Opinion

  • Nuala Pell Leadership Fellows Reflect on D.C.

    Saturday came and went in the blink of an eye as the Nuala Pell Leadership Fellows checked out of the hotel and boarded a plane bound for Providence. We were all mentally exhausted – I believe that in some way, shape, or form, this trip challenged all of us to re-evaluate our assumptions and conceptions about what leadership is, what it looks like, and how we can all improve our … Read More

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    Picks of the Week: Senate’s Cybersecurity Bill is a Starting Point, not the Finish Line

    The Problems Experts and Privacy Advocates Have with the Senate’s Cybersecurity Bill | Forbes Senate Passes Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bill Despite Privacy Fear | The Washington Post Ex-NSA Chief Warns of Cyberspace Dangers | U.S. News and World Report   Last week, the bipartisan and long-anticipated Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA)—a bill designed to bring together the departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security in their efforts to combat cyber crime and to … Read More

  • Nuala Pell Leadership Fellows Discover D.C.

    On the morning of October 29th at 6:30 a.m, 10 bright-eyed Nuala Pell Leadership Program fellows boarded a flight bound for Washington D.C. Many of us had never been to D.C., and immediately after getting off of the metro (an experience in and of itself), the uniqueness of the city was striking. Built during a time when America was struggling to develop a national identity, the awe-inspiring structures closely mirror Roman … Read More

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    Picks of the Week: The World Still Needs the United Nations

    Russian Ships Near Data Cables Are Too Close for U.S. Comfort | New York Times Intelligence Community Assessment: Global Food Security | Office of the Director of National Intelligence Angry China Shadows U.S. Warship Near Man-Made Islands | Reuters   This week, the world could have marked with great fanfare the 70th birthday of the United Nations—the world body created by the victors of the Second World War to provide … Read More

  • Picks of the Week: Government Struggles with Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

    How the Story of Hillary Clinton’s Emails Has Changed | The New York Times AP Exclusive: Under Clinton, State’s Cybersecurity Suffered | Associated Press Teen Who Hacked CIA Director’s Email Tells How He Did It | Wired While Hillary Clinton continues to face scrutiny for her email practices and the use of a private server during her tenure as Secretary of State, other government officials have recently had other problems … Read More

  • Pope Francis in America

    Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Philadelphia on September 27, 2015 to see Pope Francis deliver his World Meeting of Families.  Salve Regina University’s Mercy Center sent eight students and two faculty members, Dr. Anna Mae Mayer and Dr. Jayme Hennessy, into the thick of the excitement. I was lucky enough to join the pilgrimage as one of those ten. The group departed Salve Regina University at 6:00 am … Read More

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    Picks of the Week | The Long Game

    President Obama: the 60 Minutes Interview | CBS News Rift in Obama administration over Putin | Politico Who is a Better Strategist: Obama or Putin? | Foreign Policy Last week, during an appearance on “White House Chronicle,” the show’s host, Llewellyn King, asked me whether a lack of leadership on the National Security Council and at the State Department was to blame for the impotence of U.S. policy in the Middle … Read More

  • Close-up photo of Rhode Island Senator Claiborne de Borda Pell outside of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

    The Hill: Legislating as it Once Was: The NEH Turns 50

    The Following op-ed was published originally on the Congress Blog of The Hill, the Capitol Hill newspaper. Legislating as it Once Was: The NEH Turns 50 Elizabeth Francis and James M. Ludes Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation creating the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.  It was not fast-tracked legislation, rather it was the result of determined effort by Senator Claiborne … Read More

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

    Picks of the Week: Cybersecurity Awareness Month at the Pell Center

    National Cyber Security Awareness Month Kicks Off In Nation’s Capital | PR Newswire Presidential Proclamation – National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2015 | The White House Rhode Island Cybersecurity Commission Report Delivers Plan to Enhance Cybersecurity Efforts Statewide and Nationally | Rhode Island Office of the Governor October marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month, in which citizens and businesses alike are encouraged to learn more about online safety and information security … Read More

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    Picks of the Week: Another Mass Shooting: Enough is Enough

    There’s been no calendar week without a mass shooting during President Obama’s second term | Washington Post Deaths from gun violence vs. deaths from terrorism, in one chart | Vox President Obama Laments Mass Shootings Becoming ‘Routine” After Oregon School Massacre | ABC News I didn’t want to turn on my television tonight.  I knew what was waiting for me.  But I had to watch—and as soon as I turned … Read More