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  • Image from a Fall 2016 Lecture on Pope Francis' encyclical.

    Fall 2019 Event Series Announced

    Pell Center has announced its event series for Fall 2019. Tickets to Pell Center events are free and will be available about two weeks prior to the event date. Please RSVP for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page and call 401-341-2927 or email [email protected] with questions. Scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up for our email list and stay informed about when tickets become available. All … Read More

  • Not Normal

    People who live in DC and people who don’t live in DC have a different standard of normal. When my wife and I were dating, she lived outside of Boston and I lived in Washington.  She came down a couple of times each month and we’d take in all the city had to offer.  I remember one beautiful afternoon sitting at an out-door table at a restaurant along the Potomac … Read More

  • Dr. Iskander Rehman’s Detailed Study of Cardinal Richelieu’s Grand Strategy Released by Texas National Security Review

    In the latest issue of the leading national security journal Texas National Security Review, Senior Fellow Dr. Iskander Rehman engages in a detailed and interdisciplinary analysis of Cardinal Richelieu’s grand strategy during the Thirty Years’ War. One of history’s more polarizing figures, Richelieu is perhaps best known for three things: his unabashed authoritarianism, his efforts to stiffen the sinews of the French state, and his controversial decision to position France … Read More

  • Exploring the Meaning of Justice with Christopher Brown

    Air Dates: September 2-8, 2019 The concept of justice is central to the American experience.  We celebrate it in our monuments and in our history.  But who gets justice, and who defines it are seldom considered questions.  Christopher Brown is a practicing attorney and dystopian novelist who combines his talents in a new novel exploring these concepts in a different America. Brown is a writer and lawyer whose 2017 debut … Read More

  • Empathy not Sympathy

    It seems like the biggest story of the week in the world of sports was the retirement of Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck.  He cited years or injury, rehabilitation, and pain as his reason for retiring and the reaction was both horrifying and affirming.  For some, their hot-take reactions were really only about what his loss would mean for his team.  But others defended Luck’s motives and his right to … Read More

  • Golden Years: Social Inequalities in Later Life with Deborah Carr

    Air Times: August 26-September 1, 2019 Some Americans will be able to enjoy their golden years.  Others will not. Deborah Carr argues that the biggest factor determining which side of that equation you fall on is your socioeconomic status—that combination of education, income, and occupation that determines your social standing. Carr is Professor and Chair in the Sociology department at Boston University. Her research focuses on aging and the life … Read More

  • The Question of Impeachment with Frank O. Bowman III

    Air Dates: August 19-25, 2019 Whether to impeach President Donald Trump is an open question in American politics.  Those who favor impeachment point no further than volume II of the Mueller report and its accounts of apparent obstruction of justice by the President.  Others caution that absent the ability to win a conviction in the Senate, impeachment would boomerang and only boost the president’s popularity and likelihood of winning reelection … Read More

  • The Fourth Reich: Nazism from World War II to Today with Gavriel Rosenfeld

    Air Dates: August 12-18, 2019 Students of history are taught to see events through the eyes of people living in the era they are studying.  From that perspective, history becomes less predictable, decisions seem less certain, and understanding becomes, in fact, more complete.  Gavriel Rosenfeld brings that discipline to the history of “the Fourth Reich,” a fear that has mobilized and motivated Europe and the world since 1945.  Rosenfeld is … Read More

  • After His Holiness: Tibet, Reincarnation Politics and the Future of Sino-Indian Relations

    The relationship between China and India is widely considered one of the most consequential of the twenty-first century.  The impact of China’s repressive policies in Tibet however, is often overlooked.  In his recent article published in Survival, the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ journal for global politics and strategy, Pell Center Senior Fellow Iskander Rehman examines how Chinese influence in Tibet and its desire to exert control over the Dalai … Read More

  • A Well-Regulated Militia

    When I worked on the Hill, I was initially amused when Senators would submit a statement to the record about a bill that would pass overwhelmingly.  “Why were they spiking the ball?” I wondered to myself.  I eventually asked a more seasoned colleague who explained it wasn’t about vanity, rather it was about documenting legislative intent.  If there was ever a court challenge or controversy about the bill, the legislative … Read More