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Woman in Black by Hamra Abbas was featured in the first issue of CURA.


Literature and Social Justice Make a Home

Fordham has launched a national literary magazine. The inaugural issue of CURA: A Literary Magazine of Art and Action, is now online, with a print and Kindle issue to follow in the spring.

The magazine features creative writing, visual art, new media and video in response to current news and themes of social responsibility. The theme of the first issue is “Home.” Proceeds from the project will go to support Covenant House, New York’s largest adolescent care agency serving homeless, runaway and at-risk youth.

Featured in the first issue are works by renowned writers Robert Bly, Lia Purpura, Evie Shockley, Rigoberto Gonzalez and Idra Novey, alongside that of Fordham graduate and undergraduate students.

CURA, said Sarah Gambito, assistant professor of English and the magazine’s editor-in-chief, acknowledges the marriage of literary publishing with Fordham’s mission of cura personalis, or nourishment of the whole person.

“What is unique is the idea of integrating a literary magazine with social justice,” said Gambito. “I think Fordham has created something meaningful in the literary community.”

—Janet Sassi


EMBA Program Ranked in Top 40

Just after receiving plaudits from the Financial Times, the Graduate School of Business Administration was honored by Bloomberg/Businessweek magazine, which ranked the school’s Executive MBA (EMBA) program 39th globally.

The ranking puts the program in the company of those at the Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas and the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California.

It also marks Fordham’s first appearance in the numerical portion of Bloomberg/Businessweek’s list. In 2009, the last year
the survey was conducted, the magazine ranked the top 25 programs in the world, and Fordham was listed in the second, unranked tier.

This year’s numerical list was expanded to the top 40. Fordham was lauded in the categories of international business, marketing and the school’s sustainability practices.

Francis Petit, Ed.D., associate dean for Executive MBA programs at Fordham, said the news adds to the continued momentum of the Executive MBA program.

“Our goal has always been to not only recruit dynamic and professionally diverse students who can all individually add value, but to also create a distinctive and collaborative EMBA community within the Jesuit tradition,” he said.

“Special recognition should be given to our colleague Mary Kate Donato, the GBA program associate and an EMBA alumna, who champions our EMBA rankings strategy.”

—Patrick Verel



Innovations Are Hallmark of McLaughlin Presidency


On Dec. 14, 1968, Leo P. McLaughlin, S.J., stepped down as president of Fordham, ending a tenure marked by new ventures that reflected the experimental spirit of the 1960s.

One of them was Bensalem College. Founded in 1967 and housed in an off-campus apartment building, it provided for student-directed study under the guidance of a faculty mentor, with no course requirements or grades.

Another program allowed students to graduate from Fordham Prep and Fordham in a total of six years. Among his other initiatives, Father McLaughlin launched the Lincoln Center campus's College of Liberal Arts, which had a novel curriculum with an urban bent, and hired famous media theorist Marshall McLuhan, author of the seminal work The Medium is the Message.

—Chris Gosier


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