Story in the Public Square

  • Lisa Genova, Best-selling Author of Still Alice, to Receive 2015 Pell Center Prize

    NEWPORT, R.I. – New York Times best-selling author Lisa Genova will be honored June 4 at Salve Regina University when she receives the third annual Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square, an award recognizing a contemporary storyteller whose work has had a significant impact on the public dialogue. Genova, who holds a Ph. D. in neuroscience from Harvard University, has written about neurological diseases and their impact … Read More

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    ‘Story’ on TV

    NEWPORT, R.I.—The Pell Center at Salve Regina University has announced its latest undertaking—a talk show that interviews today’s best storytellers about their creative process and how their stories impact public understanding and policy. The show, “Story in the Public Square,” taped its first two episodes on June 5 and June 8, with Lisa Genova, best-selling author of Still Alice, and New York Times journalist Dan Barry, appearing as guests. “Story … Read More

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    Studying and celebrating public storytelling in American politics and culture.

    Storytelling is an ancient and underappreciated element of public life. Think of Christ’s parables or Plato’s dialogues – both used stories to communicate, instruct, inspire and persuade. In the American experience, think of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” which fueled the abolitionist movement prior to the Civil War, or Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle,” which contributed to a wave of reform and regulation in American industry. However they are communicated … Read More

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    Pell Center Names 2014 RI Gubernatorial Race as Local Story of the Year

    NEWPORT, RI — The 2014 gubernatorial election, won by Democrat Gina Raimondo, has been chosen as the Pell Center Rhode Island Story of the Year by a panel of print, broadcast and online media professionals in the state. Raimondo, who will become the state’s first female governor in January, won a three-way general election, defeating Republican mayor of Cranston Allan Fung and Moderate Party candidate Bob Healy. Her general election … Read More

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    “Emperor Obama” named the 2014 Pell Center National “Story of the Year”

    Newport, RI—“Emperor Obama” has been named the 2014 National Story of the Year by the Pell Center at Salve Regina University.  The designation goes to the public narrative with the strongest impact on public understanding in the previous 12 months. “The story of presidential over-reach has been repeated for years, but in 2014, Republican opponents of President Barrack Obama used it successfully to gain control of both houses of Congress,” … Read More

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    2014 National Story of the Year to Broadcast on PBS, SiriusXM

    On Sunday, Dec. 14, PBS  will air an episode of White House Chronicle featuring Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller, program director of the Story in the Public Square initiative and staff writer for The Providence Journal, who will discuss the 2014 National Story of the Year. On Rhode Island PBS, the episode is scheduled to air Sunday, Dec. 14 at 11:30 a.m. on these channels: Rhode Island PBS. Digital 36.1. Cox 08 / … Read More

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    RI PBS to Broadcast Emmy-winning screenwriter and actor Danny Strong’s acceptance of the 2014 Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square

    NEWPORT, RI—On Friday, November 21, 2014, at 10:30 PM, Rhode Island PBS will broadcast the acceptance speech of 2014 Pell Center Prize Winner Danny Strong.  The award was made in April at Salve Regina University during the Pell Center’s annual Story Day conference.  The prize, in its second year, was in recognition of the Emmy-winning screenwriter and actor’s use of story to advance the public dialogue. In the speech that … Read More

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    “Ajax” Cast Member Raises Awareness of Veterans’ Issues

    Salve Regina student cast member of “Ajax” discusses the importance of supporting veterans Jacob Fernandes ’17, an involved student in Salve Regina University’s theatre community, will be playing the role of Menelaus in the Story in the Public Square’s reader’s theatrical production of “Ajax.” Fernandes, 19, is a social work major and theatre minor from Westbrook, Conn. Fernandes says he is amazed by how relevant the Greek tragedy is in today’s conversation … Read More

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    Free Performances of “Ajax” to Launch Statewide Conversation about Veterans

      The Pell Center uses reader’s theater to discuss veterans’ issues in honor of Veterans Day NEWPORT, RI – The Pell Center at Salve Regina University will be hosting a reader’s theater production of the Greek tragedy “Ajax” in five cities and towns in Rhode Island. As a part of the Pell Center’s Story in the Public Square initiative, the play will serve as a vehicle for opening community conversations … Read More

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    Ideas flow at Story in the Public Square’s First Story Board Meeting

    By Alisha A. Pina PROVIDENCE — A Narragansett Tribe elder and oral historian named Sunflower. An Emmy Award-winning producer and director. An author and Bryant University professor who has archived the wartime letters of countless women. These are three of the about two dozen dedicated and diverse members of the Story Board, a group advising The Providence Journal and Pell Center leadership with its Story in the Public Square initiative. Since … Read More

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