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

Every year, thousands of people trek hundreds of miles from France to Spain as part of the Camino de Santiago.  This pilgrimage to the legendary burial site of St. James is taken by Christians to connect more deeply with their faith. Nonreligious travelers have been known to take the journey for the historic scenery, as a challenging hike, or to meet people from all over the world.

 Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with a group from Fordham University that walked the Camino de Santiago.   Dr. Richard Gyug is a Fordham Professor of history and medieval studies who created the course that takes Fordham students on the trip. Dr. David Myers is Professor of History and Chair of the Department. He has taken the five times. Cristina Iannarino is a Bronx native and a recent graduate from Fordham’s Rose Hill campus. She shares details of her journey.  Rachel Podd is a Fordham graduate student and PhD candidate in History. She was a chaperone on three trips.

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Fordham Conversations Host Patrick Russomanno sits down with The
New York Times bestselling author Father James Martin. They discuss his book, Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT
Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and
Sensitivity.

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

Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon talks to the Associate
Professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Religion and
Religious Education. Dr. Kirk Bingaman authored "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.

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There’s a new initiative at Fordham University that’s helping to tell the stories of Italians and Italian Americans throughout the 20th century who called the Bronx their home.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Dr. Kathleen LaPenta, Dr. Mark Naison and Dr. Jacqueline Reich about the Bronx Italian American History Initiative

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In the early part of the 20th century over 30 states took part in a social movement that used forced sterilization on American’s deemed “genetically inferior.”  North Carolina was one of the first states to implement the eugenic program, but also one of the first to try and seek justice for victims.  A new film tracks their efforts.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with filmmaker and journalist Dawn Sinclair Shapiro about her documentary, “The State of Eugenics.”

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Authors and Professors Virginia Burrus and Karmen Mackendrick. They discuss their book “Seducing Augustine: Bodies, Desires, Confessions.” The publication from Fordham Press interprets St. Augustine’s autobiography Confessions from a seductive and passionate point of view. 

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One of the oldest surviving instruments in America is located in a nondescript church in Manhattan's NoLiTa neighborhood. It was built in 1868 by Henry Erben. Fordham Conversations Host Kacie Candela talks with organist Jared Lamenzo about the Erben Organ that has produced music for tens of thousands of masses, weddings and funerals in the 150 years it has been in operation. 

Kacie Candela also speaks with Monsignor Donald Sakano about the history of Old St. Pat's and Archbishop John Hughes - a 19th-century Catholic who laid the cornerstone of St. Patrick's Cathedral, founded Fordham University, and earned the nickname, "Dagger John."

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The Trump administration has rescinded The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  DACA lets undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children remain in the country under certain restrictions.  Now time is running out for Congress to decide what to do legislatively. Deciding what’s next for this group of so-called Dreamers has become a polarizing issue for many Americans.

 Fordham University President Father Joseph McShane joins Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon to discuss why Catholic leaders consider supporting Dreamers part of their social justice mission.

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Most professionals will tell you networking is an essential part of business and some people are better at it than others when it comes to forming and maintaining these strong circles of contacts.  But what’s the underlying psychology behind networking? 

 Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Dr. Michelle Weber, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Management system in Fordham University's Gabelli School of Business. She offers suggestions for getting into the right networking frame of mind; explains how to network creatively and offers tips for anyone who is shy or just doesn’t like the idea of networking.

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Hidden behind 19th-century brick walls along NoLiTa’s Prince and Mulberry streets in Manhattan is the only Catholic cemetery in Manhattan.

Fordham Conversations Host Kacie Candela tours the hallowed ground and catacombs of Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral with North graveyard Tour Guide Tommy Wilkinson. It’s the final resting place of some prominent New Yorkers.

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