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  • Screening of American Addict

    As part of Story in the Public Square program, the Pell Center is hosting a documentary screening of American Addict followed by a discussion moderated by Dr. Joseph Grady, Pell Center Senior Fellow for Public Policy. From the film’s producers: “American Addict unveils how America has gone from the land of the free to the land of the addicted. America represents 5% of the world’s population but consumes 50% of the world’s prescription pills and … Read More

  • Student filmmakers invited to submit project addressing child poverty and vie for $1,000 prize

    NEWPORT, R.I. – High school and undergraduate college students are being challenged to address the pressing issue of childhood poverty in a filmmaking contest. The competition is part of Story in the Public Square, a joint initiative of the Pell Center at Salve Regina University and The Providence Journal. The maker (or makers) of the winning film will receive $1,000 and two other films will be selected for honorable mention. … Read More

  • Paving the way

    A couple weeks ago, some of the most important economic movers and shakers in Rhode Island gathered to listen to ideas for moving the state’s economy forward, and for turning those ideas into realities. Attendees included elected officials (Governor Chaffee, Speaker of the House Gordon Fox, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, and mayors of several towns), and leaders from the business, nonprofit and academic sectors. The ideas presented were gathered … Read More

  • “But They Said It Was Secure!”— Pell Center Hosts Communication Workshop for Executives and IT Professionals

    Newport, RI — Nearly 30 senior leaders and IT professionals from the private and public sectors gathered at the Pell Center on February 11, 2014 to participate in a two-hours in depth cybersecurity workshop. The event was part of the ongoing Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative, and it offered participants a unique opportunity to work with the challenges of decision-making and communication between senior leaders and IT professionals. The focus … Read More

  • What’s the plan? – Adapting to a changing climate

    At the end of January, residents of the Newport area had a chance to hear from three individuals who are leading Rhode Island’s effort to deal with global warming and its impacts along the Ocean State’s extensive shoreline. While the speakers certainly shared some bad news, they also focused on our opportunity to get ahead of the problems through planning. At a public forum organized by the Pell Center for … Read More

  • Upcoming Roundtable: U.S. Prison System

    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. Tuesday, Feb. 11 in the Miley Hall private dining room. The United States has about 5 percent of the global population, yet it accounts for about 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. Despite a steady decline in the crime rate over the past two decades, the United … Read More

  • The Arts: A Driving Force in Rhode Island’s Economy

    The arts play an important role in the life and economy of cities, states, the nation. Theaters, galleries, festivals and so forth attract visitors and residents and create a ripple effect of benefits including more vibrant communities and thriving local businesses. To address these and related topics – such as the role of policies and public investments in creating a lively arts scene – a panel of distinguished speakers will … Read More

  • The Next Big Crisis – Student Loan Debt

    While a college education remains a worthwhile investment overall, the statistics are quite alarming. The average borrower now graduates with over $26,000 in debt, and only 58% of full-time students, who began college in 2004, earned a four-year degree within six years. Worst of all, in this lingering recession, many students are not finding the jobs that are necessary to repay their student loan debt. If graduates can’t find jobs, … Read More

  • Pell Center Fellow Cited in New Cyber Publications

    Francesca Spidalieri, Fellow for Cyber Leadership was recently cited in The Cyber Security Forum Initiative’s (CSFI) report “Senior Cyber Leadership: Why a Technically Competent Workforce is Not Enough.” This report suggests that while significant and necessary emphasis has been placed on technical skills needed within the cyber workforce, little attention has been given to the people that will lead the future workforce. It is leadership that must develop sound strategy … Read More

  • Weary Traveler: An Identity Stolen

    On December 31st an Amtrak train was departing Chicago Union Station and I was to be on it. Travel, as a necessity, is eased by planning and it is not uncommon for potential passengers to purchase their tickets in advance. Amtrak offers an E-ticket service allowing travelers to buy their tickets online and print them out at their leisure. It was a service I, too, had utilized multiple times. However, … Read More

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