• Kenneth Miller on "Story in the Public Square"

    Common Ground Between God & Science with Kenneth Miller

    Air dates: April 28-30, 2018

    One of the most important stories in human history is the creation story of the Hebrew bible. Its impact can still be felt today in debates over the proper role of creation and evolution in American classrooms. Kenneth Miller is a respected scientist whose published work seeks common ground between God and science.

    Kenneth R. Miller is Professor of Biology at Brown University. He did his undergraduate work at Brown, and earned a Ph. D in 1974 at the University of Colorado. He spent six years as Assistant Professor at Harvard University before returning to Brown University in 1980. His research on cell membrane structure and function has produced more than 60 scientific papers and reviews in leading journals, including CELL, Nature, and Scientific American.

    Miller is coauthor, with Joseph S. Levine, of four different high school and college biology textbooks that are used by millions of students nationwide. He has received six major teaching awards at Brown, the Presidential Citation of the American Institute for Biological Science (2005), and the Public Service Award of the American Society for Cell Biology (2006). In 2009, Miller was honored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for Advancing the Public Understanding of Science, and received the Gregor Mendel Medal from Villanova University.

    In 2011, he was presented with the Stephen Jay Gould Prize by the Society for the Study of Evolution, and in 2014, he received the Laetare Medal from Notre Dame University. He is the author of the popular books Finding Darwin’s God (A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground between God and Evolution), and Only a Theory (Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul). His latest book, The Human Instinct (How We Evolved to Have Reason, Consciousness, and Free Will), was published by Simon and Schuster on April 17, 2018.

    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.

     

  • Justin Kenny and Steve Morrison on Story in the Public Square

    The New Barbarianism with Justin Kenny & Steve Morrison

    Air dates: April 21-23, 2018

    International law outlaws the targeting of medical facilities in conflicts. However, guests, Justin Kenny and Steve Morrison, point to an alarming trend in the Syrian Civil War and other conflicts where combatants are targeting healthcare facilities and healthcare workers through their film, “The New Barbarianism.”

    Justin Kenny is an award-winning television news producer and editor based in Washington, D.C. and the founder of Small Footprint Films. In 2017, he directed and wrote his first feature documentary along with Executive Producer and co-director Morrison, “The New Barbarianism.” The film was a collaboration with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and takes a close look at the under-reported phenomenon of attacks on health care in today’s wars. Kenny is a PBS NewsHour contributor and a graduate of Marymount University where he was the 2016 Marya McLaughlin Lecturer in Media Communications. He began his media career at the age of 10 as a paperboy for the Providence Journal-Bulletin.

    Stephen Morrison is senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and director of its Global Health Policy Center. Dr. Morrison writes widely, has directed several high-level commissions, and is a frequent commentator on U.S. foreign policy, global health, Africa, and foreign assistance. He served in the Clinton administration, as committee staff in the House of Representatives, and taught for 12 years at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin and is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale College.

    Film site: https://www.csis.org/features/new-barbarianism

    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, Sundays at 1:30 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. Listen to the podcast in iTunes. The initiative aims to study, celebrate, and tell stories that matter.

     

  • Story in the Public Square podcast

    Story in the Public Square launches podcast series

    After one full year of broadcasting, Story in the Public Square launched its own official podcast April 3, 2018. A full archive of episodes are available for free download on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play. New episodes will be uploaded weekly after they have been broadcast on television and on SiriusXM’s P.O.T.U.S. channel 124.

    “Over the last 15 months, we’ve produced more than 60 episodes with compelling conversations on everything from the healthcare debate to Russian information warfare, race, the environment, and crime,” said Jim Ludes, Executive Director of the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University, and co-host of Story in the Public Square. “With this podcast,” he continued, “we’re excited to bring these storytellers and their stories to an even larger audience.”

    A full list of episodes is available on the Story in the Public Square show page.

    Story in the Public Square is an initiative to study, celebrate, and tell stories that matter. A partnership of the Pell Center and The Providence Journal, the program sponsors public events, names the top public narrative each year, and produces the public affairs talk show for SiriusXM’s P.O.T.U.S. channel and Rhode Island PBS.

    “You can subscribe wherever you listen for updates on the latest episodes,” said Ludes, “and I hope you will.”

    For more information about Story in the Public Square, connect at pellcenter.org, like on Facebook or follow on Twitter @PubStory.

  • Kendall Moore on Story in the Public Square

    Documentary filmmaking with Kendall Moore

    Air dates: April 14-16, 2018

    The documentary filmmaker has for her canvas the broad sweep of human experience. Kendall Moore has turned her lens on issues as diverse as AIDS patients in Africa and polluted air in an office building.

    Kendall Moore is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and a Professor in the departments of Journalism and Film Media at the University of Rhode Island. Before joining the faculty at URI in 2003, she worked as a television journalist focusing on medical, health, race, and environmental issues.

    Moore has produced numerous independent documentaries that have aired on PBS and in various film festivals including: Charm City (1996), Song in the Crisis (2004), Sovereign Nation/Sovereign Neighbor (2006), The Good Radical (2009), Sick Building (2014). Her film Jalen and Joanna: A Lead Paint Story (2017), will be screened at the Rhode Island Black Film Festival on Sunday April 15, 2018.

    Moore has also written and directed fiction films, including Philosophy of the Encounter (PoE) (67min), about a college student’s journey to understand her racial identity. PoE premiered at the Arusha International Film Festival (Best Feature) in the Caribbean, and the Black International Film Festival in Nashville in October 2016.

    She has received several grants and awards for her work, including two Fulbright Scholar Awards: Tanzania (2001) and Jamaica (Specialist, 2004); The Rhode Island Film Fellowship for Outstanding Filmmaking (2007); and, the Metcalf Award for 2015. In 2016, she was commended by Crain’s magazine as a professor of merit in the field of journalism.

    Moore serves on the boards of The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting as well as The Story Board at Salve Regina University. She has been active in mentoring women of color interested in documentary film production.

    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, Sundays at 1:30 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.

  • Dr. Bernard LaFayette on Story in the Public Square

    The power of nonviolence with Civil Rights Movement hero Dr. Bernard LaFayette

    Air dates: March 31 – April 2, 2018

    Imagine the courage of a young black man in the Jim Crow South to sit at a “Whites Only” lunch counter; to need a military escort for a bus ride; to be assaulted by the Ku Klux Klan, and, through it all, remain committed to non-violence. Dr. Bernard LaFayette has done just that, he joins us this week on Story in the Public Square.

    A Civil Rights Movement hero and nonviolence activist for more than fifty years, Dr. LaFayette was a co-founder and leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Nashville Sit-ins, a courageous Freedom Rider, an associate of Dr. King in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and national coordinator of the Poor People’s Campaign. An ordained minister, professor, educator, lecturer, he is recognized nationally and around the world as an authority on the strategy on nonviolent social change.

    In 1998, he became the first director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island. While directing the Center, Dr. LaFayette led education and training programs in Kingian Nonviolence on state, national and international levels, with successful projects world-wide, in countries such as South Africa, Colombia, Nigeria, the Middle East, and Mexico.

    In January of 2009, Dr. LaFayette accepted an appointment at Emory University in Atlanta, as a Distinguished Senior Scholar-in-Residence at the Candler School of Theology. He is presently a Scholar in Residence at Auburn University. Dr. LaFayette remains affiliated with the URI Center as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar during the International Nonviolence Summer Institute, held annually in June on the URI campus.

    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, Sundays at 1:30 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.

  • Martin Puchner on Story in the Public Square

    Martin Puchner on Story in the Public Square

    Air Dates: March 24-26, 2018

    This show—Story in the Public Square—is built on one central insight: that stories have the power to change the world. Martin Puchner is a scholar of the impact stories have had on minds around the world, and on human history itself.

    Puchner is the Byron and Anita Wien Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard University. He is also a prize-winning author, educator, public speaker, and institution builder in the arts and humanities. Puchner’s writing, which include a dozen books and anthologies and over sixty articles and essays, range from philosophy and theater to world literature and have been translated into many languages. Through his best-selling Norton Anthology of World Literature and his HarvardX course, Masterpieces of World Literature, he has brought four thousand years of literature to audiences across the globe. In hundreds of lectures and workshops from the Arctic Circle to Brazil and from the Middle East to China, he has advocated for the arts and humanities in a changing world.

    At Harvard, he has instituted these ideas in a new program in theater, dance and media as well as in the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research. A native of Germany, he spent summers in high school in England and the U.S. and has lived in the U.S.

    His latest book is The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization, from Random House. It won advanced praise from Margaret Atwood, and Publishers Weekly called it “A gripping intellectual odyssey.” And many other publications around the globe praised it, too.

    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, Sundays at 1:30 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.

  • The Indian Ocean in France’s Global Defense Strategy by Iskander Rehman

    Rehman on the Indian Ocean in France’s Global Defense Strategy

    On January 18, 2018, the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) convened a roundtable to discuss France’s strategic interests in the Indian Ocean. Nilanthi Samaranayake, Director of CNA’s Indian Ocean and South Asia Security Program, framed the discussion by noting the expanding role of extraregional actors operating in the Indian Ocean, including Japan, China, and France. The United States, Japan, India, and Australia have revamped their “Quad” discussions over the past year. However, Ms. Samaranayake noted, France has a range of territorial, economic, and security interests in the Indian Ocean, and the roundtable offered an opportunity to examine those interests and potential opportunities to deepen U.S.-French cooperation in the region. Admiral James Foggo, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, was not able to participate personally in the roundtable but he sent remarks highlighting the strategic alliance between the U.S. and French navies and urging that the existing robust “esprit de corps” be harnessed to promote maritime security and regional stability in the Indian Ocean. ADM Foggo advanced several specific suggestions for U.S.-French naval cooperation in the region, including exploring new opportunities and venues to engage with China’s navy, especially in East Africa and the wider Indian Ocean; inviting India to observe (and later participate in) the CUTLASS EXPRESS exercise sponsored by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and executed by U.S. Naval Forces Africa; and building on France’s newly formalized strategic relationships with India, Australia, and South Africa. ADM Foggo’s statement follows. The principal speaker at the January 18 CNA roundtable was French security policy expert Dr. Iskander Rehman, Senior Fellow for International Relations at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island. Dr. Rehman’s paper concludes this document.

    As Dr. Rehman explained, among the growing number of states with a presence in the Indian Ocean, France has a fairly unique position as a European Union member which is also a nation of the Indian Ocean Rim. La Réunion and Mayotte, former colonies of France acquired in the late 17th century / early 18th century, are now departments of France. Today, more than 1.5 million French citizens and 130,000 French expatriates live in the Indo-Pacific region, where France has significant commercial and strategic interests.

    Dr. Rehman noted that French investment capital in the Indo-Pacific is four times greater than Asian investments in France. In the Indian Ocean, France delineates two strategic theaters: the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Aden; and the Southwest Indian Ocean. From inter-service military bases in Djibouti and Abu Dhabi, France pursues a range of missions, including: countering terrorism; fighting ISIS; containing Iran’s ambitions; fulfilling informal security guarantees to Gulf state partners; ensuring the free flow of shipping; and projecting force into the Indian Ocean.

    In the Southwest Indian Ocean, France seeks to defend French national territory and French citizens in La Réunion and Mayotte and a vast exclusive 2 economic zone associated with uninhabited island territories in the Mozambique Channel and the remote Southern Ocean.

    Dr. Rehman pointed out that, with over 30,000 troops deployed and ongoing operations in a number of theaters, France’s operational ability was currently stretched thin. Nevertheless, as a middle power with global outreach, France is committed to contributing to the security of the region.
    Key roles in the Indo-Pacific which the French military exercises alone and in coordination with the United States include:
    • Shaping the regional balance of power through capacity building and strategically driven arms sales
    • Conducting maritime rescue and disaster relief
    • Upholding informal security guarantees to certain Gulf States vis-à-vis Iran
    • Bolstering U.S. counterterrorism, intelligence, and counter-proliferation efforts along an arc of instability from Dakar to Peshawar
    • Helping secure critical straits and chokepoints, including the Mozambique channel

    To augment its regional presence, France has sought to establish a series of ambitious strategic partnerships—the most significant of which is with India. In recent years, Dr. Rehman noted that France has shown a greater willingness to criticize China’s regional behavior, while elevating its relationship with Japan and embarking on a newly enhanced partnership with Australia.

    Download the full paper, “The Indian Ocean in France’s Global Defense Strategy,” by Dr. Iskander Rehman.

  • Jacquelyn Schneider on Story in the Public Square

    The future of warfare & unmanned systems with Jacquelyn Schneider

    Air Dates: March 17-18, 2018

    The intermingling of traditional and emerging security challenges demands fresh thinking from a new generation of scholars and practitioners—guest Jacquelyn Schneider tells us that some of those new thinkers and new soldiers will not look like their predecessors.

    Schneider is a graduate of Columbia University, an Air Force veteran, and now, an assistant professor at the U.S. Naval War College whose scholastic expertise includes cybersecurity and cyberwarfare, political psychology and human interaction with technology, notably unmanned weaponry such as drones. Her work, often co-authored with Julia Macdonald of the University of Denver, has been published in many national-security and defense journals, and mainstream media such as The Washington Post.

    Schneider is known for her out-of-the-box thinking, which has sometimes put her at odds with some more “traditional” members of America’s military and defense communities. However, given the Naval War College’s atmosphere of academic freedom under President Rear Admiral Jeffrey A. Harley, she has what she describes as “cover” for her contrarian views.

    In addition to her bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Columbia, Schneider holds a master’s degree in political science from Arizona State University and a doctorate in political science from George Washington University. She joined the faculty at the Naval War College in 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. & 8:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 1:30 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.

  • Jacob Groshek, professor of emerging media studies at Boston University on Story in the Public Square

    Twitter, television, and the 2016 Election with Jacob Groshek

    Air Dates: March 10-11, 2018

    Conventional wisdom tells us that Donald Trump’s campaign benefited mightily from his use of Twitter. However, conventional wisdom and the truth are not always synonymous. Jacob Groshek’s research shows it was not the Tweets themselves, but the television coverage they generated that shaped the 2016 election.

    Dr. Groshek’s is a professor of emerging media studies at Boston University. His research focuses on the democratic utility of communication technologies and the ways in which the structure, content and uses of online and mobile media may influence sociopolitical change. Additional research pursuits include applied econometric analyses, data mining and visualizing social media content. In that area, Dr. Groshek oversees a cloud-based software system, the BU-TCAT, which makes it possible for all BU faculty and students to study social media in big and small data approaches. He also leads workshops in Making Social Media Matter that are available to the general public to earn a Certificate in Social Media Analysis: Principles and Practices for Big Data from Boston University in just 3 days. Dr. Groshek also runs a social media consultancy and is regularly featured in national and international media coverage.

    He has over 45 peer-reviewed publications since earning his PhD at Indiana University in 2008 under the supervision of Professor David H. Weaver. Some of his most notable work is featured in Journal of Communication, New Media & Society, Social Scientific Computer Review, and in volumes published by Oxford and Routledge, among others. Dr. Groshek also sits on the editorial boards of Communication Yearbook and the Journal of Information Technology and Politics and regularly reviews for more than a dozen journals. He recently completed his term as head of the communication technology division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and he has received top paper awards at the faculty and student levels in international competitions.

    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, Sundays at 1:30 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.

  • Newport & Rhode Island Historical Societies

    Executive Director, Jim Ludes participating in public history event

    Myth, Memory, History and Heritage

    History Space, a joint program of the Newport and Rhode Island Historical Societies present an exploration for public historians.

    Newport, RI – On Friday, March 23, 2018 10am-12pm at Newport’s Colony House, Washington Square, Newport, RI, History Space, a joint program of the Newport and Rhode Island Historical Societies presents Myth, Memory, History and Heritage,” a panel of public historians.

    The panel will be moderated by Ruth Taylor, Executive Director of the Newport Historical Society, and will include: Jason Steinhauer, Director of the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University, James Ludes, Vice President for Public Research & Executive Director, Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, Akeia Bernard, Curator of Social History, New Bedford Whaling Museum, and Morgan Grefe, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Society.

    “Basically all democratic theory is built around the idea people have a roughly accurate and shared view of what’s going on. What if they don’t?” – Ezra Klein (2017)

    The panel will discuss, for an audience of practitioners and the public, questions about how members of a large and diverse “we” perceive the past, and how differences in perspective can have consequences when we try to wrestle with current issues together. How can historic site managers and other public historians approach the myths that families and populations have repeated for generations when scholarship reveals something different? How should we approach cultural differences in how we think about the past? What roles can historical societies play in improving the level of historical literacy in our audiences (and why do we care)?

    Reservations are required. Please RSVP to hrockwood@newporthistorical.org.

     

    About the Newport Historical Society

    Since 1854, the Newport Historical Society has collected and preserved the artifacts, photographs, documents, publications, and genealogical records that relate to the history of Newport County, to make these materials readily available for both research and enjoyment, and to act as a resource center for the education of the public about the history of Newport County, so that knowledge of the past may contribute to a fuller understanding of the present. For more information please visit www.NewportHistory.org.

     

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