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  • 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

  • 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”

    NYT financial journalist Michael Corkery helps make sense of financial stories affecting Americans everywhere.

  • 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

  • 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 … Read More

  • February 18, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    This week we’re joined by public diplomacy scholar, practitioner Katherine Brown

  • Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes moderates the lecture about Pope Francis' encyclical letter as panelists Craig Condella, Deb Curtis, Jayme Hennessy, Susan Meschwitz and Chad Raymond look out upon a crowd of Salve students and Newport community members

    Spring 2017 Lecture Series Announced

    Today the Pell Center announced our Spring 2017 event series. Tickets to Pell Center events are free. Please RSVP in advance for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page, and call 401-341-2927 or email pellcenter@salve.edu with any questions or concerns. Please note, most events this spring will take place at the Bazarsky Lecture Hall in the O’Hare Academic Center. The exception is our March 28, 2017 event, “Rockin’ the … Read More

  • February 4, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    Playwright, professor Jonathan Alexandratos argues that toys are texts

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