Fordham Conversations

Fordham Conversations


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


Freaks, Monsters, and Disgust  

Fordham Conversations Host Chris William and his guests examine why we are drawn to the monstrous, the grotesque and other human oddities.

He talks with Adam Rinn who teaches a sideshow class at Coney Island. They discuss the history of freak shows.

Chris also sits down with Rebecca June who teaches medieval studies at Fordham University. She provides insight into the role monsters play in literature and society.

Finally, Fordham psychology professor Dean McKay discusses
his research on disgust and its relationship to fear.

Teens For Food Justice  

On this week's show, Fordham Conversations host Kyle McKee talks with members of “Teens for Food Justice.”  It's an organization that gives New York City teens an opportunity to learn about and grow healthy, organic, sustainable food.  On the show is organization President Kathy Soll, Unison Middle School Assistant Principal Amy Pillar, and two of the program's students.    


Garrett Broad- "More Than Just Food"  

Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon talks with Dr. Garrett Broad, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University.  According to Dr. Broad, there’s a crisis going on in America resulting in the unfair distribution of healthy food.  But it doesn’t stop there. The RESPONSE to the crisis is also being called into question. Garrett is out with his new book “More Than Just Food: Food justice and Community Change 

Dr. Everette Dennis- NUQ and Global Education  

On this week’s show, Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks to Dr. Everette E. Dennis.  After a 14-year tenure at Fordham, Dr. Dennis took on a new challenge: dean of Northwestern University’s new journalism and communications school in Education City in Doha, Qatar.  When Dr. Dennis first appreared on Fordham Conversations,  he spoke on what it was like training the next generation of journalist in one of the wealthiest and conservative countries.  Now he’s back to talk about NU-Q and global education

A Conversations with Nik Cohn  

Fordham Conversations Host Kacie Candela visit the home of British Reporter, Novelist and Music Critic Nick Cohn. He shares his views on feminism; who wears the crown of rock and pop; and the real story of why Pete Townsend of The Who wrote Pinball Wizard.

"Don't Want to Fight No More"  

Life will always be as tough for Alice Class as the South Bronx neighborhood she was born in. But that doesn’t mean she’ll ever give up.  Fordham Conversations host Robin Shannon talks with author Kiki Loyal about her book, “Don’t Want to Fight No More,” as well as the main character’s struggles and perseverance.

National Security and Civil Liberty Changes Since 9/11  

The September 11th terror attacks changed more than Manhattan’s skyline, it also changed America’s approach to national security and certain civil liberties. Fordham Professor Karen Greenberg breaks down the agencies, policies, and controversies that have changed in the 15 years since the attack.  Her latest book, Rogue Justice:The Making of the Security State (Crown, 2016), explores the War on Terror's impact on justice and law in America.


Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon talks with two individuals from Edge4Vets.  Tom Murphy is Founder of Edge4Vets and Director of the Human Resiliency Institute at Fordham University. Dawn Jolly is a Navy Veteran and entrepreneur who got her start with the Edge4Vets Program. The organization helps veterans translate their military strengths into tools for a job, career - and a successful life.

Fordham University's Dodransbicentennial Celebration  

Fordham University has begun its yearlong 175th Anniversary Celebration.  On this week’s Fordham Conversations, Host Robin Shannon talks with Fordham University President Dr. Joseph McShane. We’ll discuss the school’s history, how its mission of service has reached beyond the 5 boroughs, and whether some of the schools folklore is actually true. The anniversary year will feature special events, exhibits, and programs that highlight Fordham’s history and impact.






Autistic Spectrum Disorder  

Autism is a developmental disorder that can hinder a persons social skills and cause them to have repetitive and restrictive behaviors. Fordham Conversations Host Alen Kanlic talks with two researchers about what they are doing to treat autism. Fordham University Doctoral Candidate Amanda Leeder discusses how siblings of autistic children can be key in their treatment. Then, Fordham University PhD student Xiaoming Lou explains her research on memory processing and how to
develop it in kids with autism

Social Stigma  

Social Stigma can take on many forms. It may be an unpleasant remark, a strange look or even the refusal of employment. Fordham Conversations Host Will Germain tries to understand the phenomena of stigma by talking with Tina Maschi. She is The President of the national Organization of Forensic Social Work. Maschi is also a professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of social service.

Hasta Nunca  

This week on Fordham Conversations we talk to Fordham professor and filmmaker Mark Street about his film Hasta Nunca and how it was made. The film tells the story of a middle aged DJ in Uruguay who hosts a call-in radio show. Throughout Hasta Nunca, people reveal their secrets and insecurities on air. 

"School Bullying, Human Nature, and The Psychology of Suicide"  


Fordham Conversations examines the issues of school bullying and teen suicide. Loyola High School English and Philosophy teacher Christian Gregory completed a cross country bike tour to raise awareness about the problems of bullying. and Fordham University Psychology Professor Doctor Peggy Andover has done research that focuses on the risk factors and differences between non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and attempted suicide."  Claudia Morell Hosts.

Fordham Conversations How Have American Catholic Sisters Changed the Church?  

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. Robin Shannon hosts.

Pure Bronx  

Fordham Conversations Host Robin Shannon and Fordham University Professor Mark Naison discuss his new book “Pure Bronx”.   It’s a story about a young couple and the means they use to try and escape the poverty, desperation, and frustration that can sometimes come with living in New York City’s poorest borough. 

On The Homefront  

Behind every Veteran is their family and an urge to cherish their memory. This week on Fordham Conversations we are discussing the Veteran's Writing Workshop's anthology "On The Homefront." The Veteran's Writing Workshop is a program started by David Surface that lets New York Veterans share their stories. The program is a successful writing workshop, but it also offers a little more. Robin Shannon talks to some of the writers of "On The Homefront," Julia Rust, Natalie Edelhouser, and Laura Rossi, as they share their personal stories about having their fathers serve in the US militar

Bob Dotson: The Art of Storytelling  

Robert "Bob" Dotson is a New York Times bestselling author, teacher and television journalist. Last year he retired from his long running series, "The American Story with Bob Dotson," on the NBC "Today" Show after 40 years. 

He has won hundreds of awards and shown a commitment to training students with a series of video workshops that began over 30 years ago. 

And he’s continued that tradition in a number of ways, including writing the book "Make It Memorable," which is one of the most widely used textbooks on broadcast writing. 

Bob Dotson paid a visit to Fordham University's campus in the Bronx where he displayed his fantastic, storytelling ability and offered great advice to a classroom full of excited journalism students.  

Up and Down Grand Concourse  

This week on Fordham Conversations Bronx Borough Historian Lloyd Ultan discusses the history of the Grand Concourse. Then Patrice Kane, Head of Archives and Special Collections at Fordham's Library talks about one of the Bronx's most famous residents, Edgar Allen Poe.

Spiritual Sleeper  

I bet you never thought the Harlem Shake has a spiritual message built into it, but Fordham University Professor Thomas Beaudoin says it's a "Spiritual Sleeper," a song with a hidden meaning. This week on Fordham Conversations, Professor Beaudoin talks about other Spiritual Sleepers and his Rock and Theology Project.

Branding Yourself For That New Job  

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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