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  • People Power

    It has been easy, in recent months, to focus on what’s going wrong in the world.  Wars, terrorism, and disease compete for our attention each week.  None of them are hopeful.  But this week, events on two sides of the Atlantic give us hope. This past week, more than 1000 Muslims formed a ring of peace around a synagogue in Oslo.  They stood hand in hand with Jews to protect … Read More

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    If the Supreme Court Rules Against the Affordable Care Act…

    A commentary on Bloomberg.com this week points out that the U.S. may be headed towards significant economic challenges, as a Supreme Court case threatens to eliminate the subsidies that help millions of Americans afford health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (so-called “Obamacare”). As the Bloomberg piece’s author puts it: “The immediate effect of a ruling against the ACA would be to hurl the political system, and no small part … Read More

  • Pell Center Panel Discussion Focuses on Cyber Information Sharing and Risk Management

    NEWPORT, RI—As part of the ongoing Rhode Island Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI), the Pell Center recently hosted a panel discussion on “Cyber Information Sharing: Examining a Risk Based Approach to choosing the right information sharing partners and policies.” The event brought together representatives from over 20 different organizations across the state and a world-class group of cyber experts. The panel included Ms. Ellen Giblin, Counsel at Locke Lord and Pell … Read More

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    Testimony from Pell Center Executive Director on RI Data Breach Notification Legislation

    On Tuesday, February 24, 2015, Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes offered testimony on Rhode Island Senate Bill 134–a legislative proposal that drew from work done at the Pell Center to improve RI data breach notification.  His testimony, as prepared, follows below: *                *                * Testimony of James M. Ludes, Ph.D. Executive Director, Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University Before the RI State Senate … Read More

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    Shootings in Denmark

    Freedom of expression came under attack once again when a radical Islamist opened fire at a free speech forum at a Copenhagen cafe, then moved on and began shooting outside a synagogue. Two people were killed in the attacks. Swedish cartoonist, Lars Vilks, was hosting the free-speech debate when the shootings occurred. Mr. Vilks, who published a sketch in 2007 that depicted the Prophet Muhammad as a donkey, is presumed … Read More

  • “Farm to Table” Panel Discussion Kicks Off Pell Center’s Spring 2015 Lecture Series

    The Pell Center’s opening panel discussion for the 2015 Spring Lecture Series, “Farm to Table: Farming, Food Production and Their Consequences,” emphasized how all American citizens are involved in the national food system and offered several different perspectives as to why its important for the public to be more aware of their choices, and their impacts, when it comes to food. Regardless of the various dietary restrictions Americans abide by–vegetarian, vegan, … Read More

  • Upcoming Panel Discussion | Science Under Attack: Politics, Policy, and Science in America

    On Wednesday, Mar. 4, the Pell Center will host a panel of speakers to address questions about the role of science in public decision-making in the United States. The panel discussion will be held at 7:00 p.m. in Bazarsky Lecture Hall in O’Hare Academic Center. Historically, the U.S. has been on the cutting edge of science – a practical society that leads the world in innovation and technology development. But while … Read More

  • Upcoming Roundtable | Preparing Teachers for Mission, Six Lessons Shared with the Military

    Teacher preparation and military training have striking similarities and share the same goal:  to develop leaders both in the classroom and in the military to execute the mission. Research and professional experience led to the identification of six shared lessons:  trust your training, be a battle buddy, be a leader, nurture yourself, steel your battle mind, and grab your lifeline. Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 24 from 11:45 am – 12:45 … Read More

  • U.S. Launches New Cybersecurity Agency

    New Agency to Sniff Out Threats in Cyberspace | The Washington Post U.S. Creates New Agency to Lead Cyberthreat Tracking | Reuters New Agency to Aid Battle Against Hackers | U.S. News In an effort to thwart cyber-attacks and provide government agencies with a repository of cyber intelligence, the Obama Administration announced this week the creation of a new office charged with analyzing and integrating cybersecurity threat data collected by … Read More

  • Picks of the Week | U.S. and Ukraine; Scientists vs. the Public; Trans-Pacific Partnership

    American Arms and the War in Ukraine U.S. Considers Supplying Arms to Ukraine Forces, Officials Say | The New York Times The Escalation Advocates are Wrong on Ukraine | War on the Rocks Russian engagement in Eastern Ukraine is deepening, and fears are rising that when the conflict will grow in the coming months.  In the United States, an influential Washington think-tank issued a report, calling for the provision of … Read More