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Former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold and chief NBC News White House correspondent Chuck Todd will headline a daylong conference on Money, Media, and the Battle for Democracy’s Soul on April 24 on the Lincoln Center campus. Current national debates have focused on the growing political influence of money and mass media in the electoral arena. With looming 2012 elections, this conference, sponsored by the Center for Ethics Education and Center for Electoral Politics, will address important points of public dialogue.


Social Work, Law, and Business Climb in U.S. News Rankings

Led by the Graduate School of Social Service (GSS), Fordham’s graduate and professional schools and programs showed improvement in U.S. News & World Report rankings of America’s Best Graduate Schools, released on March 13.

GSS was listed among the nation’s top 15 graduate schools of social work, according to the editors. GSS was part of a five-way tie for 11th place among schools of social work offering an advanced degree, rising seven places from its previous No. 18 rank in 2008.

Academic quality of programs was measured on a scale of one (marginal) to five (outstanding). GSS received a ranking of 3.7, up .2 from its previous score of 3.5.

Fordham Law was ranked No. 29 among 195 U.S. law schools included in the rankings. The school’s evening program is ranked No. 5 out of 85 such programs across the country. In addition, the school’s reputation score with bench and bar voters moved up from 3.5 to 3.7.

Several specialty programs were nationally ranked, including Dispute Resolution: No. 11; Intellectual Property Law: No. 12; and Clinical Training: No. 15.

In the specialty rankings for “Best Business Schools,” U.S. News ranked Fordham’s Graduate School of Business Administration (GBA) in the top 25 in finance, management and marketing: Finance ranked at No. 16; management ranked No. 21 for the first time; and marketing ranked No. 22, after having placed 23rd for the two previous years.


Book Parses Roots of U.S./Cuban Antagonism

Noam Chomsky spoke at Fordham on April 4.

Photo by Tom Stoelker


Noted linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky joined author Keith Bolender to challenge the United States’ approach to Cuba, in a lecture and discussion at Fordham on April 4.

Bolender, in his book Voices From the Other Side: An Oral History of Terrorism Against Cuba, (Pluto Press, 2010), interviewed Cuban citizens who have either survived attacks or lost family members due to counter revolutionary attacks waged against the island, since Fidel Castro overthrew the Batista government in 1959.

One such incident, Bolender said, was the bombing of Cubana Airlines Flight 455 on October 6, 1976, killing all 78 people on board. Bolender noted that Luis Posada Carriles, one of men responsible for the bombing, is still a free man, and living in Miami.

“The United States government has yet to recognize the bombing of Cubana Airlines as an act of terrorism,” said Bolender.

Chomsky, Institute Professor of Linguistics at MIT, and author of the introduction to Voices, said that the threat of Cuba or Latin America falling to Communism is less today than it was in the 1960s. And yet, up until 2003, more U.S. resources were dedicated to the embargo of Cuban goods than to combatting terrorism.

Chomsky said the United States maintains a hard line against Cuba because Castro’s defiant stance toward it might inspire other nations in the region to follow suit.

There is also the historic American idea of Manifest Destiny, he said, reflected in the United States’ continued presence at Guantanamo Bay: the notion of American expansion into Cuba still holds sway today.

“Cuba is a kind of microcosm that shines a very bright light on ourselves, on our moral and electoral culture,” said Chomsky.

The talk was sponsored by the Fordham Latin American and Latino Studies Institute.


Photo courtesy Fordham University Archives


This Month in Fordham History…

Loyola Hall Jesuit Residence Gets a New Wing Named for Peter Faber

In April 1959, Fordham President Laurence J. McGinley, S.J., announced that the University’s Jesuit community would gain a new seven-floor living space with the addition of a wing to their residence at Loyola Hall.

The new building would allow Jesuit faculty to vacate Martyrs’ Court, freeing it to house another 75 students on campus. When the 100-room wing opened, it would have a reference library, recreation room, kitchen, chapel, infirmary, two reception rooms, and a dining room large enough to serve the entire Fordham Jesuit community. The addition was named for Peter Faber, an early follower of St. Ignatius Loyola.

In announcing the addition, Father McGinley noted that “no funds available for the University’s educational purposes will be applied” to the project. The members of the Jesuit community met the project’s $1.25 million cost through government funds, and proceeds from their lectures and book sales, according to The Ram.

(In order to honor the history and significance of Loyola Hall to the Society of Jesus, a Mass will be celebrated at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, Feast of Mary, Queen of the Society of Jesus, followed by a reception.)

— Chris Gosier



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