• Admiral Jeffrey Harley

    Rear Admiral Jeffrey Harley on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air Dates: November 25-26, 2017

    Among its many missions, the U.S. military also operates a system of schools that provide professional military education—or PME—to rising leaders in each service. Therefore, Rear Admiral Jeffrey A. Harley has charted a new path for the U.S. Naval War College at a time of historic global challenges.

    Admiral Harley is the 56th President of the U.S. Naval War College. Now in his second year as president, Harley is leading implementation of a new four-year strategic plan. The plan will preserve tradition while heading the 133-year-old institution in a new direction. One area of focus is recruitment and the support of faculty who may not necessarily agree with everything from the Pentagon. But who, in their research and instruction, will be allowed the academic freedoms that distinguish respected liberal-arts institutions of higher learning. In order to compete with Ivy League schools, the relevance of the War College is of utmost importance. Thus, Admiral Harley discusses how the strategic plan focuses on this issue and his goals moving forward.

    The mission of the U.S. Naval War College’s (NWC) is to educate and develop future leaders by building strategic and cultural perspective, and enhancing the capability to advise senior leaders and policy-makers. To accomplish all these missions, the college must first preserve a current and relevant curriculum. Second, host a world class faculty and staff, and finally accept the best and brightest joint student body. They also strive to educate students both during their time at the college and through a robust alumni program of lifelong learning.

    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. & 8:30 p.m. ET and Sundays at & 12:30 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.

     

     

  • Christopher Brown author

    Christopher Brown on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air dates: November 18-19, 2017

    Dystopian fiction has become increasingly popular in today’s culture with the rise of books brought to the big screen. For example, The Hunger Games and the recent Hulu series, The Handmaid’s Tale. Speculative fiction, from the most fantastic science fiction to the bleakest dystopias, shines a light on current issues and the reality we know in the here and now. Writer and lawyer, Christopher Brown uses narrative as a laboratory about governance, political violence, and even what it means to be American. His debut novel, Tropic of Kansas, depicts a fractured United States in the aftermath of another Civil War.

    Brown lives in Austin, Texas with his family in the edgeland woods which he has explored much of. You’ll find him writing in a 1978 Airstream trailer between the river and the factories. He has had many adventures and experiences. For example, he has negotiating hundreds of technology deals, reported from Central American war zones, and co-hosted a punk rock radio show. Because of this, Brown brings an interesting perspective to his writing. In addition, some of his other works have appeared in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies. Finally, Brown was a 2013 World Fantasy Award nominee for the anthology he co-edited, Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic.

    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. & 8:30 p.m. ET and Sundays at & 12:30 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.

  • Francesca Spidalieri

    Senior Fellow Leads Marathon Cybersecurity Awareness Month for the Pell Center

    November 8, 2017

    Just off historic Bellevue Avenue, tucked away in a cozy corner cubicle of the Young Building, a powerhouse woman draws an international audience. From Europe, to our nation’s capital, to this city by the sea, Pell Center Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri is known for her expertise in cybersecurity. If you’ve had the pleasure of meeting Francesca, you’re aware of her passion to educate people of all ages and backgrounds on cybersecurity, and work with companies in all sectors to improve their cybersecurity posture.

    For the third year in a row, Spidalieri led the Pell Center in joining the annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) campaign – an effort to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and to share useful Spidalieri on WADK1540resources through social media and various events. She spearheaded the initiative for the Pell Center as part of the ongoing Cyber Leadership Project. Over the course of October alone, she published reports in the United States and abroad and locally joined Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Congressman Jim Langevin for a series of roundtable discussions. In addition, she appeared as a guest speaker on the WADK1540 show, “The Business of Newport County,” with Bruce Newbury to discuss the month’s activities and best practices to protect businesses from cyber threats. Finally, Spidalieri continued to engage in discussions on legislature she helped influence and coordinated a rich Cybersecurity Event Series at the Pell Center aimed at promoting cybersecurity awareness across industries in Rhode Island.

    The events hosted at the Pell Center were part of the Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI) – an ongoing 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 RICCI event, “Cybersecurity & the Healthcare Cybersecurity tabletop exerciseIndustry – Current Issues and Practical Guidance,” for instance, focused on the lessons learned from the Cybersecurity and Healthcare tabletop exercise hosted by the Pell Center in May 2017, which explored new approaches to improve practices and relations between boards of directors and security leaders. The moderated conversation that followed featured senior leaders from Lifespan who discussed how good internal relationships can enable organizations to better prevent, respond to, and recover from incidents, and help mitigate cyber-risks. You can read more about the tabletop exercise, along with key issues and recommendations on the latest Pell Center report, “SURVIVING A CYBER ATTACK: Preparedness and Resiliency in Action.”

    Helping to secure government agencies and public services at the federal and state level was also a major area of focus for Spidalieri this month, and a regular topic of study in her research. Rhode Island is taking multiple proactive steps to secure critical infrastructures, modernize legacy systems, prepare and defend its local agencies from cyber Governor Gina Raimondoincidents, grow the state’s cyber workforce, and create a vibrant IT and cybersecurity industry. Spidalieri has been actively engaged in many of the State’s initiatives. She was invited to join the newly-established Congressman Jim Langevin’s Cyber Rhode Island Advisory Committee, which will provide a forum to foster collaboration and provide input and suggestions to better represent Rhode Island’s cybersecurity interests at the federal level. Spidalieri also participated in a cybersecurity roundtable discussion sponsored by Governor Raimondo, and other members of her Cabinet, for representatives of industry and academia to address cybersecurity workforce development efforts in Rhode Island.

    The Pell Center hosted a Cybersecurity Summit for state electoral officials in collaboration with the RI Board of Elections and RI Secretary of State, Nellie Gorbea’s Office. This first-of-its-kind Summit convened over 100 local elections and IT officials from around the State and served to highlight national conversations around elections and cybersecurity, provide an overview of how elections systems work in Rhode Island, and train attendees on best practices to help keep these systems secure. Both Spidalieri and Dr. Jim Ludes, Executive Director of the Pell Center, spoke at the Summit. They helped shed light on the national security concerns related to malicious activities carried out by cyber criminals and foreign-state actors, and on best practices to secure the integrity and confidentiality of our elections.

    Congressman LangevinSpidalieri later appeared along Congressman Langevin at a dedicated cybersecurity event for the  RI Society of Certified Public Accountants (RISCPA). During the seminar, “National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – A Practical Approach to Managing and Reducing Cyber Risks,” she provided an overview of both the opportunities and threats of doing business in an era of hyper-mobility and hyper-connectivity, and addressed different approaches to improve the overall security posture of any organization operating in the digital age. She also discussed the RI Identity Theft Protection Act of 2015 – which she helped update and strengthen in 2015.

    PBN Summit Finally, Spidalieri took part in the Annual PBN Cybersecurity Summit, where she discussed the recent Equifax breach and other common cyber risks to businesses, the shortage of a qualified cybersecurity workforce, and lessons learned from the field. Other panelists included Mike Steinmetz, Rhode Island State Cybersecurity Officer and Principal Advisor of Homeland Security; Captain John Alfred, Division’s Cyber Crimes Unit and State Fusion Center of RI State Police; Jeffrey Ziplow, Cybersecurity Risk Assessment Partner; Matt Cullina, CEO of Cyberscout; Jerry Alderman, President, N.E. Region Property and Casualty of Marsh & McLennan; and Lin Foster Freeman, Partner and Chair of Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Team at Robinson and Cole. The expert panelists were asked about current trends and issues in RI Realtors Association Panelcybersecurity and spoke to their specific areas of expertise.

    Mr. Alderman and Ms. Freeman spoke at the Pell Center earlier in the month on a panel for the RI Realtors Association. During the seminar, “Real Estate in the Age of Persistent Cyber Threat: A Practical Approach to Managing Cyber Risks,” the expert practitioners discussed specific cyber risks to the real estate industry, and addressed disclosure obligations and notification requirements as well as pre- and post-breach best practices. They also explored the current state of the cyber insurance market and available coverage.

     

    Adam Segal

    While many of the Pell Center events were specific to industries, others were aimed at a more general audience. Renowned guest speakers included Adam Segal, Ira A. Lipman Chair of Emerging Technologies and National Security and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He discussed his latest book, The Hacked World Order, during a riveting lecture on the geopolitics of cyberspace, the era of ‘fake news’, and the future of the Internet.

    The topic of cybersecurity in general reminds us that no matter what sector or industry, knowing best practices is Student round tableimport globally. Spidalieri contributed an article for the newly established Cybersecurity Observatory at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies. In her article, “Italy: Building a Cyber Resilient Society,” she discussed cybersecurity in the European Union and charted a path for Italy to become a cyber-resilient nation able to prosper and be secure in the digital age. Lastly, Spidalieri and Pell Center cybersecurity intern Darwin Salazar, moderated a roundtable discussion with Salve students and faculty. The purpose was to explore the opportunities and risks of living online and being constantly connected. They also included tips on how to stay safe online and use social media wisely.

    Looking back on the jam packed NCSAM, sharing information and resources doesn’t stop here, and neither does Francesca Spidalieri’s involvement and enthusiasm. The Fall 2017 Cybersecurity Event Series continues through December. Please visit the Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI) webpage for more information on all upcoming events. For additional information, contact Francesca Spidalieri, Pell Center Senior Fellow for Cyber Leadership.

  • Esther Schor on Story in the Public Square

    Esther Schor on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air dates: November 11-12, 2017

    This week’s guest on “Story in the Public Square,” Professor Esther Schor, puts Emma Lazarus’ famous poem on the Statue of Liberty, “The New Colossus,” into historic and contemporary context.

    Esther Schor is a Professor of English at Princeton University and author of an excellent biography of the poet, Emma Lazarus. She earned her BA in English and Music and Ph.D. in English from Yale, with a couple of years’ work in publishing in between. At Princeton, her courses revolve around two centers: British Romanticism; and Literature, Scripture and Religion. In 2015, she became the Inaugural Behrman Professor in the Council for the Humanities, where she will be serving as Acting Chair for 2017-2018.

    Among her publications, her biography, Emma Lazarus (Nextbook/Schocken), which won the 2006 National Jewish Book Award, has recently been issued in paperback. As an offshoot from this project, she has curated exhibitions on Lazarus for the American Library Association and the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

    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 and Sundays at & 12:30 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.

  • Charles Dorn higher education

    Charles Dorn on “Story in the Public Square,” November 4, 2017

    Higher education in the United States is a nearly-$600 billion per year industry that some observers describe as unsustainable and on the verge of a fundamental crisis. Guest, Charles Dorn argues those stories are overblown and that colleges and universities can still serve the common good.

    Charles Dorn is a Professor of Education, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Associate Affirmative Action Officer at Bowdoin College. Professor Dorn’s research into the history of education investigates the civic functions adopted by and ascribed to centers of early childhood education, public elementary and secondary schools, and colleges and universities in the United States. His most recent book, For the Common Good: A New History of Higher Education in the United States, challenges the rhetoric of America’s so-called crisis in higher education by investigating two centuries of college and university history. From the community college to the elite research university―in states from California to Maine―Dorn engages a fundamental question confronted by higher education institutions ever since the nation’s founding: Do colleges and universities contribute to the common good?

    For the Common Good demonstrates how two hundred years of political, economic, and social change prompted transformation among colleges and universities—including the establishment of entirely new kinds of institutions—and refashioned higher education in the United States over time in essential and often vibrant ways.

    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 and Sundays at & 12:30 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.

  • Abigail Brooks The Ways Women Age

    Abigail Brooks on “Story in the Public Square,” October 20, 2017

    Cosmetic surgery was a $16 billion industry in 2016. Abigail Brooks, says the explosive growth in cosmetic procedures is an outgrowth of deregulation in the healthcare industry, and it’s affecting the way we think about aging.

    Abigail Brooks is the Assistant Professor of Sociology, and the Director of the Women’s Studies Program at Providence College. A few of her many areas of expertise are sociology of gender, sociology of the body and age studies. In her book, The Ways Women Age: Using and Refusing Cosmetic Intervention, Brooks explores what it means to age in the United States.

    “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 and Sundays at & 12:30 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.

  • Pell Center National Cyber Security Awareness Month Champion

    Pell Center Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champion

    On the occasion of the 14th annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) – an annual campaign to raise public awareness about the importance of cybersecurity – the Pell Center at Salve Regina University is announcing the Fall 2017 Cybersecurity Event Series, part of its ongoing Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI).

    Recognizing the importance of fostering cybersecurity awareness and developing the next generation of cyber-strategic leaders, the Pell Center is supporting this national effort as a NCSAM Champion Organization for the third year in a row and is actively engaging in multiple discussions and initiatives across the country. In addition to various events scheduled for this semester, including lectures, seminars, panel discussions and larger conferences, the Pell National Cyber Security Awareness MonthCenter is posting cybersecurity tips, best practices, and insights on social media throughout the month, and providing businesses and our broader community with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, create a culture of cybersecurity across the entire enterprise, and increase the Nation’s overall resilience in the event of a cyber-incident.

    Cybersecurity must be a shared responsibility since no individual, business, or government entity is immune to cyber risks; none of them is solely responsible for securing their own Internet connectivity and digital assets. All of us have a role to play in securing our critical services, our businesses, and the information we create, store, and process through the devices and networks we use. Individual actions have a collective impact and, if each of us does our part by implementing stronger security practices, adopting better cyber hygiene, and treating cybersecurity as an inherent component of  organization’s policies and processes, we can collectively become a more secure, safer, and resilient digital society. If we work toward this goal – as individuals and as a Nation – together we can realize our full potential in the digital age.

    NCSAM is a coordinated effort of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MSISAC), as well as companies, schools, government and nonprofit organizations around the country. While this awareness campaign has a distinct theme for each week, the overall message of the initiative is to STOP | THINK | CONNECTstop to make sure security measures are in place; think about the implications of our increasingly digital and connected lives and the consequences of our actions and behaviors online; connect and safely enjoy the benefit of the global Internet economy.

    You can join in the conversation by following the @PellCenter on Twitter and on Facebook, and using the official NCSAM hashtag #CyberAware throughout the month. You can also get additional information and resources by visiting STOP | THINK | CONNECT, Stay Safe Online, and the European Cyber Security Month website.

    For more information and to register to our upcoming events, please see the details below:

    •  Panel Discussion: “Real Estate in an Age of Persistent Cyber Threat: A Practical Approach to Managing Cyber Risks” | Tuesday, October 3 |  2:30 – 4:00 PM | Pell Center Ballroom

    During this seminar, a panel of senior leaders and expert practitioners will discuss specific cyber risks to the real estate industry, and address disclosure obligations and notification requirements as well as pre- and post-breach best practices. Panelists will also explore the current state of the cyber insurance market and available coverage to help you navigate this increasingly growing but still very young market.

    This event is specifically dedicated to members of the RI Realtors Association.

    •  Seminar: “Connecting the Boardroom to the Server Room – Current Issues and Practical Guidance”  Wednesday, October 11 | 9:00 – 11:00 AM | Pell Center Ballroom

    Organizations of all sizes and in all sectors are continuing to reinvent themselves for the digital era, creating new models, products, and services. As they embrace technology innovation and adopt new Internet-connected devices, this reinvention changes the tenets of cyber security, expanding the responsibilities of security leaders, C-suites, and boards and creating new risks to manage.

    This seminar will explore different ways to address the cyber security skills gap in various industries and approaches to improve practices and relations between boards of directors and security leaders. The seminar will be followed by a moderated conversation with senior leaders from Lifespan on how good internal relationships can enable organizations to better prevent, respond to, and recover from incidents, and help mitigate cyber-risks.

    RSVP here

    • Workshop: “National Cyber Security Awareness Month – A Practical Approach to Managing and Reducing Cyber Risks” | Monday, October 16 | 4:00 – 6:00 PM | AMICA Headquarter in Lincoln, RI

    Cyber risk is an underrated but all too real threat to organizations of every size, industry, and sector. Whatever your place of business, creating a culture of cyber security is an essential shared responsibility among leadership and all employees. Organizations must view cyber security as an enterprise-wide risk issue and devise plans for employee education, training and awareness that emphasize risk management, security, and resilience. This seminar will provide an overview of both the opportunities and threats of doing business in an era of hyper-mobility and hyper-connectivity, and address different approaches to improve the overall security posture of any organization operating in the digital age.

    The event will feature special remarks by Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), Chairman of the US Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus.

    RSVP here

    • Lecture: “The Hacked World Order and Geopolitics of Cyberspace” | Tuesday, October 17 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM | O’Hare Academic Building, Salve Regina University

    For more than 300 years, nation-states dominated international conflict and shaped world order. They used all the instruments they had to make the rules that best served their interests. Two decades ago, digital technologies started to shake up that long-standing system. In 2012, the US government acknowledged that it had used these technologies to disrupt the Iranian nuclear program, and Russia and China conducted massive cyber-espionage operations. Cyberspace became a primary battlefield. To make matters worse, cyber attackers often hide behind proxies. Many of the latest technologies are now in the hands of big companies who have interests that differ from those in government. Almost all our critical infrastructure is vulnerable to attack. How can we understand how states, large and small, attack, surveil, influence, steal from and trade with each other in the digital age?

    This lecture will feature Adam Segal, Ira A. Lipman chair in emerging technologies and national security and director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

    RSVP here

    • RI Board of Elections Cybersecurity Summit | Friday, October 20 | Pell Center Ballroom

    This event is specifically dedicated to RI local election officials.

    • Roundtable Discussion: “Opportunities and Risks of Living Online” | Tuesday, October 24 | 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM | Miley Executive Dining Room

    Internet and the use of social media have forever transformed the way people and organizations communicate, work, and play. Today, social media is driving real-time connectivity and communications. Whether you’re of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or Snapchat, you’re now always “on” and always connected to the Internet. However, the same openness and increased reliance on the Internet that has allowed us and our businesses to prosper, connect across oceans, increase efficiency and productivity, find the next job opportunity or ideal partner, is also exposing us to a growing number of vulnerabilities and opening the door to a wide range of malicious activities from fraud, to online monitoring, data breaches, identity theft, and disruption of service.

    Roundtable discussions are open to students, faculty, and staff at Salve Regina University.

    RSVP to pellcenter@salve.edu.

    • Seminar: “Countering Ransomware: Attack Analysis & Lessons Learned” | Wednesday, November 15 |     9:00 – 11:00 AM | Pell Center Ballroom

    During this seminar, Mr. Israel Barak, CISO at CyberReason, will discuss the ransomware epidemic that spread around the world earlier this year and other outbreaks, such as WannaCry and NotPetya, which caused monumental harm to millions of people and organizations worldwide. He will also share a specific case study on a ransomware attack, analyze the business impact, discuss lessons learned and provide practical advice on how to prevent organizations from falling victim to future attacks, such as:

      • Understanding the vulnerabilities that expose organizations to ransomware threats;
      • Learning essential security hygiene practices to protect, prepare and respond to future attacks; and
      • Discovering how to protect legacy systems.
    • Conference: “Is Your Organization Ready for the Blockchain, Bitcoin and Crypto-currencies Revolution?  Wednesday, November 29 | 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Pell Center Ballroom

    The blockchain revolution – which is the base for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies – is set to completely disrupt the way business and transactions are carried out online. Whether you’re in the financial or insurance industries, healthcare, government, retail, and even farming or manufacturing sectors – blockchain technologies promise to revolutionize the way we conduct business and most likely disrupt your field. Are you ready for the disruption? Do you know how to take advantage of these new technologies to benefit your business?

    This conference will address the future of blockchain technologies and their expected impact on different industries and governmental services from world renowned experts from Israel and the U.S.

    RSVP here

    • Conference: “Navigating the Cyber Clause: A Practical Guide to Implementing NIST SP 800-171” Wednesday, December 6 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Pell Center Ballroom

    This conference will address the new requirements for defense contractors and subcontractors to implement the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171, “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organization,” according to the updated 2016 Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). While there is no single or prescribed way to implement the requirements of NIST SP800-171, companies have only until December 31, 2017 to examine these requirements and figure out whether they need to change any of their company’s policies or processes and/or reconfigure their IT systems.

    A panel of experts, including the author of the NIST SP800-171, Dr. Ron Ross, will discuss how small- and medium-size enterprises with limited information technology or cybersecurity expertise might approach meeting these cybersecurity requirement and ensure that covered defense information processed or stored on their internal information systems and networks is effectively protected.

     

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

  • Stephen Pimpare on “Story in the Public Square” October 7, 2017

    More than forty million Americans live in poverty today. Guest, Stephen Pimpare, looks at the way the poor and the homeless are portrayed in public life—and it doesn’t match the reality he knows.

    Stephen Pimpare is a professor of the Master in Public Policy program and a Faculty Fellow of the Carsey School of Public Policy. The author of three books and some sixty articles, essays, and reviews on poverty, welfare, and inequality. His second book, A People’s History of Poverty in America, received the Michael Harrington Award from the American Political Science Association, “for a book that demonstrates how scholarship can be used in the struggle for a better world.” His most recent book, published in 2017, is Ghettos, Tramps, and Welfare Queens: Down & Out on the Silver Screen, a history of poverty and homelessness in the movies.

    “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 and Sundays at & 12:30 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.