Claiborne Pell

Vice President Joe Biden has canceled plans to headline a Newport fundraiser Thursday for the Democratic National Committee and to appear during a Salve Regina University event honoring Nuala Pell, the widow of the late senator Claiborne Pell.

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The Rhode Island International Film Festival is underway.  One movie highlights the loan program named for the late Senator Claiborne Pell.

A documentary about Pell Grants will receive its world premiere in Providence as part of the week-long film festival.

The movie follows the battle Senator Claiborne Pell fought in Congress to pass the grant program in the seventies.

It was written and directed by Steven Feinberg, who’s also the executive director of the Rhode Island Film and Television Office.

A documentary about the fight to create Pell Grants will screen Wednesday evening as part of the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

The film is called "Pell Grants: A Passion for Education." It details the events in Washington leading up the the creation of the federal student loan program named for the late Rhode Island Senator Claiborne Pell.

As part of the screening at the Veteran's Memorial Auditorium in Providence, Pell’s widow Nuala Pell and his grandson Clay Pell will take part in a question and answer session.

Vice President Joe Biden will visit Salve Regina University on August 22 to honor Nuala Pell, widow of Sen. Claiborne Pell, and  to inaugurate a leadership program at the university to be named for Mrs. Pell.

Called the Nuala Pell Leadership Program in Public Service, the program will support leadership opportunities for Salve Regina students. The university and the Pell family have a long association; Salve Regina has a Pell center named for the late Sen. Pell and Mrs. Pell has been a college trustee.

Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to attend a reception at Salve Regina University in Newport next month, according to the Associated Press.

The event at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy will recognize Nuala Pell, wife of the late Senator Claiborne Pell, for her work in philanthropy, education and public service.

With a wave of departures in the US Senate, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are positioned to expand their seniority -- a potent coin of the realm in Congress.

Aaron Blake reports at The Fix on the turnover:

Currently, 24 senators have called it quits between 2010 and today — just three less than the previous high of 27 retirements between 1992 and 1996.