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

American Catholic religious sisters have had a dramatic impact on the Catholic church. From building parochial schools to pioneering higher education for women, Catholic sisters have expanded their ministries since the Second Vatican Council’s called for renewal in the 1960s. Recently Fordham university hosted a panel discussion that examined how the sisters’ ministry has changed the face of the church and what they are called to do today. On this week's Fordham Conversations, we hear excerpts form "Call and Response": How American Catholic Sisters Shaped the Church Since Vatican 2.

Direct download: CallResponse.mp3
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WFUV’s Strike a Chord campaign is examining the need for more emergency housing during times of crisis.  Housing is just one of the major challenges that remain for Haiti, following a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the Caribbean country in 2010.  Fordham Professor Dr. Marciana Popescu knows firsthand about the struggles facing the people of Haiti.  She designed a course that takes Fordham students to different countries, where they receive on-site disaster-aid experience.  On this week’s Fordham Conversations, Dr. Popescu shares her observations from one of her many trips to Haiti.

Direct download: FC031613.mp3
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 2013 marks the bicentennial anniversary of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice. Since its publication 200 years ago, the gravitas of Austen's second book carries has obtained status as an international phenomenon.  WFUV’s Katie Fisher sits down with Fordham University Professor and Jane Austen expert, Susan Greenfield for a candid discussion about the history of Austen’s career, her importance in the literary world, and the impact her writing has in contemporary culture.

Direct download: FC030913.mp3
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In the post-civil war south, many freed slaves relied on self-help groups known as benevolent societies to  bury their dead.  In a new documentary titled “The Contradictions of Fair Hope” we look at the evolution of one particular Alabama society called "Fair Hope", and why its survival is arguably a struggle between heaven and hell.   On this week’s Fordham Conversations, WFUV’s Robin Shannon talks with the films Executive Producer and Co-Director S. Epatha Merkerson and Cultural Anthropologist and Fordham Professor Aimee Cox.

Direct download: FC030213_Airs_Once.mp3
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