public policy

  • President Obama June 18, 2015 on the events in Charleston

    Charleston shooting creates an opportunity to discuss gun control

    In light of the tragedy that occurred in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday night, it is difficult not to look once more at the gun control policies currently in place in the US. What happened? If you haven’t heard, on Wednesday June 17, 2015 a young male entered Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, during an evening prayer meeting. He attended the meeting for close to an hour, ... Read More
  • Panelists Discuss the Public’s Perception of Science

    The Pell Center’s presentation earlier this month, “Science Under Attack: Politics, Policy, and Science in America” discussed the public’s perception of science, and focused mainly on global warming.  The presentation featured Suzanne Shaw, director of communications at the Union of Concerned Scientists and Todd Anthony Bianco, principal policy associate at the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission. Shaw started off by discussing the public’s beliefs and mentioned that most Americans trust … Read More

  • Pell Center Announces New Adjunct Fellows

    NEWPORT, R.I. — The Pell Center Fellows program continues to grow with its addition of  three new adjunct fellows. Ken Bell, Sean Kern, and Angela Siefer will be joining a cohort of scholars and industry professionals whose areas of expertise range from environmental policy and education to international affairs and American political thought. Ken Bell is a cybersecurity engineer at Raytheon, as well an adjunct professor at Salve Regina University. … Read More

  • Pell Center forum discusses choices for a better economy

    Earlier this week, a full-house audience at the Pell Center heard the perspectives of two experts – Doug Hall of the National Priorities Project and Kate Brewster of the Economic Progress Institute (Providence) – on how we make choices to shape our economy. Brewster and Hall talked about the continuing economic difficulties facing many Americans and specifically, Rhode Islanders, and agreed on a number of ideas about the current challenges … Read More

  • Advocates' Academy

    Pell Center Launches New Program for Policy Advocates

    The Pell Center’s Advocates’ Academy seeks to help nonprofit policy advocates create a more engaged and informed public dialog.   NEWPORT, R.I. − This fall, the Pell Center at Salve Regina University will launch the Advocates’ Academy, a skill- and coalition-building program for nonprofit communicators. The Advocates’ Academy is designed to help policy advocates in both the public and nonprofit sectors who seek to more effectively engage and inform audiences, … Read More

  • Ebola, Racial Bias, Militarization of Police | Picks of the Week

    The Ebola Outbreak and Global Health Unseating the First Horseman | The Economist The Ebola Outbreak Shows Why the Global Health System is Broken | Bloomberg BusinessWeek The Top 3 Public Health Trends in Africa | Forbes The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa has spread alarm across the globe. The world concern has shed light on global health and the state of the health systems of individual countries. When it … Read More

  • The Role of Policy Change and The Current Politics of National Security | Picks of the Week

    Central Role of Policy Change This is climate change: Ohio’s water crisis was a manmade disaster | Salon Inequality: Don’t Blame the Market | Center for Economic and Policy Research Two commentaries from this past week – one from Salon and one from the Center for Economic and Policy Research – remind us that the choices we make as a society, i.e. through public policy, have profound consequences in every … Read More

  • The Immigration Issue

    On one hand, you’re turning your back on innocent children, many of them escaping poverty, violence and a number of other horrors. Yet on the other side, you have legal American citizens who struggle day by day, single mothers, homeless veterans, and hardworking families who can’t catch a break. This is the question that Congress is being asked to answer before they depart for the month of August. In my … Read More

  • Independence Day and The Role of Government | Picks of the Week

    Independence Day We’re No. 1?  Americans Increasingly Don’t Think So | The Washington Post Millennials Didn’t Abandon Our Institutions — Our Institutions Failed Them | Bill Moyers We Need a Citizen-Maker Movement | The Huffington Post The two separate Pew surveys cited in these articles are intimately related.  They tell us something about Americans and our institutions, but they tell us more about our leaders.  For a lot of Americans, … Read More

  • Introducing | “Picks of the Week” by the Pell Center Fellows

    Whether it’s cybersecurity or economics, the Pell Center fellows are highly active thought leaders in their fields. Starting this week, the Pell Center fellows will be sharing articles that caught their interest in their area of expertise: Cybersecurity Cyberspace 2025: Today’s Decisions, Tomorrow’s Terrain: Microsoft report analyzes impact of today’s decisions on future of global cybersecurity | WinBeta “It is fundamental to reflect on the relationship between cybersecurity and socio-economic conditions to … Read More