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  • Tim Gray on the set of "Story in the Public Square"

    Tim Gray on “Story in the Public Square” August 26, 2017

    One of the biggest Hollywood block-busters this summer is about the earliest days of World War II. Guest Tim Gray is an acclaimed chronicler of the Americans who defeated the Axis Powers and saved civilization. Gray is a national award-winning documentary film director, producer and writer based in Rhode Island. Tim has produced and directed 17 documentary films to date on the personal stories of the World War II generation. … Read More

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

    John Marttila on “Story in the Public Square” August 19, 2017

    Storytelling is at the heart of political campaigns. Guest John Marttila has studied those stories as part of a four-decade career in American politics. For more than forty years, Marttila has been a leading political strategist and advisor for political candidates, elected officials and ballot campaigns. In 1972, he co-founded his first company, which oversaw the strategy and produced advertising for Vice President Joe Biden’s upset senatorial victory. Marttila was … Read More

  • Ipad with HBO's Game of Thrones on the screen.

    Game of ‘pwns’: Cybersecurity Lessons from the latest HBO Hack – Picks of the Week

    Hackers Demand Millions in Ransom for stolen HBO Data | Associated Press Spoiler Alert: Hackers Are Gunning for Hollywood | Variety  The HBO Hack Was Reportedly up to Seven Times Larger Than the Sony Hack | Vanity Fair It seems that no one can escape cyber threats or data breaches these days – everything from political parties to the King in the North – appear vulnerable to attack. The latest victim in a string of embarrassing … Read More

  • Pell Center Receives Grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York to Host Franco-U.S. Defense Dialogue

    Newport, RI – The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University has received a $200,000 grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York to support the Rochambeau Dialogue over a period of two years. Named after one of the most celebrated French commanders of the Revolutionary War, the Rochambeau Dialogue will be an important programmatic effort designed to strengthen defense cooperation between the United States and … Read More

  • Statue of Liberty with NYC in the background.

    Emma Lazarus and American Exceptionalism: Picks of the Week

    Statue of Liberty Caught in White House Immigration Row | BBC Trump Advisor Stephen Miller Undermines Poem’s Connection to Statue of Liberty | NPR New York Today: The Politics in Poetry | The New York Times The stories we tell ourselves shape the way we think about ourselves—read any self-help book and you know that “self-talk,” is a common refrain. When you tell stories about yourself where you are always … Read More

  • Map of the United States with large lock in the center to represent cyber security

    As U.S. States Join Forces to Boost Cybersecurity, Federal Government Slashes U.S. Leadership in Cyberspace

    “38 Governors Sign ‘a Compact to Improve State Cybersecurity’” | Government Technology “Tillerson to Shut Cyber Office in State Department Reorganization” | Bloomberg “Top State Cyber Official to Exit, Leaving a Myriad Questions” | Politico Rhode Island recently hosted the National Governors Association (NGA) meeting, during which 38 state governors pledged to make cybersecurity a top priority and agreed to further develop statewide plans to enhance cybersecurity governance, prepare and defend their states from cyber incidents, … Read More

  • U.S. Navy sailors pledge allegiance to the National Ensign during a Memorial Service.

    Trump, de Tocqueville, and Loyalty: Picks of the Week

    The Emails of Donald Trump, Jr. | New York Times Conspiracy or Coincidence: A Timeline Open to Interpretation | The New York Times Trump Revives his Playbook for Fighting Government Probes | Politico In late January of 2017, just a week after being sworn into office, President Donald Trump invited then-FBI Director James Comey to dinner at the White House.  In private accounts and in public testimony, Comey described his … Read More

  • India, China and differing conceptions of the maritime order by Iskander Rehman June 2017

    Senior Fellow Iskander Rehman: India and China have Differing Views on Maritime Issues

    Newport, R.I. – Pell Center Senior Fellow Iskander Rehman recently released his latest report, “India, China, and differing conceptions of the maritime order,” through The Brookings Institution’s Project on International Order and Strategy (IOS). The law of the sea is one of the structural pillars of the international order. The complex rules and norms that govern freedom of navigation and maritime economic activity have played a crucial role in maintaining … Read More

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

    Daphne Matziaraki on “Story in the Public Square” June 24, 2017

    Each year, the Pell Center at Salve Regina University presents the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square to a storyteller whose work makes a vital contribution to the public dialogue. This year, we honor Daphne Matziaraki, a documentary filmmaker who reminds us of our shared humanity. Born and raised in Greece, Daphne Matziaraki holds a bachelor’s degree in politics and sociology from the University of Bristol, United … Read More

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    Our Automated Life: Picks of the Week

    California’s would-be governor prepares for battle against job-killing robots | The Guardian How automation is going to affect jobs in pharma, core, auto and consumer sector | The Economic Times One of Europe’s most influential investors gave a brutal example of how AI could wipe out white-collar jobs | Business Insider   Last week, YouTube channel Kurzgesgat (German for “in a nutshell”) released a video titled “The Rise of the … Read More

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