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

Once a semester a group of Fordham students are picked to learn how to create and share, impactful, powerful stories about their lives. “Our Story at Fordham University” falls under Fordham's Social Innovation Collaboratory. It is an action-based network designed to use creativity and critical thinking to address some of the world’s problems and needs.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Rosie McCormack and Sally Brander of “Our Story at Fordham University.” They are joined by Carey Weiss, Director of The Fordham Social Innovation Collaboratory.

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The casual golf fan is concerned with who wins the major events on the PGA tour or how they brand themselves. But what about the preceding events? How hard is it to reach the big stage and how difficult is it to stay there? “Making the Cut: Life Inside the PGA Tour System” by John Fortunato seeks to answer these questions. With in-depth interviews and compelling narratives this book uncovers the true story behind these athletes and the true nature of the PGA System.

Fordham Conversations Host Emmanuel Berbari talks with Author and Fordham University Professor John Fortunato about his new book “Making the Cut: Life Inside the PGA Tour System.”

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Miracle in Rwanda is an Off-Broadway play based on the real-life story of Immaculée Ilibagiza. She was able to survive the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi to become a motivational speaker and New York Times bestselling author.   

 Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with two people responsible for bringing Miracle in Rwanda to the stage.  Fordham University Lincoln Center Artist-in-Residence George Drance directed Miracle in Rwanda.

A Fordham University alumnus, Malaika Uwamahoro is the star of the off-Broadway play at The Lion Theatre in Manhattan.

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Often we hear that beauty comes from within, but it turns out
the way you look can affect how other people react to you, for
better and for worse.

Fordham Conversations Host Chris Williams talks with the author of Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful. Daniel Hamermesh dissects how attractive people fare better economically.

Then, Fordham professors Laura Gonzalez and Yuliya Komarova
talk about their research with online social lending and why
being more attractive could hurt when it comes to securing a

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Transgender people face numerous health disparities when it comes to quality healthcare.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Celia Fisher, director of the Center for Ethics Education at Fordham University. 

Fisher discusses the discrimination and special health needs in the Transgender community.  

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After hours of interviews and soul-searching questions, over a dozen courageous people were able to share their stories of overcoming homelessness and other trauma for the book "Sacred Shelter: Thirteen Journeys of Homelessness and Healing." Robin Shannon, host of Fordham Conversations, was joined by three women who helped make this book happen. Deborah Canty and Sophia Worrell were once homeless in New York. They survived sexual abuse and domestic violence, and went on to graduate from a life-skills program and now use their stories to inspire others. Susan Greenfield, Ph.D., professor of English at Fordham University, served as the book's editor. 

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with award winning actor Michael Potts.  Known for his roles in The Wire and The Book of Mormon, Potts is currently in the Broadway musical Prom. The show tells the story of a student in Indiana who was unceremoniously sidelined from attending her prom, and the press swarm that followed. Michael Potts is also joining the Fordham University faculty as the Denzel Washington Chair in Theatre.
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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon discusses  depression and visually impaired older adults with Dr. Amy Horowitz, a professor of social work at Fordham University.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks Elyn Saks.  The esteemed University of Southern California Law Professor discusses how she became an Ivy League grad, legal scholar, endowed professor all while coping with schizophrenia. Dr. Saks also discusses the book she co-authored called “Informed Consent to Psychoanalysis: The Law, the Theory and the Data.” It examines informed consent to psychoanalysis and is currently out by Fordham Press.

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Fordham University's annual Women's Philanthropy Summit hosted hundreds of alumni, students and faculty to network and reflect on work and the power of giving. Keynote speaker Kirsten Swinth, an associate professor of history and American studies at Fordham University, discussed societal challenges for women. She also discussed her book, "Feminism's Forgotten Fight: The Unfinished Struggle for Work and Family." Fordham Conversations offers an abridged version of Professor Swinth's speech.

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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 Dr. Daisy Deomampo. The Fordham University Assistant Professor discusses her research and book “Transnational Reproduction: Race, Kinship, and Commercial Surrogacy in India.”


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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon discusses the evolution of rock and rap and the influence that young New York City kids, who helped create the music, have had on American culture. Dr. Mark Naison is Professor of History and African American Studies at Fordham University.  He created the class “From Rock and Roll to Hip Hop: Urban Youth Cultures in Post War America.” His plan is to encourage partnerships with Bronx schools relating to the course

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The on-line video game Fortnite has exploded in popularity. But what lessons does it teach American children?

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Nicholas Tampio. The tenured associate professor of Social Science at Fordham University wrote the article “Fortnite could be teaching us the wrong lessons about how to be good citizens.”

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