Pell Center

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    Grant from the Pulitzer Prizes to Support Story in the Public Square

    Newport, RI – The Pell Center is part of the winning team of a $45,739 grant from the Pulitzer Prize Board to the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities through Pulitzer’s Campfires Initiative for the program series What is the 21st Century Essay? An exploration of the changing nature of journalism and the humanities in the digital age, What is the 21st Century Essay? programming will thematically focus on environmental … Read More

  • Emblem of the World Economic Forum on a window in Geneva.

    Picks of the Week: The Dark Side of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

    Global Tensions Threaten to Upstage World Economic Forum in Davos | The New York Times An Open Letter to the Leaders of the World’s Governments signed by Organizations, Companies, and Individuals | Secure the Internet The ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution,’ by Klaus Schwab | The Financial Times Global leaders have gathered in Davos, Switzerland this week for the 46th annual World Economic Forum (WEF). Although recent global events—from Chinese economic slowdown to the … Read More

  • Photograph of a full crowd intently listening to panelists at the Laudato Si event in Bazarksy Lecture Hall.

    Spring 2016 Lecture Series Announced

    The first event is a screening of “This Changes Everything” on January 26, 2016

  • Students file through the gates and into the building of Ochre Court with candles in hand after attending the gate-opening ceremony for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

    An Extraordinary Year

    It’s the Jubilee Year of Mercy – what exactly does that mean?

  • Jim Ludes & G.Wayne Miller

    Racial tension, explosion of nativism: The 2015 Pell Center National Story of the Year

    Newport, R.I. – The resurgence of racial tension across the United States and the explosion of nativism in American politics have been named the Pell Center National Story of the Year. These often-intertwined narratives dominated headlines and the public discourse during much of 2015, a year that saw the country still grappling with issues of identity, race and religion that predate the founding of the republic. From the police shooting … Read More

  • Woman holding a digital tablet and a credit card in seasonal attire on a shag rug with milk and Christmas cookies.

    Picks of the Week: Protect Yourself from a Digital Grinch During the Holiday Season!

    Don’t Get Grinched by Cybercrime During the Holiday Season | The New York Times Retailers Scrambling Against Latest Credit Card-Stealing Malware | Fortune Avoid Scams This Holiday Season | U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement With exactly two weeks left in the holiday season, online sales—which, according to comScore, surpassed $3 billion on Cyber Monday, making it the largest online spending day in history—are expected to bring in at least $1 billion … Read More

  • Senior Fellow contributes to international publication on countries’ Cyber Readiness

    Pell Center Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri provided extensive research and analysis for a new international publication on countries’ cyber readiness levels and the practical steps national leaders can take to protect their increasingly interconnected society and digital economy. Newport, R.I. – The “Cyber Readiness Index 2.0, A Plan for Cyber Readiness: A Baseline and an Index,” published by the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (PIPS), examines 125 countries and evaluates … Read More

  • Hayat Alvi and Timothy Hoyt speak onstage during their lecture about United States policy in the Middle East.

    The Legacy: What’s Next for U.S. Policy in the Middle East?

    On December 2, 2015, the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy hosted its final lecture of the fall semester titled “The Legacy: What’s Next for U.S. Policy in the Middle East”. The lecture featured two experts from the U.S. Naval War College, Hayat Alvi and Timothy Hoyt and attracted one of the year’s largest crowds despite rainy weather outside. Moderated by Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes, the … Read More

  • Photo of the Pawtucket Red Sox mascot, Paws, outside of McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI.

    Pell Center Names Pawsox as 2015 Rhode Island Story of the Year

    NEWPORT, R.I. – The sale of the Pawtucket Red Sox and the team’s possible move from that city, potentially to another state, has been selected as the Pell Center’s Rhode Island Story of the Year. The Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, the Pawsox have been a Rhode Island sports and cultural institution for decades. So it was fitting that the February announcement of the sale of the team … Read More

  • Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes speaks candidly with colleague and visiting fellow G. Wayne Miller during a podcast.

    Podcast: G. Wayne Miller

    Executive Director Jim Ludes and Visiting Fellow G. Wayne Miller discuss “Car Crazy: The Battle for Supremacy between Ford and Olds and the Dawn of the Automobile Age”, Miller’s most recent published work. Miller is the Director of the “Story in the Public Square,” a year-round initiative to study and celebrate public storytelling. Play below:

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