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

The 60's original soundtrack Star Treck describes space as the final frontier. But our guest Dr. Kirk Bingaman says there is another frontier we are only beginning to understand: our inner space.

Dr. Kirk Bingaman is the Associate Professor at Fordham University's Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education. He's also the author of the book The Power of Neuroplasticity for Pastoral and Spiritual Care

His research has led him to understand how mindful meditation and prayer can help us manage our negative thoughts and actually change the neurological makeup of our brains!

Songs Featured:

OneRepublic: If I Lose Myself

Pharrell: Happy

Coldplay: A Sky Full Of Stars

 

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Some people see graffiti as vandalism, a crime or a sign of urban decay. Others see graffiti as art, self-expression and a testament of neighborhood pride.  On This Week’s Fordham Conversations we examine the topic of graffiti art. First we examine graffiti and the law with Leila Amineddoleh, Counsel to Lombard & Geliebter.  Then we discuss the evolution and impact of graffiti art with David Storey, an artist, Fordham University professor and Visual arts Program co-director at Rose Hill, along with Patrick Verel, whose research paper,  “New York City Graffiti Murals: Signs of Hope, marks of Distinction,” examines the usefulness of graffiti.

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Imagine a theatre performance group where every member is encouraged to tackle it all: from acting on stage, to preparing the set, and even controlling the lights. Fordham University's Mimes and Mummers is doing just that. Members of the group say they're moving away from "on stage" and "off stage" cast, and instead thrive for a collection of multitalented and well-rounded group of theatre lovers.

The Mimes and Mummers is the oldest club at Fordham University's Rose Hill Campus. This theatre performance group has been churning out musicals, dramas and comedies for years, all while helping ambitious student perofrmers develop artistic skills. On this week's Fordham Conversations were joined by members of this illustrious group.

Patrick McCarthy- President

James Demetriades- Vice President

Elle Crane- Secretary

Julie Lewis- Junior Representative

 

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On this week's Fordham Conversations we hear from Forhdam Alumni and Author Valerie Irick Rainford. She's discussing her book "Until the Brighter Tomorrow: One Woman's Corageous Climb from the Projects to the Podium".

Rainford recounts her emotional journey to find a "brighter tomorrow" following her mother's suicide and her passionate desire for her book to bring others to their own "brighter tomorrow"

Music Used:

Magic- Coldplay

Ink- Coldplay

O- Coldplay

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This week, we have stories about why people stress out during Thanksgiving, and how to make it run more smoothly. Mary Clingman from the Butterball Hotline shares her experience as a turkey expert and some of the stories she's heard from stressed out callers as they prepare Thanksgiving dinner. Then, Fordham University history professor Dr. Steven Stoll talks about the first Thanksgiving and why people had reason to be stressed. Finally, Bill Schermerhorn (creative director of the Macy's Parade) explains how to pull off a treasure holiday tradition that gets bigger and bigger each year. 

 
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The Fordham Rams are the 2014 Patriot League Champions!  After defeating Georgetown 52-7 at home on November 15, the Fordham Rams won the Patriot League outright and earned a automatic bid in the FCS Playoffs.

On this edition of Monday Night Quarterback, Mike Watts and Nick Logerfo sit down with Head Coach Joe Moorhead, Director of Football Operations Greg Marmaros, WR Sam Ajala, and DB Ian Williams.  They recap the Georgetown win and look ahead to their matchup with FBS opponent Army this upcoming Saturday at West Point.

 

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Early in the morning of November 16th 1989 a group of soldiers entered a Catholic college campus in San Salvador and forced six Jesuit priests from their beds. They then shot and killed them along with their housekeeper and her daughter. It all happened during the decade long civil war that ravaged El Salvador. The murders provoked international outrage.

We are joined by three guests to discuss the massacre, the priests' mission and their legacy.

- Dr Michael Lee- Associate Professor of Theology at Fordham

- Dr. Jim McCartin- Associate Professor and Director of Fordham Center on Religion and   Culture

- Father Neil Connolly- Pastor at Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church

Music featured:

Apocolyptica- Nothing Else Matters

Apocolyptica- One

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Suicide is a delicate health issue. When it comes to men who think about it, attempt it or actually commit suicide, addressing the issue has especially unique challenges. 

 
The latest statistics report more women than men attempt suicide, but more men actually succeed at killing themselves, and at a growing rate.  In honor of National Suicide Prevention Week, we  examine the issue of male suicide. 
 
We hear about a mental health and suicide prevention campaign that tackles the somber issue of suicide with a smile. Jarrod Hindman is Director of the Colorado Office of Suicide Prevention. His group partnered with others in developing the Man Therapy Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Campaign. We sat down with a Jeanette Mason, who helplessly watched as her boyfriend jump to his death. Last we talked with Fordham University Professor Daniel Coleman. His research examines gender stereotypes and the link between masculinity and mental health.  
 
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On this week's Fordham Conversations, Host Rob Palazzolo discusses the ethics of controversial end-of-life issues with Doctor Charles Camosy. This Notre Dame Grad is a Theology professor at Fordham and a bioethicist. Also, Fordham Conversations producer Megan Connor walks around Times Square to find out what tourists and everyday New Yorkers think about physician assisted suicide.

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This week on NFL Friday we had our weekly Jets and Giants talk, discussed Thursday night football and previewed this weekend's upcoming games. Also, we were joined by WFUV alum and current TV announcer for the NFL on CBS, Spero Dedes. 

 

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