Story in the Public Square

  • Head shot of Pell Center Visting Fellow G. Wayne Miller

    Fellow Spotlight: G. Wayne Miller

    G. Wayne Miller, Pell Center visiting fellow and Story in the Public in the Square director, is a storyteller in his own right. A staff writer for The Providence Journal,  Miller shares powerful accounts of individuals, families and loved ones affected by mental health issues and serves as an advocate for mental healthcare reform throughout Rhode Island and in the United States. Miller has also published several books, including Toy … Read More

  • 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

  • Jim Ludes & G. Wayne Miller on set of Story in the Public Square

    ‘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

  • 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

  • “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

  • 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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