Story in the Public Square

  • NEH “Standing Together” Grant Will Support Innovative Use of Theater to Inspire Community Discussion of Veterans’ Issues in Rhode Island

    Pell Center Production of “Ajax” will tour RI this autumn, feature community dialogue NEWPORT, RI – The Pell Center at Salve Regina University won a special grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH) to support a theatrical production of “Ajax”—a Greek tragedy set in the Trojan War—as a vehicle for opening community conversations about the challenges facing veterans returning from war. The grant was made possible by … Read More

  • Pell Center pays tribute to Jennifer Cook, Member of its Story Board

    Newport, RI –Pell Center director Jim Ludes released the following statement regarding the loss of Rhode Island College professor Jennifer Cook: “We are heartbroken by the passing of Jennifer Cook in a tragic accident this past weekend.  We had only just begun to work with Jennifer, but know how gifted she was as a teacher and as a storyteller. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends, … Read More

  • $1,000 available for high school, college student producers in short film contest

    NEWPORT, R.I. – High school and undergraduate college students are being challenged to address the pressing issue of childhood poverty in a filmmaking contest. The competition is part of Story in the Public Square, a joint initiative of the Pell Center at Salve Regina University and The Providence Journal. The maker (or makers) of the winning film will receive $1,000 and two other films will be selected for honorable mention. … Read More

  • Danny Strong to be awarded University’s Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square

    NEWPORT, R.I. – Emmy-winning screenwriter, producer and actor Danny Strong will be honored April 11 at Salve Regina University when he receives the second 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. Strong — whose screenwriting credits include Recount, Game Change, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and Mockingjay, the two-part Hunger Games … Read More

  • Story of the Year 2013: National Security Agency Digital Spying

    Newport, RI–Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller, director of Story in the Public Square, released a video announcing the first winner of Story of the Year today: Ludes and Miller also released the following statement announcing Story of the Year 2013: We are pleased to announce our pick for the first annual Story of the Year – that one narrative—or story–from the last 12 months that … 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

  • Former Newsweek Bureau Chief Speaks About War Reporting post-9/11

    On Tuesday evening, former Newsweek Bureau Chief Scott Johnson spoke to the Pell Center community about his experience as a journalist during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Johnson had worked in France earlier in his career–it goes without saying that transitioning from Paris to Kabul, Afghanistan in 2003 was a drastic change. “I had never covered a war like this,” Johnson said about Afghanistan. His job now involved sitting in trenches in the … Read More

  • Providence Journal: Hart stresses home in storytelling forum at Salve

    From Saturday’s Providence Journal: NEWPORT — One-time presidential candidate Gary Hart spoke in Newport on Friday as part of a daylong conference on storytelling hosted by Salve Regina University in partnership with The Providence Journal. Hart was the keynote speaker at the inaugural Story in the Public Square conference hosted by the Pell Center for International Relations. He served in the U.S. Senate with Clairborne Pell, the Newport Democrat for … Read More

  • Pulitzer Prize winner Dana Priest, former Sen. Gary Hart lead celebration of Story in the Public Square

    NEWPORT, R.I. — Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Dana Priest was honored on Friday, April 12, 2013, with the inaugural Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square, an award recognizing a contemporary storyteller whose work has had a positive impact on public affairs. Priest, a Washington Post staff writer, received the award during the maiden Story in the Public Square conference at Salve Regina University that also featured … Read More

  • Ludes and Miller Appear on The Rhode Show to Talk Story in the Public Square

    On Monday, April 8, 2013, Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes and Visiting Fellow G. Wayne Miller appeared on WPRI’s “The Rhode Show” to discuss Story in the Public Square. For more information about the event or to register please click here.

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