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    Documentary Filmmaker Daphne Matziaraki to Receive 2017 Pell Center Prize

    Newport, R.I. – Filmmaker Daphne Matziaraki, whose documentary about the European refugee crisis was nominated for an Academy Award, has been named the 2017 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. “It is an incredible honor to be awarded the prestigious Pell Center Prize for Story in the … Read More

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    April 1, 2017: “Story in the Public Square”

    In 1958, Danny and the Juniors told us “Rock and Roll is Here to Stay,” and by the 1970s, punk had celebrated the triumvirate of “sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll.” Guest Sean Kay says rock and roll played a more substantial role in the history of the last half-century. It changed America and spread the values of freedom, equality, human rights and peace across the globe. Sean Kay is an international … Read More

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    More Women Needed to Close the Cybersecurity Workforce Gap: Picks of the Week

    The 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study: Women in Cybersecurity | Center for Cyber Safety and Education, (ISC)2, and the Executive Women’s Forum No Woman’s Land: Cybersecurity Industry Suffers from Gender Imbalance, Discrimination | Law.com Women May be the Key to Unlocking Cybersecurity Workforce Deficit Puzzle | Bloomberg Information security demand is far outpacing the supply of knowledgeable and experienced cybersecurity professionals capable of addressing the numerous cyber threats that … Read More

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    March 25, 2017: “Story in the Public Square”

    From Richard Nixon to Donald Trump, leaders on both sides of the political aisle have described the state of American healthcare in terms intended to scare and mobilize voters. Guest Bob Hackey argues that those cries of crisis have warped the healthcare debate. Hackey is a political science professor at Providence College, as well as the director of the Health Policy & Management Department. He is the author of Cries … Read More

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    March 11, 2017: “Story in the Public Square”

    NYT financial journalist Michael Corkery helps make sense of financial stories affecting Americans everywhere.

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    Fear is Corrosive to Freedom: Picks of the Week

    Trump invites victims of illegal immigrant crime as guests for speech to Congress | Washington Times The real goal of Trump’s executive orders: Reduce the number of immigrants in the U.S. | Los Angeles Times Bannon’s reckless pursuit of ethno-nationalist greatness | Washington Post This week’s Picks-of-the-Week are co-authored by two historians, Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes and Salve Regina University Provost Scott Zeman. In the November 2016 election, … Read More

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    March 4, 2017: “Story in the Public Square”

    Educational leader Dr. Irvin Scott helps us make sense of the education debate.

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    An Increasingly Factionalized U.S. Foreign Policy? Picks of the Week

    Trump’s Team of Rivals: Riven By Distrust | Foreign Policy Building Situations of Strength: A National Security Strategy for the United States | Brookings Institution McMaster Has the Islamaphobes Worried. Good. | Politico Magazine Washington PR Offensive Fails to Quell Concerns Over Trump | Reuters It has become increasingly evident that there are competing factions within the Trump Administration’s national security team.  Long accustomed to pitting his subordinates one against another, the former businessman … Read More

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    February 25, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    This week, hosts Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller are joined by a remarkably talented scholar and novelist whose work, whether for academic or popular audiences, traces the role of both narrative and truth in public life. Eric Bennett is the author of Workshops of Empire: Stegner, Engle, and American Creative Writing during the Cold War, and the novel A Big Enough Lie.  His fiction has appeared in A Public … Read More

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    Trump, Twitter, and the Tide of Cybersecurity: Picks of the Week

    Obama officials: There is hope for cybersecurity under Trump | The Christian Science Monitor At RSA, doubts abound over US action on cybersecurity | CSO Online The Rules of the Brave New Cyberworld | Foreign Policy This year’s RSA Conference—one of the largest cybersecurity conferences in the world—broke attendance records with over 40,000 participants, including cyber professionals, academics, and public servants. Although the conference has historically been focused primarily on security tools and … Read More

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