Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, host of Story in The Public

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 with any questions or concerns. Head to to sign up for our email list and stay informed about when tickets become available.

Please note, most events this fall will take place at the Bazarsky Lecture Hall in the O’Hare Academic Center. The exception is our October 10 event, Special Edition of “Story in the Public Square,” which will take place in Ochre Court.

Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz

September 26, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center

Dr. Omer Bartov, Brown University

You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor’s Stories of Life, Death and In Between

October 3, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center

Dr. Daniela Lamas, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Special Edition of Story in the Public Square

October 10, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

Ochre Court

Former United States Secretary of State John Kerry

*Limited seats available. More information to come.

The Fighters – Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq

October 16, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center

C.J. Chivers, New York Times writer and Pulitzer Prize author

The Ghost Army – Documentary & Discussion

October 24, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center

Rick Beyer, author and award-winning producer

*Co-sponsored with Salve Regina University Department of Administration of Justice

The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States

November 5, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center

Dr. Jeffrey Lewis, East Asia Nonproliferation Program at James Martin Center for Nonproliferation

With US and Against US – How America’s Partners Help and Hinder the War on Terror

November 14, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Center

Dr. Stephen Tankel, Senior Fellow for a New American Security

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