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

Faith Farms and Climate is a project that brings farmers together in church halls and basements to talk about how their faith calls them to climate action and how they need to lead on developing both smart public policy and the market forces to reward them for climate solution innovation on their farms.

Fordham Conversations host Assistant Director of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture, David Goodwin talks with Executive Director of Iowa Interfaith Power and Light Matt Russell. The two discuss how farmers can act on climate change

Through public events and conversations with experts and artists, scholars and faith leaders, Fordham’s  seeks to engage and elevate the public dialogue about religion and culture, the mind and the soul, inclusion and identity, politics, and the arts.

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College athletes will face multiple challenges whenever their seasons restart. Faced with a pandemic, coupled with a long layoff in competition and cold and flu season. Fordham Conversations host Emmanuel Berbari welcomes Fordham Head Team Physician and Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. T. Sean Lynch. They dive into the challenges future seasons can have on student-athletes and Lynch's perspective on orthopedic health trends.

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Fordham Conversations Host John Rogan is joined by John D. Feerick, the Norris Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law and dean emeritus to discuss Constitution Day, which is September 17--the date in 1787 when the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed off on the Constitution.

As a recent graduate of Fordham College and Fordham Law School in the mid-1960s, Dean Feerick played a key role in framing the Constitution’s 25th Amendment—which addresses presidential succession and inability. He also worked on a nearly successful effort to abolish the Electoral College and brought his constitutional expertise back to Fordham Law School, where he teaches seminars and clinics on the Constitution.   
Additional Resources
  • Dean Feerick's 1963 Fordham Law Review article on presidential succession, which was published a month before the the Kennedy assassination and got him involved in working on the 25th Amendment 
  • Fordham Law's 25th Amendment Archive, which includes Feerick's correspondence with members of Congress and others during the 25th Amendment's drafting
  • Feerick's 1968 Fordham Law Review article calling for a constitutional amendment abolishing the Electoral College, which was published around the time he began working with the American Bar Association and Senator Birch Bayh on an amendment eliminating the Electoral College
  • The reports from Fordham Law's Democracy and the Constitution Clinic, which Dean Feerick and John Rogan co-taught. The clinic advanced reform recommendations related to the Constitution. (added period)
  • The Fordham University Press page for Feerick's memoir, which includes discussions of his work on constitutional issues
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Musical artists Dayne Carter's song "What Do You See?” spotlights his personal experience as a Black man in America. The hip hop tune examines how he is coping with the aftermath of protests following the killings of George Floyd and Brionna Taylor. The Fordham University Alumni sits down with Host Robin Shannon for "We The People." The special monthly Fordham Conversations delves into the intricate issues surrounding racial and ethnic minorities, including the injustices, challenges and progresses being made in communities of color.

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 a groundbreaking day in the sports world. After Jacob Blake was shot seven times by police, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Bucks made a decisive call: they boycotted their playoff game against Orlando. Soon after, the rest of the league halted for three days. Several other demonstrations in the WNBA and Major League Baseball followed suit. In a year of unrest, athletes have not shied away from the spotlight. The overarching question: how do their symbolic gestures turn into systemic change? Mark Conrad is the Director of the Sports Business Program at Fordham.

He joins Fordham Conversations host Emmanuel Berbari to discuss the relationship between professional sports, racial injustice and the agency of the modern athlete.

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