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

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.

Direct download: FC180325.mp3
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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.

Direct download: FC180318.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:58am EDT

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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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:42pm EDT

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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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:43am EDT

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.

Direct download: FC180225.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:33pm EDT

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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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:33pm EDT

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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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:44am EDT

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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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:22am EDT

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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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:04pm EDT

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.

Direct download: FC170114.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:36am EDT