Fordham Conversations

Fordham Conversations: Mark Street and "Hasta Nunca"

by Chris Williams
Rufo Martinez in Hasta Nunca

Rufo Martinez in Hasta Nunca, photo courtesy of Mark Street

This week on Fordham Conversations we talk to 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. 

Fordham Conversations: Spies and Surveillance

by Chris Williams, Connor Ryan
Spy hat

Chris Williams, WFUV

This week, Fordham Conversations is all about spies and surveillance. WFUV's Connor Ryan reports on NYC's surveillance cameras and how some people feel their privacy is being invaded. Then, Chris Williams talks to Spy Store NYC owner Bob Leonard about different types of spying equipment and the reasons for using them. Fordham University professor Al Auster discusses how spies have been portrayed in film, and how that differs from actual espionage. 

Fordham Conversations: Tony Award Winning Producer John Johnson

by Chris Williams

Johnson and wife Kristen at the 2013 Tony Awards

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike just won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. Chris Williams talks to one of the play's producers, John Johnson, who graduated Fordham in 2002. Johnson talks about what theater-goers can expect from the play, his responsibilities as a producer, and how he became interested in theater. 

Fordham Conversations: Dion DiMucci and the Doo Wop Corner

by Jake Neher
Dion DiMucci

Dion DiMucci

Records like "A Teenager in Love," "Runaround Sue," and "The Wanderer" made Dion one of the most popular pre-British Invasion artists in the world. He will talk about his upbringing in the Fordham section of the Bronx, the corner of Belmont and 187th - now called the "Doo Wop Corner" - where he and his group The Belmonts polished some of their early hits, and racial tensions between Bronx-area Doo Wop groups.

 

Fordham Conversations: New Media and its Impact on Death

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The Angel of Grief. A 1894 sculpture by William Wetmore Story

tkksummers, Flickr

How has social media and the internet impacted the way we grieve.   Fordham University Professor Dr. Paul Levinson explains the influence of social media site’s like Facebook and Twitter on grief.  Then British website creator Jon Davis discusses his site "MuchLoved.com", where those who are grieving can create an online memorial page for a loved one who has past away. In addition, New York University associate professor, Dr. Charlton MacIlwain discusses the rise of web funerals.

Fordham Conversations: Rock, Pop, and the Poetic Tradition

by Robin Shannon
microphones and books in front of a case that says poetry music

Bob Doran, Flickr

Professor Scott Levin has taken the traditional college poetry class and added an interesting twist. He’s combining the poetry of writers like William Blake and T.S. Elliot with musicians such as Bob Dylan and Eminem. Levin says he hopes that the Fordham class Rock, Pop, and the Poetic Tradition will lead to other Fordham professors using more pop culture and non-literary texts in the classroom. Scott Levin currently teaches at Louisiana Tech University.

 

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