Pell Center

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

    Fall 2017 Lecture Series Announced

    The Pell Center at Salve Regina University has announced a variety of events for the Fall 2017 semester, with topics ranging from U.S. foreign policy to women in science and technology, and many in between. Tickets to Pell Center events are free and open to the public. Please RSVP in advance for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page, and call 401-341-2927 or email pellcenter@salve.edu with any questions or … Read More

  • Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes moderates the lecture about Pope Francis' encyclical letter as panelists Craig Condella, Deb Curtis, Jayme Hennessy, Susan Meschwitz and Chad Raymond look out upon a crowd of Salve students and Newport community members

    Laudato Si’: Pope Francis and the Challenge of the Environment

    The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy held a panel discussion in response to the Pope’s latest encyclical Laudato Si’, coinciding with Pope Francis’ arrival in the United States. The event, entitled Pope Francis and the Challenge of the Environment, took place on September 23, 2015 at 7 p.m. in Bazarsky Lecture Hall.  The lecture featured five Salve Regina University professors, each hailing from a different academic area. … Read More

  • Picks of the Week: As One World Leader Leaves the Nation’s Capital, Another Arrives

    Same (Red) Carpet, Different Climate Conflict Flavors Obama’s Meeting With Chinese Leader | New York Times Full Transcript: Interview With Chinese President Xi Jinping | The Wall Street Journal A President and A Pope Head to Washington | The Washington Post Two prominent world leaders—Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping—are in Washington DC on official state visits this week, and although both leaders will be afforded red-carpet treatment they … Read More

  • “Climate change” vs. “global warming”

    The Center for Climate Change Communication (4C) at George Mason University has just released a report that discusses the relative merits of the terms climate change and global warming – from the perspective of communicators trying to engage audiences on this critical topic. The results are a reminder that word choice matters – a conclusion I am professionally obligated to endorse, as a cognitive linguist. They are also a reminder … Read More

  • Not about charity

    At a forum last night for Rhode Island gubernatorial candidates (organized by the Economic Progress Institute and held at the Ocean State Theatre in Warwick, RI), one of the participants emphasized a point that all of us would do well to remember. It is worth taking a moment to appreciate State Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s repeated insistence that “This is not about charity,” when talking about tax-supported public programs from Head … Read More

  • Pell Center Cybersecurity Panel Conveys National Leaders to Discuss Measures to Protect Networks and Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Attacks

    NEWPORT, RI – Over 100 senior leaders representing Rhode Island’s private industry, public agencies, law enforcement, and universities gathered at the Pell Center on March 10, 2014 to participate in a two-hour panel discussion on “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity: The National Cybersecurity Framework and Beyond.” The event was the first event of its kind hosted in New England since the release of the National Cybersecurity Framework on February 12, 2014, … Read More

  • Incarceration policy: What works vs. what’s “right”

    Why are we Americans so eager to put each other in jail? A new report  from the Pell Center (Salve Regina University, Newport, RI) explores the contrasts between U.S. incarceration policy and how other countries handle jail time. The report paints a shocking picture of a country that imprisons people at a far, far higher rate than others do: About 7 in 1000 Americans are in prison, while our closest … Read More

  • What’s the plan? – Adapting to a changing climate

    At the end of January, residents of the Newport area had a chance to hear from three individuals who are leading Rhode Island’s effort to deal with global warming and its impacts along the Ocean State’s extensive shoreline. While the speakers certainly shared some bad news, they also focused on our opportunity to get ahead of the problems through planning. At a public forum organized by the Pell Center for … Read More

  • Pell Center Fellow Cited in New Cyber Publications

    Francesca Spidalieri, Fellow for Cyber Leadership was recently cited in The Cyber Security Forum Initiative’s (CSFI) report “Senior Cyber Leadership: Why a Technically Competent Workforce is Not Enough.” This report suggests that while significant and necessary emphasis has been placed on technical skills needed within the cyber workforce, little attention has been given to the people that will lead the future workforce. It is leadership that must develop sound strategy … Read More

  • Pell Center Creates Story Board to Build a Community of Storytellers and Scholars

    Initiative reaches across Rhode Island and features participants from every college and university in the state NEWPORT, R.I. — In an expansion aimed at enhancing the study, celebration and practice of public storytelling, the Pell Center at Salve Regina University today named two dozen people to a newly created, at-large “Story Board” that will advise the Pell Center’s leadership on the development of its Story in the Public Square (SIPS) … Read More

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