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  • Dan Fagin on set of Story in the Public Square

    January 28, 2017: “Story in the Public Square”

    Journalist, professor Dan Fagin discusses the power of science to explain the world around us.

  • collaboration between the pell center and the newport county chamber of commerce

    Pell Center Partners with Newport County Chamber of Commerce

    Newport, R.I. ­­­­­­­­­­– The Pell Center at Salve Regina University’s Cyber Leadership Initiative is partnering with the Newport County Chamber of Commerce to promote cybersecurity and help small and medium-size enterprises prepare for the increasing growth, volume, and sophistication of cyber threats. The partnership will continue collaborative events as part of the Pell Center’s Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI) and will aim to educate Newport County’s business leaders about … Read More

  • A row of bee hives among a field of flowers bordering an orchard

    A World Without Bees: The Developing Crisis

    There is a recent media fixation about bees being put on the endangered species list, and an apparent panic that rightfully corresponds. There are seven Hawaiian bee species now classified under the protection of the Endangered Species Act by the United States. While all bee species are not on the endangered species list, it is important to note that many species of bees are dying at an alarming rate. In just six … Read More

  • closeup map of the northeast with providence, rhode island pinned and in focus

    ‘Truck tolls’ roads, bridges plan named R. I. Story of the Year

    Newport, R.I. – Governor Gina Raimondo’s ambitious and controversial plan to modernize aging state roads and bridges – in part, through the imposition of tolls on trucks – has been voted the 2016 Pell Center Rhode Island Story of the Year. Raimondo’s blueprint, approved by the General Assembly in February, was selected by a panel of 19 judges from the media and academia. Runners-up in the annual contest were the … Read More

  • We Know What a Fair Election Looks Like

    In a remarkable election season, with one candidate speaking frequently about voter fraud and “rigged” elections, we asked an experienced international election observer how we would know if the election was fair.  Here is his response. Standing amidst the rubble of war, a woman stood against a cold and bitter wind. I asked the woman why she stood patiently waiting in a line with hundreds of her neighbors. “I have … Read More

  • Books on a bookshelf, blurred background and sharp focus on the title "Toy Wars" by G. Wayne Miller.

    Pell Center Visiting Fellow G. Wayne Miller Will Co-Executive Produce “Toy Wars”

    Pell Center Visiting Fellow G. Wayne Miller will co-Executive Produce “Toy Wars,” a limited dramatic series for Amazon.  Based on Miller’s 1998 book “Toy Wars: The Epic Struggle Between G.I. Joe, Barbie and the Companies that Make Them,” the project brings together some of Hollywood’s best creative talent, including Josh Gad; Josh Schwartz; and Seth Gordon. “Toy Wars” tells the tale of G.I. Joe and Barbie, produced by Hasbro and Mattel, … Read More

  • Long exposure photo of cars on a highway overpass. The left lane is a blur of white showing the traffic moving while the right lane is a dotted canvas of tail lights showing a major traffic jam. Soft blues from a twilight sky mix with the rough orange of urban life. Streetlights in the background reveal a world underneath the overpass one that is dark both metaphorically and literally. The photo shows concrete life coming to fruition. The buildings, the overpass itself, all of the same material. What is this urban life? It is a complex mix of blue and orange on a concrete palette drowning out the cries of a lonely green park. Just a hint of the once expansive natural wonder of this land exists surrounded by the overpass, another metaphor. The overpass is layered much like the way we experience life. While we may wait trapped in traffic above, below the cars race to and fro, trapped in an inevitable push for space. Amidst the chaos of urban life a red light frees lanes in the bottom right. Show the constructed nature of this problem we call traffic. By mans design traffic comes and goes, ebbing and flowing not from the tides but from the red lights that dot the image.

    The Problem With Ethical Autonomy

    Can We Program Self-Driving Cars To Make Ethical Choices? Our conception of the future is often produced by a quixotic mix of the fictional and the real. Science fiction authors hand down a perspective of the future warped by a desire to reflect, and change, the present and consequently the future. Intertwined with our reading is our own movement away from the present. Weaving together science fiction and the individual … Read More

  • An Apple keyboard with a key that says hack and is colored red, white and blue.

    Is Russia Trying to Hack American Politics? Picks of the Week

    Powell emails were leaked on a site linked to the Russian government | The Washington Post World Doping Agency Says Russian Hackers Stole Medical Records of Olympic Athletes | The Wall Street Journal How the next President can get cybersecurity right | Passcode The latest edition of the (almost) weekly hacks that appeared on the front pages of the newspapers this week featured the personal emails of former Secretary of … Read More

  • Image from a Fall 2016 Lecture on Pope Francis' encyclical.

    Fall 2016 Event Series Announced

    Today the Pell Center announced a wide array of events for fall 2016, encompassing topics ranging from the ethical challenges of new technologies to the history and legacy of slavery in New England. In addition, there are several events covering the 2016 presidential race. Tickets to Pell Center events are free. Please RSVP in advance for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page, as seating is limited to 100. Call 401-341-2927 with any questions … Read More

  • Title page of "Understanding Cyber Threats: Lessons from the Boardroom," a publication from the Pell Center

    Pell Center Releases New White Paper, “Understanding Cyber Threats: Lessons for the Boardroom”

    Newport, R.I. – Cyber risk is an underrated but all too real threat to organizations of every size, industry, and sector. From the boardroom to the server room, employees and board members must be aware of cyber risk and play an active role in the overall security posture of an organization operating in the digital age. In a newly released White Paper titled, “Understanding Cyber Threats: Lessons for the Boardroom,” … Read More

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