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

On This week’s Fordham Conversations we’ll hear from  Author Ed Rohs about his book “Raised by the Church” where he talks about the history of orphanages, and speaks for some of the thousands of baby-boomers taken in by the catholic institutions in New York City.

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Social Stigma can take on many forms.  It may be an unpleasant remark, a strange look or even the refusal of employment.  On today's Fordham Conversations WFUV's Will Germain try to understand the phenomena of stigma by talking with Tina Maschi. She’s President of the national Organization of Forensic Social Work, and a professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of social service.

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This week, Fordham Conversations is all about spies and surveillance. WFUV's Connor Ryan reports on NYC's surveillance cameras and how some people feel their privacy is being invaded. Then, Chris Williams talks to Spy Store NYC owner Bob Leonard about different types of spying equipment and the reasons for using them. Fordham University professor Al Auster discusses how spies have been portrayed in film, and how that differs from actual espionage.

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Internationally famed street artist J.R. has created a global participatory art project that gives anyone a chance to make a statement, with their picture.  The INSIDE OUT project has traveled around the world and now to Fordham University.  On this week’s Fordham Conversations, Host Robin Shannon discusses the project with Fordham Professor Rosemary Wakeman, Associate Professor of Visual Art Mark Street and members of The Inside Out team.

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We are examining the issue of poverty through different vantage points. Host Robin Shannon sits down with Fordham Professor Sophie Mitra, an Associate Professor at Fordham University in the Economics Department. They discuess the relationship between disability and poverty. But first we take a look at youth and homelessness. Some sixty thousand people are homeless in New York City-- the highest amount since the great depression. Experts say the shelter system is overburdened. Reporter Emrys Eller takes us along as he talks with young people who sleep in unusual places to avoid city shelters.

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Author and Fordham Professor Dr. Mary Bly discuss her class Publishing Theory and Practice.” It introduces students to the world of publishing. She also offers advice for writers looking to become published author.

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The International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin.  But members of a boarding school for dyslexic students in Dutchess County, New York don’t use the term “disability.”   They prefer to call it a “way to learn differently.”  On this week’s Fordham Conversations we discuss the issue of dyslexia with three people who have first-hand knowledge of the condition. Fordham Alumn, Kevin Pendergast is the Headmaster of the Kildonan School, a boarding School that empowers students with dyslexia. Dave Flink is the Executive Director of Eye-to-Eye, a national grass roots mentoring program. August Hunt is in his senior year at Kildonan

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This week Fordham Conversations features stories about membership. Whether you're a member of a social club, or a member of a community, there are pros and cons to membership. First, we talk to Alan Linn. He's the owner of the Norwood Club on W 14th St in Manhattan. Norwood is one of the most exclusive social clubs in NYC, designed as a place for creative minds to come together. Then, urban planner and Fordham professor Cecil Bakalor talks about how city projects might not be the best thing for members of the Bronx community.

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On this week’s Fordham Conversations we explore two pests that have shown up around New York.  Research scientist and Fordham Alumni Dan Molloy discusses a pesky species of mussel that haunts some of New York’s waterways.  We also hear from Fordham University Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Jason Munshi-South.  He tells us about his research with rats.

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Ever wonder why some subways are numbered and some are lettered? Or, when the MTA came into existence? How about how will the 2nd Ave. subway benefit the city of New York? On this weeks Fordham Conversations we hear from Andrew Sparberg,the author of “From a Nickle to a Token: The Journey from Board of Transportation to MTA” (Fordham Press).  It’s a comprehensive look at New York’s transit system from its inception to the 1960s. 

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