politics

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    Unconditional Surrender: The Failure of Peace Negotiations in the American Civil War

    Speaker: James M. McPherson, George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History Emeritus at Princeton University and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Most wars in American history have been ended by peace negotiations that led to a treaty between the contending parties: the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, even in some respects the Vietnam War.  The two major exceptions are the Civil … 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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    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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    “Story in the Public Square” to be broadcast weekly on Rhode Island PBS, SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S.

    Newport, R.I.—The Pell Center at Salve Regina University will broadcast new weekly episodes of “Story in the Public Square” on Rhode Island PBS and nationally on satellite radio provider SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S. channel 124 beginning the weekend of January 14, 2017. Hosted by Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller, visiting fellow and director of the Story in the Public Square initiative, the new episodes will feature interviews with today’s best print, screen, music, and … Read More

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    “Truth: The First Casualty” – The 2016 National Story of the Year

    Newport, R.I. – The assault on fact and truth in public life, fueled by fake news and propaganda, has been named the 2016 National Story of the Year by the Pell Center at Salve Regina University. “The Story of the Year identifies the most important narrative to emerge in public life in the previous 12 months,” said G. Wayne Miller, visiting fellow at the Pell Center and director of the … Read More

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    Now What? A Discussion of the Election Results

    The election of 2016 will be one for the ages. Pitting a billionaire businessman against the first female candidate nominated for president by a major political party, the campaign has been a wild ride. As the dust settles, join a distinguished panel of scholars and journalists as we try to make sense of the campaign, understand the fissures it revealed in the American body-politic, and look-ahead to the policy and … Read More

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    Debate Watch: Clinton vs. Trump

    Join the Pell Center staff and friends for a spirited discussion and to watch the final debate. We will survey the audience before and after the debate to see how opinions have changed.

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    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

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    Stochastic Terrorism: Picks of the Week

      Unfiltered: Voices from Trump’s Crowds | The New York Times Donald Trump Calls Obama ‘Founder of ISIS’ and Says it Honors Him | The New York Times Trump’s Assassination Dog Whistle Was Even Scarier Than You Think | Rolling Stone   Someone is going to get killed. That’s the thought that went through my head in bucolic Vermont this week as I looked out over the mountains at twilight and … Read More

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    No Fun and Games for Rio

    On October 2, 2009 celebrations erupted on Rio de Janeiro’s famed Copacabana beach as the International Olympic Committee confirmed the city’s bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. For Brazil, having the privilege to host the most high profile sporting event in the world was the final endorsement the country needed to prove its hard-fought rise to the top. At the time, the Brazilian economy was booming under its highly … Read More

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