Story in the Public Square

  • Upcoming Film Screening | “Captain America–Winter Soldier”

    Starring Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier. The movie also includes stars Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson. This event is part of the “Story in the Public Square” series and is open to Salve Regina University students only. Date:   September 24, 2014 Time:   7:00 … Read More

  • Ideas flow at Story in the Public Square’s First Story Board Meeting

    By Alisha A. Pina PROVIDENCE — A Narragansett Tribe elder and oral historian named Sunflower. An Emmy Award-winning producer and director. An author and Bryant University professor who has archived the wartime letters of countless women. These are three of the about two dozen dedicated and diverse members of the Story Board, a group advising The Providence Journal and Pell Center leadership with its Story in the Public Square initiative. Since … Read More

  • Casting Call for Production of “Ajax”

    This fall, the Pell Center at Salve Regina University will stage a statewide production of Sophocles’ AJAX. There will be an open call for actors to audition on Monday, Sept. 15th and Tuesday, Sept. 16th from 7:00-8:30 PM at the Pell Center. As part of the Pell Center’s Story in the Public Square initiative, the production will introduce audiences to the emotional trauma of war by bringing together recent veterans, … Read More

  • RI International Film Festival, Pell Center Co-Host “War and Peace”

    2014 RIIFF partners with Story in the Public Square for documentary screenings NEWPORT, R.I.− The Pell Center at Salve Regina University’s Story in the Public Square program will partner with the Rhode Island International Film Festival for an afternoon of cinematic storytelling featuring the documentaries “The War Photographers” and the festival world premiere of “The Newport Effect” on Saturday, August 9 at the Jane Pickens Theater in downtown Newport. “Although folk … Read More

  • 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

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