Fordham Conversations
Tapping into the Fordham University community to discuss and uncover issues that impact our world locally and beyond.
We talk to author Eric Klinenberg about his surprisingly optimistic take on media consolidation in America. He's the author of the new book, "Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America's Media."
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In the wake of the first conviction this week of a Guantanamo detainee before a military commission, we talk to Fordham law professor Martha Rayner about the basics of the camp, how the US has come to be in the position we're in, and her work representing detainees.
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A few years ago, Yvette Christianse was doing archival research in South Africa, when she came across a slave woman's story. The story haunted Christianse, and the book she wrote about, Unconfessed, has just been named a finalist for the prestigious Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award.
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In literature, what does it really mean to tell the truth? We explore that question with authors Mary Karr--she's the author of the hugely successful memoir "The Liar's Club"; and Heidi Julavits, whose novel "The Uses of Enchantment" explores the idea of how truth changes when different interests get involved.
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On an early-St. Patrick's Day Fordham Conversations, we talk with author Peter Quinn, about Politics, Jimmy Cagney, and the Irish-American sense of History (or lack thereof.) Also, one Irish-American daughter's memories of her father's favorite drinking song.
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When most of us think of the Civil Rights movement, we think of iconic figures like Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks...southern figures. But there was much more going on in the north than we seem to recall. We talk to Fordham African-American Studies professor Brian Purnell, about the civil rights movement in Brooklyn, and why we should remember it.
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You might be cursing sugar right now for your winter weight gain. But back in the 17th century, sugar was a luxury item that people couldn't stop talking about...and it had a much bigger effect on the development of the modern world than you might think. We talk to Fordham professor Kim Hall about what sugar means to us today, and what it meant back then.
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Who really owns the music you buy online? A Conversation with Fordham Professor Tom McCourt, co-author of "Digital Music Wars: Ownership and Control of the Celestial Jukebox."
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People place bets on it; nominees are covered in the tabloids; and the award is given out at a black-tie gala that's broadcast nationally on TV.  Is it the oscars?  No! It's the Booker Prize. We talk with Fordham professor Nicola Pitchford about the literary prize, and why it's so important to the British.

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Hugo Benavides grew up watching Latin American soap operas -telenovelas-on TV in New York and Equador. But he never thought that when he grew up, he'd be studying them. We talk to Benavides about telenovelas, and about the US-Mexico border melodramas called  "Narcodramas".

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