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

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."

Direct download: FC170129.mp3
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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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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:21am EST

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.”

Direct download: FC170108.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:10am EST

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