• Israel’s Right to Defend Itself “in a very dangerous, combustible region of the world.”

    On April 21st, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel began his week-long trip to the Middle East. His first stop was in Israel, where he fostered the “very special relationship” between our two nations, while also advising against unilateral military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities. As if the trip was not already complicated enough, President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against his own people in Syria. Mr. Hagel made it clear that … Read More

  • An American Story of Freedom: Nobel Prize Winning Author Explores the Impact of the Great Migration

    On Wednesday, Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns, spoke to the Salve Regina University community about the historical significance of the Great Migration. The Great Migration refers to the diaspora of African Americans from the South to the other parts of the United States throughout the twentieth century. At the beginning of the twentieth century, 90% of African Americans lived in the South. By the 1970s, nearly 50% … Read More

  • Government Regulation of the Financial Industry. A Struggle to Create Effective Reform.

    The general sentiment in the country is that the financial crisis of 2008 signaled a need for more regulation in business, particularly in the finance industry. No one questions that we need reform, but it must be effective reform with accountability.  The questions are what type of government regulation will actually keep consumers and investors safe, without creating a huge productivity drain on the economy, and who will be accountable … Read More

  • Women in Combat

    Although women have served in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, it was only in the last year that the Department of Defense formally approved women in combat units.  Should women be able to serve in every specialization in the U.S. military?  What does the experience of women in the military say about barriers to women in society?  Why do long-held stereotypes persist?  What can we all do to break them? … Read More

  • Providence Journal: Hart stresses home in storytelling forum at Salve

    From Saturday’s Providence Journal: NEWPORT — One-time presidential candidate Gary Hart spoke in Newport on Friday as part of a daylong conference on storytelling hosted by Salve Regina University in partnership with The Providence Journal. Hart was the keynote speaker at the inaugural Story in the Public Square conference hosted by the Pell Center for International Relations. He served in the U.S. Senate with Clairborne Pell, the Newport Democrat for … Read More

  • Pulitzer Prize winner Dana Priest, former Sen. Gary Hart lead celebration of Story in the Public Square

    NEWPORT, R.I. — Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Dana Priest was honored on Friday, April 12, 2013, with the inaugural Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square, an award recognizing a contemporary storyteller whose work has had a positive impact on public affairs. Priest, a Washington Post staff writer, received the award during the maiden Story in the Public Square conference at Salve Regina University that also featured … Read More

  • Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson presents public lecture

    NEWPORT, R.I. – Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and best-selling author Isabel Wilkerson, the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize, will present a public lecture on Wednesday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Bazarsky Lecture Hall, located in O’Hare Academic Center on Ochre Point Avenue. Free and open to the public, “An Evening with Isabel Wilkerson” is being presented by the Mosaic, Salve … Read More

  • Ludes and Miller Appear on The Rhode Show to Talk Story in the Public Square

    On Monday, April 8, 2013, Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes and Visiting Fellow G. Wayne Miller appeared on WPRI’s “The Rhode Show” to discuss Story in the Public Square. For more information about the event or to register please click here.

  • Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s an MQ-1 Predator!

    Drones and American Society Over the last decade, drones have risen in the skies over America’s wars, along our borders, and now—increasingly—across our land.  What are the implications for our civil liberties of a surveillance—and even strike—capability that is persistent and growing?  Does the President have the authority to strike U.S. citizens with a drone?  Are there ethical implications for drone warfare? Join us for a provocative lunchtime discussion. Lunch is … Read More

  • “It’s Math, It’s Science, It’s Common Sense”: Writing a Sustainable National Strategy

    Sustainability: America’s present challenge — Pell Center (@PellCenter) March 20, 2013 On Wednesday March 20th, Patrick Doherty and Mark “Puck” Mykleby of the New America Foundation spoke to the Pell Center community about restructuring America’s national strategy around sustainability. Doherty and Mykleby’s lecture, “Sustainability: A National Strategic Imperative,”  emphasized that if the United States takes advantage of creating and implementing more environmentally conscious policies, the nation has an opportunity to prosper in a world … Read More

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