• Pell Center Cybersecurity Panel Conveys National Leaders to Discuss Measures to Protect Networks and Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Attacks

    NEWPORT, RI – Over 100 senior leaders representing Rhode Island’s private industry, public agencies, law enforcement, and universities gathered at the Pell Center on March 10, 2014 to participate in a two-hour panel discussion on “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity: The National Cybersecurity Framework and Beyond.” The event was the first event of its kind hosted in New England since the release of the National Cybersecurity Framework on February 12, 2014, … Read More

  • Upcoming Film Screening: Her

    Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, “Her” follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a … Read More

  • Incarceration policy: What works vs. what’s “right”

    Why are we Americans so eager to put each other in jail? A new report  from the Pell Center (Salve Regina University, Newport, RI) explores the contrasts between U.S. incarceration policy and how other countries handle jail time. The report paints a shocking picture of a country that imprisons people at a far, far higher rate than others do: About 7 in 1000 Americans are in prison, while our closest … Read More

  • Upcoming Panel Discussion | Incarceration Nation: Why Are So Many Americans in Prison?

      Over 2 million Americans are in prison. The United States has about 5% of the world’s population yet it accounts for about 25% of the world’s prisoners. America incarcerates more of its citizens than any other country at a financial cost of about $80 billion. Why are so many Americans behind bars? What does the high incarceration rate say about our society? What, if anything, could be done to … Read More

  • The Dangerous Pharmaceutical Industry: “American Addict”

    On Thursday, February 27th, The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy and the Salve Regina student film club screened the 2012 documentary “American Addict.”  The film presented shocking statistics about the overuse of prescription pills and examined the corrupt system that has produced this dangerous situation. America represents 5% of the world’s population but consumes 50% of the world’s prescription pills and the makers of the documentary had … Read More

  • New Report: Incarceration and Recidivism: Lessons from Abroad

    NEWPORT, R.I. — Locking up the same people over and over again points to failures in the American penal system. In a compelling study released today by the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, fellow Carolyn Deady explores why America’s prison population is so large and looks to other countries for clues to a smarter approach. “The U.S. prison population dwarfs that of other countries. As responsible citizens … Read More

  • National Cybersecurity Framework — Can Standards of Best Practices Drive Organizational Decision-Making with Regards to Cybersecurity?

    Critical systems–the majority of which are owned and operated by the private sector–are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks that could cause large-scale disruption or economic loss. Amid Congress’ inability to pass comprehensive cybersecurity legislation, the National Cybersecurity Framework published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) marks an important step forward in a national effort to combat cybercrime and protect our critical infrastructure. The blueprint for the Framework … Read More

  • Better Places, Better Economy

    Galleries, theaters, festivals and concerts make places better – and make their economies better as a result. This was one of the key take-aways from a discussion at the Pell Center, Salve Regina University in Newport, on Tuesday of this week.  Five panelists painted a picture for the audience of how the arts draw people together, creating more vibrant and therefore more prosperous communities – and also discussed what goes … Read More

  • The Newport Daily News: “The Arts Make $ense”

    NEWPORT, R.I.   – The Newport Daily News featured an article on “The Arts: A Driving Force in Rhode Island’s economy,” a discussion panel held on how the arts play an important role in strengthening the state’s economy. Sometimes arts programs  are the first item on the chopping block when school departments are faced with budget cuts, primarily because they are seen as outside the core curriculum. But the arts are a critical part of any area’s … Read More

  • Upcoming Roundtable: Addiction

    The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy will sponsor a roundtable discussion focusing on the U.S. prison system at 11:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28 in the Miley Hall private dining room. Drugs and addiction are a major issue in American society. A huge proportion of prisoners in U.S. jails are there due to drug offenses, but the problem is even broader than that since there are millions of us … Read More

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