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  • We Know What a Fair Election Looks Like

    In a remarkable election season, with one candidate speaking frequently about voter fraud and “rigged” elections, we asked an experienced international election observer how we would know if the election was fair.  Here is his response. Standing amidst the rubble of war, a woman stood against a cold and bitter wind. I asked the woman why she stood patiently waiting in a line with hundreds of her neighbors. “I have … Read More

  • The Ethical Challenge of New Technologies

    On October 5, 2016 the Pell Center hosted an audience full of eager students and community members in the beautiful ballroom of the Young Building for a thought-provoking lecture on the complex ethical future of the world as emerging technologies continue to yield unexpected consequences. The talk featured Naval War College Provost Lewis M. Duncan. As a member of the Board of Directors for the Advancement of Science in Space, … Read More

  • A Republic, If You’ll Keep It: Picks of the Week

    How Russia Pulled Off the Biggest Election Hack in U.S. History | Esquire Steve Bannon’s Vision for the Trump Coalition After Election Day | The New Yorker Donald Trump’s Contempt for Democracy | The New York Times Hackers Used New Weapons to Disrupt Major Websites Across U.S. | The New York Times The United States is currently the target of a Russian information operation—of this there is no doubt.  From … Read More

  • Map of the South China Sea.

    Ongoing Tensions in Asia: Picks of the Week

    Rodrigo Duterte, Scorned Abroad, Remains Popular in the Philippines | The New York Times If Duterte Kicks Out U.S. Special Operators, A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall | War on the Rocks Vietnam Says No to Foreign Military Base on its Soil | Reuters Everything is Not Well in the South China Sea | The Huffington Post Australia As Donald Trump’s campaign enters its Gotterdammerung phase, our attention has been captured by … Read More

  • The Pell Center declares its Cyber Awareness for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

    Championing Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Picks of the Week

    Presidential Proclamation – National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2016 | The White House How Weak Cybersecurity could Disrupt the U.S. Election | Politico Cybersecurity is just too much trouble for the general public, claims study | TripWire Obama administration accuses Russian government of election-year hacking | Politico   October marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) – a time when participating governments and organizations come together to raise public awareness about cybersecurity, provide … Read More

  • October 2016: “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square”

    This weekend, “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square” hosts G. Wayne Miller and Jim Ludes welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Adam Zyglis to the show. In this episode, Zyglis talks about a cartoonist’s unique form of storytelling and the wide range of topics he has covered in his dozen years of professional cartooning. He has tackled everything from national and international politics, to the environment, to sports, to … Read More

  • The Growing Challenges to the Liberal World Order: Picks of the Week

    American Power and Liberal Order | The National Interest Germany Embraces Realpolitik Once More | War on the Rocks America’s Pacific Pivot is Sinking | The Financial Times Assessment of Obama’s Long Game: A Conversation with Eliot Cohen and Derek Chollet | Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies Ambassador Gerard Araud: Discussion at the Watson Institute | Brown University The Bureau Season 1 | Canal+ Productions (available with English subtitles on iTunes).   The National Interest recently released a long excerpt of … Read More

  • An Apple keyboard with a key that says hack and is colored red, white and blue.

    Is Russia Trying to Hack American Politics? Picks of the Week

    Powell emails were leaked on a site linked to the Russian government | The Washington Post World Doping Agency Says Russian Hackers Stole Medical Records of Olympic Athletes | The Wall Street Journal How the next President can get cybersecurity right | Passcode The latest edition of the (almost) weekly hacks that appeared on the front pages of the newspapers this week featured the personal emails of former Secretary of … Read More

  • Image from a Fall 2016 Lecture on Pope Francis' encyclical.

    Fall 2016 Event Series Announced

    Today the Pell Center announced a wide array of events for fall 2016, encompassing topics ranging from the ethical challenges of new technologies to the history and legacy of slavery in New England. In addition, there are several events covering the 2016 presidential race. Tickets to Pell Center events are free. Please RSVP in advance for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page, as seating is limited to 100. Call 401-341-2927 with any questions … Read More

  • Executive Director Jim Ludes and fellow G. Wayne Miller speak with emmy award-winning broadcast journalist David Schuster

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

    This weekend, “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square” hosts Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller welcome Emmy-winning broadcast journalist David Shuster to the show. Throughout his remarkable career, Shuster has covered American politics on major cable news networks from MSNBC to Al Jazeera America, and more. This episode delves into the narratives surrounding political campaigns, particularly in the 2016 presidential race. With the election fast approaching, the dominant … Read More

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