Story in the Public Square

  • Tim Gray on the set of "Story in the Public Square"

    Tim Gray on “Story in the Public Square” August 26, 2017

    One of the biggest Hollywood block-busters this summer is about the earliest days of World War II. Guest Tim Gray is an acclaimed chronicler of the Americans who defeated the Axis Powers and saved civilization. Gray is a national award-winning documentary film director, producer and writer based in Rhode Island. Tim has produced and directed 17 documentary films to date on the personal stories of the World War II generation. … Read More

  • Eve L. Ewing sits on set at "Story in the Public Square,"

    Eve L. Ewing on “Story in the Public Square” July 29, 2017

    Race in American life is still a very powerful force. Eve L. Ewing explores its potency in her scholarship and bears often personal witness to it in her art and in her poetry. Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a sociologist of education whose research is focused on racism, social inequality, and urban policy, and the impact of these forces on American public schools and the lives of young people. She … Read More

  • Daniel Drezner joins Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller on set of "Story in the Public Square"

    Daniel Drezner on “Story in the Public Square” July 15, 2017

    Policy debates in Washington have long been dominated by think-tanks and academics who populate the marketplace of ideas. Daniel Drezner argues that new players are entering the field, such as global consultancies and billionaire-funded pet projects. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a contributor at The Washington Post. Drezner recently … Read More

  • Jeff Sparr and Matt Kaplan join Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller on set of "Story in the Public Square"

    July 1, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    About one in five Americans live with a diagnosable mental disorder. This week’s guests, Jeff Sparr and Matt Kaplan, are creators of a program that uses storytelling and expressive arts to create peace of mind. Based in Rhode Island and with an international reach, the non-profit organization PeaceLove Studios promotes mental wellness and fights stigma against mental illness with the use of expressive arts. PeaceLove offers services through its centers … Read More

  • Daphe Matziaraki accepts Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square

    Daphne Matziaraki Accepts the 2017 Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square

    Newport, R.I. – Standing in front of a sold-out audience on June 5, 2017, documentary filmmaker Daphne Matziaraki accepted the 2017 Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square. The prize, awarded annually since 2013, honors a storyteller whose work has significantly influenced the public dialogue. Matziaraki, whose short documentary “4.1 Miles” was nominated for an Academy Award, returned to her native Greece to capture footage of the refugee … Read More

  • Tricia Rose sit with Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller on set of "Story in the Public Square"

    May 20, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    After the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, Time Magazine asked if we had entered a post-racial America. From the perspective of 2017, the question seems ridiculous. Tricia Rose argues, in fact, that structural racism is the key driver of inequality in the United States. Rose is currently Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies and the Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown … Read More

  • Image demonstrating damaging results of refugee crisis in Greece

    Documentary Filmmaker Daphne Matziaraki to Receive 2017 Pell Center Prize

    Newport, R.I. – Filmmaker Daphne Matziaraki, whose documentary about the European refugee crisis was nominated for an Academy Award, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square. The prize, awarded annually since 2013, honors a storyteller whose work has significantly influenced the public dialogue. “It is an incredible honor to be awarded the prestigious Pell Center Prize for Story in the … Read More

  • G. Wayne Miller, Jim Ludes interview Kevin Doyle and Sauda Jackson on "Story in the Public Square"

    April 8, 2017: “Story in the Public Square”

    As long as there has been live theater, artists have grappled with the public issues of their day. From the ancient Greeks to today, theater has had the power to provoke, inspire, and challenge authorities and orthodoxies. This week, playwright-director Kevin Doyle and actor Sauda Jackson help us explore the power of theater. Kevin Doyle is the artistic director of the New York City-based international theater company, Sponsored by Nobody. … Read More

  • Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller with Bob Hackey on set of "Story in the Public Square"

    March 25, 2017: “Story in the Public Square”

    From Richard Nixon to Donald Trump, leaders on both sides of the political aisle have described the state of American healthcare in terms intended to scare and mobilize voters. Guest Bob Hackey argues that those cries of crisis have warped the healthcare debate. Hackey is a political science professor at Providence College, as well as the director of the Health Policy & Management Department. He is the author of Cries … Read More

  • Katherine Brown on set of Story in the Public Square

    February 18, 2017 – “Story in the Public Square”

    This week we’re joined by public diplomacy scholar, practitioner Katherine Brown

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