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  • 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

  • Veterans graves during Mermorial Day

    We Remember | Memorial Day 2015

    Gilgamesh, in the epic Mesopotamian poem, wanted to live forever, like the gods.  But Gilgamesh was human. His mortality meant that he would know death.  His name, however, could live forever.  He would be remembered, he reasoned, because of the great things he did.  He asked: “Who is the mortal able to enter heaven? Only the gods can live forever. The life of man is short.   What he accomplishes … Read More

  • Roger Cressey speaks about cybersecurity at the Pell Center.

    Pell Center Lecture Discusses U.S Government and Private Sector Cybersecurity Efforts, the Impacts of the NIST Framework

    NEWPORT, R.I.—The Pell Center hosted a major cybersecurity lecture this month that featured Roger Cressey, an internationally known cybersecurity expert and counterterrorism analyst with NBC News, and Kiersten Todt, President and Managing Partner of Liberty Group Ventures, LLC. Over 50 senior leaders representing Rhode Island’s private and public sectors took part in the event to discuss cyber risk management and the impacts of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s … Read More

  • Annual Conference

    Story Day is the annual conference for Story in the Public Square, a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal that studies and celebrates public storytelling. Story Day 2014 examined moving images: animation, feature documentary and television, as well as short documentary and video. Through an engaging and interactive series of discussions with accomplished storytellers, the audience took part in a fun and informative day that also featured … Read More

  • Francesca Spidalieri stands in a decorative archway at the 2015 Global Conference on CyberSpace

    Pell Center Senior Fellow Meets World Leaders and Experts Shaping the Future of Cybersecurity

    NEWPORT, R.I.—Pell Center Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri recently traveled to Europe for the Global Conference on CyberSpace and to meet with world-renowned cybersecurity subject-matter experts and policy-makers discussing the future of Internet governance and security. Spidalieri shares her account of her trip: Armed with information, experience, and lessons-learned from my research work in the United States, I embarked on a quest to Europe to shed light on some of the most … Read More

  • Frank Quigley poses with his certificate of induction into the Phi Sigma Tau philosophy honor society.

    Pell Center Work Study Inducted into Phi Sigma Tau

    Pell Center work study Frank Quigley ’16 was recently inducted in Phi Sigma Tau, the international honor society in philosophy, during the Spring 2015 semester. He was also selected to be a part of Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, an exclusive honor conferred by more than 1,000 universities and colleges nationwide. Quigley is a double-major in American History and Philosophy at Salve Regina University. As a … Read More

  • Sonia Nazario

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist discusses “Enrique’s Journey”

    On Monday, April 13, the annual lecture sponsored by the Pell Center and Mosaic, Salve Regina University’s student newspaper,  featured journalist Sonia Nazario, who recently published her non-fiction novel, Enrique’s Journey.  The story of Enrique’s journey and Nazario’s journey spoke to the interests and curiosities of the many Salve Regina University students and community members in attendance. The lecture was also sponsored by the Office of Mission Integration. Enrique’s Journey tells … Read More

  • close up of the capitol building on a United States bank note

    Follow the Money

    In a conversation about campaign finance reform years ago, a friend and former colleague told me that he believed “money is a form of speech.”  The same argument underpinned the majority opinion in the Supreme Court’s ruling on Citizens United and poses a fundamental threat to our democracy. Any question about the corrosive and dangerous effects of money in our electoral system can be resolved with a quick look at … Read More

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