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

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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Most football fans know the success story of Coach Vince Lombardi’s days with Green Bay and Coach Tom Landry’s days with Dallas. But what may not be as well known are the details of their shared relationship. That is until now. WFUV’s Ricky Cibrano and Kyle Kesses sit down with Author Ernie Palladino to discuss his book Lombardi and Landry: How Two of Pro Football’s Greatest Coaches Launched their Legends and Changed the Game Forever.

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