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  • A Different Arms Race: Newtown Tragedy Brings Gun Control to the White House

    On Friday, December 14, 2012, one of the most devastating American tragedies since 9/11 happened at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. At 9:30 am, twenty-six victims–twenty children, six adults–were killed by Newtown resident Adam Lanza. Many suspect that Lanza, suffered from a developmental disorder, most likely Asperger’s syndrome. He had obtained the guns used at Sandy Hook from his mother, Nancy Lanza, the first victim of that Friday, who used to go trap shooting. … Read More

  • The Wage of a Continued Presence in Afghanistan

    According to Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, “We clearly have had an impact on (al-Qaida’s) presence in Afghanistan…” Impact; what impact? Each day, an American family loses a loved one to the Taliban; roughly 2,000 soldiers have died since we retained a presence in Afghanistan in 2001, nearly eleven years ago. And many of those who fought, but were not killed, now suffer of PTSD, a growing mental condition which has … Read More

  • Status Update: I’ve been Hacked!

    Chances are high that, at some point today, either you or someone you know has posted an online message through one of the many social media platforms available. Hundreds of millions of users flocked to social networks this year to do precisely that, and they are doing it in record numbers though smart-phones, tablets, or desktop computers. The problem, however, is that this development has been noticed by one group … Read More

  • “Where Stories Take Us”: Establishing a Deeper Connection with Public Policy

    On the evening of Wednesday, November 28, 2012, G. Wayne Miller of the Providence Journal spoke at the Pell Center to discuss the power of story-telling in journalism. During the lecture, titled Where Stories Take Us: Story in the Public Square, Miller described the art of story-telling and provided specific examples of how some works in the Providence Journal made an impact on Rhode Island public policy. To give story-telling … Read More

  • Ancient Behaviors in Modern Day: Honor Killings Still Dominate Patriarchal Societies

    Fifteen year old, Anusha became one of 943 reported honor killings that happen in Pakistan each year. Her family killed her by pouring acid all over her body which had already been wounded from a beating. The reason for such treatment was because she sullied her family’s name by looking at a boy passing by on a motorcycle. Honor killings are frequent occurrences in Pakistan, as well as the Middle … Read More

  • “Poverty and Development” Visualizes a Fairer Economy by Transitioning the Informal Sector

    On Thursday, November 8, 2012, the Pell Center hosted a lecture given by Karen Tramontano, the founder and President of the Global Fairness Initiative (GFI) at DiStefano Lecture Hall. The lecture, Poverty & Development: The Role of the Informal Economy in Changing People’s Lives discussed how developing countries’ economies benefit from integrating the “informal sector” of businesses with the formal sector. The informal sector, as defined by GFI, refers to … Read More

  • Visualizing the Electoral College

    The American election day routine, go to work, get in line to vote, cast your ballot, and then spend the night waiting for the winner to be announced. Most Americans however, do not know what happens when they vote. These two brief videos explain where your vote goes, the American Electoral College, and the problems that it causes.

  • The Last Stand: A Final Look at the Polls Before Election Day 2012 (Op-Ed)

    A summary of this morning’s polls on The New York Times, The Washington Post and Real Clear Politics: an edge for President Barack Obama in the Electoral College, a veritable deadlock between Governor Mitt Romney (47.4%) and President Obama (47.8%) in the popular vote, and an uncertain turnout for the swing states. In one final attempt to sway voters hours before Election Day, both candidates are currently wrapping up their … Read More

  • Malala Yousafzai Opens Our Eyes to What Really Matters

    Everyday, brave men and woman are tirelessly promoting democracy and basic human rights. In a country such as Pakistan, this heroic task comes with great risk. On Tuesday (10/9/12) Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old girl from Swat Pakistan, was attacked by the Taliban for her support of girls’ education. This inconceivable act of extremism served as a wake up for conservative clerics, secular politicians, military leaders, media figures, and the general … Read More

  • Foreign Policy: Is it Relevant to Today’s Politics?

    A new election season is always an exciting and vibrant time for the people of the world, but especially for the citizens of the United States of America. The Salve Regina and Newport communities took part in this excitement with an event to watch the first of three debates between Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and President of the United States Barack Obama. To shake things up a bit, the … Read More