History

  • John E. McGinty Lecture in History – Gorbachev: His Life and Times

    The Rise and Fall of Mikhail Gorbachev—and Their Lessons for the Putin Era Taubman won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for Khrushchev: The Man and His Era (W.W. Norton, 2003). He will be speaking about his 2017 book, Gorbachev: His Life and Times (Simon & Schuster), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, receiving many positive reviews; including from Strobe Talbott in the New York Review of Books, … Read More

  • Theodore Roosevelt and the Start of the American Century

    Theodore Roosevelt and the Start of the American Century Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency marked a turning point in the nation’s history.Through TR’s international and military policies, the United States emerged as a world power while his domestic policies tried to address the problems of America’s modern industrial society.  With 2019 being the 100th anniversary of Roosevelt’s death, join the members of the Department of History for a new look at Roosevelt’s … Read More

  • Image from a Fall 2016 Lecture on Pope Francis' encyclical.

    Spring 2019 Event Series Announced

    Today the Pell Center announced the Spring 2019 event series. Tickets to Pell Center events are free and will be available about two weeks prior to the event date. Please RSVP in advance for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page, and call 401-341-2927 email [email protected] with any questions or concerns. Scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up for our email list and stay informed about … Read More

  • Jed Shugerman on Story in the Public Square

    History of Law in America with Jed Shugerman

    Air Dates: November 24-25, 2018 The confirmation of Justice Bret Kavanaugh was a bruising episode for many Americans. Jed Shugerman views that confirmation process against the long history of America’s courts and essential debates over the constitutional limits on executive power. Shugerman is a Professor of Law at Fordham University. He attended Yale Law School and graduated in 2002, and went on to earned his PhD in History. Blending his … Read More

  • Image from a Fall 2016 Lecture on Pope Francis' encyclical.

    Fall 2018 Lecture Series Announced

    Today the Pell Center announced the Fall 2018 event series. Tickets to Pell Center events are free and will be available about two weeks prior to the event date. Please RSVP in advance for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page, and call 401-341-2927 email [email protected] with any questions or concerns. Scroll to the bottom of this page to sign up for our email list and stay informed about … Read More

  • Image of Herbert and Claiborne Pell medal for United States History on a black background.

    61 Students Awarded Pell Medal for Excellence in U.S. History

    Newport, R.I. — 61 students from across Rhode Island earned the Herbert and Claiborne Pell Medal for U.S. History this year. The medal, originally presented by Senator Claiborne Pell and his wife, Mrs. Nuala Pell, recognizes college and high school students in the state who have excelled in U.S. History. “The students in Rhode Island continue to earn well-deserved recognition for their exceptional dedication to U.S. history,” said Clay Pell. … Read More

  • Heather Ann Thompson

    The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 with Heather Ann Thompson

    Air Dates: May 19-21, 2018 What’s the difference between a riot and an uprising? Your answer might have something to do with your perspective on the violence. Heather Ann Thompson looks at events at Attica State Prison in 1971 and draws a direct connection to the challenges America faces in its criminal justice system today. Dr. Heather Ann Thompson is a historian at the University of Michigan, and is the … Read More

  • Lecture- The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Why It Matters Today

    John E. McGinty Lecture in History In 1971 nearly 1300 men took over one of the nation’s most infamous prisons, the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York. That historic uprising for to secure basic human rights was met with deadly force and for the next 45 years the story of how such trauma could have taken place was hidden from the public. Heather Ann Thompson shares the story of … Read More

  • Newport & Rhode Island Historical Societies

    Executive Director, Jim Ludes participating in public history event

    Myth, Memory, History and Heritage History Space, a joint program of the Newport and Rhode Island Historical Societies present an exploration for public historians. Newport, RI – On Friday, March 23, 2018 10am-12pm at Newport’s Colony House, Washington Square, Newport, RI, History Space, a joint program of the Newport and Rhode Island Historical Societies presents “Myth, Memory, History and Heritage,” a panel of public historians. The panel will be moderated … Read More

  • Pell Center Lecture

    Spring 2018 Event Series Announced

    With the spring semester in full swing we are excited to announce our Spring 2018 Event Series! The events feature a range of topics including Trump’s U.S. foreign policy, exploring new technologies emerging in electronic warfare, and gender issues in today’s U.S. military. Tickets to Pell Center events are free and open to the public. Please RSVP in advance for each event on the Pell Center’s Eventbrite page, and call 401-341-2927 … Read More

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