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  • Mario DiNunzio, professor emeritus at Providence College, stands at the Salve Regina podium.

    Who Stole Conservatism?

    The American political system has always cycled through periods of progress and conservatism. As voters grapple with just which course they favor in 2016, Mario DiNunzio, professor emeritus of history at Providence College, kicked off the Pell Center’s 2016-2017 lecture series with a discussion of his new book, Who Stole Conservatism? DiNunzio outlined a history of conservatism from the 18th century to today, crediting the structure of classic conservatism to political … 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

  • A robotic man facing right and gesturing with his hand

    Advice to the Class of 2020: Picks of the Week

      The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation | Oxford University Self-Driving Cars Endanger Millions of American Jobs (And That’s Okay) | Make Use Of   This week, I delivered keynote remarks at Salve Regina University’s academic convocation. An abridged version appears below. Sister Jane, Dr. O’Reilly, members of the board of trustees, University colleagues, distinguished guests, friends and especially members of the class of 2020: thank … 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

  • Executive Director Jim Ludes and fellow G. Wayne Miller speak with emmy award-winning broadcast journalist David Schuster

    September, 2016: “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square”

    This weekend, “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square” hosts Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller welcome Emmy-winning broadcast journalist David Shuster to the show. Throughout his remarkable career, Shuster has covered American politics on major cable news networks from MSNBC to Al Jazeera America, and more. This episode delves into the narratives surrounding political campaigns, particularly in the 2016 presidential race. With the election fast approaching, the dominant … Read More

  • Photo of Derek Miller on stairs in Lisbon.

    International Relations Expert Derek B. Miller Joins Pell Center as Adjunct Fellow

    The Pell Center at Salve Regina University announced the addition of international relations expert Derek B. Miller as an adjunct senior fellow.  Miller, a Boston, Massachusetts native, is the founder and Director of The Policy Lab and has worked in international affairs with the United Nations, several foreign governments, and think tanks for over twenty years. He studied at Georgetown (MA, National Security Studies), Oxford (St. Catherine’s College and Linacre), The Graduate Institute … Read More

  • Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes and fellow G. Wayne Miller speak with Raina Kelley on the set of Story in the Public Square.

    August, 2016: “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square”

    This weekend, “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square” hosts Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller welcome ESPN’s Raina Kelley to the show. Kelley is the managing editor of ESPN’s new site, The Undefeated, a content initiative focused on the intersection of sports, race and culture. The site features in-depth reporting, commentary and insight on race and culture through the lens of sports. Kelley delves into the tensions and … Read More

  • Image of the Herbert and Claiborne Pell medal for United States History on a black background.

    61 Students Awarded Pell Medal for Excellence in U.S. History

    Newport, R.I.— 61 Rhode Island students earned the Herbert and Claiborne Pell Medal for U.S. History this year. The medal, originally presented by Senator Claiborne Pell and his wife, Mrs. Nuala Pell, recognizes college and high school students in the state who have excelled in U.S. History. “The students in Rhode Island continue to earn well-deserved recognition for their exceptional dedication to U.S. history,” said Clay Pell. “It has long … Read More

  • Profile image of Iskander Rehman.

    Expert on Asian Security Issues Iskander Rehman joins Pell Center as senior fellow

    Newport, R.I. – The Pell Center at Salve Regina University welcomes Dr. Iskander Rehman as a resident senior fellow specializing in international relations. Dr. Rehman comes to Newport from the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. where he served as a visiting fellow in the International Order and Strategy Program. Previously, Dr. Rehman served as a fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in Washington, D.C., an associate and … Read More

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