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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St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a prominent cultural attraction known for its grand architecture; however, it has a rich musical history that is no as prominent.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon revisits a conversation with Salvatore Basile about his book Fifth Avenue Famous: The Extraordinary Story of Music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Then, WFUV’s Kacie Candela talks with Monsignor Donald Sakano, Pastor of the Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral. They discuss Archbishop John Hughes who, in the19th-century, laid the cornerstone of St. Patrick's Cathedral, founded Fordham University, and earned the nickname, "Dagger John"

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon continues her conversation with three of the people who took part in creating the book “Sacred Shelter: Thirteen Journeys of Homelessness and Healing.”  It follows the lives of formerly homeless New Yorkers, who graduated from a life-skills program and now help others by sharing their experience with healing and forgiveness.

Fordham Professor Susan Greenfield served as Editor. James Addison and Dennis Barton were two of the 13 people who shared their experience with addiction, homelessness, transformation and hope.

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In a city as big as New York, homeless people can easily fade to the background and be pushed to the sidelines. A few have learned to share their experience and help other’s heal. That's what inspired the new book “Sacred Shelter: Thirteen Journeys of Homelessness and Healing,” which follows the lives of formerly homeless New Yorkers. They graduated from a life-skills program and shared their journey on a path of discovery, forgiveness and growth.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon is joined by three people who took part in creating “Sacred Shelter: Thirteen Journeys of Homelessness and Healing.”

Fordham Professor Susan Greenfield served as Editor of the book. James Addison and Dennis Barton were two of the 13 people who shared their experience with addiction, homelessness, transformation and hope.

 

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Fordham Conversations is remembering Dr. Olivia J. Hooker, the first black woman in U.S. Coast Guard and the last known survivor of the Tulsa Race Riot.
 
Fordham Conversation Host Robin Shannon talked with Dr. Hooker's nephew Kirkland Ward, who shares his memories of the woman he called Aunt Teek.
 
Then, we hear an interview with Dr. Hooker that Robin Shannon did in 2009.  
 
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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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ESPN sports columnist and best-selling author Ian O’Connor is out with a biography on Bill Belichick, one of the most successful and controversial coaches in NFL history.  

 On this Week’s Fordham Conversations, Vinny DeBellis and Emmanuel Berbari from WFUV Sports sit down with Ian O’Connor to discuss his book “Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time.” Afterward, Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with DeBellis and Berbari to get the scoop on what they didn’t put in their interview.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon spoke with members of The Veteran's Writing Workshop, a successful writing program that helps veterans in New York share their stories through anthologies.

Robin spoke with founder and instructor David Surface on how he created the program. She later sat down with Julia Rust, Natalie Edelhause and Laura Rossi to discuss their contributions to the anthology "On The Home Front," the first writing workshop with family members of veterans. 

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Fordham Conversations Host Kacie Candela sat down with Westchester County executive George Latimer. Latimer, a Fordham alumnus, has been in New York local and state politics for over three decades. Latimer started out on the Rye City Council and served in both chambers of the state house before defeating incumbent Rob Astorino for the Westchester County Executive seat in 2017. 

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For Fordham Conversations Host Chris Williams it's all about food and how it’s more than just a source of energy. Fordham Professor Jonathon Appels talks about the lack of discourse around food culture, and his own experience with food. Also, Emma Boast (program director at the Museum of Food and Drink) talks about a project aimed at opening a museum dedicated to food in New York City.

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Growing up and attending high school is difficult enough without at the same time navigating one’s gender identity. A new study offers insight on the plight of transgender teens.       

Fordham Conversations Host Marina Kopf is joined by Fordham Professor Dr. Eric Chen and Fordham Graduate School of Education doctoral student Hannah Sugarman and they spearheaded a new study on Transgenders students, in hopes that their findings would help others

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon speaks with The Dean and CEO of Northwestern University in Qatar.  Dr. Everette Dennis discusses the new study “Media Use in the Middle East”.  It looks at The Arab Uprising’s impact on media habits in the Middle East.

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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 Fordham Professor Dr. Mohammad Nejad.

They discuss his “Negative Word-of-Mouth” Study.  It looks at what can happen to a company’s profits when a  dissatisfied customer begins to express that with so-called “NWOM.”

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Fordham Conversations Host Chris Williams talks to people who, in one way or another, have gone back to college

Cira Vernazza is Director of Fordham University's College at 60 program. Vernazza talks about how the university has special classes designed for people 60 and older.

Then, students Judy Bowman, Timothy Kiehn, and Peg Smith-Loeb discuss the benefits of taking college courses after retirement.

Finally, Taylor Harris talks about moving back to her alma mater and her McSweeney's column "Big Mom on Campus: Raising 2 Kids in a College Dorm."

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There’s a painful, chronic disease that affects millions of women in the U.S. But it’s rarely talked about and even doctor’s say it’s often misunderstood. Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside, causing pain and sometimes infertility.

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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New York City has one of the oldest police departments which was established in 1845. It also has the largest police force in the nation, with about 55-thousand employees.  

 Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon is joined by the person who supervises those officers.  NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan is the highest ranking uniformed officer of the Police Department.  Chief Monahan will take us behind the scenes of the NYPD to discuss gun laws, community policing, body-worn cameras.  The Fordham Alumni will also share what it was like growing up the Bronx.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Author, businessman and computer programmer Kingston Temanu. The Fordham University Gabelli School of Business graduate talks about his latest book “Get to know your backyard Opportunity.” In it, he explains how to pick up key business and life skills with a short 21-Day interview project.  He also discusses The Kilimanjaro app he created.  It connects all things-African in New York City, including restaurants, stores, events and people.

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On this week’s Fordham Conversation we delve into music and more music.

WFUV's Kacie Candela followed the story of Frank Werner and Travis Pike. The two crossed paths in the 60s to play music, only to have the music they recorded decades ago resurface and pressed on vinyl. 

Then WFUV’s Patrick Russomanno spoke with Fordham Professor Nate Sloan about his podcast “Switched on Pop.”  The podcast examines the making and meaning of popular music.

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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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A new report looks at how subsidized housing may affect the health of Latinos.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Fordham Professor Dr. Emily Rosenbaum and Albert Einstein College of Medicine Assistant Professor Dr. Earle Chambers. The professors collaborated on a study that identifies how public housing may affect the health of Latinos living in the Bronx.

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Fordham University has started a clinic that offers legal services to start-ups.  Bernice Grant is the Senior Director of the Entrepreneurial Law Program, and Founding Director of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic. She sits down with Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon to discuss how the clinic benefits new companies and students entering the field of law.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon discusses the adventures Bronxville resident Renato Frison experienced  on a motorcycle trip from New York City to Brazil. 

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Global Outreach (GO!) is a program at Fordham University that encourages student to travel and experience different cultures through service and immersion. Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Nemesis Dipre and Bailey Barnett, two Fordham students that participated in the program. Paul Francis, the director of the Global Outreach program, is also interviewed. Community, Simple Living, Social Justice and Spirituality are the four pillars of the program.

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2018 marks 20 years since the Good Friday Agreement quelled decades of violent sectarianism in Northern Ireland. Fordham Conversations Host John Rogan talks with former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, who chaired the peace talks that lead to the Good Friday Agreement. Senator Mitchell talks about how the peace process overcame North Ireland's strife-plagued past

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Fordham Alum Loretta Tofani won a Pulitzer Prize for her 1982 investigation of rape in a Maryland jail for the Washington Post. She joins Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon to reflect on her groundbreaking story. Tofani also discusses her career highlights and offers advice for up-and-coming journalists

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With each generation of veterans, comes different needs and challenges for the organizations created to assist them.  

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks Dan McSweeny, President of the United War Veterans Council. He discusses what his organization is doing to help veterans readjust to civilian life.   Dan McSweeny is also a Fordham University Alumni.

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The word "neuroscience" might make you think of science fiction, but recent developments in the field are making changes in the legal world. New developments in the science bring up questions about the human brain, addiction and even free will.

 Fordham Conversations Host Patrick Russomanno talks with Fordham Law Professor Deborah Denno about how recent developments in neuroscience are affecting America’s legal system.  She explores the role neuroscience plays in legal cases and current events, as well as the role it might play in the future.

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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 with Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Services. She shares her research on depression and late life vision loss.

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On this week's Fordham Conversations, Host Alen Kanlic talks with two researchers about what they are doing to treat autism. Fordham University's Amanda Leeder discusses how brothers and sisters of autistic kids can be a key element in treatment. Then, Fordham University's Xiaoming Lou discusses her research on memory processing and how to develop it with kids with autism.

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WFUV’s  Andrew Seger traveled to Morocco to look into the issue of disability.  Like other developing  countries people with disabilities often struggle to find a job because of legal barriers and social stigmas. Morocco is no exception— more than half of disabled Moroccans are unemployed. But, that could be changing in Rabat, the capital where there is an innovative restaurant staffed entirely by Moroccans living with down syndrome.

WFUV’s Ben Carrizzo shares his documentary on the neurological condition known as Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD.  It’s both an exploration of the condition, as well as Ben’s personal experience dealing with it.

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Whether you're a member of a social club, or a member of a community, there are pros and cons to membership.

Fordham Conversations Host Chris Williams talks with Alan Linn who is the owner of the Norwood Club on West 14th St in Manhattan. Norwood is one of the most exclusive social clubs in New York City and was designed as a place for creative minds to come together. Then, urban planner and Fordham professor Cecil Bakalor discusses how city projects might not be the best thing for members of the Bronx community.

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Fordham Conversations Host Katie Fisher is joined by Fordham
Professor of Chemistry Dr. Joan Roberts. They discuss the cause of
seasonal affective disorder and the powerful impact light has on health.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon is joined by members of the Fordham Foundry. 

Albert Bartosic, Shaun Johnson, Amy Jung and Milton Sussberg are part of this entrepreneurial hub that provides support for startup businesses.  

They also sponsor a “Pitch Challenge” competition that provides startups an opportunity to pitch their businesses and social-enterprise ideas to an accomplished panel of judges for prize money.

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Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon explores independent media produced in the Bronx.

 First we hear from Fordham University Freshman Kaycie Santiago who highlights the history of her High School in the documentary, “Mirror Mirrors? The Past and Present of Preston High School.”  This Bronx native offers her unique perspective as a researcher and historian on the Roman Catholic school for girls located in the Throgs Neck section of the Bronx.

 Then, we hear from Fordham Alum Marisa White who is The Director of Creative Services at BronxNet.  This Bronx native discusses the importance of Public Access television and the opportunities it provides for residents in the borough.

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Arguably the Internet is one of the greatest tools for communication. But there is also a downside to Internet activity, especially for young users.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Cameron
Russell and Joel Reidenberg with The Center on Law and Information
Policy at Fordham Law School or CLIP. They discussed their pilot
program that offers privacy education geared to middle school students.

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Qatar is considered one of the wealthiest countries in the world and traditionally one of the most conservative. Yet western culture is beginning to influence younger generations, especially when it comes to news.   Dr. Everett Dennis is helping train the next generation of journalist in the rapidly changing field of cross-platform media. He is Dean and CEO of Northwestern University in Qatar. Dr. Dennis is also former chair of the Communication and Media Management department at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business. 

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Dr. Dennis about what it’s like to teach journalism in a conservative country.  They also discuss an NU-Q study on entertainment consumption habits in the Middle East, including the popularity of Hollywood content and its perceived morality – or lack thereof.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon and Fordham Professor Dr. Mark Naison take a literary trip through the gritty streets of the South Bronx with Naison's book “Pure Bronx”.   It’s a story of a young couple and the means they use to try and escape the poverty, desperation, and frustration that can sometimes come with living in New York City’s poorest borough.  There’s also a cast of characters that provide an opportunity for the reader to see the South Bronx through a variety of different, ethnic points of view.  

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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. Fordham Conversations Host Will Germain tries to understand the phenomena of stigma by talking with Tina Maschi. She is The President of the national Organization of Forensic Social Work. Maschi is also a professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of social service.

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Jane Austen’s novels are still intriguing modern day audiences, over 200 years after they were penned. Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon continues her discussion with Dr. Susan Greenfield, professor of English at Fordham University.

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Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park are popular novels by English Author Jane Austin. But they have also been reworked and reinvented by modern audiences two centuries after they were written.  

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with guest Dr. Susan Greenfield, professor of English at Fordham University about the lasting appeal of Jane Austen

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Football is more than just a game to most Americans. Whether we play it or watch it football can be a reflection of America’s character. And sometimes that reflection is hard to take. Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Anthropology Professor Hugo Benavides about the culture of American Football in relation to symbolism, gender and more.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon is joined by members of The Life Jacket Theatre Company to discuss their new show “America is Hard to See.” The show is about a rural community for sex offenders in Palm Beach County, Florida called Miracle Village.

 Travis Russ is a Fordham University Associate Professor and founding Artistic Director of Life Jacket Theatre Company.

 Amy Hayes is an actor, singer and dancer who recently joined Life Jacket Theatre Company.

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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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