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    61 Students Awarded 2017 Pell Medal for Excellence in U.S. History

    Newport, R.I.— 61 Rhode Island students earned the Herbert and Claiborne Pell Medal for U.S. History this year. The medal, originally presented by Senator Claiborne Pell and his wife, Mrs. Nuala Pell, recognizes college and high school students in the state who have excelled in U.S. History. “It’s important to recognize the spark that these students have for history, their exceptional dedication to their education and the great promise they … Read More

  • Llewellyn King

    Llewellyn King Joins Pell Center as Senior Adjunct Fellow

    Newport, R.I – The Pell Center at Salve Regina University has named Llewellyn King, an accomplished journalist, columnist, and host as well as executive producer of “White House Chronicle,” as its newest Adjunct Senior Fellow. “White House Chronicle,” now in its 20th year, blends King’s sharp wit and keen insights about politics and policy into a weekly look at public affairs. It was groundbreaking television when it first aired, and … Read More

  • June 10, 2017 “Story in the Public Square”

    Music and art, like storytelling, are distinctively human creations. Guest Joseph “Butch” Rovan works in both media to tell stories, challenge assumptions, and explore our humanity. Joseph Butch Rovan is the faculty director of the Brown Arts Initiative (BAI), a new program at Brown University that supports forward-thinking and cutting-edge artists – including those whose work responds to contemporary issues and creates awareness of them. In addition to directing the … Read More

  • June 3, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    In the aftermath of the Second World War, political leaders built a global system of free trade because they believed it was crucial to world peace.  Like so much of the post-war order, that belief is under assault in the 21st century. Guest Karen Tramontano argues that free trade agreements can serve their original purpose even while helping workers. Karen Tramontano is currently the CEO and co-founder of Blue Star … Read More

  • ‘WannaCry’ Ransomware Attack was a Wake-up Call: Picks of the Week

      New WannaCry Cyber Attack Could Target Tens of Thousands of Home Computers | Newsweek Hacking Attack Has Security Experts Scrambling to Contain Fallout | The New York Times Services Interrupted as Hospitals Push Fixes to WannaCry Ransomware Exploit | Forbes Governments, companies, and security experts from around the world raced to contain the fallout from last week’s audacious global cyberattack amid fears that if they did not succeed, data … Read More

  • May 20, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    After the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, Time Magazine asked if we had entered a post-racial America. From the perspective of 2017, the question seems ridiculous. Tricia Rose argues, in fact, that structural racism is the key driver of inequality in the United States. Rose is currently Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies and the Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown … Read More

  • May 13, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    Anthony Leiserowitz discusses communicating climate change to Americans on this week’s episode.

  • French Presidential Election: Picks of the Week

      John Oliver on the French Elections | Youtube Interview of French Ambassador Geraud Araud on CNN | CNN A Consequential Choice for France—And an Uncertain One | The Economist Marine Le Pen Leads Far-Right to Make France More French | The New York Times Exclusive Interview: Emmanuel Macron on Brexit, Le Pen and the Teacher Who Became His Wife | The London Times Terror Attack Redefines French Presidential Race … Read More

  • 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

  • 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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