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  • Upcoming Film Screening: Pell Grants

    NEWPORT, R.I. – Filmmakers Elyse Katz and Steven Feinberg will join former members of the late Senator Claiborne Pell’s staff on Wednesday, April 30, for a screening of Pell Grants: A Passion for Education. The 2013 documentary, which premiered at last summer’s Rhode Island International Film Festival, tells the story of the celebrated Pell Grants and the role of higher education in today’s ever-changing world. The screening begins at 7 … Read More

  • Nuala Pell, patron of the arts and humanities, dies at 89

    Mrs. Nuala Pell, philanthropist and widow of the late Sen. Claiborne de Borda Pell, passed away early Sunday morning, The Providence Journal reports: Word of her passing prompted an outpouring of tribute. “An extraordinary woman whose grace and decency infused everything she did and everything Senator Pell did,” is how Sen. Jack Reed remembered her. “She was just a wonderful person.” “Nuala Pell’s remarkable lifetime of public service left an … Read More

  • Not about charity

    At a forum last night for Rhode Island gubernatorial candidates (organized by the Economic Progress Institute and held at the Ocean State Theatre in Warwick, RI), one of the participants emphasized a point that all of us would do well to remember. It is worth taking a moment to appreciate State Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s repeated insistence that “This is not about charity,” when talking about tax-supported public programs from Head … Read More

  • One Decade, Many Lessons: Islam in a post-9/11 America

    American Muslims are confronting a stark new reality: mounting opposition to the construction of mosques, congressional hearings into the radicalization of Muslim youth and rising hate crimes against Muslims. Americans hold a less favorable view of Islam today than even after the attacks. What happened? To answer this question, Andrea Elliott transports her audiences into the little-known world of American Islam—a community in search of itself. As terrorism in the … Read More

  • Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs To Know

    A generation ago, “cyberspace” was just a term from science fiction, used to describe the nascent network of computers linking a few university labs. Today, our entire modern way of life, from communication to commerce to conflict, fundamentally depends on the Internet. And the cybersecurity issues that result challenge literally everyone: politicians wrestling with everything from cybercrime to online freedom; generals protecting the nation from new forms of attack, while … Read More

  • Newport Daily News: “Focus on Cybersecurity”

    NEWPORT, R.I. The Newport Daily News reported on the Pell Center’s National Cybersecurity Framework panel discussion held on Tuesday, March 11. Representative Jim Langevin (Dem., RI) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (Dem., RI) attended the panel discussion and gave keynote addresses:  Agents of foreign governments  and businesses tap into U.S. computer  systems and help themselves to product specifications and other information  that helps businesses in their countries  compete on the world market, … Read More

  • Newport Daily News: “Professors Discuss Healthcare at Forum”

    NEWPORT, R.I. – The Newport Daily News featured an article on the Pell Center’s panel discussion, “Rhetoric of the Affordable Care Act,” on Thursday, March 6: The political tension emanating from the federal Affordable Care Act is simply more of the same and can be traced back to the founding fathers’ debate over the role of government, two panelists agreed Wednesday night. Bryant University political  science professor Richard Holtzman and … Read More

  • Public Interest Communication with Pell Center Senior Fellow Joseph Grady

    The Salve Regina University community is invited to meet Dr. Joseph Grady, Senior Fellow for Public Policy, on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at the McKillop library. In this talk, Grady will discuss his experience over the past fifteen years working with nonprofits and foundations to figure out better ways of talking about important issues, from global warming to nuclear weapons to the economy and the arts. If people don’t understand … Read More

  • 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

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