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

Elder abuse is a crime that can go unnoticed if unchecked. It affects one of the most vulnerable populations, by making seniors victims of financial, physical, and often sexual abuse. Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon puts a spotlight on elder abuse, and steps that can be taken to deter it.

We first travel to a Citymeals-on-Wheels elder abuse awareness training. Volunteers are being trained to recognize signs of abuse, what questions to ask, and what to do if abuse is suspected.

Dr. Patricia Brownell discusses the abuse older women suffer internationally. Dr. Tina Maschi, an associate professor at Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service discusses similar abuse in prisons.  Maschi is also Executive Director of the "Be the Evidence Project." 


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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Fordham University’s Patrick Verel to talk about his new book “Graffiti Murals: Exploring the Impacts of Street Art.”  In it, he takes us on a journey to discover how some graffiti murals are created and what role they play in cities like, New York, Trenton, and Jersey City.  We also explore the complex relationship between street artists, property owners and city politics.

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The Eternal Space is a two-man play that tells the story of an unlikely friendship that develops during the demolition of the old New York Penn Station during the mid-1960s. Fordham Conversations Host

Robin Shannon sits down with Playwright & Producer Justin Rivers and Producer Dennis McCarthy.

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Someone once said that no man fights the same war as another. If that’s true, than the Veterans Writing Workshop is a way for those who have been through battle to express themselves and share their experiences. Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Veterans Writing Workshop Founder, David Surface. We also hear from Vietnam Veteran Rod Carlson and Korean War Veteran Vincent Speranza. Both share their war experiences in the anthology “Afterword’s: from War and Home." 

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What does it take to be a monster? They hide under the bed, lurk in the shadows, and scare us half to death.But is there more to monsters than just screams and frights?Fordham Conversations Host Chris Williams sits down with Fordham University Professors Rebecca June and Paul Levinson to talk about medieval monsters, real life monsters, and more.
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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Fordham University Professor of Art History Dr. Barbara Mundy to discuss the work of painter Frida Kahlo and the significance of Mexican art.  Also Producer Blake Christy takes listeners on a tour of the New York Botanical Gardens exhibition, "Frida Kahlo: Art. Garden. Life."

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Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon sits down with members of The Faux-Real Theatre Company.  They are performing "Lysitrata" at The Nuyorican Poets Café. It’s a comedy on how the women of early Greece used the battle of the sexes to end a war.

Some members of The Faux-Real Theatre Company include: Mark Greenfield, Director and Fordham Professor. Tony Naumovski, Musical Director and performers Joy Kelly and Emma Orme.

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Berto Colon’s been on TV shows like “The Good Wife,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Madame Secretary,” and “HBO’s “Two Night Stand.”  But arguably his most popular role is the character of Cesar on The award-winning Netflix series “Orange Is The New Black. Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with the Actor and Fordham Alumni to discuss his character on the show, how he became an actor, and one of his biggest regrets.

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Host Alen Kanlic showcases some of Fordham Conversations best features and interviews.  Will Germain talks with military veterans about their experience returning to school after serving overseas.  Mary Wilson reports on Fordham Law students who  kept audio diaries about their fact finding mission in Nepal.  Robin Shannon sat down with Katy Raymond who was part of Fordham University’s first study abroad program in South Africa.  Vivadiana Castelan interviewed kids who are training to be reporters. She also talks with New Yorkers who make careers out of can collecting.

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Jean Laughton traded her career as a New York City casting director for the life of a rancher in South Dakota.  Now she’s out with the photo exhibit “My Ranching Life” which is on display at Fordham’s Lincoln Center.  Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Jean Laughton to discuss her exhibit, being a photographer and why she doesn’t like the term “Cowgirl.”

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