Cultural Appropriation Needs a Facelift

In early September, author Lionel Shriver gave a polemic keynote speech at the Brisbane Writers Festival. Her controversial theme of choice, which prompted an abrupt walkout and scathing review by Australian activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied, was the rejection of political correctness enshrouding identity politics. Shriver dismissed the concept of cultural appropriation as creating impossible conditions under which to write fiction or even operate as a society, and she expressed her hope that it is a mere “passing fad.” Shriver’s speech pointed to one of Fordham’s very own law professors, Susan Scafidi,…

Reflections on Race, Education, and Economic Equality: A Conversation with Dr. Cornel West

Dr. Cornel West, professor emeritus of Princeton University and author of over 30 books, is one of the most prolific political activists in the African American community today. An advocate for social justice, the labor movement, and bridging the achievement gap, he is an outspoken advocate for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. Dr. West sat down with junior editor Matthew J. Santucci after giving a talk at Fordham University with Adolph Reed Jr. about the state of higher education, race relations, and the 2016 presidential election. So first I would…

FPR Interviews – CNN Anchor Don Lemon

In a systemically polarized country plagued by an agenda-motivated media, Don Lemon sets the standard for what could be – and what may be – the closest example of objective journalism in America. The 47-year old news anchor began working for CNN in 2006 and he currently hosts the weekend prime-time edition of “Newsroom.” Before becoming an anchor for CNN, Mr. Lemon was a correspondent for Today and NBC Nightly News, as well as an anchor on both Weekend Today and MSNBC. Some of his achievements include winning an Emmy…