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

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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When John Aldridge fell off his commercial fishing boat 40 miles
from the eastern tip of Long Island, he didn't expect to make it out of the water. Now, he and his fishing partner Anthony Sosinki are proud to call themselves Montauk's only fishermen with a book and a movie deal.

Fordham Conversations host Andrew Seger talks with both John and
Anthony about their experience while, on the ship "Anna Mary."

We also hear from Commander Jonathan Theel of the US Coast Guard. He was the Chief of Response at the Long Island Sound Sector at the time John went missing, and headed the rescue mission.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with author Deanna Singh. The Fordham University Alumni discusses what inspired her to write her first children’s picture book I Am A Boy of Color.  Singh describes it as “a tribute to the beauty and power boys of color possess.” 

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with award-winning actress, playwright, and director, Regina Taylor. The Dallas-born star is known for her role as Lily Harper in the 90’s TV series I’ll Fly Away. That earned her a Golden Globe win.  Taylor’s preformed in a number of films including Lean on Me, Clockers and Courage Under Fire. Now the Denzel Washington Endowed Chair in Theatre at Fordham is here to share her experience, advice and tell us  about bringing her play "Magnolia" to a New York City audience.  Welcome to Fordham Conversations Regina.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Dr. Celia Fisher about the various health disparities the Transgender community faces, such as stigma, discrimination and lack of access to quality healthcare. Celia B. Fisher, Ph.D., is the Marie Ward Doty University Chair in Ethics, Professor of Psychology, and founding Director of the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education.

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It's all about food and how it’s more than just a source of energy. Fordham Conversations host Chris Williams talks with Fordham Professor Jonathon Appels about the lack of discourse around food culture. He also shares his own experience with food.  Then Program Director at the Museum of Food and Drink, Emma Boast, talks about a project aimed at opening a museum dedicated to food in New York City.

 

 

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In the U.S. a persons with a disability is less likely to complete high school, more likely to experience unemployment and even have a higher levels of material hardships.  And on a global scale the diagnosis is sometimes worse.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Dr. Sophie Mitra.  The Fordham University Associate Professor in Economics talks about the association between disability and poverty.

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Many conversations about America's history reiterate’s the idea that the progressive north led the opposition to slavery against the racist South.  But in fact, many of the nation’s Ivy League universities had profitable connections to slavery.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Dr. Craig Steven Wilder. His latest book "Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities" explores the connection between Ivy League schools and the slave trade.

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People may know the nation of Qatar for its international airline, “Qatar Airways” or its international news station Al Jazeera. But recently, an alleged fake news story has caused several nations to cut political and economic ties with the small, yet wealthy nation.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Dr. Everette Dennis, Dean and CEO of Northwestern University in Qatar. They dig deeper into the recent tensions that led to the embargo. They talk about news network Al-Jazeera’s role in the region. They also discuss the new media teaching and production facilities at NU-Q that’s unique to the region.

 

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon discusses “The Black Suns: An Astrophysics Adventure” with the documentary’s co-producer Carla Jackson. It follows 2 African American Scientists as they travel to different countries to track a series of solar eclipses.  The award winning film also touches on the importance of diversity in the fields of Science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Carla Jackson is also Fordham University’s Theatre Program administrator. 

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What characteristics define “twenty somethings” and should there be a new way to measure maturity?  Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon looks into this with Author and Clark University Professor Jeffrey Arnett. They discuss a new life stage being called “emerging adulthood,” which happens between adolescence and adulthood.  Also, Professor of Theology and Director of the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, Christine Firer Hinze and Fordham MA student Paul Schutz of Systematic Theology share their experience from a conference about the relationship between twenty-somethings and the Catholic Church.

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Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon looks into the often ignored physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of Elderly people.

The chief program officer of city Meals on Wheels shares that she wants her volunteers to be able to identify abuse in order to better the quality of life for older individuals.

Dr. Patricia Brownell a scholar at the Ravazzin Center of Aging at Fordham University explores the exploitation and abuse of elderly women on a global platform.

Dr. Tina Maschi Associate Professor at Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service sheds a light on elder abuse in prisons.

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Fordham Conversations Host Chris Williams discusses what makes humans so infatuated with the freaky, unknown, and disgusting by exploring the history of side shows, literary monsters, and phobias.

Adam Rin teaches side show classes at Coney Island to keep the side show tradition alive and to celebrate differences.

Rebecca June teaches medieval studies at Fordham University and provides insight into the role monsters play in literature and society. 

 Dean Mckay is a psychology professor at Fordham who researches disgust and and its relationship to fear. 

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Fordham Conversations Host Chris Williams is exploring the phenomenon of Love through scientific, literary, and philosophical perspectives.

 Dr. Jay Wade of the Fordham psychology department proposes that in order to get someone to love you, you need to show them that you love them.

 Fordham English Professor Phillip Sicker shares that the most interesting and desirable love stories involve complicated obstacles and trying hardships.

 Dr. John Davenport of the Fordham philosophy department explains the human need for love in order to feel complete, and the differences between the early philosophers understanding of love verses romantic modern love.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon is shining a spotlight on young people who are making a difference in their communities through volunteer efforts.

 Fordham University’s Eva Li is a Peer Health Exchange volunteer. She’s trained to teach health workshops at some of New York City’s underfunded and understaffed public high schools

 Sarah Cocuzzo is the Community Liaison and Innovation Manager for the Peer Health Exchange.  Their  mission is to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. The group does this by training college students to teach health in public high schools that lack health education. In the studio is

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Social Worker, Advocate and Fordham Alumni Casey Berna. She discusses her battle with endometriosis and her documentary “Endo-truth: The Impact of Endometriosis and Infertility on Mental Health.”

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We often think of the afterlife in terms of heaven and hell. But what about the afterlife on earth? Fordham Conversations Host Chris Williams looks into how some people believe life after death takes place here on earth. Fordham University Professors Joshua Schapiro and Mary Erler discuss reincarnation and the idea of an earthly Heaven. Anthony Bellov with the Merchant House Museum in downtown Manhattan talks about how the house's original owners may have never left.

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David Spampinato and Dan DiOrio join John Furlong to discuss Gleyber Torres and the Yankees, Jacob DeGrom and the Mets, and the thrilling NL West battle between Colorado, Los Angeles, and Arizona. Will any of those three miss the playoffs?

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talk with Carol Bonomo Albright and Christine Palamidessi Moore about their anthology “American Women, Italian Style: Italian-Americana’s Best Writings on Women" (Fordham Press). Their collection brings together writers with a wide range of backgrounds, outlooks, ideas, and experiences to examine the history of Italian women in America.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Fordham Professor Mary Bly about William Shakespeare’s influence on pop culture.  Bly is a Shakespearean scholar who took her passion for the English poet and playwright to create the class “Shakespeare and Popular Culture.” 

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon and her guest 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.  Fordham University Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Jason Munshi-South, talks about his research with rats.

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The Veterans Writing Workshop helps veterans tell their stories by providing professional-level writing workshops in the NYC area free of charge to U.S. veterans. Not only is the workshop a successful writing program for veterans, it also offers the families of vets to express themselves.

 Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with writers Julia Rust, Natalie Edelhause and Laura Rossi who share their stories in the anthology “On The Home Front.” It’s the first Writing Workshop with family members of veterans. Also, David Surface, the Founder and instructor of the Veterans Writing Workshop discusses the program. 

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When many Americans think of Egypt, they might think of mummies, pyramids, and the Nile River. And although Egypt has a rich cultural history, it’s also a really important player in international politics. Egypt is one of the U.S.’s most valued allies in the Middle East. With a new administration in the White House, there is a possibility that relationship could change.

Fordham Conversations Host Kacie Candela talks with Fordham University Alumni James Ketterer, dean at Bard College and expert on the Middle East, about why Egypt may be more important to U.S. foreign policy than you think.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with two Fordham University students who were chosen for The Social Impact 360 Fellowship program, which helps young entrepreneurs develop socially-conscious businesses.  Makena Masterson founded Snoxsocks, a company that sells non-skid socks for charity. Michelle Berardino developed The Wallep, an epi-pen alternative for the fashion-conscious.

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Mir Ghouri and Rich Franco join Christian Hoban to discuss Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick vs. Athletico Madrid, Juventus's chances to reach the Champions League final, and Kylian Mbappe's future at Monaco. Plus, is the race for 4th place in the EPL more exciting than the title race?

 

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon and Fordham Professor Dr. Mark Naison discuss the evolution of rock and rap and the influence that young city kids, who helped create that music, have had on American culture.  

Naison is Professor of History and African American Studies at Fordham University, where he also directs the Bronx African American History Project. He created the class “From Rock and Roll to Hip Hop: Urban Youth Cultures in Post War America” with the goal of encouraging partnerships with Bronx schools relating to the course.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Author and Fordham Alumni
Valerie Irick Rainford. In her book “Until the Brighter Tomorrow: One Woman's
Courageous Climb from the Projects to the Podium,” She recounts her emotional
journey following her mother’s suicide.

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Join Rich Franco and John Furlong as they discuss Barcelona's 3-2 win over Real Madrid in Sunday's El Clasico, Arsenal and Chelsea advancing to the FA Cup Final, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic's injury. Plus: is Yankee Stadium as bad for Soccer as bad as it's made out to be?

 

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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? Fordham Conversations Host 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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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with members of The Bronx
Greenmarket Hot Sauce about their business- and community-building partnership. It utilizes community gardens around the Bronx while enabling new refugees to help revitalize urban spaces.

Daniel Fitzgerald is Vice President of operations at The Bronx Greenmarket Hot Sauce.

Julia Fitzgerald is Vice President of sales at The Bronx Greenmarket Hot Sauce

Sheryll Durrant is a Managing Gardener at Kelly Street Gardens. She is also The Farm Coordinator at New Roots Community Farms, part of International Rescue Committee (IRC)

 

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New York Harbor has a long history that starts way back in the 1600s. It’s home to all kinds of species and wildlife, but throughout the 19th and 20th centuries the harbor was filled with trash and sewage sending the harbor on a downward trajectory. But now, it’s making a comeback and things are looking better.

Fordham Conversations Host Chris William talks with John Waldman. He’s the author of Heartbeats in the Muck: The History, Sea Life, and Environment of New York Harbor which is now available from Fordham University Press.

Also on the show, WFUV's Kris Venezia has a story about how New York's waterways can be used for transportation.

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A brutal civil war divides Syria with devastating human toll. Thousands of people there have already died and millions are stranded as refugees. But the civil war is also putting the culture and music of the country in jeopardy.

Fordham Conversations host, Patrick Russomanno talks with Fordham Professor
Mohamed Alsiadi. They're discussing the musical heritage of Syria and the professor's efforts to preserve it. He is a classically trained musician who was born and raised in Aleppo, Syria. He currently lives in New York City. Professor Alsidai performs classical Syrian music with the Malek Jandali Trio.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Author and Fordham Professor Dr. Mary Bly. They 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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Fordham Conversations' host Robin Shannon talks with humorist and author Dan Zevin, who has a new set of books called “The Little Miss and Mr. Me Me Me Parody Series."  They mimic the popular "Mr. Men" and "Little Miss" children's books.  We also hear from Fordham Alumni Tim Rozmus. He helped brainstorm the new series and also offers the millennial point of view on the book's characters. The series which includes “Little Miss Overshare,” “Mr. Selfie," "Little Miss Basic," and "Mr. Humblebrag” are published by Three Rivers Press.

 

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What happens when the president is disabled or dies?  What about when there's no vice president?  Fordham Conversations host John Rogan moderated a panel at Fordham Law School about the 25th Amendment and what would happen if a president wasn’t able to perform his or her powers and duties.  The discussion was between Fordham Law Professor John Feerick and Professor Joel Goldstein of Saint Louis University School of Law.  

Feerick wrote an article in the Fordham Law Review on presidential succession that was published a month before the Kennedy assassination.  That article helped guide the drafting of the 25th Amendment.  

Goldstein has studied the 25th Amendment extensively—the history that preceded it, its drafting and its uses.  He’s perhaps that nation’s leading authority on the vice presidency.  

The discussion was held at Fordham Law School to mark the 50th anniversary of the 25th Amendment's ratification.
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A recent poll found blindness ranked 4th as the condition most feared by Americans, following Aids, Cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.  This condition can be especially difficult for New Yorkers who begin to lose their sight as they age.   Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Dr. Amy Horowitz from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Services. She shares her research on depression and late life vision loss.

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Many conversations about America's history reiterate’s the idea that the progressive north led the opposition to slavery against the racist South. But in fact, many of the nation’s Ivy League universities had profitable connections to slavery. Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Dr. Craig Steven Wilder about the connection between Ivy League schools and the slave trade.  Wilder's book is called "Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities."

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The art scene in the Bronx is more underground than Manhattan's, but it's on the rise. This week on Fordham Conversations is all about art in the Bronx. David Storey, visual art professor at Fordham University, talks about art's relationship to New York City and how it has spread to the outer boroughs. Then, Chris Williams travels to the BronxArtSpace in Mott Haven on the opening night of the 'Portals and Interventions' exhibit. He talks with curator Linda Cunningham and artists Marita Ibanez, Rosemarie Fiore, Vidal Centeno, and Xavier Figueroa.

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There are hundreds of thousand missing persons in the FBI’s database.  For many people, the methods of finding their lost loved ones are as mysterious as their disappearances. Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Privacy and Information Consultant Bob Gellman.  He discusses some of the legal and ethical challenges in searching for missing people. Gellman is  a Senior Fellow, Center on Law and Information Policy, Fordham University School of Law 2012-13. 

 But first WFUV’s Rob Palazzolo talks to Dr. Arnita Fowler. Her son went missing almost 20 years ago, and due to a lack of resources for locating missing adults and a bureaucratic mess, she didn’t recover his body from Hart Island for 4 years. Fowler has been trying to reform the system for locating missing persons in the New York.

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There are breakthroughs in science that make it easier for those who can’t become parents to do so. But it’s also raising complex questions for women in India who become surrogates for families in America. Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Fordham University Assistant Professor Dr. Daisy Deomampo about her research and book “Transnational Reproduction: Race, Kinship, and Commercial Surrogacy in India.”

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