Fordham Conversations
Tapping into the Fordham University community to discuss and uncover issues that impact our world locally and beyond.

Fordham Conversations Host Chris William and his guests examine why we are drawn to the monstrous, the grotesque and other human oddities.

He talks with Adam Rinn who teaches a sideshow class at Coney Island. They discuss the history of freak shows.

Chris also sits down with Rebecca June who teaches medieval studies at Fordham University. She provides insight into the role monsters play in literature and society.

Finally, Fordham psychology professor Dean McKay discusses
his research on disgust and its relationship to fear.

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On this week's show, Fordham Conversations host Kyle McKee talks with members of “Teens for Food Justice.”  It's an organization that gives New York City teens an opportunity to learn about and grow healthy, organic, sustainable food.  On the show is organization President Kathy Soll, Unison Middle School Assistant Principal Amy Pillar, and two of the program's students.    


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Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon talks with Dr. Garrett Broad, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University.  According to Dr. Broad, there’s a crisis going on in America resulting in the unfair distribution of healthy food.  But it doesn’t stop there. The RESPONSE to the crisis is also being called into question. Garrett is out with his new book “More Than Just Food: Food justice and Community Change 

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On this week’s show, Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks to Dr. Everette E. Dennis.  After a 14-year tenure at Fordham, Dr. Dennis took on a new challenge: dean of Northwestern University’s new journalism and communications school in Education City in Doha, Qatar.  When Dr. Dennis first appreared on Fordham Conversations,  he spoke on what it was like training the next generation of journalist in one of the wealthiest and conservative countries.  Now he’s back to talk about NU-Q and global education

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Fordham Conversations Host Kacie Candela visit the home of British Reporter, Novelist and Music Critic Nick Cohn. He shares his views on feminism; who wears the crown of rock and pop; and the real story of why Pete Townsend of The Who wrote Pinball Wizard.

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Life will always be as tough for Alice Class as the South Bronx neighborhood she was born in. But that doesn’t mean she’ll ever give up.  Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon talks with author Kiki Loyal about her book, “Don’t Want to Fight No More,” as well as the main character’s struggles and perseverance.

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The September 11th terror attacks changed more than Manhattan’s skyline, it also changed America’s approach to national security and certain civil liberties. Fordham Professor Karen Greenberg breaks down the agencies, policies, and controversies that have changed in the 15 years since the attack.  Her latest book, Rogue Justice:The Making of the Security State (Crown, 2016), explores the War on Terror's impact on justice and law in America.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with two individuals from Edge4Vets.  Tom Murphy is Founder of Edge4Vets and Director of the Human Resiliency Institute at Fordham University. Dawn Jolly is a Navy Veteran and entrepreneur who got her start with the Edge4Vets Program. The organization helps veterans translate their military strengths into tools for a job, career - and a successful life.

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Fordham University has begun its yearlong 175th Anniversary Celebration.  On this week’s Fordham Conversations, Host Robin Shannon talks with Fordham University President Dr. Joseph McShane. We’ll discuss the school’s history, how its mission of service has reached beyond the 5 boroughs, and whether some of the schools folklore is actually true. The anniversary year will feature special events, exhibits, and programs that highlight Fordham’s history and impact.






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Autism is a developmental disorder that can hinder a persons social skills and cause them to have repetitive and restrictive behaviors. Fordham Conversations Host Alen Kanlic talks with two researchers about what they are doing to treat autism. Fordham University Doctoral Candidate Amanda Leeder discusses how siblings of autistic children can be key in their treatment. Then, Fordham University PhD student Xiaoming Lou explains her research on memory processing and how to
develop it in kids with autism

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