• 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) initiative.

    “We’ve brought together a tremendous group who add a broad range of creative and cultural interests and expertise to our overall effort,” said Pell Center Executive Director, Dr. Jim Ludes.  “We expect their involvement in this effort to enrich and enliven the discussion of storytelling in public affairs.”

    SIPS co-director G. Wayne Miller continued, “As we continue to build Story in the Public Square, board members will be an integral part of the process.  Their collective experience will be an enormous asset to the public dialogue. We are thrilled to be able to draw on their wealth of knowledge and wisdom.”

    Story Board members will advise the program’s directors, judge contests, and mentor students. Members will be encouraged to contribute their own writings, still and moving images, and other expressions to www.publicstory.org and other SIPS forums. They will offer ideas on improving and expanding Story in the Public Square.

    The Story Board includes members from a broad sweep of storytelling media: filmmaking, animation, television, still photography, radio, education, history and journalism. Every Rhode Island college has representation on the Story Board.

    The founding members of the Story Board are:

    • Dorothy Abram, writer and associate professor of Social Sciences at Johnson & Wales University;
    • Susan Areson, Providence Journal deputy executive editor;
    • David Boeri, senior reporter, WBUR 90.9, Boston’s NPR news station;
    • Jennifer Cook, associate professor of English and Secondary Education, Rhode Island College, and director of the Rhode Island Writing Project;
    • Pamela Reinsel Cotter, The Providence Journal’s assistant managing editor for Breaking News/Geo and social media editor;
    • Christopher B. Daly, associate professor of journalism, Boston University;
    • Xue Di, poet and fellow in Brown University’s Freedom to Write program;
    • Steven F. Forleo, English professor, Community College of Rhode Island, and faculty adviser for CCRI student paper The Unfiltered Lens;
    • John Freidah, photojournalist, documentary filmmaker, and multimedia producer at MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering;
    • Gitahi Gititi, writer and professor of English, Film and Media Studies, and African and African American Studies, University of Rhode Island;
    • Gary Hart, Huffington Post blogger, author, and former U.S. senator;
    • Paulla Dove Jennings, storyteller, historian, educator, Narragansett Tribe elder and, since 1989, curator of the Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum in Exeter, R.I.;
    • Steve Klamkin, radio news journalist, 630 AM & 99.7 FM WPRO;
    • Kathryn Larsen, program director, Rhode Island PBS;
    • John Lavall, documentary filmmaker;
    • Judy Barrett Litoff, author and professor of history at Bryant University;
    • Mia Lupo, student, Salve Regina University;
    • George T. Marshall, founder and executive director of R.I. International Film Festival, and Adjunct professor of communications and film, Roger Williams University;
    • Lorelei Pepi, animation artist and part time faculty, Rhode Island School of Design;
    • Sussy Santana, poet and performance artist;
    • Lorén Spears, storyteller, educator and executive director of the Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum;
    • Jim Taricani, investigative television reporter, WJAR-TV, NBC 10;
    • Alisha Pina Thounsavath, staff writer and columnist, Providence Journal;
    • Padma Venkatraman, author and instructor at the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island;
    • Karen Thompson Walker, novelist; and
    • Agnieszka Woznicka, animation artist and associate professor, Rhode Island School of Design.

    Members endorse the core concept of Story in the Public Square, namely: To study, celebrate and cultivate the use of storytelling in public affairs. Established in 2012, Story in the Public Square staged its first Story Day in April 2013, when it welcomed former Senator Gary Hart as keynote speaker and presented the first Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square to two-time Pulizer Prize winner Dana Priest, of The Washington Post. The Pell Center will host the second Story Day this spring at Salve Regina University.

    SIPS defines “story” as the use of word, image and/or sound, in any medium (print, web, film, video, novel, art, etc.), to narrate an experience, typically with an emphasis on emotion, character and insight. Public storytelling is story made widely available, with the potential to influence individual opinion and community, national and international policy, either swiftly or over time. Story stands in contrast to exposition, the straightforward (and often important) conveying of information, such as the standard “hard news” piece that is a journalistic mainstay.

    Story in the Public Square’s objectives are incorporated under this motto: Experience. Share. Act. The program is a joint initiative of the Pell Center and The Providence Journal, with major grant support from the Rhode Island Council on the Humanities.

    Members of the programs Board of Governors serve as ex-officio members of the Story Board.

    Visit the SIPS site at www.publicstory.org, follow the program on Twitter @pubstory, and visit on Facebook www.facebook.com/StoryInThePublicSquare.

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  • Public Leaders from across Rhode Island gather at the Pell Center for Leadership Matters

    Workshops aim to support municipal leaders

    Newport, RI: Twenty public leaders from across Rhode Island gathered October 18-19, 2013, at Salve Regina University’s Pell Center for the first segment of Leadership Matters, a professional development program for municipal and social-sector leaders.

    “Leadership Matters goes to the heart of the mission of the Pell Center,” said Dr. Jim Ludes, the center’s executive director.  “We are ever mindful of Senator Pell’s legacy of service to the people of Rhode Island,” he continued.  “We believe Leadership Matters honors that legacy by contributing to the important work done by public leaders in Rhode Island today.”

    The first cohort on campus last week included municipal teams from Newport, Middletown and Pawtucket. RI legislators from both the house and the senate, and academic leaders from Salve Regina University.  Each team consists of a “steward” and three additional team members.

    “The team concept is important to the design of the program,” said Ludes.  “We asked the steward in each community or organization to pick the team they wanted to bring for this training that would best address their unique local priorities.”

    Leadership Matters is a multi-phased program.  In the first phase participants attend eight classroom training days over five months, scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays.  The courses cover facilitative leadership practices; system thinking; negotiation; and aligning means and ends for optimal performance outcomes.

    “It’s a practitioner’s curriculum,” said Georgianna Bishop, the President of the Public Sector Consortium of Cambridge, MA, who partnered with the Pell Center to develop Leadership Matters.  “I’ve spent a career working with public leaders and I know that taking time to develop new skills can be very tough for people who are often the busiest people in the state,” she said.  “They can use when they get back to the office on Monday morning.  And those that do will get the most from the sessions.”

    “What particularly appealed to me about this program is that it’s geared for people who are responsible for putting leadership skills into practical use every day,” said Mayor Donald R. Grebien of Pawtucket, RI. “I am already finding it to be a very valuable program for me as well as for key members of my staff.”

    In the second phase of the program, municipalities will undertake an innovation project of their own design.  “Our intention,” said Ludes, “is to link external coaches and mentors to the communities while they take on these projects.  We’re still working with foundations to secure the funding for that phase,” he cautioned, “but we want participants to benefit from the experience of others who have succeeded in similar challenges.”

    Finally, according to Ludes, the Pell Center will host a lessons learned conference in the early autumn of 2014.  The purpose of this final phase is to bring communities together again to brief each other on their innovation projects, where they succeeded and where—if appropriate—they came up short.

    “The last phase is really important,” said Ludes.  “We want to create a culture of collaboration and lesson-sharing across the state between; the towns, the legislature, non profits and academic institutions. “  “I believe it can pay real dividends for the state.”  He continued, “Rhode Island has long benefited from tremendous leadership—really dating back to its founding three and a half centuries ago.  It’s no different today.  We’ve seen in these sessions the tremendous talent that lies in Rhode Island’s municipalities and we are delighted to be working with them.”

  • New Event: Attack Syria?

    Flight operations from the deck of the USS Nimitz

    Flight operations from the deck of the USS Nimitz

    A Conversation about the Strategy and Politics of the Crisis in the Middle East

    Thursday, September 5, 2013 | 6:00 PM

    RSVP to [email protected] or 401-341-2927

    DiStefano Hall, Antone Center

    (Corner of LeRoy and Lawrence) on the campus of Salve Regina University


    Timothy D. Hoyt, Ph.D.

    Professor of Strategy and Policy, U.S. Naval War College and author of the recent article, “How to Attack Syria,” in The National Interest http://bit.ly/18pZxYR


    Dr. Clark Merrill

    Associate Professor and Chairman, Department of Political Science, Salve Regina University

    On August 21, 2013, chemical weapons were used to attack civilians in the suburbs of Damascus, Syria.  It was not the first time chemical weapons had been used in the Syrian civil war, but for the administration of President Barack Obama, their use was the crossing of the “red-line” the President had warned would provoke an armed American response.  Failing to win support in the United Nations or from America’s closest ally, the United Kingdom, President Obama last week announced he would seek Congressional authorization for the use of force in Syria.

    With Congressional hearings underway, and a vote expected next week in Congress, join us at the Pell Center to discuss the strategy, the policy, and the politics of what may become America’s fourth war in the last decade.

    Thursday, September 5, 2013

    6:00 PM

    DiStefano Hall, Antone Center

    (Corner of LeRoy and Lawrence) on the campus of Salve Regina University

    RSVP to [email protected] or 401-341-2927

    Timothy D. Hoyt is Professor of Strategy and Policy and the John Nicholas Brown Chair of Counterterrorism Studies at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he has taught for ten years,.  Dr. Hoyt earned his undergraduate degrees from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. in International Relations and Strategic Studies from The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in 1997.  Before joining the Naval War College, he taught at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Dr. Hoyt is the author of Military Industries and Regional Defense Policy: India, Iraq and Israel, and over 40 articles and chapters on international security and military affairs.   Recent publications include chapters and articles on the war on terrorism in South Asia, the limits of military force in the global war on terrorism, the impact of culture on military doctrine and strategy, military innovation and warfare in the developing world, U.S.–Pakistan relations, the impact of nuclear weapons on recent crises in South Asia, and the strategic effectiveness of terrorism. Dr. Hoyt served previously as Co-Chairman of the Indian Ocean Regional Studies Group at the Naval War College.  He is currently working on a multi-volume study of the strategy of the Irish Republican Army from 1913-2005, a series of projects examining U.S. relations with India and Pakistan, and analyses of irregular warfare and terrorism in South Asia.

  • Growth of Pell Center Fellows Program Continues with Naming of Two New Fellows

    Newport, RI—The Pell Center at Salve Regina University today announced the appointment of two new fellows. Joining a growing group of scholars and policy innovators are Dr. Robert Hackey and Ms. Carolyn Deady.

    Robert Hackey is Program Director and professor of Health Policy and Management at Providence College. “We’re lucky to have Dr. Hackey join the fellows at the Pell Center,” said Dr. Jim Ludes, executive director of the Pell Center. “He’s helped build a distinctive program at PC that examines the relationship between healthcare and our broader society. That kind of focus and interest is exactly what the Pell Center is about, and we’re delighted to work with him.”

    Hackey will be a visiting fellow at the Pell Center in the Spring of 2014 while on sabbatical from Providence, until then he will be affiliated as an adjunct fellow. “I met Bob almost two years ago,” said Ludes, “and was immediately drawn to his work. We have a project at the Pell Center examining the role of storytelling in public affairs, and Bob’s own scholarship has focused on how the way we talk about crises in healthcare have distorted public policy. His work is a terrific addition to what’s happening at the Pell Center.”

    “My work on the rhetoric of health care reform and the use of symbols and stories in policy debates parallels the Pell Center’s recent initiatives on storytelling in the public square,” Professor Hackey said. “I look forward to sharing my work with the community at Salve Regina University.”

    Also joining the team of fellows at the Pell Center is Carolyn Deady. “I have known Carolyn Deady for more than a decade,” said Ludes, “back to the time when she was responsible for C-SPAN’s coverage of international politics. She understands better than most that the challenges we face in the United States are not necessarily unique, and I’m excited about the project she’ll lead at the Pell Center.”

    Deady will develop a project on global challenges—examining seemingly insurmountable U.S. domestic policy issues like healthcare, immigration, an aging population, and the affordability of higher education from an international perspective. “Carolyn’s project is exciting,” said Ludes, “because she gets to turn the lens on American politics and look at the way other countries have dealt with—and in some cases solved—challenges that have proven so difficult in the American experience.” Initial studies are expected to be completed this autumn.

    “Looking at domestic challenges from an international perspective is an under-appreciated approach,” said Deady. “There’s sometimes a tendency to take a myopic approach toward our own challenges when possibly much could be learned from other societies which have addressed similar issues.”

    Full biographies follow and are available with photographs at: http://www.salve.edu/pellcenter/fellowsandstaff/

    Robert Hackey

    Day Job: Program Director/Professor of Health Policy and Management, Providence College

    Areas of Expertise: Health care reform at state and national levels, health care in popular culture, health care regulation of hospitals, certificate of need regulation, public opinion and health care, language and public policy/problem definition

    Robert B. Hackey is professor of Health Policy and Management at Providence College. He is the author of Cries of Crisis: Rethinking the Health Care Debate published in 2012 by the University of Nevada Press. His previous books include The New Politics of State Health Policy (University Press of Kansas, 2001) and Rethinking Health Care Policy: The New Politics of State Regulation (Georgetown University Press, 1997), co-edited with David Rochefort. His articles on health care reform, hospital regulation, and certificate-of-need laws have appeared in the Journal of Economic Issues, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, the Journal of Trauma, and Medical Care Review, among others. In 2008, he was recognized as Professor of the Year for the State of Rhode Island by the Carnegie/CASE U.S. Professors of the Year Program.

    Carolyn Deady

    Areas of Expertise: World legislatures, international media, Congressional affairs, media analysis, education

    Carolyn Deady is a freelance journalist and former international producer at C-SPAN (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network) in Washington, DC. While at C-SPAN, she was the liaison with world legislatures, obtaining coverage of parliamentary proceedings for broadcast. She also worked with television networks worldwide in getting foreign newscasts to offer the C-SPAN audience an international perspective on events affecting the United States. Ms. Deady also covered multiple parliamentary and presidential races in the field, including the British House of Commons and the Mexican Presidential race of 2000. She also field produced programming of U.S. Congressional and presidential elections. Ms. Deady is also an adjunct fellow at the American Security Project, a non-profit, non-partisan public policy and research organization based in Washington, DC.

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  • New Study: Senior U.S. Military Schools Struggle to Include Cyber Education in Curricula

    JPME Cyber Leaders Cover PageNew study finds mismatch between the challenges posed by cyber threats to national security and the limited exposure students receive at the nation’s senior military schools

    Newport, R.I. – America’s military graduate programs are struggling to integrate cyber education within their curricula and to reorient their academic objectives and outcomes to prepare senior military officers to lead in the cyber age. In a new study, “Joint Professional Military Education Institutions in an Age of Cyber Threat,” Pell Center Fellow Francesca Spidalieri surveys efforts by senior military institutions in the United States to educate their graduates—and ultimately the nation—for the strategic and operational challenges of our time. This study follows the report “One Leader at a Time: The Failure to Educate Future Leaders for an Age of Persistent Cyber Threat,” which detailed the failing of America’s most prestigious civilian graduate programs to prepare graduates to lead in an era of persistent cyber threat.

    “On the whole, the schools that offer joint professional military education (JPME) are, like their civilian counterparts, not yet up to the challenge posed by cyber risks and opportunities,” said Spidalieri.  “There can be little doubt that military conflict in the future will contain a cyber component,” she said, adding “yet the training of America’s next generation of military leaders remains locked in time, focused on traditional military paradigms and traditional rules of war, and too often failing to convey an understanding of the underpinning of the new digital battlefield.”

    In this report, Spidalieri surveyed the six military graduate programs that offer joint professional military education and that traditionally develop strategic and operational leaders for the U.S. military. The results provide an overview of current efforts by these institutions to include information technology and cyber security into their curricula. To date, most of the programs reviewed for this study have neither fully integrated cyber into their existing core curricula nor aligned their programs with the strategic goals of the nation’s cyber defense strategy.

    “The professionalism inherent in American military officers comes from a deliberate combination of education, training and experience designed to produce successful senior leaders,” said Maj. Gen. Brett Williams (USAF), Director of Operations for U.S. Cyber Command. “Despite the fact we have over 20 years of experience with conflict in cyberspace,” he continued “we have yet to effectively integrate cyberspace operations into professional military education.  Ms. Spidalieri’s research makes this point clearly and defines the imperative for immediate action at the War College level for both military leaders and their civilian counterparts.  Too often when the money gets tight, education pays the price.  We simply cannot let this happen.  Our national security depends on leaders with the right mix of cyberspace education, training and experience and we need them now.”

    “No captain of a ship would say: ‘I don’t know anything about the ocean, but I hired somebody to drive the ship,’ quipped Spidalieri.  “Similarly, future generations of military leaders and government officials who have to navigate a digitized world need to have strong cybersecurity skills, the ability to make military and policy decisions based on knowledge of cybersecurity risks and potential impacts, and the understanding necessary to leverage cyberspace advantage to create effective strategies. This will be the deciding factor for military success and resiliency.”

    Advanced militaries around the world are embedding cyber capabilities in their existing force structures and military planners are incorporating cyber-attack into their doctrines and plans. The United States—which already has one of the most powerful offensive cyber capabilities in the world—is developing rules of engagement regarding cyber-attacks and is seeking to bolster its arsenal of cyber weapons. U.S. government officials and senior military officers regularly decry cyber threats as the top threat to national security, recognizing that a well-executed cyber-attack could not only seriously damage our economy but also jeopardize the execution of entire military missions.

    “Cyber-attacks are among the greatest national security threats facing our country today,” said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.  “This report is a valuable resource for our professional military education institutions.  As our troops train in the 21st century, they must be fully prepared to confront cyber threats.”

    The report is based on the premise that military leaders need not have specific training in computer science or engineering, but they must have a deep understanding of the cyber context in which they operate, compounded with more traditional fields such as military ethics, strategic studies, international law, and so forth. “As soldiers, sailors, airman, and marines turn their attention from incoming missiles to cyber weapons, a technology-centric education will be insufficient to counter and mitigate current and future cyber threats,” Spidalieri stressed. “Only a truly comprehensive education will help foster modern military leadership and enable them to harness the right tools, people, and strategies, and balance of offensive and defensive cyber capabilities.  Part of that education must be in cybersecurity.”

    “The key question is not whether the United States can develop the most powerful cyber capabilities in the world—we can,” said Pell Center Director Jim Ludes.  “The question,” he continued, “is whether our leaders—be they military or civilian—are equipped with the knowledge necessary to protect the things that matter in the information age and to leverage those things to our strategic advantage.”

    The report—drafted after four months of extensive research and interviews—illustrates the current state of affairs of senior military graduate program to further the assimilation of cyber into the operational arena for each physical domain.  The fundamental question was whether these programs included courses, occasional conferences, war gaming exercises or other forms of training for their officers to be exposed to cybersecurity issues and gain the knowledge necessary to integrate cyber capabilities and information activities with other U.S. government actions.

    The report finds that much remains to be done. Although the report praises the increased effort by military graduate programs to develop new content for cyber education—especially in comparison to the much slower or nonexistent progress in American civilian universities—a preparation gap still persists. In brief, there remains a significant imbalance between the evident need to educate all military leaders about the complexities of cyberspace and the marginal role that cyber education still plays in some of the JPME institutions evaluated. The different level of exposure to cyber education and training seems more striking when comparing some of these graduate programs that should, at least in theory, offer similar joint professional military education curricula.

    To download a copy of the report, click here.

  • Robert Whitcomb Joins New Class of Fellows at Pell Center

    Scholars and Practitioners will support wide-ranging efforts in public affairs and international relations

    Newport, RI—The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University today announced the addition of five new fellows to its growing cohort of scholars and practitioners.  With distinguished careers in journalism and the academy, the group is the second to join the Pell Center since the creation of its fellows program last autumn.

    Adjunct Fellow

    Mr. Robert Whitcomb
    Day Job:
    Vice President/Editorial Page Editor of the Providence Journal
    Areas of Expertise: Media, Renewable Energy, Healthcare, New England Culture, Business, Politics, International Affairs, Developing World Economics

    After having been educated in New England and New York schools, Bob Whitcomb embarked on a 43-year career in writing and editing, mostly as a journalist. Beginning as a writer at the Boston Herald Traveler after college, he worked subsequently at the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal and was an editor at The Wall Street Journal where, among other things, he occasionally wrote the World-Wide column. Whitcomb later became the financial editor of the International Herald Tribune, based in Paris. He has been editorial-page editor at The Providence Journal since 1992, and also vice president since 1997.  There he also helped plan annual public-affairs conferences with Brown University. Along the way Whitcomb has written and reported for such national magazines as Newsweek and The Weekly Standard, been the editor of several books and international newsletters and co-written a book called Cape Wind.  Whitcomb has co-hosted a weekly public-affairs show on television and is a frequent guest on National Public Radio.

    Faculty Fellows

    Dr. Emily Colbert Cairns
    Day Job:
    Assistant Professor of Modern and Classical Languages, Salve Regina University
    Areas of Expertise: Early Modern Spain and Latin America, Diaspora and Sephardic Studies

    Dr. Emily Colbert Cairns was born in New York and did her graduate work in Spanish literature in California. Her research explores crypto-Jews and conversos in the Early Modern period and the larger Sephardic Diaspora. She studies how women through material practice preserve culture and religious tradition.


    Professor Robin L. Hoffman
    Day Job:
    Professor and Chairwoman of Administration and Justice, Salve Regina University
    Areas of Expertise:  Juvenile Justice

    Robin L. Hoffmann, J.D. is a Professor of Administration of Justice and the Chair of the Administration of Justice Department at Salve Regina University.  Professor Hoffmann’s focus has been in the field of juvenile justice and family violence.  She served as Vice Chair and Chair of the Rhode Island Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee and as a member of the Governor’s Justice Commission.  She has been a member of the RI Attorney General’s Domestic Violence Task Force, chairing its Juvenile Subcommittee, and has worked with the RI Family Court Truancy Court in planning conferences at Salve Regina University. Professor Hoffmann is a graduate of New York University and Rutgers University School of Law and is a member of the NY Bar. She is the Pre-Law Advisor for Salve Regina University.

    Dr. Jon Bernard Marcoux
    Day Job:
    Assistant Professor of Cultural and Historic Preservation
    Areas of Expertise: Cultural and Historic Preservation, Cultural Heritage Management, Historic Preservation Law, Archaeology, Native American Policy

    Dr. Jon Bernard Marcoux is an archaeologist who specializes in cultural and historic preservation and the study of late prehistoric and early historic Native American Indian societies. He has over 15 years of professional experience serving as a preservation consultant for private firms and government agencies across the southeastern U.S.  As a teacher and researcher, he explores the role of public policy in balancing the benefits of economic development with the need to protect our cultural heritage locally and nationally.

    Ms. Susannah Strong
    Day Job:
    Lecturer of Art, Salve Regina University
    Areas of Expertise: Art in the Public Sphere. Art as a Vehicle for Reinterpreting Space and Reevaluating the Environment.

    Susannah Strong received an undergraduate degree in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and a master’s degree in visual arts/textiles from Goldsmiths College, University of London.  Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and England, and is included in the private collections of playwright Edward Albee as well as the late Sol Lewitt and curator Walter Hopps.  Strong is a three-time recipient of Individual Fellowships from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts: twice in Three Dimensional Art and once in New Genres. She has been nominated for both a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and the Saint-Gauden’s Memorial Fellowship.   In addition to her studio practice and teaching, Strong worked in the field of historic preservation for over eight years. She has helped to conserve many of the historic mansion museums that surround the Salve campus.

    With these additions, the Pell Center now has 20 fellows who specialize in a diverse range of fields, from cybersecurity and healthcare to national security, international relations, and human rights.

    “I am delighted by the continued growth and energy we see at the Pell Center,” said Dr. Jim Ludes, the center’s director, “but mostly I’m grateful to this distinguished group for what I know will be a body of meaningful contributions to the public dialogue on important issues.”  He continued, “We’re building a team that reflects the strengths and identity of Salve Regina University: from the policies that support cultural and historic preservation, to healthcare, education, and broader national and international issues.  It’s an exciting time to work here and these new fellows will make an immediate impact.”

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

    Senator Gary Hart speaks at the inaugural Story in the Public Square, April 12, 2013.

    Senator Gary Hart speaks at the inaugural Story in the Public Square, April 12, 2013.

    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 whom the center is named. Hart, of Colorado, twice was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. . . .

    Now 76 and distanced from active politics, the former senator mostly stayed away from politics in his speech, focusing instead on the theme that stories connect us to “home.”

    “Stories will always resonate because we need them,” said Hart, dressed in a dark sport coat that set off hair gone near totally silver. “There seems to be an elemental human need to tell ourselves and our children stories.”

    “We need stories to tell us where we are [and] where we are headed,” Hart said. “We need stories most of all to find our way home.”

    For complete coverage, please click this link.

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

    Pulitzer Prize Winner Dana Priest speaks at Story in the Public Square

    Pulitzer Prize Winner Dana Priest speaks at 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 a keynote address by Gary Hart, former U.S. senator from Colorado and now an author and Huffington Post blogger. Winners of a student story contest were also announced at the Friday conference.

    “Dana Priest’s reporting has changed public policy.  Look no further than the stories for which she won her two Pulitzer Prizes: the CIA’s secret prisons and deplorable conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center,” said Jim Ludes, Executive Director of the Pell Center.

    “This will be an annual award, and giving it first to Dana Priest speaks to how highly we respect and applaud her writing,” said Story in the Public Square co-director and Providence Journal staff writer G. Wayne Miller. “Beyond her public-service contributions, she is an inspiration to journalists and anyone who cherishes the written word. She is a writer’s writer.”

    Friday’s day-long conference included a panel on ethical storytelling moderated by Karen Bordeleau, acting executive editor of The Providence Journal, and a panel moderated by Salve Regina University professor Donna Harrington-Lueker. The Journal’s award-winning documentary, “Coming Home,” about veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, was shown.

    Sophie Zander, a student at Ursinus College in suburban Philadelphia, took first prize in the inaugural SIPS student contest for her story, “A Boy.” Honorable mentions went to Community College of Rhode Island’s Madelin Schlenz’s  “I Brought My Brother Home” and Central Connecticut State University’s Ron Farina’s “Unbreakable Embrace.” The winners were chosen from a strong field of submissions challenged to write about the veteran’s experience.

    Friday’s day-long conference was the official launch of the year-round Story in the Public Square program, which will include a fall event, a vigorous ongoing online conversation, storytelling resources and connections, and other activities related to the intersection of public policy and story in its many forms: writing, film, art, song and more.

    Story in the Public Square is a partnership between the Pell Center and The Providence Journal. Friday’s conference, which was expected to attract an audience of nearly 200, was made possible, in part, with a major grant award from the Rhode Island Council on the Humanities and the support of the David and Mildred Morse Charitable Trust.

    For more about the conference and Story in the Public Square, visit www.publicstory.org
    Find on Facebook: www.facebook.com/StoryInThePublicSquare
    Follow on Twitter: @pubstory
    Hash tag for Friday’s event is #SIPS13

  • 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.

  • One Leader at a Time: Study Highlights Failures of American Higher Ed to Prepare Leaders for Era of Cyber Threat


    March 26, 2013: New Pell Center study details the challenges of preparing leaders for an era of cyber threat

    March 26, 2013: New Pell Center study details the challenges of preparing leaders for an era of cyber threat.

    Newport, R.I. – America’s colleges and universities are failing to prepare the next generation of leaders for responsibility in an age of cyber threat.  In a new study, “One Leader at a Time: The Failure to Educate Future Leaders for an Age of Persistent Cyber Threat,”  Pell Center Fellow Francesca Spidalieri details the failing of America’s most prestigious graduate programs to prepare their graduates—and ultimately the nation—for leadership of critical institutions.

    Cyber threats have the potential to undo all the huge economic, social and military advances that cyberspace has enabled. Ultimately, these threats can touch, if not harm, every institution in American society—from the U.S. government to banks and hospitals, universities, corporations, and more. It is no wonder then, that President Barack Obama referred to cybersecurity as “one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face.”

    Yet the training of America’s next generation of leaders has, on balance, remained remarkably unconnected to the challenges of this century.  In researching “One at a Time,” Spidalieri surveyed 70 top-ranked master’s-level programs in business, law, public affairs, public policy, international relations, criminal justice, and healthcare management.  The results provide an overview of current efforts by graduate-level programs in the United States to include information technology and cybersecurity education in their curricula.  Not one of the programs reviewed—not one—includes any aspect of cybersecurity among their core requirements.  In fact, of the 70 elite programs surveyed, only 10 clustered among five universities scored 3.0 or higher on a four-point scale to assess the exposure their students receive to cybersecurity issues.

    “Ultimately, achieving cybersecurity is more than a technical problem,” said Spidalieri who studies the issue for the Pell Center.  “It is an operational problem,” she continued, “and only the leaders of institutions have the authority necessary to implement the fundamental, overarching policies that can begin to address some of these threats.”

    The report is based on the premise that institutional leaders need not have specific training in engineering or programming, but they must be equipped with a deep understanding of the cyber context in which they operate to harness the right tools, strategies, people, and training to respond to a dynamic and rapidly‐developing array of threats.

    “The menace of cyber attack threatens our national and economic security, as well as our privacy,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, who chaired the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s Cybersecurity Task Force in 2010 and has been active in efforts to craft cybersecurity legislation.  “This report is a stark assessment of the role of higher education in preparing future leaders to face the challenges of modern cybersecurity.  I applaud the Pell Center for its ongoing work to raise awareness of cyber threats.”

    Pell Center Director Jim Ludes is worried about the readiness of institutions across the United States.  “Generally speaking, most institutions in our society,” he said, “are run by individuals who lack any kind of training in cybersecurity.  These executives earned their degree in fields primarily relevant to their work, appropriately, and not in computer network security.  As a result, the pillars of our society—our universities, our hospitals, our local governments, our courts, and many of our businesses—are often led by individuals with an extremely limited exposure to cyber issues, except that offered through bitter experience.”

    The report—drafted after six months of research by Spidalieri—draws on a wealth of information and sources.   The fundamental question was whether these academic institutions included courses, occasional conferences or other forms of training for their students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the cyber context and the practical knowledge needed to manage the information security needs of their sector.  Although the report makes clear that some American universities have started to develop new content for cybersecurity education across different disciplines, the report also illustrates that the problem runs deep and wide. In brief, there remains a strong imbalance between the evident need for leaders to have, at minimum, a basic knowledge of the web, its players, technical dynamics, policy implications and emerging trends, and the marginal role that cyber-security education still plays in most graduate programs.

    “We do not consider this survey as delivering a final verdict on the state of cybersecurity leadership development in America’s higher education system,” Spidalieri said, “but hope that this work catalyzes additional research into ways to develop non-technical cyber leaders across society.”

    Ludes added, “America’s future security hinges on its ability to prepare leaders for the challenges of the digital age.  Our universities have to be part of the solution.”

    To download a copy of the report, click here.

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