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  • Tariffs on steel and aluminum industry

    A 19th Century Hammer versus a 21st Century Nail

    Picks of the Week: “Don’t blame China, Mr. President. Blame the robots” | The Washington Post “Trump Tariffs won’t bring back steel mills” | The Baltimore Sun “How Many American Jobs Could be Lost Thanks to Trump’s Steel and Aluminum Tariffs” | Fortune Faced with a profound transformation in the workforce just 18 years into the twenty-first century, the President of the United States has adopted a decidedly nineteenth century tool to meet … Read More

  • Jacob Groshek, professor of emerging media studies at Boston University on Story in the Public Square

    Twitter, television, and the 2016 Election with Jacob Groshek

    Air Dates: March 10-11, 2018 Conventional wisdom tells us that Donald Trump’s campaign benefited mightily from his use of Twitter. However, conventional wisdom and the truth are not always synonymous. Jacob Groshek’s research shows it was not the Tweets themselves, but the television coverage they generated that shaped the 2016 election. Dr. Groshek’s is a professor of emerging media studies at Boston University. His research focuses on the democratic utility … Read More

  • Newport & Rhode Island Historical Societies

    Executive Director, Jim Ludes participating in public history event

    Myth, Memory, History and Heritage History Space, a joint program of the Newport and Rhode Island Historical Societies present an exploration for public historians. Newport, RI – On Friday, March 23, 2018 10am-12pm at Newport’s Colony House, Washington Square, Newport, RI, History Space, a joint program of the Newport and Rhode Island Historical Societies presents “Myth, Memory, History and Heritage,” a panel of public historians. The panel will be moderated … Read More

  • Maddie McGarvey on Story in the Public Square

    Maddie McGarvey on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air Dates: March 3-4, 2018 I know I’m not alone in marveling at the work talented photographers do; the composition; the courage to go after stories; the ability to frame a subject is a skill more than “pointing and shooting” a camera.  This week’s guest, Maddie McGarvey, does it better than most. Maddie McGarvey is a freelance photographer based in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio University’s School of Visual … Read More

  • Gabriela Domenzain on Story in the Public Square

    Gabriela Domenzain on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air Dates: February 17-18, 2018 The politics of immigration reform in the United States are front and center today, with calls for a wall on America’s southern border and news of more aggressive enforcement by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Gabriela Domenzain reminds us that these aren’t just policy debates—these are people’s lives we’re debating. The daughter of Mexican immigrant doctors, Domenzain was raised in Miami, where the Spanish and … Read More

  • Xi Jinping and President Trump

    Authoritarian Powers in the Age of America First

    PICKS OF THE WEEK “The Authoritarian Challenge: China, Russia and the Threat to the Liberal International Order” | Aaron L. Friedberg “Making China Great Again” | The New Yorker “The Rise and Rise of Viktor Orban” | The Financial Times  “A Sober Trump Reassures the Davos Elite” | The New York Times   In the immediate aftermath of the Cold War, Western policy elites—basking in the glow of their perceived success—came to believe that the … Read More

  • Timothy Edgar on Story in the Public Square

    Timothy Edgar on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air Dates: February 10-11, 2018 When Patrick Henry stood up in the Virginia House of Burgesses and said, “Give me liberty, or give me death,” he crystallized for all time the critical tension between security of the state and the desire of all people to breathe free. Guest, Timothy Edgar, has worked to help resolve those tensions at the National Security Agency and in the White House of President Barack … Read More

  • Dan Barry, New York Times senior writer.

    Dan Barry to be awarded 2018 Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square

    By: G. Wayne Miller Dan Barry, a New York Times senior writer and the author of four books, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square. The prize, awarded annually since 2013, honors a storyteller whose work has significantly influenced the public dialogue. Barry, a member of a Providence Journal team that won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting and … Read More

  • Russian Hacking

    We Knew Russia Attacked American Democracy Before Election Day 2016

    Picks of the Week “Trump-FBI feud over classified memo erupts into open conflict” | Washington Post “Dutch agencies provide crucial intel about Russia’s interference in U.S.-elections” | deVolksrant “Senator Urges Fellow Republicans to Heed Warnings on Releasing Secret Memo” | The New York Times   For weeks, one of the trending hashtags pushed by a network of known Russian bots has been #ReleaseTheMemo. The memo in question is a summary … Read More

  • Pell Center Lecture

    Spring 2018 Event Series Announced

    With the spring semester in full swing we are excited to announce our Spring 2018 Event Series! The events feature a range of topics including Trump’s U.S. foreign policy, exploring new technologies emerging in electronic warfare, and gender issues in today’s U.S. military. Tickets to Pell Center events are free and open to the public. Please RSVP in advance for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page, and call 401-341-2927 … Read More

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