• John Aloysius Farrell on set

    “Story in the Public Square” May 27, 2017

    With allegations of a cover-up and obstruction of justice circulating in Washington, Americans in 2017 are looking to the presidency of Richard Nixon for precedent and understanding. Our guest, John Farrell, literally wrote the book on Nixon’s life after his own career covering politics in Washington, DC.

    John Farrell is the author of Richard Nixon: The Life, the best-selling and widely critically acclaimed biography of the 37th president of the United States. Farrell is a contributing editor to Politico Magazine, after a prize-winning career as a newspaperman, most notably at The Denver Post and The Boston Globe, where he worked as White House correspondent and served on the vaunted Spotlight team.

    Farrell has covered Congress, the Supreme Court and every American presidential campaign from 1980 through 2012. He has served as Washington bureau chief for The Denver Post, and the MediaNews chain. Farrell graduated from the University of Virginia, and has served as a guest lecturer for classes at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the United States Military Academy, Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania and other universities and colleges.

    “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. & 10:30 p.m. ET and Sundays at 1:30 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.

  • May 20, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    After the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, Time Magazine asked if we had entered a post-racial America. From the perspective of 2017, the question seems ridiculous. Tricia Rose argues, in fact, that structural racism is the key driver of inequality in the United States.

    Rose is currently Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies and the Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University. Rose also serves as Associate Dean of the Faculty for Special Initiatives. She is an internationally respected scholar of post civil rights era black U.S. culture, popular music, social issues, gender and sexuality.

    Rose graduated from Yale University where she received a B.A. in Sociology and then received her Ph.D. from Brown University in American Studies.

    “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 and Sundays at 1:30 a.m. & 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.

  • May 13, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    Despite decades of consistent warning from the scientific community, the American public remains divided on the issue of climate change.  Yale University’s Anthony Leiserowitz says there are six Americas in the climate debate—and you cannot communicate with each one in the same way.

    Anthony Leiserowitz, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Scientist at the Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. Dr. Leiserowitz is the host of “Climate Connections,” a nationally syndicated radio program and podcast.

    Dr. Leiserowitz is an expert on American and international public opinion on global warming, including public perception of climate change risks, support and opposition for climate policies, and willingness to make individual behavioral change. His research investigates the psychological, cultural, political, and geographic factors that drive public environmental perception and behavior.

    Dr. Leiserowitz can be found on Twitter @ecotone2.

    “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 and Sundays at 1:30 a.m. & 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.

  • Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri Named to New Cohort of Transatlantic Digital Debates Fellows

    Francesca Spidalieri, Senior Fellow for Cyber Leadership at the Pell Center at Salve Regina University, has been selected as a fellow for the 2017 Transatlantic Digital Debates (TDD) program.

    The TDD program is a joint initiative of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Germany and New America, a Washington, DC, based think-tank. Together, the two organizations bring a select group of young professionals together from their respective countries to work on key challenges that sit at the intersection of technology, policy, economics, and law. For the second round of the program, the TDD steering committee has selected 18 exceptional individuals who cover various angles of tech policy and represent the public sector, civil society, business, and academia. The new fellows will come together during a series of meetings in Germany and the United States to discuss different policy questions with regards to innovation and regulation in the digital economy, as well as the relationship between cybersecurity and privacy issues, including emerging cybersecurity threats and the challenges that come with increasing automation, connectivity, and the growing use of algorithms.

    The Transatlantic Digital Debates foster dialogue among future decision-makers to build more long-term transatlantic cooperation in the digital age. Through workshops and conversations with leading decision-makers and experts from various sectors, the fellows engage in open and provocative discussions on the best approaches to shaping our rapidly changing digital societies and economies. “This fantastic program brings together experts from both sides of the Atlantic to enhance transatlantic political discussions and help develop best approaches to the challenges of our increasingly connected and digitally-dependent societies,” said Spidalieri.  “I am thrilled to join this incredible network.”

    Dr. Jim Ludes, Executive Director of the Pell Center, said, “We are proud of Francesca for all that she has done to build an international reputation for her work on cybersecurity here at the Pell Center.  She’s achieved so much already, so we’re not surprised that she would receive this kind of recognition.  We know Francesca will learn a lot during her time as a TDD fellow, she’ll contribute to their deliberations, and, ultimately, she’ll bring those insights back to the important work she does at the Pell Center.”

    You can follow Francesca on Twitter @Francesca-cyber and use #TDD2017 to follow the program and stay up-to-date on the fellows’ blog posts and podcasts. For more information about the program, visit http://www.transatlanticdigitaldebates.net.  For more information on the Pell Center’s Cyber Leadership Program, visit http://pellcenter.org/cyber-leadership/.

  • May 6, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    Chemicals weapons are in the news again following their use against civilians in Syria. Western audiences might most commonly associate chemical weapons with the first World War a century ago, but this week’s guest Narges Bajoghli shares stories from veterans of a more recent conflict – the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980’s.

    Narges Bajoghli is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in International and Public Affairs at the Watson Institute at Brown University, and an Affiliated Fellow at Brown University’s Humanitarian Innovation Initiative. She received her Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology from New York University, where her dissertation was awarded the Dean’s Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences.

    Narges is the co-founder of the non-profit organization, Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB), and has also worked extensively with NGOs in Iran and Latin America (Cuba, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica). Narges has curated and organized art exhibitions and exchanges in the United States and Iran.

    “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 and Sundays at 1:30 a.m. & 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.

  • Nuala Pell Leadership Program Selects Fellows for 2017-2018

    Twelve rising sophomores 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.

    “We’re excited to see how the class of 2020 will build on all of the wonderful successes of their predecessors,” said Chelsea Buffington, program director. “This group has a breadth of talent they will contribute to the year ahead.”

    The 2017-2018 cohort of Nuala Pell Leadership Program fellows include:

    • Kheldhe Bourque, Global Studies, Middletown, RI
    • Vigen Ciottone, Political Science, Westminster, MA
    • Amanda Corp, Psychology, Clay, NY
    • Madalyn Drotning, Biology, Maple Valley, WA
    • Priscilla Gaspard, Business Administration/Philosophy, Brockton, MA
    • Julissa Hernandez, Global Studies, Providence, RI
    • Daniel Landino. Theatre/Pyschology, West Haven, CT
    • Henry Nickerson. English/Political Science, Overland Park, KS
    • Rebecca Sock, English Communications, Warwick, RI
    • Bryce Sholtes, Music/Political Science, Columbia, MD
    • Leann Teodoro, Nursing, Fall River, MA
    • Penelope Theodoropoulos, Psychology, Landing, NJ

    The Nuala Pell Leadership Program includes monthly meetings where students engage in topics ranging from leadership theory and leadership ethics to managing change and vision mapping. Students meet with invited leaders to learn specific attributes of successful leaders. In 2017, 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. Each student will also shadow a local leader and participate in a service project, which they will design and implement over the course of the 2017-2018 academic year.

    “These students amaze me. Beyond their talents in the classroom, they are engaged, they care about their community, and they believe in service. I’m looking forward to seeing the good they do in the Nuala Pell Leadership Program and beyond.” said Jim Ludes, Pell Center executive director.

  • April 29, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 50 million adult Americans live with a diagnosable mental health disorder.  Despite its prevalence, our guest Paul Gionfriddo confronts a lot of myths in the discussion of mental health issues in America.

    G.-Wayne-Miller,-Paul-Gionfriddo,-Jim-LudesGionfriddo is President and CEO of Mental Health America. He has worked in a variety of health and mental-health related positions during a career spanning over thirty years. In 2013, he was appointed by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to a four-year term on the 12-member National Advisory Council to the SAMHSA Center for Mental Health Services.

    Gionfriddo’s essay, entitled How I Helped Create a Flawed Mental Health System That’s Failed Millions – And My Son, was published as the Narrative Matters essay in the September 2012 issue of Health Affairs and was also published in the Washington Post in October 2012. The full-length version of the story was published as a book, entitled Losing Tim: How Our Health and Education Systems Failed My Son with Schizophrenia.

    “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 and Sundays at 1:30 a.m. & 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.

  • April 22, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    According to the U.S. intelligence community, Russia intervened in America’s 2016 presidential campaign to benefit one candidate. As shocking as that revelation was, guest Alina Polyakova warns it’s all part of a broader pattern of Russian efforts directed against the West.

    Alina-Polyakova-2Dr. Alina Polyakova is the Director of Research for Europe and Eurasia at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. She is the author of The Dark Side of European Integration (2015), a monograph that examines the rise of far-right populism in Europe. Dr. Polyakova is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a frequent media commentator on developments in Ukraine, Russia, and Europe.

    Dr. Polyakova holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in Economics and Sociology with highest honors from Emory University.

    “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 and Sundays at 1:30 a.m. & 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.

  • Documentary Filmmaker Daphne Matziaraki to Receive 2017 Pell Center Prize

    Newport, R.I. – Filmmaker Daphne Matziaraki, whose documentary about the European refugee crisis was nominated for an Academy Award, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square. The prize, awarded annually since 2013, honors a storyteller whose work has significantly influenced the public dialogue.

    “It is an incredible honor to be awarded the prestigious Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square and to be in the great company of past years’ outstanding winners,” said Matziaraki, whose documentary “4.1 Miles” was a 2016 New York Times Op-Doc, and winner of several awards, including Vimeo best Documentary of the Year.

    “‘4.1 Miles’ is extremely timely, and this award sends out a powerful message: That today, our responsibility as filmmakers to tell important stories is more necessary than ever,” Matziaraki said.

    Matziaraki joins journalist and two-time Pulitzer winner Dana Priest, who received the inaugural Pell Center Prize in 2013; Emmy-winning screenwriter and actor Danny Strong, the 2014 winner; Lisa Genova, the best-selling author of Still Alice and three other novels, the 2015 honoree; and Pulitzer-winning photographer, filmmaker and war correspondent Javier Manzano, last year’s winner.

    Matziaraki will receive the 2017 prize, conferred by the Pell Center at Salve Regina University, during a ceremony the evening of Monday, June 5, 2017. The next day, she will be a guest on “Story in the Public Square.” The program airs nationally on SiriusXM satellite radio and on Rhode Island PBS. Directed by Matziaraki, the short documentary “4.1 Miles” depicts a Hellenic Coast Guard captain and crew from the island of Lesbos who, against odds, undertake many missions to attempt to save thousands of children, women and men who are attempting to cross the Aegean Sea to Greece as the European migrant crisis unfolds. Shot in the tradition of cinéma vérité, its cinematography and graphic presentation of life-and-death drama distinguish the film.

    “Daphne’s film captures the essence of the human tragedy of the Syrian and related refugee crises unlike any other story I have seen,” said G. Wayne Miller, Providence Journal Staff Writer, Pell Center Visiting Fellow, and director and co-founder of Story in the Public Square. “With its raw emotions, it literally took my breath away – while imparting a deeper understanding of the unconscionable tragedy the world is witness to.”

    Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes said: “To say that I was moved when I first saw ‘4.1 Miles’ is a gross understatement. Daphne Matziaraki captures the desperate plight of refugees and one coast guard officer’s efforts to save their lives. It is human. It is emotional. It is a profoundly important story in 2017, and we are humbled to recognize it.”

    Daphne MatziarakiA native of Greece, Matziaraki, 35, holds a bachelor’s degree in politics and sociology from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom; a master’s in international relations from the University of Bristol; and a masters in journalism (documentary filmmaking) from the University of California, Berkeley. Matziaraki has worked as a radio, television and multi-media journalist in America and Greece. She lives now in the San Francisco Bay area.

    “In awarding the 2017 prize to Daphne, we also confirm our commitment to the next generation of storytellers,” Miller said. “This has been a Pell Center commitment from the start, and for me personally, a decades-long commitment to young people in their careers.”

    Founded in 2012, Story in the Public Square is an initiative to celebrate, study and tell stories that matter. A partnership of the Pell Center and The Providence Journal, the program sponsors public seminars and discussions, annually names a local and national story of the year, and is guided by a culturally and creatively diverse Story Board.

    Learn more about Daphne and “4.1 Miles” at www.daphnematziaraki.com. Please be advised the documentary contains some graphic scenes.

    RSVP for the 2017 Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square presentation on June 5, 2017 here.

  • April 8, 2017: “Story in the Public Square”

    As long as there has been live theater, artists have grappled with the public issues of their day. From the ancient Greeks to today, theater has had the power to provoke, inspire, and challenge authorities and orthodoxies. This week, playwright-director Kevin Doyle and actor Sauda Jackson help us explore the power of theater.

    Kevin Doyle is the artistic director of the New York City-based international theater company, Sponsored by Nobody. Doyle is a graduate of the Drama Studies program at Purchase College-SUNY. His plays have been translated into French and Romanian, while receiving productions in the United States and the European Union. In 2007, Doyle founded Sponsored By Nobody, an international theatre company which has established a reputation in New York and Europe for presenting abrasive theatre that refuses to relinquish the idea of art as a catalyst for social change.

    Class-ShotSauda Jackson is an actor who has had the distinct pleasure of working at the forefront of experimental New York theatre. Jackson studied Acting at Eastern Illinois University and Brooklyn College-CUNY. Jackson has worked with Sponsored By Nobody on Behind The Bullseye, ATM or this is [not] new york, THE AЯTS and as a regularly featured actor in SBN’s Tropismes series at JACK in Brooklyn.

    “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 and Sundays at 1:30 a.m. & 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.

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