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

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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This week, Chris Williams finds out more about things that scare us and why they scare us. Jim Faro, co-creator of the haunted attraction Blood Manor, talks about designing a haunted house, his love of horror, and how to hire a demon on Craigslist. Then, Fordham University professor Dean McKay talks about studying disgust and a virtual reality experiement designed to help people overcome their phobias.  

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On this week's Fordham Conversations we're peeking behind the curtain and looking into the life of theatre. 

We will hear from Fordham's very own Kevin Smith Kirkwood. Kirkwood is currently an actor on the Tony award winning musical "Kinky Boots". He is also the proud co-founder of Fordham University's notorious all-male acapella group: The Fordham Ramblers. He'll share some behind the scenes stories and the inspiration behind his career. 

We also hear from the Acting Director of Fordham's London Dramatic Academy Kathryn Pogson. She'll discuss the program and some unconventional ways to train young theater performers. 

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Michael Nebrich threw for six touchdowns, Chase Edmonds passed the 1,000 yard plateau for the season, nine Rams scored points, and Sam Ajala and Tebucky Jones, Jr. finished near 200 yards receiving in a 60-22 Fordham (6-1) drubbing of Penn (0-4).

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This week we discuss how designs and development can be done in an environmental way-- while still fulfilling our present and future demands.

We have a panel of experts weighing in technologies that promote sustainable energy and eco-friendly designs all around the world. That's the idea behind The Annual Sustainable Energy and Design Conference at The Bronx Community College on Oct 16th and 17th. The panel includes:

  • Aaron Socha (FCRH '01)- Director: Center for Sustainable Energy
  • Mark Cupkovic- Vice President, Security and Operations at the New York Botanical
  • Jonathan Trent- Director of OMEGA Global Initiative
  • Greg Bruce-  Executive Manager, Integrated Sustainability Services Department at Townsville City Council.
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