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

As the American population ages, so does its population in the prison system. That’s created particular challenges, especially for members of the LGBT community that are incarcerated. Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon talks with two people who have experienced these challenges firsthand.  Randy Killings and Mark Pelipiche share what it was like for them to grow older while in New York’s Criminal Justice System.  Also, Fordham Professor Dr. Tina Maschi shares research from her study “‘Coming Out’ of Prison: An Exploratory Study of LGBT Elders in the Criminal Justice System.”

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This week on Fordham Conversations we're talking about combating cybercrime. Fordham professor Frank Hsu talks about how cybersecurity works and Fordham's new Cybersecurity masters program.We'll also hear from an expert from the Citizens Crime Commission of NYC about how cybercrime affects New Yorkers.  Chris Williams Hosts

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Sometimes it can be hard to be thankful when the stress of creating the perfect holiday gets in the way. This week Fordham Conversations is about Thanksgiving stress, from making sure the turkey is perfect to learning how one of the holiday's biggest traditions runs so 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 parade that gets bigger and bigger each year. 

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On today's episode, Fordham Conversations host Kyle McKee talkes television with acclaimed critic Matt Zoller Seitz, the co-author of TV: (The Book) 2 Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time.

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With the rise of social media, we have fewer and fewer hard copies of letters, photos, and other documents. So what happens in the future? Will all of this be preserved? Will there be too much of it to sort through? This week on Fordham Conversations, Chris Williams talks to Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge, graduate researcher at Fordham University and producer of the Footnoting History podcast, about how historians preserve memories and how this is changing. 
 
 
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On this week's show, Fordham Conversations host Kyle McKee talks with historian Angel Hernandez about the legendary gothic writer Edgar Allan Poe.  While Poe is known for his poems and short stories like The Raven, The Tell Tale Heart, Anabelle Lee, and The Bells, few may realize his deep connection to New York City, and especially the Bronx.  Angel Hernandez is the Director of Programs and External Affairs at the Bronx County Historical Society.  He joins the show to talk about Poe’s writing, life, legacy, as well as Bronx History.

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Fordham Conversations Host Chris William and his guests examine why we are drawn to the monstrous, the grotesque and other human oddities.

He talks with Adam Rinn who teaches a sideshow class at Coney Island. They discuss the history of freak shows.

Chris also sits down with Rebecca June who teaches medieval studies at Fordham University. She provides insight into the role monsters play in literature and society.

Finally, Fordham psychology professor Dean McKay discusses
his research on disgust and its relationship to fear.

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On this week's show, Fordham Conversations host Kyle McKee talks with members of “Teens for Food Justice.”  It's an organization that gives New York City teens an opportunity to learn about and grow healthy, organic, sustainable food.  On the show is organization President Kathy Soll, Unison Middle School Assistant Principal Amy Pillar, and two of the program's students.    

 

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Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon talks with Dr. Garrett Broad, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University.  According to Dr. Broad, there’s a crisis going on in America resulting in the unfair distribution of healthy food.  But it doesn’t stop there. The RESPONSE to the crisis is also being called into question. Garrett is out with his new book “More Than Just Food: Food justice and Community Change 

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On this week’s show, Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks to Dr. Everette E. Dennis.  After a 14-year tenure at Fordham, Dr. Dennis took on a new challenge: dean of Northwestern University’s new journalism and communications school in Education City in Doha, Qatar.  When Dr. Dennis first appreared on Fordham Conversations,  he spoke on what it was like training the next generation of journalist in one of the wealthiest and conservative countries.  Now he’s back to talk about NU-Q and global education

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