• The Pell Center's Executive Director Jim Ludes and the Providence Journal's G. Wayne Miller sit down with photojournalist Javier Manzano on the set of Story in the Public Square.

    July 10, 2016: “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square”

    Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker Javier Manzano, who recently received the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square, will be featured this week on “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square.”

    Manzano captures the stories of people all over the world, from American workers who built nuclear weapons for the Cold War to fighters in the Syrian civil war. He won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for his photo, distributed through Agence France-Presse, of Syrian rebel soldiers guarding their position as light streams through bullet holes in a wall.

    Javier Manzano on set at "White House Chronicle" at RI PBS. “Javier Manzano is a storyteller with real insight into some of the world’s most pressing problems.  Our conversation with him reflects what he witnessed for all of us in Syria and other war zones.  It’s a compelling episode.” said G. Wayne Miller, director of Story in the Public Square.

    “White House Chronicle” airs nationwide on some 200 PBS and public, educational and governmental (PEG) access stations; and worldwide on Voice of America Television and Radio. An audio version of the program airs four times weekends on SiriusXM Radio’s popular POTUS (Politics of the United States), Channel 124: Saturdays at 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET, and Sundays at 1 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET.

    In Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts, the program airs Sundays at 11:30 a.m. on Rhode Island PBS, Digital 36.1, and other carriers; and 7 p.m. Sunday on PBS Learn, Digital 36.2, and other carriers.

    Story in the Public Square is a partnership of The Pell Center at Salve Regina University and the Providence Journal. Ludes is executive director of The Pell Center and Journal Staff Writer Miller directs the Story in the Public Square program.

    Locally, the broadcast will be aired on Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. on Rhode Island PBS (WSBE).

    Read more about the 2016 Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square.

    See Javier’s work here.

  • Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes speaks with Scott Bates during a podcast.

    Podcast: Scott Bates

     

    The Pell Center’s newest adjunct fellow, Scott Bates, joins Jim Ludes for a wide-ranging conversation about politics, international relations, and so much more.

     

     

  • Profile image of Scott Bates in front of an American flag.

    Pell Center Expands International Focus with Addition of Foreign Policy Expert Scott Bates

    Newport, R.I. – The Pell Center at Salve Regina University announced the addition of Scott Bates, an experienced student and practitioner of U.S. foreign policy, as an adjunct fellow. Bates, of Stonington, Connecticut, brings to the Pell Center a diverse background in international relations, politics, and on-the-ground experience in America’s war zones.  He also serves as Executive Director of the Connecticut Institute for the 21st Century (CT21).

    “Scott Bates is a leader whose courage and intellect have made him singularly effective,” said Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes. “There once was a time,” Ludes continued, “when a commitment to democratic values abroad meant a commitment to progress at home.  Scott Bates—in his professional undertakings and his personal commitments—is the embodiment of that ideal. We’re thrilled to have him join the Pell Center.”

    Bates’ career has seen him serve in a wide variety of local, state, federal, and international positions. In American government, Bates served as Secretary of State and Legislative Director for the Governor of Virginia where he was responsible for development and passage of the governor’s legislative agenda.  After 9/11, Scott served as the first Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee. He has worked with leaders and activists to support governing institutions and democratic development in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, Haiti, and throughout the Middle East. Bates has been a featured speaker on defense issues and international affairs. His areas of expertise include homeland security, counterterrorism, and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, Asia, and Eastern Europe.

    Bates has been a senior lecturer at University of Tokyo, as well as a visiting professor at the University of Indiana School of Law, Connecticut College, and the University of Pristina in Kosovo. Among his career highlights, Bates served as President of the Center for National Policy and as Senior Advisor for the Truman National Security Project.

    The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy is a think-tank on the campus of Salve Regina University focused at the intersection of politics, policies, and ideas.

    To listen to Scott Bates’ podcast, click here.

  • Title page Transforming the Next Generation of Military Leaders into the cyber-Strategic Leaders: The Role of Cybersecurity Education in US Service Academies by Francesca Spidalieri and Jennifer McArdle

    Preparing Military Cyber-Strategic Leaders

    Newport, R.I. – The Army Cyber Institute at West Point recently published their inaugural print edition of The Cyber Defense Review (CDR) with contributions from Pell Center Senior Fellow for Cyber Leadership, Francesca Spidalieri. Spidalieri co-authored a chapter of the magazine entitled, “Transforming the Next Generation of Military leaders into Cyber-Strategic Leaders: The Role of Cybersecurity Education in US Service Academies.”

    Her study addresses the role that US service academies play in developing not only specialized cyber forces, but especially a pipeline of qualified cyber strategic military leaders. As Spidalieri noted: “Today, no modern military can enter the battlespace without some reliance on cyberspace. In the future, every military leader will have to also be a cyber strategic leader.”

    The article surveys current efforts by the US Coast Guard Academy, the US Air Force Academy, the US Military Academy, and the US Naval Academy to prepare all future officers for the challenges of operational- and strategic-level cyber threats. The survey Spidalieri carried out over the course of several months provides an overview of the level of exposure cadets and midshipman receive to cyber issues and to what extent they graduate with an adequate understanding of the cyber challenges facing their respective services. In addition, the article identifies some of the gaps in current curricula and offers preliminary recommendations to include a stronger cybersecurity component into existing programs at US service academies.

    The full article, “Transforming the Next Generation of Military Leaders into Cyber-Strategic Leaders: The role of cybersecurity education in the US service academies,” can be downloaded here.

    The Cyber Defense Review magazine can be downloaded here.

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    May 15, 2016: “Story in the Public Square”

    NEWPORT, R.I. – Brian Goldner, chairman, president and CEO of giant toy- and game-maker Hasbro, Inc., will be the guest this weekend on “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square.”

    Goldner runs the $4.45-billion company that markets and sells Monopoly, Nerf, Transformers, Star Wars, Disney, Marvel and other house brands and licensed products. But more than that, Hasbro projects influence inside millions of homes across the planet – and it is this unusual role, among other issues, that “Story in the Public Square” hosts Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller explore with Goldner in this weekend’s episode.

    “Hasbro is the oldest major toy and game company in the world and the second-largest in terms of revenue, but more than that, its products – unlike, say, soft drinks or shoes – can play a significant role in the psycho-social development of children,” said Miller. “And that is one of the major issues we asked Goldner to discuss: how he and his Rhode Island-based firm manage what can only be called a sacred public trust. His response proved enlightening.”IMG_3780 cropped

    Goldner also talks about the use of narrative storytelling in the toy, TV and film industries; the challenges of running a global toy company; and the research with parents, children, internal staff and outside experts that goes into development of hundreds of products for all age groups, from baby to grown-up.

    Previous guests on “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square” include New York Times staff writer and best-selling author Dan Barry, whose latest book, “The Boys in the Bunkhouse,” will be published on May 17; Tricia Rose, Professor of Africana Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University and author of “Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America” and “The Hip Hop Wars”; and August Cole, co-author of “Ghost Fleet,” a former journalist with the Wall Street Journal, and most recently a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.

    “White House Chronicle” airs nationwide on some 200 PBS and public, educational and governmental (PEG) access stations; and worldwide on Voice of America Television and Radio. An audio version of the program airs four times weekends on SiriusXM Radio’s popular POTUS (Politics of the United States), Channel 124: Saturdays at 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET, and Sundays at 1 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET.

    In Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts, the program airs Sundays at 11:30 a.m. on Rhode Island PBS, Digital 36.1, and other carriers; and 7 p.m. Sunday on PBS Learn, Digital 36.2, and other carriers.
    Story in the Public Square is a partnership of The Pell Center at Salve Regina University and the Providence Journal. Ludes is executive director of The Pell Center and Journal Staff Writer Miller directs the Story in the Public Square program.

    Locally, the broadcast will be aired on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. on Rhode Island PBS (WSBE).

     

  • Head shot of Dr. Martha McCann Rose wearing a pink jacket and smiling at the camera.

    Podcast: Martha Rose

    Dr. Martha Rose, Salve Regina professor and faculty fellow at the Pell Center, joins Dr. Jim Ludes to discuss issues in education, from high-stakes testing to services for students with Autism.

     

     

     

  • Photograph of the 2016-2017 Nuala Pell Leadership Fellows at the Pell Center.

    Nuala Pell Leadership Program Selects Fellows for 2016-2017

    Newport, R.I. – Fourteen 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.

    “In the first two years of the program, our student fellows have impressed us with their commitment, their desire to grow as leaders, and their potential to change the world,” said Chelsea Buffington, program director. “We expect great things from this year’s group, too.”

    The 2016-2017 cohort of Nuala Pell Leadership Program fellows include:

    • Toyosi Akanji, Chemistry, Cranston, RI
    • Cassidy Chapman, Global Business, Douglas, MA
    • Alexandra Correia, Administration of Justice, Fall River, MA
    • Jacquelyn Cutts, Religious & Theological Studies and Philosophy, Anaheim, CA
    • Daniel Donnelly, Chemistry, Portsmouth, RI
    • Michaela Lacerra, Nursing, Marlborough, MA
    • Evie O’Callaghan, Business Administration, Lancaster, United Kingdom
    • Sydnee Odei-Ntiri, Cultural & Historic Preservation and History, New Haven, CT
    • Tristen Perez, Administration of Justice, Framingham, MA
    • Grayce Rogers, History, Osterville, MA
    • Brian Schmidt, Nursing, Mansfield, MA
    • Andrew Siaba, Financial Management, Natick, MA
    • Kate Vitagliano, Psychology, Guilford, CT
    • Kendall Wilcox, Administration of Justice, Pomfret, CT

    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 2016, 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 2016-2017 academic year.

    “Every year we meet a new group of students and we wonder, ‘how will they do?’” said Jim Ludes, Pell Center executive director.  “Then, they surprise us.  They dazzle us with innovation, with heart, with compassion, and with an instinctive sense of what it means to show and live Mercy.  Last year, students were so moved by the people running the Advocacy Project in Washington, DC, that they organized an exhibit of quilts back in Newport to tell the stories of marginalized communities all over the world.  This is the kind of impact Mrs. Pell knew our students could have.  We’re humbled to continue her legacy.”

  • World Cybersecurity

    Picks of the Week: What the Panama Paper Breach Means for Your Organization Cybersecurity

    Cybersecurity Lessons Learned From ‘Panama Papers’ Breach | Forbes

    What the Panama Paper Hack Means for Worldwide Cybersecurity | Massive Media

    The Panama Papers Wake Up Call | Security Week

    In the wake of the revelations from the so-called “Panama Papers,” the world of the rich and powerful has been reeling. A single cyber attack against Mossack Fonseca—a Panamanian law firm that was virtually unknown to the public—has sent a tsunami around the world, already toppling one world leader with more turbulence likely to come.

    The attacker absconded with such a vast trove of confidential, attorney-client information—including over 4.8 million emails, 2.2 million PDFs, and 2.6 terabytes of information—that journalists and other investigators have been reviewing it for more than a year. The resulting leak was the largest data security breach in history, and has made previous revelations by WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden look small and limited by comparison.

    The leaked information allegedly details the ways some of the world’s most powerful figures, including presidents, kings, prime ministers, their relatives, and close associates in more than 40 countries from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Americas, have used offshore companies to hide income and avoid paying taxes. Some of the information dated back almost 40 years to a period before the Internet even existed.

    The identity of the attacker(s), however, remains a mystery. Perhaps it was a company insider with access to the relevant passwords and files? Or maybe a skilled attacker, well-versed in the intricacies of cyber espionage?

    Experts believe that neither profile is accurate, because the Mossack Fonseca cyber attack was actually quite simple. So simple, in fact, that even a script kiddie with limited hacking knowledge could have done it. The leak stemmed from known vulnerabilities in older versions of popular open source web server software Drupal and WordPress that had not been updated and that can easily be exploited. In fact, outdated versions of software that organizations haven’t properly patched is the most common cybersecurity vulnerability today. In addition, Mossack Fonseca’s web server was not behind a firewall and wasn’t separated from their mail servers, and they did not encrypt their emails, which is particularly egregious given the sensitivity of their clients’ information. In other words, Mossack Fonseca failed to take even the most rudimentary steps to protect their confidential client data. And, even if it had put their web server behind a firewall and separated it from their mail servers, hackers would have still been able to exploit their unpatched vulnerabilities to access data on internal systems—it would simply have taken them a bit longer.

    In addition, some of the security mistakes Mossack Fonseca made were violations of common cyber hygiene.

    So, what can your organization learn from this latest hack and do to prevent a similar breach?

    • Patch, patch, patch—ensure that admins have applied all security patches to all software, not just the software that faces the Internet. Your patching regimen should be prompt and thorough – but never count on all software to be properly patched.
    • Train your employees on password protection (and don’t store passwords in a file called passwords!)—require regular changing of passwords (at least quarterly). If you don’t already have a policy in place governing the creation, use, and sharing of passwords for your organization, establish one. Encourage employees to create complex passwords, never to share them, and to implement additional layers of security, such as dual-factor authentication, adding fingerprint locks on computers, single use codes, etc.
    • Train your employees on recognizing phishing emails—fraudulent emails are still a major attack vector. Cyber criminals obtain organization-wide data from just one employee falling for a false email request. Include in your policy what work can be done on personal devices (such as smartphones and tablets), and what work must be done on workplace computers protected by a strong firewall and good virus software.
    • Do not give everybody access to everything—put your eggs in multiple baskets, classify your documents, and segment your networks. Too many organizations have grown their networks with maximum convenience in mind, effectively giving access to everything to everyone. Unfortunately, that means access to outsiders as well if there is even a small chink in your cyber-defenses.
    • Do not store data beyond what you need—if your organization collects some Personally Identifiable Information (PII), such as social security numbers and credit card information, do not store more than you actually need and are willing to protect.
    • Do not use email for sensitive communications—the biggest lesson already learned from the Sony Corporation hack should have been to avoid writing anything that could potentially incriminate or embarrass you or your business. A casual insult, side comment, inappropriate joke or any similar communication, taken in the context of the intended audience, may not offend; however, written data should be considered permanent and available to a broad audience.
    • Do not ignore warning signs and risks—if something seems wrong, don’t ignore it. Take a screenshot, write down the error message, call support, run an antivirus scan. Sometimes it turns out to be nothing, or even a new feature you didn’t know about. Other times it means you are under attack.
    • Do not go another day without an incident response plan—there are only two types of organizations: those that have been breached, and those who don’t know that they have been breached. Any responsible organization should be prepared to respond, mitigate, and remediate a cyber attacks, and this should start by having a clearly-defined and well-exercised incident response plan.

    – Francesca Spidalieri, Senior Fellow

  • Tricia Rose on SIPS 2

    April 17, 2016: “Story in the Public Square”

     

    The third episode of “Story in the Public Square” will be featured on this weekend’s edition of White House Chronicle. Locally, the broadcast will be aired on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. on Rhode Island PBS (WSBE).

    hip hop warsThis week, “Story in the Public Square” welcomes guest Tricia Rose, Professor of Africana Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University. She is the author of “Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America” as well as “The Hip Hop Wars,” both of which sparked public narrative when they were released and continue to do so today.

    “White House Chronicle” airs nationwide on some 200 PBS and public, educational and governmental (PEG) access stations; and worldwide on Voice of America Television and Radio. An audio version of the program airs four times weekends on SiriusXM Radio’s popular POTUS (Politics of the United States), Channel 124: Saturdays at 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET, and Sundays at 1 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET.

  • Dan Barry on SIPS

    March 27, 2016: “Story in the Public Square”

     

    New York Times staff writer and best-selling author Dan Barry, who shared a Pulitzer Prize early in his career at The Providence Journal and has twice been a Pulitzer finalist while at The Times, will be the guest Sunday on “Story in the Public Square,” a monthly feature of the national PBS show “White House Chronicle“. This is the second episode of “Story in the Public Square,” which launched on March 6, 2016. Locally, the broadcast will be aired on Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. on Rhode Island PBS (WSBE).

    Boys in the Bunkhouse hardcover coverBarry will be talking about his work and soon-to-be-released next book, “The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland,” which is receiving pre-publication critical acclaim. Set to be released May 17, 2016 by HarperCollins, Barry’s latest book tells the story of dozens of men with intellectual disabilities who spent decades working at an Iowa turkey-processing plant, living in an old schoolhouse, and enduring exploitation and abuse – before finding justice and achieving freedom.

    “White House Chronicle” airs nationwide on some 200 PBS and public, educational and governmental (PEG) access stations; and worldwide on Voice of America Television and Radio. An audio version of the program airs four times weekends on SiriusXM Radio’s popular POTUS (Politics of the United States), Channel 124: Saturdays at 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET, and Sundays at 1 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET.

    In Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts, the program airs Sundays at 11:30 a.m. on Rhode Island PBS, Digital 36.1, and other carriers; and 7 p.m. on PBS Learn, Digital 36.2, and other carriers.

    For more information on White House Chronicle and to find your station, visit whchronicle.com.

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