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  • Picks of the Week: As One World Leader Leaves the Nation’s Capital, Another Arrives

    Same (Red) Carpet, Different Climate Conflict Flavors Obama’s Meeting With Chinese Leader | New York Times Full Transcript: Interview With Chinese President Xi Jinping | The Wall Street Journal A President and A Pope Head to Washington | The Washington Post Two prominent world leaders—Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping—are in Washington DC on official state visits this week, and although both leaders will be afforded red-carpet treatment they … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | Big Challenges Await Next President

    Why Americans Still Think the Economy is Terrible | New York Times Senators call U.S. effort to train Syrians to fight Islamic State ‘a joke’ | McClatchy DC Russia is Setting up a Forward Operating Base in Syria, Pentagon Confirms | Defense One   President Barack Obama waded into the 2016 Republican primary debate this week when he said, “Despite the perennial doom and gloom that I guess is inevitably … Read More

  • Fall 2015 Lecture Series Announced

    The Pell Center has announced its lineup of events and lectures for the Fall 2015 semester.

  • Cover of study by Adjunct Fellow Angela Siefer on State-Level Broadband policy

    New Study Offers Guidance for Expanding Broadband Access

    The Internet is a tool that Americans use every day to work, to locate information, to communicate, to shop, and to play. More broadly, access to the Internet can help strengthen communities, improve schools, heighten public safety, and create a more responsive relationship between government and citizens. Perhaps most importantly, many believe that the availability of broadband Internet is a key enabler of economic growth. While many decisions about broadband … Read More

  • Head shot of Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri smiling at the camera

    Gov. Raimondo Appoints Pell Center Senior Fellow to RI Cybersecurity Commission

    NEWPORT, R.I.—Pell Center Senior Fellow for Cyber Leadership Francesca Spidalieri has been appointed by Governor Gina M. Raimondo to the newly established Rhode Island Cybersecurity Commission (RICC). The new commission is tasked with developing a clear strategy to make Rhode Island more secure and resilient to cyber threats while simultaneously fostering innovation and economic development opportunities in the state.  The Executive Order establishing RICC was signed in May 2015, and … Read More

  • New Pell Center Adjunct Fellows Bring Additional Expertise

    Newport, R.I.—Three accomplished professionals have joined the Pell Center as fellows. Brandon Catalan and Paul McGreevy will be contributing their expertise to the cyber leadership project and the Pell Center’s Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI), whereas Brig. Gen. Peter Zwack, USA (Ret.) will provide insight on international affairs, especially the West’s relationship with Russia. “Over the past few years, the Pell Center has built a cohort of thought leaders … Read More

  • President Obama June 18, 2015 on the events in Charleston

    Charleston shooting creates an opportunity to discuss gun control

    In light of the tragedy that occurred in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday night, it is difficult not to look once more at the gun control policies currently in place in the US. What happened? If you haven’t heard, on Wednesday June 17, 2015 a young male entered Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, during an evening prayer meeting. He attended the meeting for close to an hour, ... Read More
  • Lisa Genova accepts the Pell Center Prize.

    Lisa Genova: Neuroscientist, Best Selling Author, Advocate and 2015 Pell Center Prize Winner

    NEWPORT, R.I.—Lisa Genova is on a mission.  The Harvard-trained neuroscientist and author of four best-selling novels, including Still Alice and the recently published Inside the O’Briens, wants to use the books she writes to change lives, end stigma, and create a world where we can talk about survivors of Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases and conditions. Genova was honored for her work with the 2015 Pell Center Prize for Story … Read More

  • photo USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier in the South China Sea

    The Will to Fight

    U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter stirred reaction in Baghdad and Washington this weekend when, in an appearance on CNN, he blamed the loss of Ramadi to an outnumbered force of ISIS militants on the Iraqi military’s apparent unwillingness to fight. It was a striking statement by a senior American official—and it was refreshing. Secretary Carter didn’t break news—even a casual observer of the Iraqi military’s previous fights with ISIS would … Read More

  • Recipients of the Pell Medal for U.S. History pose with Clay Pell at the University of Rhode Island.

    Rhode Island Students Awarded Pell Medal for U.S. History

    Newport, R.I.—Sixty-six Rhode Island students earned the Herbert and Claiborne Pell Medal for U.S. History this year.  The medal, administered now by the Pell Center at Salve Regina University, recognizes college and high school students in the state who have excelled in U.S. History. The Pell Medal was originally presented by Senator Claiborne Pell and his wife, Mrs. Nuala Pell, for more than 50 years. After Mrs. Pell’s passing in … Read More

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