• Jim Ludes, G. Wayne Miller interview Butch Rovan on set of "Story in the Public Square"

    June 10, 2017 “Story in the Public Square”

    Music and art, like storytelling, are distinctively human creations. Guest Joseph “Butch” Rovan works in both media to tell stories, challenge assumptions, and explore our humanity.

    Joseph Butch Rovan is the faculty director of the Brown Arts Initiative (BAI), a new program at Brown University that supports forward-thinking and cutting-edge artists – including those whose work responds to contemporary issues and creates awareness of them.

    In addition to directing the BAI, Rovan is a composer, media artist and performer on the faculty of the Department of Music at Brown University. He also co-directs the MEME (Multimedia & Electronic Music Experiments) program in Computer Music. Before joining academia, he was a member of a Southern California rock band.

    “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.

  • G. Wayne Miller and Jim Ludes interview Karen Tramontano on set of "Story in the Public Square"

    June 3, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    In the aftermath of the Second World War, political leaders built a global system of free trade because they believed it was crucial to world peace.  Like so much of the post-war order, that belief is under assault in the 21st century. Guest Karen Tramontano argues that free trade agreements can serve their original purpose even while helping workers.

    Karen Tramontano is currently the CEO and co-founder of Blue Star Strategies, LLC, which provides corporate, institutional and public sector clients with results-oriented strategies. Ms. Tramontano is also the Founder and President of the Global Fairness Initiative (GFI), a non-profit organization working to promote a more equitable, sustainable approach to globalization to ensure its benefits reach all people, including the working poor.

    Ms. Tramontano is the author of “Tearing Up Trade Agreements Won’t Help Workers: A More Responsible Approach Just May,” a Pell Center study published last year in which she lays out an ambitious approach to trade. Building on the “good” in recent trade pacts, Tramontano describes an approach with three critical elements: a more robust social safety net for American workers who lose their jobs due to trade; labor rights protections for American workers and for workers in trading partners to level the playing field; and integration of the benefits of trade into the discussion of foreign assistance.

    Ms. Tramontano previously served in the White House as deputy chief of staff to President William Jefferson Clinton. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Fair Labor Association and is a lecturer in the Executive Master of European and International Business Law program at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Catholic University Law School and a B.A. from Boston College.

    “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.

  • John Aloysius Farrell sits with Jim Ludes and g. Wayne Miller on set of "Story in the Public Square"

    “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. & 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.

  • Tricia Rose sit with Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller on set of "Story in the Public Square"

    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.

  • G. Wayne Miller, Jim Ludes speak with Anthony Leiserowitz on set of "Story in the Public Square"

    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.

  • Transatlantic Digital Debates

    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/.

  • G. Wayne Miller, Jim Ludes interview Narges Bajoghli on set of "Story in the Public Square"

    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.

  • 2017-2018 Nuala Pell Leadership Program Fellows

    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.

  • G. Wayne Miller, Jim Ludes interview Paul Gionfriddo on set of "Story in the Public Square"

    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.

  • G. Wayne Miller, Jim Ludes interview Alina Polyakova on set of "Story in the Public Square"

    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.

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