A Budget is a Moral Document: Picks of the Week
Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Katrina Heikkinen American First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again | Executive Office of the President of the United States What Trump cut in his budget | The Washington Post The U.S. foreign aid budget, visualized | The Washington Post A budget is a moral document. It communicates in very real terms the values of the organization or individual who creates … Read More
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 … Read More
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. … Read More
March 11, 2017: “Story in the Public Square”
NYT financial journalist Michael Corkery helps make sense of financial stories affecting Americans everywhere.
Fear is Corrosive to Freedom: Picks of the Week
Trump invites victims of illegal immigrant crime as guests for speech to Congress | Washington Times The real goal of Trump’s executive orders: Reduce the number of immigrants in the U.S. | Los Angeles Times Bannon’s reckless pursuit of ethno-nationalist greatness | Washington Post This week’s Picks-of-the-Week are co-authored by two historians, Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes and Salve Regina University Provost Scott Zeman. In the November 2016 election, … Read More
March 4, 2017: “Story in the Public Square”
Educational leader Dr. Irvin Scott helps us make sense of the education debate.
An Increasingly Factionalized U.S. Foreign Policy? Picks of the Week
Trump’s Team of Rivals: Riven By Distrust | Foreign Policy Building Situations of Strength: A National Security Strategy for the United States | Brookings Institution McMaster Has the Islamaphobes Worried. Good. | Politico Magazine Washington PR Offensive Fails to Quell Concerns Over Trump | Reuters It has become increasingly evident that there are competing factions within the Trump Administration’s national security team. Long accustomed to pitting his subordinates one against another, the former businessman … Read More