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Fordham Law, German Law School Agree to Student Exchange

Fordham University’s School of Law and Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany, have signed a student exchange agreement to go into effect in Fall 2007, under which two students from each institution may spend a semester at the partner school. Pictured at the ceremonial signing of the agreement are, from left to right: Joel Reidenberg, J.D., professor of law and founding director of the Center on Law and Information Policy; William M. Treanor, J.D., dean of Fordham Law School; Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham; Hans-Dieter Stell, Ph.D., deputy consul general of the German Federal Republic; Toni M. Fine, J.D., assistant dean for International and Non-JD Programs; and Thomas H. Lee, J.D., associate professor of law.

The Holy See, Fordham and UNESCO: Education—A Path to Love

The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to UNESCO and Fordham University’s Center for Catholic School Leadership collaborated on Education—A Path to Love, a conference exploring the complexity of global education and the impact of Catholic education on all nations. The conference took place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, Nov. 9.

Keynote presenters at the conference included His Eminence Zenon Cardinal Grocholewski, prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, who delivered an overview of the conference theme; His Excellency Mr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former secretary-general of the United Nations, who spoke about Education and Globalization; His Eminence Edward Cardinal Egan, archbishop of New York, who discussed the Education of Person; and His Eminence Telesphore Cardinal Toppo, archbishop of Ranci, India, and president of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India, who delivered the culminating address. The conference concluded with a message from The Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI.

The theme of the conference was inspired by the Holy Father’s encyclical, Deus Caritas Est. On the 50th anniversary of the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to UNESCO, His Holiness Pope John Paul II stressed the importance of education for peace and solidarity, quoting from UNESCO’s own constitution, “if wars are born in people’s minds, it is in the human spirit that defenses of peace must be built.”

The conference, under the patronage of UNESCO, was co-directed by Monsignor Francesco Follo, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to UNESCO, and Gerald M. Cattaro, Ed.D, associate professor and director of the Center for Catholic School Leadership at Fordham University in New York.

Look for a feature article on the conference in an upcoming issue of Inside Fordham.
Eric Carver, MSW, explains how social workers can become more culturally sensitive.
Photo by Bruce Gilbert

Non-Stop Hip Hop at GSSS Tarrytown

The Graduate School of Social Service celebrated “Hip Hop Week” at the Tarrytown campus by offering Hip Hop Non-Stop Cultural Sensitivity Training on Saturday, Oct. 21. Eric Carver, MSW, a social work supervisor from the State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families, gave a presentation aimed at “increasing the awareness of the gap that exists in the professional application of the social work ethic and its underlying value system to achieve successful outcomes with urban communities.”

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Launch of Feerick Center for Social Justice at Fordham Law

Fordham Law School held the opening ceremony for the Feerick Center for Social Justice and Dispute Resolution on Sept. 19. The center is headed by former Fordham Law School dean John D. Feerick, J.D., Leonard F. Manning Professor of Law and Sidney C. Norris Chair of Law in Public Service.

Operating like a think tank and mediation center, the center will frame concrete solutions to problems plaguing the urban poor, such as homelessness and limited access to legal services. Among the notables on hand to celebrate the center’s opening was Judith Kaye, chief judge of the State of New York, who praised Feerick’s record of public service; Linda Gibbs, New York City’s deputy mayor for health and human services; Christine Quinn, speaker of the New York City Council; and Geraldine Ferraro (LAW ’60), former United States vice presidential candidate.

Walter Cronkite makes a point at McNally Amphitheatre.
Photo by Chris Taggart

Legendary News Anchor Walter Cronkite at GBA

Former CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite, often cited in viewer opinion polls as “the most trusted man in America,” addressed a standing-room-only audience in Fordham’s McNally Amphitheatre, on the Lincoln Center campus on Oct. 12. The event was hosted by the Fordham Graduate School of Business Center for Communications, and was conducted by Everette E. Dennis, Ph.D., Distinguished Felix E. Larkin Professor at Fordham.

Fulbright-Hays Seminar and Study Tour in China

The Women and Girls’ Institute at Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service (GSSS) and Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi, received a grant from the Fulbright-Hays Foundation for a monthlong study seminar in June and July. The grant allowed 16 scholars in social sciences and humanities from across the United States to visit 11 cities in China.

Four representatives from Fordham participated in the tour: Patricia Brownell, Ph.D., assistant professor, GSSS; Winnie Kung, Ph.D., associate professor, GSSS; Joan P. Cavanagh, associate director of Campus Ministry at Lincoln Center; and Elizabeth Cooper, J.D., associate professor of Law and faculty director of the Feerick Center for Social Justice and Dispute Resolution.

The study tour focused on women and minority issues in post-economic-reform China, comparing rural and urban areas. The four Fordham participants are sharing their experience with faculty and students at lunch seminars during the academic year.

Campus Blood Drive in the Red

Fordham’s annual campus blood drive, held from Oct. 25 through Nov. 1, surpassed its donor goals, collecting nearly 300 pints of blood from its three campuses. The event was organized by Fordham’s Blood Drive Committee, consisting of representatives from the Rose Hill, Lincoln Center and Marymount campuses, in liaison with the New York Blood Center. The next campus drive will be held in April 2007.

“We were extremely pleased with the turnout; there was a large increase especially among faculty,” said Caitlin Murphy, FCRH ’03, interim coordinator of the the Blood Drive Committee. “We’re hopeful we can increase the numbers again in the spring.”

Total collections for each campus were: Rose Hill, 207 pints; Lincoln Center, 76 pints; and Marymount, 13 pints. In all, 346 people turned out to donate blood.

Photos by Bruce Gilbert

Spin Doctors Rock the Rose Hill Gymnasium

The rock band Spin Doctors (Chris Barron, above left and Eric Schenkman) perform at a Fordham Fall Fest event on Sept. 30 at the University’s Rose Hill Gymnasium.

Student groups the B-Sides (right) and the Satin Dolls, Fordham’s only all-female a cappella group (below), opened for the Spin Doctors at a standing-room-only event sponsored by the Campus Activities Board’s Concert Committee.

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