New York City’s public spaces have undergone a radical transformation over the last decade as streets, squares, parks, and sidewalks have been made more accessible for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The question of how to sustain that transformation will be the subject of Public Spaces, Public Good: Building the Livable City, a panel discussion sponsored by Fordham’s Urban Studies program.

The event, part of the Urban Dialogue Lecture Series, will be held on Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, New York, N.Y.

Panelists include Hugh Hardy, founding partner, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture; Janette Sadik-Khan, commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation; and Michael Sorkin, director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at the City College of New York. Kenneth T. Jackson, Ph.D., the Jacques Barzun Professor of History and Social Sciences at Columbia University, will moderate.

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Film Festival Brings
Big Names to Fordham

Paul Giamatti, Elie Wiesel, and John Turturro are among those who will headline post-screening conversations at the Fordham School of Law’s seventh annual Forum on Law, Culture and Society film festival.

The festival will kick off on Oct. 19 at the HBO Theater, 1100 Sixth Ave., New York, N.Y., with a screening of the first episode of John Adams, the 2008 biographical television miniseries starring Giamatti.

It continues through Oct. 25 at the McNally Amphitheatre on the Lincoln Center campus. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. The final day of the festival, a celebration of the winners of the forum’s inaugural short film competition, is free.

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“Aging in the Criminal Justice System” Town Hall Speaker Series

Last year, Fordham Graduate School of Social Service’s Be the Evidence Project uncovered a crisis: the American prison populating is aging and the correctional system is unprepared to function as a long-term health care facility.

This year, the project is amplifying its efforts to spread the word.

The project will host a town hall event to update participants on the problem of aging prisoners on Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the McNally Amphitheatre on the Lincoln Center campus. Jamie Fellner, senior advisor from Human Rights Watch and author of the report “Old Behind Bars: The Aging Prison Population in the United States,” will present her research on medical parole and compassionate release laws in America.

“The focus is to bring awareness and professional training to the public,” said Tina Maschi, Ph.D., assistant professor at GSS and founder of the project.

This year’s Be The Evidence series—which features practitioners, researchers, and advocates—kicked off on Sept. 15 with a day of discussion, including a presentation by formerly incarcerated older adults on their struggle to reenter society.

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Living the Mission

In the coming weeks, Fordham’s Office of
Mission and Ministry will be promoting Living
the Mission, an initiative designed to affirm
and explore the University’s commitment to
advancing learning and wisdom in the Jesuit,
Catholic tradition. The office has published a
prayer book, which has been distributed to
students and is available to faculty and staff
through the Chaplain’s Office on all three