Pell Center Lecture

  • Story in the Public Square

    Story in the Public Square is an ongoing initiative to examine the use of storytelling in public affairs. From Homer’s depiction of war to the contemporary storytelling of bloggers, journalists, and filmmakers, the power of storytelling to inform, persuade, scare, and inspire is a critical part of our public dialogue.  Individuals learn from stories, they retain them better than cold-facts, and they repeat them – spreading the story and all … Read More

  • “Where Stories Take Us”: Establishing a Deeper Connection with Public Policy

    On the evening of Wednesday, November 28, 2012, G. Wayne Miller of the Providence Journal spoke at the Pell Center to discuss the power of story-telling in journalism. During the lecture, titled Where Stories Take Us: Story in the Public Square, Miller described the art of story-telling and provided specific examples of how some works in the Providence Journal made an impact on Rhode Island public policy. To give story-telling … Read More

  • “Poverty and Development” Visualizes a Fairer Economy by Transitioning the Informal Sector

    On Thursday, November 8, 2012, the Pell Center hosted a lecture given by Karen Tramontano, the founder and President of the Global Fairness Initiative (GFI) at DiStefano Lecture Hall. The lecture, Poverty & Development: The Role of the Informal Economy in Changing People’s Lives discussed how developing countries’ economies benefit from integrating the “informal sector” of businesses with the formal sector. The informal sector, as defined by GFI, refers to … Read More