• 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.

  • Image demonstrating damaging results of refugee crisis in Greece

    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.

  • G. Wayne Miller, Jim Ludes interview Kevin Doyle and Sauda Jackson on "Story in the Public Square"

    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.

  • Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller with Sean Kay on set of "Story in the Public Square"

    April 1, 2017: “Story in the Public Square”

    In 1958, Danny and the Juniors told us “Rock and Roll is Here to Stay,” and by the 1970s, punk had celebrated the triumvirate of “sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll.” Guest Sean Kay says rock and roll played a more substantial role in the history of the last half-century. It changed America and spread the values of freedom, equality, human rights and peace across the globe.

    Sean-Kay-Group-ShotSean Kay is an international relations expert from Ohio Wesleyan University, where he is a professor in the Department of Politics and Government specializing in international politics, international security, international organizations, and U.S. foreign and defense policy. Dr. Kay is also the author of Rockin’ the Free World! How the Rock & Roll Revolution Changed America and the World (Rowman & Littlefield, 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. & 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.

  • Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller with Bob Hackey on set of "Story in the Public Square"

    March 25, 2017: “Story in the Public Square”

    From Richard Nixon to Donald Trump, leaders on both sides of the political aisle have described the state of American healthcare in terms intended to scare and mobilize voters. Guest Bob Hackey argues that those cries of crisis have warped the healthcare debate.

    IMG_5792Hackey is a political science professor at Providence College, as well as the director of the Health Policy & Management Department. He is the author of Cries of Crisis: Rethinking the Health Care Debate (Nevada, 2012) and The New Politics of State Health Policy (Georgetown, 1997), and the co-editor of Rethinking Health Care Policy: The New Politics of State Regulation (Kansas, 2001).

    “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.

  • Official seal for the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy

    Statement by Executive Director Jim Ludes on President Trump’s proposal to eliminate funding for the NEA and the NEH

    March 16, 2017

    Pell Center Executive Director Dr. Jim Ludes released the following statement:

    More than 50 years ago, Senator Claiborne Pell was instrumental in passing bipartisan legislation to create the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The legislation succeeded because Republicans and Democrats believed that it was essential for all Americans to study and celebrate our history, our values, and our accomplishments as a society.  Federal support for the arts and humanities allows every American to benefit, not just the wealthy and the elite, and it makes our society stronger.  The budget proposed by President Trump today casts aside not just the legacy of a great Senator, but the work of artists and scholars who help us understand what it means to be American and what it means to be human.

    Dr. Jim Ludes, Executive Director

     

     

     

  • Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller with Michael Kennedy on set of "Story in the Public Square"

    March 18, 2017: “Story in the Public Square”

    University professors and intellectuals are often dismissed as elites, divorced from real life and disconnected from the problems of real people. Guest Michael Kennedy sees their role differently and argues, in fact, that intellectuals and universities are agents of global change.

    Michael D. Kennedy is the professor of sociology and international studies at Brown University. Throughout his career, Kennedy has addressed East European social movements, national identifications, and systemic change. For the last 15 years, he also has worked in the sociology of public knowledge, global transformations, universities and social movements.  His latest book, Globalizing Knowledge: Intellectuals, Universities, and Publics in Transformationwas recently published by Stanford University Press.

    “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 and Michael Corkery sitting on set at Story in the Public Square.

    March 11, 2017: “Story in the Public Square”

    For every new regulation his administration issues, President Trump has said two regulations have to be eliminated – but what about the ordinary Americans many of these regulations were designed to protect? Are we heading back to the days of predatory lenders?  Hosts Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller sit down with Michael Corkery, a New York Times financial journalist, to try to make sense of the financial stories affecting Americans everywhere.

    Corkery writes about finance and its impact on consumers, businesses, and the environment. In 2015, he was part of a team of reporters that revealed how big banks and corporations have forced Americans to give up their day in court and instead submit their disputes to private arbitration. He has also investigated how auto lenders profit from poor people needing cars and how coal companies and their Wall Street backers use bankruptcy to shed environmental obligations.

    “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.

  • Dr. Scott Irvin on set of Story in the Public Square

    March 4, 2017: “Story in the Public Square”

    Everyone who has ever gone to school has something to say about teachers, about schools, and about education in general. But is popular opinion—fueled, often, by myth and anecdote—as valid as the considered judgments of educators and researchers?  Educational leader Dr. Irvin Scott joins hosts Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller to help make sense of the education debate.

    Dr. Irvin Scott is an educator who began his career with 15 years in the classroom as an English teacher and choral director. Dr. Scott progressed his career as a public school administrator, including several years as the Chief Academic Officer of the public schools in Boston, MA.  In 2011, Dr. Scott became the IMG_5631deputy director for K-12 education at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he led the investment of $300 million in initiatives focused on transforming how teachers are recruited, developed, and rewarded.  Dr. Scott is now a Senior Lecturer at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

    “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.

  • Eric Bennett on set of Story in the Public Square

    February 25, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    This week, hosts Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller are joined by a remarkably talented scholar and novelist whose work, whether for academic or popular audiences, traces the role of both narrative and truth in public life.

    Eric Bennett is the author of Workshops of Empire: Stegner, Engle, and American Creative Writing during the Cold War, and the novel A Big Enough Lie.  His fiction has appeared in A Public Space and Lumina, and his nonfiction in the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Chronicle of Higher Education, VQR, and Modern Fiction Studies.  He received an MFA in fiction writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a Ph.D. in English from Harvard University.  He is an associate professor at Providence College in Rhode Island.

    “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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