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  • 2017-2018 Nuala Pell Leadership Program Fellows

    Nuala Pell Leadership Program Selects Fellows for 2017-2018

    Twelve 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. “We’re excited to see how the class of 2020 will build on all of the wonderful successes of their predecessors,” said Chelsea Buffington, program director. “This … Read More

  • Donald Trump speaks at podium with presidential seal

    Trump is Changing America: Picks of the Week

      100 Days that changed America | CNN Trump Wants it Known: Grading 100 Days is ‘Ridiculous’ (but His Were the Best) | The New York Times A President’s First 100 Days Really Do Matter | FiveThirtyEight.com As President Donald Trump reaches the 100th day of his presidency, the media is obsessed with assessing what the real estate tycoon has done. It’s not surprising. In his first 100 days, President … Read More

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

    April 29, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 50 million adult Americans live with a diagnosable mental health disorder.  Despite its prevalence, our guest Paul Gionfriddo confronts a lot of myths in the discussion of mental health issues in America. Gionfriddo is President and CEO of Mental Health America. He has worked in a variety of health and mental-health related positions during a career spanning over thirty years. In … Read More

  • 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. Dr. 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 … Read More

  • 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. … Read More

  • Combat boots on the ground next to a small American Flag

    Climate Change is a National Security Threat: Picks of the Week

    Trump Signs Executive Order Unwinding Obama Climate Policies | The New York Times Trump’s Climate Change Shift is Really about Killing the International Order | The Washington Post Solar Employs More People in U.S. Electricity Generation Than Oil, Coal and Gas Combined | Forbes For more than a decade, I have studied climate change—not because I am a tree-hugger, polar-bear-loving, environmental activist, but because I am a national security analyst trained to identify … Read More

  • 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 is an international … Read More

  • 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. Hackey 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 … Read More

  • Woman receives a delivery from Meals on Wheels

    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

  • 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 … Read More

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