Pell Center Lecture

  • Pell Center Lecture Explores Central Issues and Characters of Cybersecurity

    NEWPORT, R.I. — Last night, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution, Peter W. Singer, discussed his latest book “Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know” and took his captivated audience on a fascinating tour of the central issues and characters of cybersecurity. The event was part of the ongoing Pell Center lecture series on Cyber Leadership. “A generation ago, ‘cyberspace’ was … Read More

  • One Decade, Many Lessons: Islam in a post-9/11 America

    American Muslims are confronting a stark new reality: mounting opposition to the construction of mosques, congressional hearings into the radicalization of Muslim youth and rising hate crimes against Muslims. Americans hold a less favorable view of Islam today than even after the attacks. What happened? To answer this question, Andrea Elliott transports her audiences into the little-known world of American Islam—a community in search of itself. As terrorism in the … Read More

  • Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs To Know

    A generation ago, “cyberspace” was just a term from science fiction, used to describe the nascent network of computers linking a few university labs. Today, our entire modern way of life, from communication to commerce to conflict, fundamentally depends on the Internet. And the cybersecurity issues that result challenge literally everyone: politicians wrestling with everything from cybercrime to online freedom; generals protecting the nation from new forms of attack, while … Read More

  • Pell Center Lecture – Adapting to a Changing Climate: Policy Choices Facing Rhode Island

    How will climate change affect Rhode Island – particularly its coastlines – and how should the State be preparing for these changes? A recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change indicates that impacts worldwide will be significant, and creates the opportunity for a timely discussion of this critical issue and its implications for our state. To be clear, this public forum is not intended to debate basic scientific … Read More

  • Yamashita’s Ghost: War Crimes, MacArthur’s Justice, and Command Accountability

    Horrific war crimes in the Philippines. The capture of a Japanese general. A trial by five US Army generals. How could justice not be done? Allan A. Ryan graduated from Dartmouth College and magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was President of the Minnesota Law Review. He served as a law clerk to Justice Byron White on the Supreme Court of the United States, and … Read More

  • Strategic Advantage: Why American Corporations Should Care About Cybersecurity

    Description: Corporate America is constantly being targeted by cyber-attacks and cyber espionage, and its brand integrity and market advantage are increasingly at stake. Melissa Hathaway will discuss several potential targets within our cyberspace—especially private sector networks—common vulnerabilities that allow cyber-attacks to succeed (i.e. poor network security postures or procedures, lack of understanding of the different/layered techniques that are being used to get to us), and what companies can do to … Read More

  • Educating the Innovators of the 21st Century

    Can we teach innovation? Innovation requires whole-brain thinking — left-brain thinking for creativity and imagination, and right-brain thinking for planning and execution. Our current approach to education in science and technology, focuses on the transfer of information, developing mostly right-brain thinking by stressing copying and reproducing existing ideas rather than generating new ones. I will show how shifting the focus in lectures from delivering information to team work and creative … Read More

  • Former Newsweek Bureau Chief Speaks About War Reporting post-9/11

    On Tuesday evening, former Newsweek Bureau Chief Scott Johnson spoke to the Pell Center community about his experience as a journalist during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Johnson had worked in France earlier in his career–it goes without saying that transitioning from Paris to Kabul, Afghanistan in 2003 was a drastic change. “I had never covered a war like this,” Johnson said about Afghanistan. His job now involved sitting in trenches in the … Read More

  • War Correspondent: Getting news from the frontline to the home-front

    A conversation with former Newsweek Bureau Chief Scott Johnson War correspondents are a special breed.  To get that story about life in Iraq or Afghanistan, or wherever conflict spreads, they endure more than most during a typical day in the office.  From kidnappings and ambushes to improvised explosive devices and third world roads, reporters face an array of logistical and security challenges to tell the world what’s happening in some … 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