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Fordham Conversations: New Media and its Impact on Death

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

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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

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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.

 

Wild Man

by Robin Shannon, Mary Wilson
The words stage right and left painted on a white wall
Jeffery Beall

"Wild Man" is the one-man show of Matthew Maguire's own true-life stories. In this autobiographical work, Maguire is looking for that elusive connection to the audience and a performance that comes from "deeper in the bones."

Dan Rather

by Sara Kugel
Dan Rather sitting with students
tamaradulva, Flickr

Veteran news man Dan Rather recently visited Fordham University where he share stories about growing up in Texas, discussed a number of his news stories and offered advice for aspiring journalist.   The former  CBS anchor and 60-minutes contributor is the current managing editor and anchor of the television news magazine “Dan Rather Reports” on the cable channel HDNet.

Sizing Up the Sierra Leone; the Poets of Kundiman

by Mary Wilson
A wall plaque of the Sierra Leone Pledge of Allegiance
Church Mission Society (CMS), Flickr

Melissa Labonte went on a 10-day research trip to Sierra Leone. She came back with a shakedown survival story and a renewed distaste for the movie "Blood Diamond." Also, Sarah Gambito on the Kundiman Asian American Poetry Retreat, and how it all began. Influences include: Donald Trump.

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