Fordham Conversations
Fordham Conversations
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An exploration of the worlds of literature, science, politics, and the arts with faculty, visiting scholars and outside guests
Black Catholics Black Churches: Part 2
Fordham Conversation continues last week's discussion on faith among Black Americans and the dynamics of the Black church. Fordham University’s Center on Religion and Culture hosted a webinar that featured a discussion with Pew Researchers about “Faith Among Black Americans.” This week, guest host and CRC Director David Gibson talks with leading experts on Black Catholicism. Panelist include Dr. Besheer Mohamed, Dr. Kiana Cox, Dr. Tia Noel Pratt and Father Bryan Massingale.
Mar 18
30 min
Black Churches Black Catholics
Fordham Conversations is focusing on faith among Black Americans and the dynamics of the Black church. Fordham Conversations guest host David Gibson is the director of Fordham University’s Center on Religion and Culture. The CRC held a webinar that featured a survey by The Pew Research Center that looked at “Faith Among Black Americans.” Gibson and guests feature an overview of the data plus a discussion with leading experts on Black Catholicism. Panelists Besheer Mohamed, Ph.D., is a senior researcher at Pew Research Center and one of the principal authors of the new report. Kiana Cox, Ph.D., is a research associate at Pew Research Center and a principal author of the new report. Tia Noelle Pratt, Ph.D., is a sociologist of religion specializing in the ways systemic racism affects Black Catholic identity. She received her doctorate in sociology from Fordham University in 2010. She is the president of TNPratt & Associates, an inclusion and diversity consulting firm in Philadelphia, and she is the curator of the #BlackCatholicsSyllabus. She is currently working on a book, Faithful and Devoted: Racism and Identity in the African-American Catholic Experience. Bryan Massingale, S.T.D., is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, a professor of theological and social ethics, and the James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics at Fordham University. His most recent book is Racial Justice and the Catholic Church. His current writing projects explore the contributions of Black radicalism to Catholic theology and the intersections of race, sexuality, and faith.  
Mar 12
30 min
The Attacks on Asian Americans and The Search for Solidarity
There's an ongoing wave of anti-Asian violence and harassment spreading across the U.S. There have been incidents where Asians in America, especially women and the elderly, are being spat on, knocked down, robbed, slashed across the face and worse. This is causing fear in these communities, economic challenges for the businesses, And confusion and anger over why these incidents aren't getting coverage from mainstream news outlets. This is Fordham Conversations "We The People." Where we delve into the intricate issues surrounding racial and ethnic minorities including the injustices, challenges and progresses being made in these communities. I'm Robin Shannon. Today i'm joined by Tiffany Yip. The Professor of Psychology and Department Chairperson at Fordham University.
Feb 23
30 min
The Future of Impeachment
Coming off a bitterly divided impeachment process and acquittal of former President Trump, Fordham Philosophy Professor John Davenport rejoins Fordham Conversations host Emmanuel Berbari to react to the historic trial and discuss potential reforms that would preserve the integrity of the process.
Feb 18
29 min
Fordham Conversations: Diversity Do's and Don'ts.
Fordham Conversation host Robin Shannon talks diversity with Rafael Zapata. He is Chief Diversity Officer, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. They discuss Fordham University's plan to foster diversity, equity, inclusion, and academic excellence. Then we hear from Michelle Silverthorn who is a diversity and inclusion trainer. She is also the author of the bestselling book "Authentic Diversity: How to Change the Workplace for Good." They discuss the best practices a business should follow when creating a diversity plan.
Jan 28
30 min
The Future of America's Voting Infrastructure
After a turbulent several months, the Constitution reaffirmed the initial outcome of the general election, certifying President Joe Biden's victory. However, that did come without President Trump's claims of fraud, massive distrust from Republican voters, over 60 GOP lawsuit losses and a mob inside the United States Capitol. To prevent further chaos and lower the temperature in the country, the vast majority of American citizens must trust election results and operate on the same set of facts. That's what Fordham Philosophy professor John Davenport discusses with Emmanuel Berbari on this week's edition of Fordham Conversations — potential reforms for the 117th Congress to consider, potential issues with coming elections and much more.
Jan 25
29 min
Fordham Press Favorites: The Must Read Books of 2021
Fordham Press has been publishing boundary-breaking books for over a century . On this week's episode of Fordham Conversations, host Robin Shannon talks with two members of the oldest Catholic university press in the United States, Director Fred Nachbaur and Associate Director of Marketing and Sales Kate O'Brien-Nicholson, about their must read books for 2021.
Jan 15
30 min
The Life Jacket Theatre Company’s Storytelling Project: Radical Imagination
Member of The Life Jacket Theatre Company have launched an outreach initiative that combines art and activism. "The Storytelling Project" is helping young people in underserved communities tell their personal stories. Travis Russ is an Associate Professor at Fordham University. He is also Artistic Director at Life Jacket Theatre Company. Drew Drake is an actor, poet, and Teaching Artist for the Storytelling Project. He is focused on creating art that facilitates healthy dialogue for people of color.
Dec 9, 2020
30 min
Fordham Conversations Remembers Jeopardy Host Alex Trebek
Fans and the Fordham University Community are mourning the loss of Alex Trebek, who died of pancreatic cancer on Nov 8. The beloved host of the game show Jeopardy had special ties to the University. On this week's Fordham Conversations, we hear a rebroadcast of the time Alex Trebek came to the college to share advice, his history, and funny stories.
Nov 11, 2020
30 min
Election Protection
Potential record-setting voter turnout and an overwhelming volume of mail-in ballots could turn Election Night into Election Week or Election Month. Fordham Political Science Professor Monika McDermott is back on Fordham Conversations with host Emmanuel Berbari to discuss the possibility of post-election litigation and doomsday scenarios if key races do not produce convincing outcomes.
Oct 23, 2020
29 min
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