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

2018 marks 20 years since the Good Friday Agreement quelled decades of violent sectarianism in Northern Ireland. Fordham Conversations Host John Rogan talks with former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, who chaired the peace talks that lead to the Good Friday Agreement. Senator Mitchell talks about how the peace process overcame North Ireland's strife-plagued past

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Fordham Alum Loretta Tofani won a Pulitzer Prize for her 1982 investigation of rape in a Maryland jail for the Washington Post. She joins Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon to reflect on her groundbreaking story. Tofani also discusses her career highlights and offers advice for up-and-coming journalists

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With each generation of veterans, comes different needs and challenges for the organizations created to assist them.  

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks Dan McSweeny, President of the United War Veterans Council. He discusses what his organization is doing to help veterans readjust to civilian life.   Dan McSweeny is also a Fordham University Alumni.

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The word "neuroscience" might make you think of science fiction, but recent developments in the field are making changes in the legal world. New developments in the science bring up questions about the human brain, addiction and even free will.

 Fordham Conversations Host Patrick Russomanno talks with Fordham Law Professor Deborah Denno about how recent developments in neuroscience are affecting America’s legal system.  She explores the role neuroscience plays in legal cases and current events, as well as the role it might play in the future.

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A recent poll found blindness ranked 4th as the condition most feared by Americans, following Aids, Cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.  This condition can be especially difficult for New Yorkers who begin to lose their sight as they age.  Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Dr. Amy Horowitz with Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Services. She shares her research on depression and late life vision loss.

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On this week's Fordham Conversations, Host Alen Kanlic talks with two researchers about what they are doing to treat autism. Fordham University's Amanda Leeder discusses how brothers and sisters of autistic kids can be a key element in treatment. Then, Fordham University's Xiaoming Lou discusses her research on memory processing and how to develop it with kids with autism.

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WFUV’s  Andrew Seger traveled to Morocco to look into the issue of disability.  Like other developing  countries people with disabilities often struggle to find a job because of legal barriers and social stigmas. Morocco is no exception— more than half of disabled Moroccans are unemployed. But, that could be changing in Rabat, the capital where there is an innovative restaurant staffed entirely by Moroccans living with down syndrome.

WFUV’s Ben Carrizzo shares his documentary on the neurological condition known as Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD.  It’s both an exploration of the condition, as well as Ben’s personal experience dealing with it.

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Whether you're a member of a social club, or a member of a community, there are pros and cons to membership.

Fordham Conversations Host Chris Williams talks with Alan Linn who is the owner of the Norwood Club on West 14th St in Manhattan. Norwood is one of the most exclusive social clubs in New York City and was designed as a place for creative minds to come together. Then, urban planner and Fordham professor Cecil Bakalor discusses how city projects might not be the best thing for members of the Bronx community.

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Fordham Conversations Host Katie Fisher is joined by Fordham
Professor of Chemistry Dr. Joan Roberts. They discuss the cause of
seasonal affective disorder and the powerful impact light has on health.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon is joined by members of the Fordham Foundry. 

Albert Bartosic, Shaun Johnson, Amy Jung and Milton Sussberg are part of this entrepreneurial hub that provides support for startup businesses.  

They also sponsor a “Pitch Challenge” competition that provides startups an opportunity to pitch their businesses and social-enterprise ideas to an accomplished panel of judges for prize money.

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