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  • 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

  • Pell Center Roundtable: Ethics in Business? Should government regulate what businesses do?

    Government regulation of business is often dismissed as a barrier to economic growth.  But others still favor regulation because of a long history of corporate abuses, criminal behavior, and exploitation.  Still, in this age of transparency and information overload, why should the government regulate free enterprise?  Is there a limit to the appropriate power of government?  Should the government have more power? Join Myra Edelstein, chair of Business Studies and … Read More

  • This week in a Nutshell: Celebrities Get Hacked as Government Puts Cybersecurity on the Spotlight

    The vulnerability of the nation’s cyber networks were made clear on Tuesday after a website claimed it had stolen the financial information of high-profile Americans, including first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden, and rapper Jay-Z. The website, hosted from a “.su” URL, posted the individuals’ names, addresses, and other sensitive information including credit reports and Social Security numbers. Other targets whose information has been posted on the site include … Read More

  • “Wait, Who is That?”: Obama’s Appointed Cabinet Members in 2013

    Let’s face it–it can be hard to keep track of all of the old and new names being mentioned in the press. Here’s a recap of the cabinet members President Obama has appointed thus far in 2013: CONFIRMED Department of State: Secretary John Kerry Replacing: Hilary Rodham Clinton Sworn In: February 1, 2013 Secretary of Defense: Chuck Hagel Replacing: Leon Panetta Sworn In: February 27, 2013 Department of the Treasury: Secretary Jacob … Read More

  • You can’t post that on Facebook! A Conversation about Social Media and Privacy for Students

    Pell Center Round Table Discussion 1 By now, you’ve probably heard the advice to be careful what you put on Facebook—but where does common sense end and smart thinking begin?  Join Michael Wisnewski, Director of the Center for Career Development at Salve Regina University for a conversation about how what you put on Facebook and other social media can affect you professionally. The following link will help to get your thoughts … Read More

  • White House Lists Impacts of the Sequester in Rhode Island

    The White House released a fact sheet on the impacts of the March 1st cuts–aka the sequester–on the state of Rhode Island. The complete report is available online, but here are some highlights by the numbers: Education $2.4 million– the approximate funding cuts for primary and secondary education 10 fewer schools will receive less funding as a result of the sequester 3,000 fewer students will be served as a result of the sequester 200– … Read More

  • Pell Center Adjunct Fellow Writes on “Sequestration” in Virginia

    Jonathan Morgenstein, founder and CEO of Empowerment Solar, and an adjunct fellow at the Pell Center, published an article in The Roanoke Times discussing how sequestration would cause a major rupture in Virginia’s economy. The article, titled “Sequestration Will Devastate Virginia’s Economy,” argues that the state “needs non-ideological, pragmatic representatives, guarding their constituents’ interests.” In the article, Morgenstein cites an insightful statistic from George Mason University to fully illustrate the … Read More

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