• 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.

     

  • Sofie Karasek on Story in the Public Square

    End Rape on Campus co-founder Sofie Karasek talks #InMyWords Campaign

    Air Dates: May 26-28, 2018

    Sexual assaults happen on America’s college campuses more frequently than anyone wants to admit. This week’s guest is a victim of sexual assault herself. Sofie Karasek says it’s time to change that reality.

    Sofie Karasek is a co-founder of End Rape on Campus and the national organizer for the youth-led #InMyWords Campaign, to reimagine justice and healing for all sexual harm survivors and to fight for solutions at the scale of the problem.

    On her website, Karasek describes herself as “a progressive movement builder and organizer. When she was a 19-year-old at UC Berkeley, she co-founded the national non-profit End Rape on Campus, where she and a band of scrappy student survivors transformed campus rape from a PR blip to a national scandal, brought Yes Means Yes into the mainstream, and were branded as a “well-funded Death Star”. She was also featured in The Hunting Ground film and Lady Gaga’s 2016 Academy Awards performance.”

    “Sofie now trains other young organizers to harness the power of storytelling to ignite public support for progressive change. She is passionate about reimagining justice for sexual violence, transforming voting from a privilege to a right, and preventing the climate crisis from washing away the home she grew up in. (And convincing other Americans that Danish salty licorice is the best).”

    Her activism began in the wake of an assault. She described that start in a recent New York Times op-ed, which began: “I’ve told my story many times — I was assaulted, I reported it to my university, and it swept it under the rug. When I was 19, I helped create the wave of activism around the issue of campus sexual assault that made headlines from 2013 to 2016.”

    “The student movement during those years primed the public for #MeToo today: Survivors of sexual assault mobilized to end the stigma attached to it by telling our stories publicly. And, as is happening now, progress didn’t come without opposition…”

    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.

     

  • Social Engineering

    Pell Center to Host New England’s 1st Social Engineering Conference

    It’s not just computers getting hacked: people are getting hacked too. More than 70% of all data breaches in the last year involved phishing or some other type of social engineering.1 That means that one of the weakest links in computer security is, well, us. Hackers are using these social engineering techniques to get passwords, credit card data, patient data and other personal information that we all look to protect.

    The Pell Center at Salve Regina University is hosting New England’s first social engineering conference on Saturday, June 16, 2018, to explore these attacks and their defenses.

    The full-day conference will bring together some of the best minds in the field of social engineering, including Christopher Hadnagy, author of “Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking.” The event will also feature:

    • Talks on “How to Rob a Bank Over the Phone” and “Social Engineering Your Way Into a Career”;
    • A panel with the winners of the “Social Engineering Capture the Flag” competition at the popular hacker conference DEF CON; and
    • Academic research on social engineering from Dr. Aunshul Rege, a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University.

    The conference was created by Lea Snyder and Rhode Island resident Patrick Laverty, who works in the cybersecurity industry helping companies find and fix their weaknesses. For more information about the conference, visit: http://se-ri.org.

    Purchase your ticket and RSVP here (FREE for Salve Regina students only).

     

    1 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report 2018: https://www.verizonenterprise.com/verizon-insights-lab/dbir/

  • Heather Ann Thompson

    The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 with Heather Ann Thompson

    Air Dates: May 19-21, 2018

    What’s the difference between a riot and an uprising? Your answer might have something to do with your perspective on the violence. Heather Ann Thompson looks at events at Attica State Prison in 1971 and draws a direct connection to the challenges America faces in its criminal justice system today.

    Dr. Heather Ann Thompson is a historian at the University of Michigan, and is the Pulitzer Prize and Bancroft Prize-winning author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy (Pantheon Books, 2016). Thompson is a public intellectual who writes extensively on the history of policing, mass incarceration and the current criminal justice system for The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, The Washington Post, Jacobin, The Atlantic, Salon, Dissent, NBC, New Labor Forum, The Daily Beast, and The Huffington Post, as well as for the top publications in her field. Her award-winning scholarly articles include: “Why Mass Incarceration Matters: Rethinking Crisis, Decline and Transformation in the Postwar United States,” Journal of American History (December 2010) and “Rethinking Working Class Struggle through the Lens of the Carceral State: Toward a Labor History of Inmates and Guards,” Labor: Studies in the Working Class History of the Americas (Fall, 2011). Thompson’s piece in the Atlantic Monthly on how mass incarceration has distorted democracy in America was named a finalist for a best magazine article award in 2014.

    On the policy front, Thompson served on a National Academy of Sciences blue-ribbon panel that studied the causes and consequences of mass incarceration in the U.S. The two-year, $1.5 million project was sponsored by the National Institute of Justice and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Thompson has served on the boards of several policy organizations including the Prison Policy Initiative, the Eastern State Penitentiary, a historic site, and on the advisory boards of Life of the Law and the Alliance of Families for Justice. She has also worked in an advisory capacity with the Center for Community Change, the Humanities Action Lab Global Dialogues on Incarceration, and the Open Society Foundation on issues related to her work.

    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.

  • Nuala Pell Leadership Fellows 2018-2019

    Nuala Pell Leadership Program Selects Fellows for 2018-2019

    Eleven rising juniors and seniors at Salve Regina University have been selected for an innovative leadership development program run by the Pell Center. Named in honor of the wife of U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell, the Nuala Pell Leadership Program builds student leaders for the twenty-first century.

    “I feel privileged to be working with such wonderful students,” said Martha McCann Rose, program director. “Through their future endeavors, they will continue to serve the public and change the world.”

    The 2018-2019 cohort of Nuala Pell Leadership Program fellows include:

    • Julia Arms, Nursing, Franklin, MA
    • Nicole Doucette, Elementary/Special Education, Tewksbury, MA
    • Jeffrey Evans, Environmental Studies/Sociology & Anthropology, Manchester, NH
    • Maria Hendrickson, Administration of Justice/Political Science, Wolfeboro, NH
    • Madeline Key, English Communications, Hanson, MA
    • Shannon Kelley, Nursing, Weymouth, MA
    • Kailyn Leary, Political Science/Philosophy, Freehold, NJ
    • Kali Major, Elementary/Special Education, Naugatuck, CT
    • Jennifer Page, American Studies, Ipswich, MA
    • Calissa Silva, History/Sociology & Anthropology, Stonington, CT
    • Krysta Tsangarides, Administration of Justice/Environmental Studies, Southington, CT

    The Nuala Pell Leadership Program includes monthly meetings where students explore leadership theory, ethics, evolution of public issues and what it takes to be a leader in the public sector. Each student will shadow a local leader involved in the public sector and reflect on their experience. In 2019, Nuala Pell Leadership Fellows will travel to the nation’s capital where they will participate in group meetings with a wide variety of leaders and engage in team-building exercises.

    “The students in the Nuala Pell Leadership Program embody the ideals Mrs. Pell wanted to celebrate when she lent this program her name.” said Jim Ludes, Pell Center executive director.  “They are selfless, focused on the public good, and committed to a style of leadership that emphasizes service to others. They inspire me and I look forward to the work they will do.”

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