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  • Pulitzer Prize winning image taken by Javier Manzano of Syrian rebel soldiers guarding their position as light streams through bullet holes in a wall.

    Javier Manzano to receive 2016 Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square

      NEWPORT, R.I. – Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker Javier Manzano, whose career has taken him to Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Nigeria, among many other places, has been named the 2016 winner of the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square. The prize honors a storyteller whose work has significantly influenced the public dialogue. As the fourth winner of the prize, conferred by the Story in … Read More

  • March 6, 2016: “Story in the Public Square”

      “Story in the Public Square” will debut on this week’s edition of White House Chronicle. Locally, the broadcast will be aired on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. on Rhode Island PBS (WSBE). The Pell Center’s Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller welcome August Cole as the first guest of this special edition of White House Chronicle. Cole is the co-author of Ghost Fleet, a novel of the next world … Read More

  • Photograph of a white water plant tower in Flint, Michigan.

    Flint Water Crisis

    Citizens have been fighting for their right to clean drinking water in Flint, Michigan since officials announced a switch in the source of the city’s water supply in late April of 2014. Residents of Flint immediately detected a difference in their tap water which was odorous, yellow in color and had improper taste. In response to complaints, officials sampled the water and found that it was contaminated by coliform bacteria. … Read More

  • Photo of a person holding a life-size version of the cover of Donald Trump's book, Think Big and Kick Ass In Business and Life, among a crowd of others.

    Picks of the Week: Creeping Authoritarianism

      The Governing Cancer of our Time | The New York Times The best predictor of Trump support isn’t income, education, or age.  It’s authoritarianism. | Vox   More than five years ago in The Providence Journal, I wrote of a specter haunting America. Then I was concerned about impatience on the left of the political spectrum and my growing sense that authoritarianism was gaining in popularity. I repost those … Read More

  • Picks of the Week: Apple goes head-to-head with the U.S. government over encryption

      A Message to Our Customers | Apple Apple Fights Order to Unlock San Bernardino Gunman’s iPhone | The New York Times Why Apple Should Comply with the FBI: Cybersecurity expert | CNBC   The ongoing debate over encryption between Silicon Valley and Washington—which has often pitted the tech industry against intelligence and law enforcement officials—has come to a head in the public dispute between the government and the world’s largest tech company over … Read More

  • “Story in the Public Square” debuts March 6, 2016 on White House Chronicle

      NEWPORT, R.I.—The Pell Center at Salve Regina University will partner with “White House Chronicle,” a national PBS show with global reach, to produce episodes of “Story in the Public Square.” Hosted by Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller, visiting fellow and director of the Story in the Public Square initiative, the new episodes will feature interviews with today’s best print, screen, music and other storytellers … Read More

  • Picks of the Week: Cold War Redux? “How could we have let this happen?”

      Russia’s hybrid interference in Germany’s refugee policy | European Council on Foreign Relations Navy aircraft returning to former Cold War base in Iceland | Stars and Stripes NATO to send more forces east to face Russia threat | Stars and Stripes In the long line of American defense secretaries, few stand out for quiet brilliance. One, however, does: William Perry. Unassuming, likable, and brilliant, he’s a student of both global … Read More

  • Image of the American Flag covered in ones and zeroes and cracked in pieces to represent a cracked cyber code.

    Picks of the Week: Cybersecurity Lacking from 2016 Campaign Trail

    Clinton’s Emails Drown out Cyber Debate | The Hill Election 2016 Why Every Candidate Should Be Talking Cybersecurity | Secure World Hillary Clinton Email Scandal ‘Very Serious,’ Says Bernie Sanders | Reuters While Hillary Clinton continues to face scrutiny for her email practices and the use of a private server during her tenure as Secretary of State, few of the 2016 Presidential candidates have discussed the more serious cybersecurity issues affecting the nation. Securing … Read More

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    Grant from the Pulitzer Prizes to Support Story in the Public Square

    Newport, RI – The Pell Center is part of the winning team of a $45,739 grant from the Pulitzer Prize Board to the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities through Pulitzer’s Campfires Initiative for the program series What is the 21st Century Essay? An exploration of the changing nature of journalism and the humanities in the digital age, What is the 21st Century Essay? programming will thematically focus on environmental … Read More

  • Emblem of the World Economic Forum on a window in Geneva.

    Picks of the Week: The Dark Side of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    Global Tensions Threaten to Upstage World Economic Forum in Davos | The New York Times An Open Letter to the Leaders of the World’s Governments signed by Organizations, Companies, and Individuals | Secure the Internet The ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution,’ by Klaus Schwab | The Financial Times Global leaders have gathered in Davos, Switzerland this week for the 46th annual World Economic Forum (WEF). Although recent global events—from Chinese economic slowdown to the … Read More

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