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

Fordham Conversation Host Robin Shannon talks with Author David J. Goodwin. The Assistant Director at Fordham University’s Center on Religion and Culture discusses his book “Left Bank of the Hudson: Jersey City and the Artists of 111 1st Street. It tells the story of a former New Jersey warehouse turned artist colony and the battle over art and development.

This is part one of a two-part show where we discussed the history of the tobacco company turned New Jersey warehouse and its historic connection to New York City.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Author, businessman and computer programmer Kingston Temanu. The Fordham University Gabelli School of Business graduate talks about his latest book “Get to know your backyard Opportunity.” In it, he explains how to pick up key business and life skills with a short 21-Day interview project.  He also discusses The Kilimanjaro app he created.  It connects all things-African in New York City, including restaurants, stores, events and people.

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Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon talks with Loretta Tofani, a reporter for The Washington Post who won a Pulitzer Prize for her 1982 investigation of rape in a Maryland jail. Tofani, who is also a Fordham Alum, discusses her career highlights and offers advice for journalists.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talked with author and humorist Dan Zevin to discuss his latest book and YouTube series, Very Modern Mantras: Daily Affirmations for Daily Aggravations.  Zevin said, his book will have you mastering the meditations that really matter, like Mantra for Starbucks; Mantra for the G.P.S; and Mantra for Instagram.

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Robin Shannon, host of Fordham Conversations, sat down with members of the Trojan Women Project, an initiative that sends artists from countries that have experienced a history of conflict, such as Guatemala, Cambodia, and Kosovo, to collaborate artistically in their home countries and with actors in New York. The artists come together from varying countries to participate in a revival of the play, "The Trojan Women," put on by the Experimental Theatre Club La MaMa. Shannon sat down with Onni Johnson, artistic director of the Trojan Women Project, Daniela Markaj, an actress in the project and George Drance, Fordham University Lincoln Center Artist-in-Residence, to discuss their work. 

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Gabelli School of Business graduate students let the audience in on some of their real-life stories as part of Associate Professor Travis Russ’ The Storytelling Project class.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon is joined by Russ and his students Chris Watts, Jonathan Schenker and Alfie Warn.  They share the stories that helped them to improve and build upon their communication and persuasion skills, and discovered their unique voices.

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Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon discusses censorship, digital privacy, freedom of speech and cultural preservation with NU-Q dean and CEO Everette Dennis.  These topics are among some of the subjects examined in the sixth annual NU-Q’s Middle East Media Use Survey.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Producer and Fordham Alumni Vivienne Perry. Her documentary The Changin Times of Ike White follows the life of a musical prodigy whose story takes a number of dramatic twists.

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Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon sits down with Bob Abate who collects the oral history of combat soldiers who have served in World War II. 

The Fordham University Alumni, Veteran and Yonkers resident shares his experience gathering the unique and remarkable stories of these soldier whose numbers are dwindling quickly.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with four members of the Fordham University Community who are part of the Gabelli School of Business.  They recently took part in a forum on ways that everyday people can help achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Lerzan Aksoy is associate dean for undergraduate studies and professor of marketing at Fordham University's Gabelli School of Business.

Katherine Milligan, Gabelli Fellow, USA and Former Director of the Schwab Foundation at the World Economic Forum

Jerry White, Gabelli Fellow, Fordham University and Nobel Peace Prize Co-Recipient

Patrick Struebi, Gabelli Fellow, Fordham University and Founder of Fairtrasa


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One Fordham University instructor is using music to expand how his student’s think about science.

Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon sits down with Biology Instructor Jaime Parker and Anatomy student Nicole Margiotta. They discuss how putting on a live music competition helps pre-med students better express themselves.

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Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon talks with the author of the new book “There’s No Crying in Newsrooms: What Women Have Learned about What It Takes to Lead.”  Kristin Grady Gilger is Senior Associate Dean at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State

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Clergy abuse, women in the church and a moral economy are topics of discussions hosted by Fordham University’s Center on Religion and Culture.

Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon sits down with CRC Director David Gibson and Assistant Director David Goodwin.

They discuss these events, upcoming discussions and how the Center on Religion and Culture sets out to explore the complex relationship between faith and contemporary life.


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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Fordham Public Relations Professor Steve Horowitz and students Lauren Hutt and Katherine Graham about the best way to brand yourself for success in the job market.

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In the U.S. a persons with a disability is less likely to complete high school, more likely to experience unemployment and even have a higher levels of material hardships.  And on a global scale the diagnosis is sometimes worse.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon discusses the relationship between disability and socioeconomic status with Dr. Sophie Mitra. She is a Professor of Economics at Fordham University,

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This week Fordham Conversations features stories about membership. Whether you're a member of a social club, or a member of a community, there are pros and cons to membership. First, we talk to Alan Linn. He's the owner of the Norwood Club on W 14th St in Manhattan. Norwood is one of the most exclusive social clubs in NYC, designed as a place for creative minds to come together. Then, urban planner and Fordham professor Cecil Bakalor talks about how city projects might not be the best thing for members of the Bronx community.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Andrew Sparberg. He’s the author of “From a Nickle to a Token: The Journey from Board of Transportation to MTA.”  It’s a comprehensive look at New York’s transit system from its inception to the 1960s.

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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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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. 

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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In part one of the interview about the book Freedomland USA. The Definitive History, author Michael R. Virgintino took us on an audio tour of the history-themed amusement park.

In part 2 of the interview about the book, Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Michael R Virgintino about Freedomland’s developmental stages, and the circumstances that befell The World's Largest Entertainment Center.

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On June 19, 1960 a short-lived, history-themed amusement park opened on what now sits co-op city in the Bronx. Freedomland U.S.A. was considered, by some, to be the East Coast’s version of Disneyland.  However, Journalist and author Michael R. Virgintino disagrees. “Unlike Disneyland, the story of Freedomland does not have a happily ever after" he wrote.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sat down with Virgintino to discuss his book Freedomland USA. The Definitive History.  The book follows the park’s developmental stages, and the circumstances that befell The World's Largest Entertainment Center.


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In 1946 Ed Rohs was left at a Catholic orphanage in pre-World War II Brooklyn.   He spent the next 19-years of his life going from one institution to another until he was “unceremoniously dumped out into the world.”   Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Rohs about his own experience of being raised by priests and nuns in New York City and his book “Raised by the Church.”

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Fordham Conversations Host Chris Williams explore The
Grand Concourse. This four-and-a-half-mile boulevard is a
major thoroughfare in the Bronx. Bronx Borough Historian,
Lloyd Ulatan, discusses the history of Grand Concourse
including its Art Deco buildings and the Loews Paradise
Theater. Then, Patrice Kane, head of Fordham archives and
special collections, talks about a bell with a special
connection to former Bronxite Edgar Allen Poe.

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With the rise of social media there are fewer hard copies of
letters, photos, and other documents. So what happens in the
future? Will all of this be preserved and will there be too much
of it to sort through? Fordham Conversations Host Chris
Williams talks to Elizabeth Keohane-Burbridge about how
historians preserve memories and how this is changing. This
Fordham University graduate produces the historical podcast
series Footnoting History.

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How does describing someone by a certain term or label influence what others think about them? Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Fordham Associate Professor of Political Science Zein Murib.   Murib’s research examines the terms “gay” and “homosexual” and the socio-political impact of using both words.

Then, Reclaim Pride Coalition co-founder Natalie James discusses the Queer Liberation March and Rally held as an alternative to last Sunday’s Pride Parade. James also talks about some of the key issues involved in the continued fight for LGBTQ rights.

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As the American population ages, so does its population in the prison system. That has created particular challenges for members of the LGBT community that are incarcerated.

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with Tina Maschi, a Fordham University professor and former prison social worker who studies aging prisoners. Maschi shares research from her study “Coming Out of Prison: an exploratory study of LGBTQ Elders in the criminal justice system.” 

Also, Randy Killings and Mark Pelipiche share what it was like to grow older while in New York’s Criminal Justice System.  A programming note, Mark wants our listeners to know he has a speech impediment that might be noticeable during this interview.

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PROMO: Fordham University Professor Lyn Slater has been making a name for herself on social media. She has hundreds of thousands of followers on her blog and Instagram page Accidental Icon | For Women who Live Interesting but Ordinary Lives. The model and fashion influencer is also using her platform to draw attention to what she says is discrimination against older adults in American culture.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon sits down with Author Debra Caruso Marrone. They discuss her book Fordham University and the United States: A History.

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Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with members of The Curran Catholic School Leadership Academy. Its goal is to prepare students from Fordham University, and other colleges, for the realities of leading a Catholic school

Dr. Noelle Beale is Regional Superintendent for the Catholic Schools of Central Westchester. Gina-Marie Fonte is a Principal in the Archdiocese Of New York and a Curran Fellowship Graduate. Finally, Amy Rodriguez is principal at Immaculate Conception School and currently a Curran Fellow.

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Fordham Conversation’s host Robin Shannon sits down with Nicholas Tampio, Associated professor of Political science at Fordham University.  He says it’s time to ditch the standardized tests used for college admissions.  Tampio also offers other ideas to measure learning.

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Fordham Conversations host Kyle McKee talks television
with acclaimed critic Matt Zoller Seitz, the co-author of TV:
(The Book) 2 Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of
All Time.

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Fordham Conversation Host Robin Shannon talks with NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan.

The Fordham Alumni discusses the NYPD's goals for 2019 and other challenges facing the largest police department in the country.

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The economic vitality that is visible at The Brooklyn Navy Yard today is a far cry from the way it once looked. For almost two centuries it was a shipbuilding facility. After being decommissioned in the 1960s, it became an industrial park. Now The Brooklyn Navy Yard is a mixed use complex that’s home to a growing number of eateries, Tech companies, film production studios and other business. Its also the focus of a new documentary.

Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon talks with Mark Street, Program Director of the Visual Arts Program at Fordham University. His documentary “Morning, Noon, Night; Water, Land and Sky,” is an abstract exploration of the resurrection of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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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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