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  • 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

  • Streams of binary code being transmitted from the phones and tablets of people walking to work over London Bridge

    More Women Needed to Close the Cybersecurity Workforce Gap: Picks of the Week

    The 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study: Women in Cybersecurity | Center for Cyber Safety and Education, (ISC)2, and the Executive Women’s Forum No Woman’s Land: Cybersecurity Industry Suffers from Gender Imbalance, Discrimination | Law.com Women May be the Key to Unlocking Cybersecurity Workforce Deficit Puzzle | Bloomberg Information security demand is far outpacing the supply of knowledgeable and experienced cybersecurity professionals capable of addressing the numerous cyber threats that … 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

  • 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

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

    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.

  • A depiction of the 1933 Reichstag Fire

    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

  • Dr. Scott Irvin on set of Story in the Public Square

    March 4, 2017: “Story in the Public Square”

    Educational leader Dr. Irvin Scott helps us make sense of the education debate.

  • Lincoln Memorial and reflecting pool in Washington D.C.

    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

  • Eric Bennett on set of Story in the Public Square

    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

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