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  • Dana Priest Named Inaugural Winner of Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square

    NEWPORT, R.I. – Dana Priest, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist for the Washington Post, has been named the inaugural winner of the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square.  The prize honors a modern storyteller whose work has had a positive impact on public affairs. It will be presented at a public conference on April 12 on the campus of Salve Regina University in Newport. Priest is … Read More

  • Contest in Storytelling Open to College Students

    Contest in Storytelling Open to College Students $1,000 Grand Prize Two $250 Honorable Mentions Storytelling is an ancient element of public affairs. As part of its initiative Story in the Public Square, the Pell Center at Salve Regina University and The Providence Journal challenge undergraduate college students to write a story that could inspire public action around an issue you consider important to military veterans and submit it to the … Read More

  • Pell Center Debuts New Website

    Newport–The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University relaunched its official website, www.salve.edu/pellcenter, today, Monday, March 4, 2013. The redesigned site features the latest news and events from the Pell Center, an expanded roster of fellows, and social media links for the Pell Center’s Facebook, Twitter and blog to increase opportunities for public interaction. “The new site reflects important developments at the Pell Center, including … Read More

  • Pell Center Welcomes Kathleen Shannon as Visiting Fellow

    The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University is pleased to welcome collaboration facilitator and strategist Kathleen Shannon as a visiting fellow in residence at the Pell Center this Spring. The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH) and the Van Beuren Charitable Foundation are supporting Ms. Shannon’s work to explore a framework for collaboration among Newport cultural institutions, with a particular focus on Colonial Era … Read More

  • You can’t post that on Facebook! A Conversation about Social Media and Privacy for Students

    Pell Center Round Table Discussion 1 By now, you’ve probably heard the advice to be careful what you put on Facebook—but where does common sense end and smart thinking begin?  Join Michael Wisnewski, Director of the Center for Career Development at Salve Regina University for a conversation about how what you put on Facebook and other social media can affect you professionally. The following link will help to get your thoughts … Read More

  • The Warmth of Other Suns—Using Narrative Nonfiction to tell the American Story*

    Isabel Wilkerson, who spent most of her career as a national correspondent and bureau chief at The New York Times, is the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in the history of American journalism and was the first black American to win for individual reporting. Inspired by her own parents’ migration, she devoted fifteen years to the research and writing of this book. She interviewed more than 1,200 … Read More

  • Story in the Public Square

    Story in the Public Square is an ongoing initiative to examine the use of storytelling in public affairs. From Homer’s depiction of war to the contemporary storytelling of bloggers, journalists, and filmmakers, the power of storytelling to inform, persuade, scare, and inspire is a critical part of our public dialogue.  Individuals learn from stories, they retain them better than cold-facts, and they repeat them – spreading the story and all … Read More

  • Sustainability: A National Strategic Imperative

    In 2011, a strategic document entitled “A National Strategic Narrative” emerged from the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The “Narrative” argues for a new American grand strategy that would focus the nation’s foreign and domestic policies toward the common goal of building our national strength at home as a means to foster our credible influence abroad.  Specifically, the National Strategic Narrative offered the concept of sustainability as our … Read More

  • Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America

    In tracing America’s long and often tortuous relationship with the murky underworld of smuggling, Peter Andreas provides a much-needed antidote to today’s hyperbolic depictions of out-of-control borders and growing global crime threats. Urgent calls by politicians and pundits to regain control of the nation’s borders suffer from a severe case of historical amnesia, nostalgically implying that they were ever actually under control. This is pure mythology, says Andreas. For better … Read More

  • State of the Union Address and Cybersecurity Executive Order: President Obama Takes Action to Protect America’s Critical Infrastructure

    In his first State of the Union address since the election, President Obama warned: “We know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private e-mail. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems.” The President then added: “we cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did … Read More