Story in the Public Square

  • Pell Center Names 2014 RI Gubernatorial Race as Local Story of the Year

    NEWPORT, RI — The 2014 gubernatorial election, won by Democrat Gina Raimondo, has been chosen as the Pell Center Rhode Island Story of the Year by a panel of print, broadcast and online media professionals in the state. Raimondo, who will become the state’s first female governor in January, won a three-way general election, defeating Republican mayor of Cranston Allan Fung and Moderate Party candidate Bob Healy. Her general election … Read More

  • “Emperor Obama” named the 2014 Pell Center National “Story of the Year”

    Newport, RI—“Emperor Obama” has been named the 2014 National Story of the Year by the Pell Center at Salve Regina University.  The designation goes to the public narrative with the strongest impact on public understanding in the previous 12 months. “The story of presidential over-reach has been repeated for years, but in 2014, Republican opponents of President Barrack Obama used it successfully to gain control of both houses of Congress,” … Read More

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    2014 National Story of the Year to Broadcast on PBS, SiriusXM

    On Sunday, Dec. 14, PBS  will air an episode of White House Chronicle featuring Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller, program director of the Story in the Public Square initiative and staff writer for The Providence Journal, who will discuss the 2014 National Story of the Year. On Rhode Island PBS, the episode is scheduled to air Sunday, Dec. 14 at 11:30 a.m. on these channels: Rhode Island PBS. Digital 36.1. Cox 08 / … Read More

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    RI PBS to Broadcast Emmy-winning screenwriter and actor Danny Strong’s acceptance of the 2014 Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square

    NEWPORT, RI—On Friday, November 21, 2014, at 10:30 PM, Rhode Island PBS will broadcast the acceptance speech of 2014 Pell Center Prize Winner Danny Strong.  The award was made in April at Salve Regina University during the Pell Center’s annual Story Day conference.  The prize, in its second year, was in recognition of the Emmy-winning screenwriter and actor’s use of story to advance the public dialogue. In the speech that … Read More

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    “Ajax” Cast Member Raises Awareness of Veterans’ Issues

    Salve Regina student cast member of “Ajax” discusses the importance of supporting veterans Jacob Fernandes ’17, an involved student in Salve Regina University’s theatre community, will be playing the role of Menelaus in the Story in the Public Square’s reader’s theatrical production of “Ajax.” Fernandes, 19, is a social work major and theatre minor from Westbrook, Conn. Fernandes says he is amazed by how relevant the Greek tragedy is in today’s conversation … Read More

  • Free Performances of “Ajax” to Launch Statewide Conversation about Veterans

      The Pell Center uses reader’s theater to discuss veterans’ issues in honor of Veterans Day NEWPORT, RI – The Pell Center at Salve Regina University will be hosting a reader’s theater production of the Greek tragedy “Ajax” in five cities and towns in Rhode Island. As a part of the Pell Center’s Story in the Public Square initiative, the play will serve as a vehicle for opening community conversations … Read More

  • Ideas flow at Story in the Public Square’s First Story Board Meeting

    By Alisha A. Pina PROVIDENCE — A Narragansett Tribe elder and oral historian named Sunflower. An Emmy Award-winning producer and director. An author and Bryant University professor who has archived the wartime letters of countless women. These are three of the about two dozen dedicated and diverse members of the Story Board, a group advising The Providence Journal and Pell Center leadership with its Story in the Public Square initiative. Since … Read More

  • Casting Call for Production of “Ajax”

    This fall, the Pell Center at Salve Regina University will stage a statewide production of Sophocles’ AJAX. There will be an open call for actors to audition on Monday, Sept. 15th and Tuesday, Sept. 16th from 7:00-8:30 PM at the Pell Center. As part of the Pell Center’s Story in the Public Square initiative, the production will introduce audiences to the emotional trauma of war by bringing together recent veterans, … Read More

  • RI International Film Festival, Pell Center Co-Host “War and Peace”

    2014 RIIFF partners with Story in the Public Square for documentary screenings NEWPORT, R.I.− The Pell Center at Salve Regina University’s Story in the Public Square program will partner with the Rhode Island International Film Festival for an afternoon of cinematic storytelling featuring the documentaries “The War Photographers” and the festival world premiere of “The Newport Effect” on Saturday, August 9 at the Jane Pickens Theater in downtown Newport. “Although folk … Read More

  • NBC 10 investigative reporter Jim Taricani heads panel of experts at Story in the Public Square Conference on April 11

    NEWPORT, R.I. — Pioneering TV investigative journalist Jim Taricani heads an award-winning lineup of screen storytellers who will show and discuss their work during the second annual Story in the Public Square conference April 11 at Salve Regina University’s Pell Center. Founder of NBC Channel 10’s celebrated I-Team, Taricani has won five regional Emmy awards, along with an Edward R. Murrow award for investigative journalism and a number of other … Read More