• Julie Marron on Story in the Public Square

    Julie Marron Brings us Social Justice Documentaries with a Twist

    Air Dates: September 1-3, 2018

    “Four games in Fall” lingers in the sports’-fan’s ear like a claxon in the night.  It was the punishment Tom Brady served for his role in “deflate-gate.” Julie Marron argues, however, that Brady, despite his iconic status, was not treated fairly or justly—and the reasons why matter to all of us.

    Marron is the writer and director of Lemon Martini Productions. Prior to her filmmaking career, Marron spent several years working as a strategy and management consultant to Fortune 500 corporations. Her current film, FOUR GAMES IN FALL, has won awards in film festivals across the country and is currently in limited theatrical release. Her first feature length documentary, HAPPYGRAM, was released in 2015 and screened at film festivals across the country. The film received several awards including First Prize for the Providence Film Festival at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

    ​Julie also volunteers with several non-profit organizations and is a contributing author to Equity and Full Participation for Individuals with Severe Disabilities: A Vision for the Future.  She received a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from St. Johns College in Santa Fe and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She currently lives in Rhode Island with her family.

    Story in the Public Square airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 5:30 a.m. ET, and Mondays at 12:30 a.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

     

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    “Story in the Public Square” set for weekly broadcasts across America starting September 2018

    Updated: December 11, 2018

    NEWPORT, R.I. – The Telly Award-winning series Story in the Public Square will be broadcast in major markets across America beginning September 10, 2018, the show announced on Tuesday. The show has been a fixture since January 2017 on SiriusXM Satellite Radio and in southeastern New England from its flagship TV station, Rhode Island PBS.

    New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, Atlanta, Boston, Phoenix, Detroit, San Diego, Milwaukee, Tampa, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Memphis, St. Louis, Portland, Oregon, and Birmingham, Alabama, are among the markets where the show will air every week. The show will be carried in 22 of the top 25 markets, 40 of the top 50 markets and 70 of the top 100 markets.

    Hosted by Jim Ludes, Executive Director of the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University, and G. Wayne Miller, Staff Writer at The Providence Journal, Story in the Public Square is a weekly 30-minute public television program that tries to make sense of the stories shaping public life in the United States and abroad.

    A partnership of the Pell Center and The Providence Journal, the program provides insights and perspectives into culture, politics and current national and international events from diverse storytellers of every variety and in any media—from acclaimed journalists, filmmakers, authors, photographers, scholars, activists, historians, musicians and more.

    “We’re excited to bring the show to a national television audience,” said Ludes.  “Storytelling has always been central to public life but it has never been more important than now, when on a daily basis we are bombarded with stories from endless sources. Our guests help us sort them out and bring us to new understandings.”

    “While we explore topics of significance to us as individuals and fellow citizens of a complex world,” Miller said, “we are also mindful that the best discussions are not only spirited but often fun. Our audiences tell us they like the lively tone we set. They also appreciate the still and moving images we incorporate into the show.”

    Thirteen guests will appear on the first national season of Story in the Public Square. They are: best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times staff writer Dan Barry; poet, artist and educator Eve Ewing, author of Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side; and Omer Bartov, Brown University historian and author of Anatomy of a Genocide.

    Also, longtime New York Times obituary writer Margalit Fox; civil rights legend and Martin Luther King Jr. confidante Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr.; still photographer and Instagram pioneer Maddie McGarvey; Harvard literature scholar Martin Puchner, author of The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization; and Tara Copp, Pentagon Bureau Chief for Military Times and author of The Warbird: Three Heroes. Two Wars. One Story.

    Also, Caroline Orr, behavioral scientist who with her handle @RVAwonk has taken Twitter by storm; Oscar-nominated Greek filmmaker Daphne Matziaraki; Julian Chambliss, a historian of urban and popular culture at Michigan State University; Edward Luce, the Washington correspondent for the Financial Times and author of The Retreat of Western Liberalism; and C.J. Chivers, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times staff writer and author of The Fighters.

    Story in the Public Square provides audiences the opportunity to hear compelling stories, and learn the story behind the stories in an accessible format where the hosts listen rather than lecture. The program offers a refreshing alternative to the standard news and public-affairs fare. The show is produced by the Pell Center and presented by Rhode Island PBS via NETA, the National Educational Telecommunications Association.

    The audio version of the series is broadcast multiple times each weekend on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States) channel. Story in the Public Square won a 2018 Telly Award for excellence in general politics/commentary for the final episode of its first year on the air on Rhode Island PBS, and the program is supported by weekly podcast versions and Miller’s regular Inside Story columns for The Providence Journal.

    Find “Story in the Public Square” on your local public television channel! 

     

    Story in the Public Square:

    On the Web: www.StoryInThePublicSquare.com

    On Twitter: @pubstory

    On Facebook: www.facebook.com/StoryInThePublicSquare/

    On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9AgsEnJGAgXqTMp2CxA-4w

     

     

  • Trenni Kusnierek on Story in the Public Square

    Pastimes meet Politics with Emmy-winning Sports Anchor & Reporter Trenni Kusnierek

    Air dates: August 25-27, 2018

    Sports have the power to unify people from diverse backgrounds, to give us something to be excited about and to talk about, together, no matter who we are, what we do, or where we’re from. But in the last couple of years, politics intruded in our pastimes. As an Emmy-winning sports anchor and reporter, Trenni Kusnierek has a unique perspective on sports in American culture.

    Kusnierek is an Emmy Award-winning sports anchor/reporter for NBC Sports Boston and prominent mental-health advocate, being very open and public about her own experiences with depression and anxiety.

    A graduate of Marquette University, Kusnierek has worked in the sports journalism field much of her career, starting in Eau Claire, WI and since in Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Boston and at the national level for MLB Network, NFL Network, ABC Sports and Big Ten Network. She has covered all four major sports, including the World Series and the Super Bowl. She has also reported from National championship games and PGA majors, the Super Bowl and World Series, and the 2014 Winter, 2016 Summer and 2018 Winter Olympics.

    In her many appearances on WGBH’s Boston Public Radio, cohosted by Margery Eagan and Jim Braude, among other forums, Kusnierek offers her strong (and smart) opinions on issues where sports intersect with politics, culture and society. For example, NFL players taking a knee, domestic violence, the inequality of girls and women, brain injury among athletes, the stigma against people with mental-health issues, and more.

    Away from work Kusnierek enjoys running and has completed several marathons including Boston. Kusnierek also enjoys reading, photography, mountain climbing (reaching the summit of Mt Rainier in July of 2011), volunteer work and international travel. She combined the last two in January of 2011 when she traveled to India to teach English.

    Story in the Public Square airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 5:30 a.m. ET, and Mondays at 12:30 a.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

     

  • C.J. Chivers on Story in the Public Square

    Stepping into Battle with Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist C.J. Chivers

    Rebroadcast Dates: October 6-8, 2018
    Originally aired: August 18, 2018

    Since September 11, 2001, more than 2.7 million Americans have fought America’s battles in Iraq and Afghanistan. Chris Chivers has written a searing, new account of those wars and the men and women who have served in them.

    Chris (C.J.) Chivers is a senior writer at The New York Times and a writer-at-large for the New York Times Magazine. He contributes to the Foreign and Investigative desks and frequently posts on the At War blog, writing on war, tactics, human rights, politics, crime and the arms trade from Afghanistan, Iraq, Russia, Georgia, Chechnya and elsewhere on a wide range of assignments. In addition to writing, he shoots video and, occasionally, photographs. He remains a contributor to Esquire and Field & Stream.

    Chivers graduated with a B.A. cum laude in English from Cornell University in January 1988. From 1988 until 1994, Chivers was an officer in the United States Marine Corps, serving in the Persian Gulf War and performing peacekeeping duties as a company commander during the Los Angeles riots. He was honorably discharged from the Marines as a captain in 1994.

    Chivers was the 1995 valedictorian of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He was a staff writer at The Providence Journal in Rhode Island from 1995 until 1999, covering crime and politics, and was a contributor to several magazines, writing on wildlife, natural history and conservation.

    From 1999 until 2001 he covered crime and law enforcement for The New York Times in New York City, working in a three-reporter bureau inside the police headquarters in Lower Manhattan. While in this bureau, he covered the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Chivers’ New York Times magazine story “The Fighter” won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing. In 2009 he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for coverage from Afghanistan and Pakistan. His new book, available August 14, from Simon & Schuster, “The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq,” is an unvarnished account of modern combat, told through the eyes of the fighters who have waged America’s longest wars. Readers are immersed in the physical and emotional experience of war as lived by six combatants: a fighter pilot, a corpsman, a scout helicopter pilot, a grunt, an infantry officer, and a Special Forces sergeant.

    In 1996, Chivers received the Livingston Award for International Journalism for a series on the collapse of commercial fishing in the North Atlantic. Two of his stories in The Times from Afghanistan were cited in the award of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2002. In 2007, his reconstruction for Esquire of the terrorist siege of a public school in Beslan, Russia, won the Michael Kelly Award and National Magazine Award for Reporting. He was also part of The Times’s team that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2009, for coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan. His combat reporting from Iraq and Afghanistan, with that of his colleague Dexter Filkins and the photographer Tyler Hicks, with whom he often works, was selected in 2010 by New York University as one of the Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade.

    Story in the Public Square airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 5:30 a.m. ET, and Mondays at 12:30 a.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

     

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    Fall 2018 Lecture Series Announced

    Today the Pell Center announced the Fall 2018 event series. Tickets to Pell Center events are free and will be available about two weeks prior to the event date. Please RSVP in advance for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page, and call 401-341-2927 email [email protected] with any questions or concerns. Scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up for our email list and stay informed about when tickets become available.

    Please note, most events this fall will take place at the Bazarsky Lecture Hall in the O’Hare Academic Center. The exception is our October 10 event, Special Edition of “Story in the Public Square,” which will take place in Ochre Court.

     

    Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz

    September 26, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

    Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center

    Dr. Omer Bartov, Brown University

     

    You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor’s Stories of Life, Death and In Between

    October 3, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

    Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center

    Dr. Daniela Lamas, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

     

    Special Edition of Story in the Public Square

    October 10, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

    Ochre Court

    Former United States Secretary of State John Kerry

    *Limited seats available. More information to come.

     

    The Fighters – Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq

    October 16, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

    Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center

    C.J. Chivers, New York Times writer and Pulitzer Prize author

     

    The Ghost Army – Documentary & Discussion

    October 24, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

    Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center

    Rick Beyer, author and award-winning producer

    *Co-sponsored with Salve Regina University Department of Administration of Justice

     

    The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States

    November 5, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

    Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center

    Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, East Asia Nonproliferation Program at James Martin Center for Nonproliferation

     

    With US and Against US – How America’s Partners Help and Hinder the War on Terror

    November 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

    Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center

    Dr. Stephen Tankel, Senior Fellow for a New American Security

     

  • Molly McKew on "Story in the Public Square"

    The Weaponized Narrative with Molly McKew

    Air Dates: August 11-13, 2018

    “Weaponized narrative” is a relatively new term surfacing over the last couple of years, but information has long been an element of national power and a weapon when employed by skilled operators. Guest, Molly McKew warns the United States and its Western allies face a foe tremendously skilled and motivated in the use of information as a weapon.

    Molly K McKew is a foreign policy and strategy consultant and a Russian information warfare expert. McKew is an analyst and author; her articles have appeared in Politico, the Washington Post, and other publications. She is a frequent radio/TV commentator on Russian strategy, and briefs military staff and political officials on Russian doctrine and hybrid warfare. She specializes in narrative development to counter information operations.

    McKew is founder and narrative specialist of New Media Frontier, a social media intelligence company, and CEO of Fianna Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in advisory services, government/public relations, and strategic messaging campaigns for international clients. Her recent work has focused on the European frontier — including the Baltic States, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine — where she has worked to counter Russian information campaigns and other elements of hybrid warfare. She was recently the strategic director of a project to strengthen independent Russian language news and media in the Baltic states, including designing opinion research of Baltic Russian-speakers. Previously, she worked as an adviser to the Georgian National Security Council (2009-2013), and designed a project on national identity-building for former Moldovan Prime Minister Filat.

    McKew is a graduate of Stanford University, with a BA in Russian Language, History, and Culture, and of the London School of Economics, with an MSc in Russian/Post-Soviet Studies. In 2013, she was awarded the Order of Honor by the President of Georgia for her service in defense of Georgian democracy.

    Story in the Public Square airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 5:30 a.m. ET, and Mondays at 12:30 a.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

  • Gary Varvel on "Story in the Public Square"

    A Cartoonist’s take on the News with Gary Varvel

    Air dates: August 4-6, 2018

    Editorial cartoonists use illustration to offer a different perspective on the news and in doing so they challenge us to think in new ways. Gary Varvel brings a conservative perspective to his cartoons for the IndyStar.

    Gary Varvel was born in Indianapolis in 1957, graduated from Danville High School in Danville, IN, studied at John Herron School of Art (IUPUI) and after college spent 16 years working as the chief artist for The Indianapolis News. In 1994 he joined The Indianapolis Star as its editorial cartoonist. He holds that position now at the paper, IndyStar.com

    Varvel’s work is nationally syndicated through Creators Syndicate in 120 newspapers. His cartoons have appeared on CNN, Fox News and in Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New York Post, USA Today, Washington Times, National Review and Sports Illustrated. His cartoons have also been reprinted in many college and high school text books.

    “I have been blessed to also have scripted, produced and acted in two Christian movies, illustrated 2 children’s books, produced a national-award winning graphic novel on child poverty, and since October ’17 I’ve been writing a weekly conservative column and curating a conservative newsletter called, “Views from the Right” for IndyStar.” said Varvel.

    Story in the Public Square airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 5:30 a.m. ET, and Mondays at 12:30 a.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

     

     

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    IRS Training Thousands on Cybersecurity Best Practices with Help from Pell Center Experts

    NEWPORT, R.I. – The 2018 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums are currently underway with educational sessions, training, and networking for tax professionals across the country. Hundreds of individual tax preparers attending the Forums are receiving dedicated cybersecurity training thanks to a three-year grant the Pell Center at Salve Regina University received from the American Coalition for Taxpayer Rights (ACTR) to devise and deliver these specific sessions.

    Pell Center Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri along with cybersecurity and data privacy expert Matt Cullina, CEO of CyberScout, and Linn Freedman, Chair of the Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team and Partner at Robinson+Cole, carefully developed the dedicated material to help sensitize tax preparation professionals to the most common cyber threats and vulnerabilities in the tax industry. The goal is to raise awareness about best practices and cyber hygiene, and provide resources that tax preparers and small businesses can use to protect themselves and their clients’ sensitive information.

    In recent years, individual tax preparation professionals and smaller businesses with tax information have become a more attractive target of data breaches, cyber intrusions, and various takeovers as state tax agencies and larger tax preparation businesses have continued to strengthen their own cybersecurity posture and make it harder for cyber criminals to infiltrate their networks. Indeed, cyber criminals are changing their tactics and targeting individual tax preparation professionals and smaller businesses, often considered the “low-hanging fruit.”

    In July 2017, the IRS launched a campaign directed at tax professionals to increase awareness about cyber threats, and provided guidance and resources to prevent phishing scams and develop information security plans. However, recent surveys have shown that less than 30 percent of respondents had a written plan in place or required any mandatory training, demonstrating there is still low awareness and compliance of security requirements in the tax professional community.

    “Participants are coming away with a better understanding of how even basic cyber hygiene and effective cyber risk management can protect their businesses from data breaches, fraud, phishing scams, ransomware attacks, and third-party vendor threats,” said Pell Center Senior Fellow Francesca Spidalieri. “The dedicated training sessions we developed are focused on preventing and mitigating cyber threats through risk management, employee awareness and training, security best practices, incident response and business continuity planning, crisis management, fiduciary duty, and legal compliance. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to help small proprietors in the tax preparation industry meet this growing challenge and, ultimately, improve the cybersecurity posture of the tax preparation industry as a whole.”

    “Cyber criminals are relentless when it comes to targeting taxpayer information,” said Matt Cullina, CEO of CyberScout, an identity and data security provider. “Tax preparers can protect their valuable business and client information from attack with the best practices and access to resources we outline in these sessions.”

    To find the next Tax Forum Sessions please visit https://www.irstaxforum.com/index for more information.

     

  • Caroline Orr on Story in the Public Square

    Caroline Orr Gets to the Core of Disinformation

    Air Dates: July 28-30, 2018

    According to the Director of National Intelligence, Russia attacked American democracy in 2016, and the attacks continue to this day. The information the intelligence community used to draw that conclusion is classified—but guest, Caroline Orr uses an incredible array of open-source information and data analytics to produce a sophisticated understanding of the political warfare targeting the United States.

    Caroline Orr is a freelance journalist, researcher, and doctoral candidate in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her research interests include risk communication, behavior change theory, social influence and group behavior in digital environments, psychological models of online decision-making, health psychology, sexual assault and violence prevention, reproductive health, and psychosocial determinants of health and health disparities.

    Caroline graduated Summa Cum Laude from East Carolina University, where she completed her B.A. in Psychology. Caroline also earned her M.A. in Health Education and Promotion from East Carolina University and her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University-Maryland. Caroline is currently working as a freelance journalist as she prepares to defend her dissertation on the use of behavior change theory in intervention design, measurement, and evaluation. She is also in the process of writing a book about disinformation and the weaponization of social media.

    Story in the Public Square airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 5:30 a.m. ET, and Mondays at 12:30 a.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

  • Jay Bookman on Story in the Public Square

    Death of the Grand Old Party with Jay Bookman

    Air Dates: July 21-23, 2018

    American politics seemed sufficiently combustible even before the images and stories of immigrant children being separated from their parents pushed our temperature even higher. Jay Bookman argues the super-heated politics of 2018 are a reflection of the death of the GOP as a moderate, governing party.

    Jay Bookman is a columnist and blogger at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, specializing in foreign relations, national politics, environmental and technology-related issues, and state and local politics. He occasionally forays into other aspects of life as time, space and opportunity allow.

    Bookman has received a Scripps Howard National Journalism Award, a National Headliner Award, the Aldo Leopold Award and other honors. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University who studied at Munich International School, Bookman began his journalism career in the late 1970s at The Transcript in North Adams, Mass., a then family-owned newspaper. He joined the AJC in 1990.

    Story in the Public Square airs on Rhode Island PBS in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts on Sundays at 11 a.m. and is rebroadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. An audio version of the program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. ET, Sundays at 5:30 a.m. ET, and Mondays at 12:30 a.m. ET on SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States), channel 124. “Story in the Public Square” is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. The initiative aims to study, celebrate and tell stories that matter.

     

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