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  • What it Means to Be an American with Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

    Air Dates: February 3-9, 2020 History, as a subject of study, is more than a linear progression of events—it’s ideas, currents of thought, institutions of learning, social movements, moral awakenings and more.  In a brief, new book, Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen traces the history of ideas that shaped the United States from its beginnings.  Ratner-Rosenhagen is the Merle Curti Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison).  She specializes in … Read More

  • Bridging the Gap with Linda Tropp

    Air Dates: January 27-February 2, 2020 Many people today can mock appeals for understanding between partisans with the phrase, “can’t we all just get along?” For Dr. Linda Tropp however, understanding the dynamics of inter-group conflict and facilitating positive dialogue has become her life’s work.  Tropp is a professor of social psychology at the University of Massachusetts and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Experimental Social … Read More

  • Spring 2020 Event Series Announced

    The Pell Center has announced its event series for Spring 2020. Tickets to these events are free and will become available approximately 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 any questions. Scroll to the bottom of this page to join our email list and stay informed about when tickets become available. Please note, all events will … Read More

  • We’re All on Trial

    At some point in my misspent youth, I discovered the magic of films from Hollywood’s golden era. Somewhere between Academy Award winners like “Casablanca” and “The Best Years of our Lives,” I found a wartime musical with a thin story about a young soldier who met starlet Joan Leslie at the famed Hollywood Canteen. For people who might not know it, the Hollywood Canteen was an actual nightclub for service … Read More

  • The Death of Expertise with Tom Nichols

    Air Dates: January 20-26, 2020 In a meeting on Capitol Hill 15 years ago, a respected foreign policy analyst said that most national security assessments out of Washington ignored the elephant in the room: the United States and the impact of our domestic politics on the state of the world.  While Tom Nichols wasn’t in the room that day, he brings a rigorous analytical mind steeped in national security to … Read More

  • It’s Up to Us

    The most important player in a republic like ours isn’t the president, it isn’t the speaker of the House, and it isn’t the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court.  It’s the citizen.  The citizen.  Whether she lives in a rural, farming community, or if he’s riding the subway to work in a skyscraper, each of us possesses a spark of sovereignty that collectively determines the direction of the … Read More

  • How to be a Happier Parent with KJ Dell’Antonia

    Air Dates: January 13-19, 2020 There are some people who believe that they are prepared to critique teachers’ performances because they went to elementary school themselves.  The confidence of what seemed to work for us as individuals fuels a lot of stress for teachers.  The same can be said about parenting.  Nothing saps the confidence of the uninitiated quite like the reality of actually becoming a parent.  KJ Dell’ Antonia … Read More

  • “Story in the Public Square” Will Broadcast on SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S. for the Fourth Consecutive Year

    Newport, R.I.—The Pell Center at Salve Regina University will broadcast new, weekly episodes of “Story in the Public Square” for its fourth year on satellite radio provider SiriusXM’s popular P.O.T.U.S. (Politics of the United States) channel 124 beginning January 11, 2020. Jim Ludes, Executive Director of the Pell Center at Salve Regina University, and G. Wayne Miller, senior staff writer at The Providence Journal, host “Story in the Public Square,” which features spirited conversations with … Read More

  • Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity with Jamie Metzl

    Air Dates: January 6-12, 2020 The genetics revolution is already reshaping healthcare—and most people see in it the potential for healthier children, healthier adults, and less disease.  Dr. Jamie Metzl argues that the same technology making progress possible has the potential to saddle the world with a complex array of thorny ethical questions that will affect everything from human sexual reproduction to national security. Metzl is a technology and healthcare … Read More

  • 2020: Civic New Year Resolutions

    The start of the new year always means crowded gyms and a run on exercise gear.  I do it, too.  I have my list of resolutions, things I want to do better in the year ahead.  But as I thought about my resolutions for 2020, I went beyond the gym to focus on some broader civic resolutions I want to make real in my life this year. Make sure I … Read More