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  • The Ethical Challenge of New Technologies

    On October 5, 2016 the Pell Center hosted an audience full of eager students and community members in the beautiful ballroom of the Young Building for a thought-provoking lecture on the complex ethical future of the world as emerging technologies continue to yield unexpected consequences. The talk featured Naval War College Provost Lewis M. Duncan. As a member of the Board of Directors for the Advancement of Science in Space, … Read More

  • A Republic, If You’ll Keep It: Picks of the Week

    How Russia Pulled Off the Biggest Election Hack in U.S. History | Esquire Steve Bannon’s Vision for the Trump Coalition After Election Day | The New Yorker Donald Trump’s Contempt for Democracy | The New York Times Hackers Used New Weapons to Disrupt Major Websites Across U.S. | The New York Times The United States is currently the target of a Russian information operation—of this there is no doubt.  From … Read More

  • Map of the South China Sea.

    Ongoing Tensions in Asia: Picks of the Week

    Rodrigo Duterte, Scorned Abroad, Remains Popular in the Philippines | The New York Times If Duterte Kicks Out U.S. Special Operators, A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall | War on the Rocks Vietnam Says No to Foreign Military Base on its Soil | Reuters Everything is Not Well in the South China Sea | The Huffington Post Australia As Donald Trump’s campaign enters its Gotterdammerung phase, our attention has been captured by … Read More

  • Mario DiNunzio, professor emeritus at Providence College, stands at the Salve Regina podium.

    Who Stole Conservatism?

    The American political system has always cycled through periods of progress and conservatism. As voters grapple with just which course they favor in 2016, Mario DiNunzio, professor emeritus of history at Providence College, kicked off the Pell Center’s 2016-2017 lecture series with a discussion of his new book, Who Stole Conservatism? DiNunzio outlined a history of conservatism from the 18th century to today, crediting the structure of classic conservatism to political … Read More

  • The Pell Center declares its Cyber Awareness for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

    Championing Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Picks of the Week

    Presidential Proclamation – National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2016 | The White House How Weak Cybersecurity could Disrupt the U.S. Election | Politico Cybersecurity is just too much trouble for the general public, claims study | TripWire Obama administration accuses Russian government of election-year hacking | Politico   October marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) – a time when participating governments and organizations come together to raise public awareness about cybersecurity, provide … Read More

  • October 2016: “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square”

    This weekend, “White House Chronicle: Story in the Public Square” hosts G. Wayne Miller and Jim Ludes welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Adam Zyglis to the show. In this episode, Zyglis talks about a cartoonist’s unique form of storytelling and the wide range of topics he has covered in his dozen years of professional cartooning. He has tackled everything from national and international politics, to the environment, to sports, to … Read More

  • The Unmet Threat to the American Election: Picks of the Week

    AP-NORC Poll: Half of Trump backers don’t trust vote count | Associated Press How Russia Wants to Undermine the U.S. Election | Time FBI director: Hackers ‘poking around’ voter systems | CNN The evidence of Russia’s efforts to intervene in the American election of 2016 is only mounting.  Members of the U.S. House and Senate have raised the alarm publicly while the Obama administration hedges its bets that the American … Read More

  • Books on a bookshelf, blurred background and sharp focus on the title "Toy Wars" by G. Wayne Miller.

    Pell Center Visiting Fellow G. Wayne Miller Will Co-Executive Produce “Toy Wars”

    Pell Center Visiting Fellow G. Wayne Miller will co-Executive Produce “Toy Wars,” a limited dramatic series for Amazon.  Based on Miller’s 1998 book “Toy Wars: The Epic Struggle Between G.I. Joe, Barbie and the Companies that Make Them,” the project brings together some of Hollywood’s best creative talent, including Josh Gad; Josh Schwartz; and Seth Gordon. “Toy Wars” tells the tale of G.I. Joe and Barbie, produced by Hasbro and Mattel, … Read More

  • Long exposure photo of cars on a highway overpass. The left lane is a blur of white showing the traffic moving while the right lane is a dotted canvas of tail lights showing a major traffic jam. Soft blues from a twilight sky mix with the rough orange of urban life. Streetlights in the background reveal a world underneath the overpass one that is dark both metaphorically and literally. The photo shows concrete life coming to fruition. The buildings, the overpass itself, all of the same material. What is this urban life? It is a complex mix of blue and orange on a concrete palette drowning out the cries of a lonely green park. Just a hint of the once expansive natural wonder of this land exists surrounded by the overpass, another metaphor. The overpass is layered much like the way we experience life. While we may wait trapped in traffic above, below the cars race to and fro, trapped in an inevitable push for space. Amidst the chaos of urban life a red light frees lanes in the bottom right. Show the constructed nature of this problem we call traffic. By mans design traffic comes and goes, ebbing and flowing not from the tides but from the red lights that dot the image.

    The Problem With Ethical Autonomy

    Can We Program Self-Driving Cars To Make Ethical Choices? Our conception of the future is often produced by a quixotic mix of the fictional and the real. Science fiction authors hand down a perspective of the future warped by a desire to reflect, and change, the present and consequently the future. Intertwined with our reading is our own movement away from the present. Weaving together science fiction and the individual … Read More

  • The Growing Challenges to the Liberal World Order: Picks of the Week

    American Power and Liberal Order | The National Interest Germany Embraces Realpolitik Once More | War on the Rocks America’s Pacific Pivot is Sinking | The Financial Times Assessment of Obama’s Long Game: A Conversation with Eliot Cohen and Derek Chollet | Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies Ambassador Gerard Araud: Discussion at the Watson Institute | Brown University The Bureau Season 1 | Canal+ Productions (available with English subtitles on iTunes).   The National Interest recently released a long excerpt of … Read More