research interest is in the empirical analysis of the political economy of development, with a particular focus on the functioning of democracy in Latin America. In current work, he studies the impact of fines for electoral abstention on voter behavior in Peru and whether the source of government revenue affects local governance in Colombia. He is also interested in the functioning of non-democracies and is doing research on the manipulation of GDP statistics in authoritarian regimes and on the electoral response to state-led violence against civilians during the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. In previous work, he has studied transnational insurgency at the border between Colombia and Venezuela. His work has been published in the Journal of Development Economics and Experimental Economics.

    Martinez holds a BA in economics and philosophy from Los Andes University in Colombia and an MRes and PhD in economics from the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom.

    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. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 4:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.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.

     

  • Rochambeau Dialogue Conference

    Rochambeau Dialogue Consensus Statement Released

    Newport, RI – Today the Pell Center released the consensus statement of the first round of the Rochambeau Dialogue which was held in partnership with the Fondation Pour la Recherche Stratégique, at Salve Regina University, in Newport, RI, from Sunday, September 16 to Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

    Over the course of the dialogue, the bipartisan group of participants—which included a mix of foreign and defense officials from both countries, as well as a select group of well-known defense analysts in the academic and think tank community—discussed a broad set of issues. These issues ranged from the future of NATO and European defense cooperation, to ongoing joint counter-terrorism efforts in Africa, to Middle-Eastern stability following the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan for Action (JCPOA), and Franco-American cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. Two official keynote speakers, General Jean-Pierre Montégu, the French defense attaché, and Dr. Brian Pierce, Director of the Information Innovation Office at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) provided framing remarks during the dialogue. The group’s conversations promoted agreement among the dialogue’s nongovernmental participants to issue the 2018 consensus statement.

    “At a time when both democratic partners face a daunting array of shared challenges—from the revival of great power competition to the recrudescence of violent instability in several key regions of the globe—this ambitious and forward-looking consensus statement is a powerful reminder of the vitality and dynamism of the Franco-American alliance,” noted Dr. Iskander Rehman, Senior Fellow for International Relations at the Pell Center.

    “The Franco-U.S. defense relationship dates back to the American Revolutionary War and, as this consensus statement shows, endures today in the face of complex and sobering challenges,” said Dr. James Ludes, Executive Director of the Pell Center at Salve Regina University.  “We are proud to be able to host this important and ongoing dialogue and are grateful to our French partners for joining us in it.”

    The Rochambeau Dialogue, made possible, in part, by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, is an important programmatic effort designed to strengthen defense cooperation between the United States and its oldest ally, France. Each year’s Track 1.5 dialogue is structured around a series of Franco-American panels, each seeking to address a specific and timely issue in Franco-U.S. security cooperation. The themes of these panel discussions may change from year to year, in an attempt to adequately reflect the growing scope and dynamism of the Franco-American defense relationship.

    Read the Rochambeau Dialogue Consensus Statement 2018.

     

    About the Fondation Pour la Recherche Stratégique

    Created in 1992, the FRS is a recognized French public utility foundation and operates independently. The think-tank’s mission is to analyze the problems of strategy and international security, including military and defense issues, and to contribute to the strategic debate in France and the influence of French ideas abroad. Its expertise covers all issues of security and defense, from the analysis of the international balance of power to scientific, technological and operational issues, through the economy and the industry; defense, analysis of transversal threats (terrorism, cyber, proliferation …) as well as health and environmental risks.

  • Jeffrey Lewis on Story in the Public Square

    The 2020 Commission Report with Jeffrey Lewis

    Air Dates: December 1-2, 2018

    National security analysts typically ground their work in a deep appreciation of history, context, and contemporary politics. Jeffrey Lewis adds a sophisticated understanding of nuclear weapons and the states seeking them to describe a catastrophic potential future of the U.S. relationship with North Korea.

    Dr. Jeffrey Lewis is the director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at CNS. Before coming to CNS, he was the director of the Nuclear Strategy and Nonproliferation Initiative at the New America Foundation. Prior to that, he was executive director of the Managing the Atom Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, executive director of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, a visiting fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a desk officer in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.

    At the Middlebury Institute, he teaches courses on arms control issues in Northeast Asia and Chinese nuclear policy. The work of his team was recently covered in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and VICE. He is the author of The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States, Minimum Means of Reprisal: China’s Search for Security in the Nuclear Age (MIT Press, 2007), and Paper Tigers: China’s Nuclear Posture (IISS, 2014). He is a regular columnist for Foreign Policy, and has published articles in Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. He is the founder of ArmsControlWonk.com, the leading blog and podcast on disarmament, arms control and nonproliferation.

    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. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 4:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.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.

  • Jed Shugerman on Story in the Public Square

    History of Law in America with Jed Shugerman

    Air Dates: November 24-25, 2018

    The confirmation of Justice Bret Kavanaugh was a bruising episode for many Americans. Jed Shugerman views that confirmation process against the long history of America’s courts and essential debates over the constitutional limits on executive power.

    Shugerman is a Professor of Law at Fordham University. He attended Yale Law School and graduated in 2002, and went on to earned his PhD in History. Blending his two areas of study, Shugarman published, The People’s Courts: The Rise of Judicial Elections and Judicial Power in America. The book “traces the history of judicial elections and Americans’ quest for an independent judiciary―one that would ensure fairness for all before the law―from the colonial era to the present.” (Harvard University Press, 2012). His articles often appear in Law Journals such as Yale Law Journal, the Georgia Law Review and the Harvard Law Review.

    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. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 4:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.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.

  • Korsha Wilson on Story in the Public Square

    You are what you eat with Korsha Wilson

    Air Dates: November 17-18, 2018

    “You are what you eat” is an expression every grade school student has heard—either as a boast or as a taunt. Guest, Korsha Wilson says that “what we eat, what we cook, and the meals we share can tell us a lot about race, access, privilege, heritage, and culture.”

    Korsha Wilson writes about food, food media, race, class and more.

    “I’m especially fascinated by how all of those things intersect and play out in restaurant spaces. I also host a weekly podcast on Heritage Radio Network called ‘A Hungry Society’.”

    Korsha Wilson

    Heritage Radio network, heritageradionetwork.org, describes itself as: “HRN is the world’s pioneer food radio station. The studio broadcasts live from two recycled shipping containers inside Roberta’s Pizza, an innovative restaurant at the epicenter of Brooklyn’s culinary renaissance. We run 100% on the support of our diverse community of members and partners.”

    Wilson’s work has been published in The New York TimesBon Appétit, The Boston Globe, Eater, Saveur, Taste, Boston Magazine, Village Voice, Munchies, Civil Eats, and Yes!. She is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and spent two years in journalism school at Emerson College before deciding to follow her passion for restaurants, food, and writing. She has also worked as a line cook, server, manager, and hostess in fine dining restaurants.

    Her philosophy perhaps is best summarized in her June 27 article for Yes!, “Cooking Stirs the Pot for Social Change: Preparing food — and letting others in our communities cook for us — is how we become good citizens who engage with the communities around us.”

    “Every time we step to our stoves to make a meal we’re engaging with the society around us. Each ingredient that we use, every technique, every spice tells a story about our access, our privilege, our heritage, and our culture. The foods and dishes we consume are all part of larger forces that impact our lives. Our appetites and what we crave are the result of our place in the world at that time.”

    Wilson has written about three cookbooks, Feed the Resistance, The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, and The Immigrant Cookbook. They each show how the act of cooking can be a platform for social justice and social action.

    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. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 4:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.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.

  • Peter Asaro on Story in the Public Square

    Stopping Killer Robots with Peter Asaro

    Air Dates: November 10-12, 2018

    For decades, Hollywood films and science fiction writers have told us ominous stories about the future dangers of killer robots and artificial intelligence. Peter Asaro warns that machines lack the essential human qualities required for operating weapons systems—and he’s working to ban them from doing just that.

    Dr. Peter Asaro is a philosopher of science, technology and media. His work examines artificial intelligence and robotics as a form of digital media, the ethical dimensions of algorithms and data, and the ways in which technology mediates social relations and shapes our experience of the world.

    His current research focuses on the social, cultural, political, legal and ethical dimensions of robotics and artificial intelligence, from a perspective that combines media theory with science and technology studies. He has written widely-cited papers on lethal robotics from the perspective of just war theory and human rights. Dr. Asaro’s research also examines agency and autonomy, liability and punishment, and privacy and surveillance as it applies to consumer robots, industrial automation, smart buildings, and autonomous vehicles. His research has been published in international peer reviewed journals and edited volumes, translated into French, German, Korean and Braille, and he is currently writing a book that interrogates the intersections between advanced robotics, and social and ethical issues.

    Dr. Asaro has held research positions at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University, Center for Cultural Analysis at Rutgers University, the HUMlab of Umeå University in Sweden, and the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. He has also developed technologies in the areas of virtual reality, data visualization and sonification, human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robot vision, and neuromorphic robotics at the National Center for Supercomputer Applications (NCSA), the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and Iguana Robotics, Inc., and was involved in the design of the natural language interface for the Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine for Wolfram Research–this interface is also used by Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Bing to answer math queries, and won two 2010 SXSW Web Interactive Awards for Technical Achievement and Best of Show.

    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. & 6:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 4:30 a.m. & 11:30 p.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.

  • CSEU 2018

    Pell Center Brings Cybersecurity Awareness to the Forefront in US & Europe

    Newport, RI – For the fourth year in a row, the Pell Center joined the annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) campaign – a far-reaching awareness and education initiative about the importance of cybersecurity at home as well as in the workplace. Pell Center Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri spearheaded the initiative for the Pell Center as part of the ongoing Cyber Leadership Project and participated in multiple discussions and events in Europe and the United States.

    CSEU 2018While in Europe, Spidalieri was the guest speaker for the “Secure in Mind” podcast with host Nick Kelly. She spoke about the widening gap between the demand for cybersecurity talent and the supply of a professional workforce, and emphasized the need for strong female mentors to encourage more women to join this rewarding and highly-profitable field.  She also moderated a plenary session on “Attribution and Credible Response as Foundations of Cybersecurity” during the European Cybersecurity Forum (CYBERSEC) in Krakow, Poland – one of the largest public policy conferences in Europe dedicated to the strategic challenges of cybersecurity. The panel discussion featured world-renown cybersecurity experts and practitioners, including Chris Painter, former U.S. Cyber Ambassador; Alexander Klimburg, Director of the Cyber Policy and Resilience Program at Hague Centre for Strategic Studies and author of the best-selling book “The Darkening Web;” Ciaran Martin, CEO of the UK National Cyber Security Centre; Rafal Rohozinski, CEO of SecDev Group; Jarno Limnell, Professor of Cybersecurity at the Finnish Aalto University; and Partyk Pawlak, the Executive Director of the EUISS Brussels.

    PBN summitt panel

    In Rhode Island, she spoke at the Annual PBN Cybersecurity Summit, where she took part in the “Designing Cybersecurity’s Strategy: Moving from Detect and Defend to Predict and Prevent” panel and discussed how companies can develop better cybersecurity measures to prevent, mitigate, and respond to cyber threats and train their workforce to become their first line of defense.  She also joined Congressman Jim Langevin for his biannual

    Langevin & Manfra

    Cybersecurity Advisory Committee meeting, which featured DHS chief cybersecurity official Janette Manfra who spoke about the security of our electoral system and other critical infrastructure.  Finally, Francesca discussed election security and how to better secure states’ voter registration databases and voting machines in a special report on NBC 10 on “Hacking the Vote”; and hosted a half-day conference at the Pell Center on cybersecurity workforce development and awareness.

    The conference hosted at the Pell Center was part of the ongoing Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI) – an effort designed to bring together senior leaders across various industries, including defense, financial services, technology, healthcare, energy, telecommunication, law enforcement, and academia, to discuss the most pressing cyber threats facing corporate and public sector leaders in the digital age; and promoting best practices to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond, and remediate cyber incidents. The Pell Center partnered with the Tech Collective – RI’s foremost information technology association – and with cybersecurity companies Anomali and Tevora for this year’s conference, titled “Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity & Raising Cybersecurity Awareness within your Organization.”

    Susan Peediyakkal

    The event helped shine a spotlight on the critical need to build a strong, cyber-secure workforce, address the cybersecurity skills gap, and encourage every workplace to create a culture of cybersecurity from the boardroom to the server room. Susan Peediyakkal, Cyber Threat Intelligence Program Lead Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, delivered a keynote address and discussed how the shortage of well-trained cybersecurity professionals continues to be a key risk to our economy and national security. She emphasized that inspiring the next generation of interested and capable cybersecurity professionals to better safeguard our ever-expanding cyber ecosystem must be the starting point to building stronger defenses. Ms. Peediyakkal’s also covered best practices for hiring, educating, and retaining highly sought-after cybersecurity professionals.

    Cyber Panel

    Spidalieri also moderated a panel discussion with cybersecurity experts from the engineering, legal, academic, consulting, and digital forensics fields, including O’Shea Bowens, CEO and Founder of Null Hat Security; Joe Provost, Computer Scientist & Professor at Salve Regina University; Linn Freedman, Principal at Robinson & Cole; Rick Norberg, CEO at Vertikal6; and Clayton Riness, Managing Director Threat Services at Tevora.

    Please visit the Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI) webpage for more information on all our upcoming events.

    For additional information, contact Francesca Spidalieri, Pell Center Senior Fellow for Cyber Leadership.

     

  • Alan Lightman on Story in the Public Square

    The Battle Between Science & Spirituality with Alan Lightman

    Air Dates: November 3-5, 2018

    The tension between faith and reason is an ancient one, made even more distinct in the West by the scientific revolution that preceded the era of the Enlightenment. Alan Lightman is a scientist whose personal transcendent experience shapes his view of spirituality today.

    Alan Lightman is an American writer, physicist, and social entrepreneur. Born in 1948, he was educated at Princeton and at the California Institute of Technology, where he received a PhD in theoretical physics. He has received five honorary doctoral degrees. Lightman has served on the faculties of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was the first person at MIT to receive dual faculty appointments in science and in the humanities.

    He is currently professor of the practice of the humanities at MIT. His scientific research in astrophysics has concerned black holes, relativity theory, radiative processes, and the dynamics of systems of stars. His essays and articles have appeared in The Atlantic, Granta, Harper’s, the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, Salon, and many other publications. His essays are often chosen by the New York Times as among the best essays of the year.

    Lightman is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also the founder of the Harpswell Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is “to advance a new generation of women leaders in Southeast Asia.”

    Lightman is the author of six novels, several collections of essays, a memoir, and a book-length narrative poem, as well as several books on science. His novel, Einstein’s Dreams was an international bestseller and has been the basis for dozens of independent theatrical and musical adaptations around the world. His novel, The Diagnosis was a finalist for the National Book Award. His most recent books are The Accidental Universe, which was chosen by Brain Pickings as one of the 10 best books of 2014, and his memoir Screening Room, was chosen by the Washington Post as one of the best books of the year for 2016.

    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.

  • John Kerry on Story in the Public Square

    Every Day is Extra with John Kerry

    Air Dates: October 27-29, 2018

    Over the last five decades, the United States has fought wars, worked for peace, achieved environmental breakthroughs, and struggled to pass on security—however, you might define that – to the next generation. More often, than not, you would have found guest, John Kerry in the middle of those fights.

    John Kerry is a visiting distinguished statesman at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he will focus on conflict resolution and global environmental challenges. He is also a distinguished fellow for global affairs at Yale University.

    On February 1, 2013, Kerry was sworn in as the 68th secretary of state of the United States. He became the first sitting U.S. secretary of state to meet with Iran’s foreign minister since the Iranian revolution. This meeting was the highest-level U.S. diplomatic contact with Iran in more than six years. Kerry was also a key architect of the Paris Climate Accord, signing the historic agreement to reduce carbon emissions in 2016.

    Prior to being nominated and sworn in as secretary of state, Kerry served for more than twenty-five years as a U.S. senator from Massachusetts. He eventually served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as chairman.

    In 2004, he was his party’s nominee for President, losing to incumbent President George W. Bush.

    Shortly before he graduated from Yale University, Kerry volunteered for service in the United States Navy. He completed two tours of duty in Vietnam, after which he began a lifelong fight for his fellow veterans as a co-founder of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

    His new candid memoir, Every Day is Extra, published by Simon and Schuster on September 4, 2018, is now a New York Times Bestseller.

    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.

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