2020 Alumni Reunion

Friday, March 6 – Sunday, March 8
Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus

Join FASPE in an engaging program of networking, panelists, and discussion.  This year’s program will include a screening of the film Dark Waters, a riveting legal/business drama starring Mark Ruffalo that is based on a true story.  The film raises key questions of professional ethics.  We are grateful and excited to welcome Tom Terp, portrayed in the film by Tim Robbins, the senior partner of the large law firm that took on a complicated case. He will share more with us regarding how he dealt with difficult ethical issues within his firm and the justice system, itself.  Additionally, Tectonic Theatre will present a reading of The Album, or Here There are Blueberries, a play that explores the discovery of an album of photographs of Auschwitz officers at "play," at a spa only 30 kilometers from Auschwitz, and challenges us to consider the very nature of the perpetrators—who they are. At the 2019 reunion, FASPEans participated in the early workshopping stages of the project, and this year, we will have the opportunity to view the next stage of the process, a draft finished product!

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The 2020 FASPE Reunion & Symposium: March 6-8, 2020

Friday, March 6: Early Welcome

6:00pm – 8:00pm
Welcome Drinks and Appetizers
The Brazen Tavern, 2nd floor (356 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036)

All remaining events will be hosted at Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus (113 W 60th Street, New York, NY 10023)

Saturday, March 7: Main Program

8:30am – 9:00am
Registration and Breakfast, 12th Floor Lounge

9:00am – 10:15am
(Thorsten Wagner, David Goldman, Rebecca Scott, Viveca Befekadu, Alumni Steering Committee)

10:15am – 10:30am
Coffee Break

10:30am – 12:15pm
History of Ethics (panel), 12th Floor Lounge

David Marwell: Mengele and Professional Ethics
David G. Marwell, Ph.D. has had a distinguished career in public history. He spent nine years at the US Department of Justice, where, as Chief of Investigative Research, he conducted research in support of the investigation and prosecution of Nazi war criminals in the United States. In 2000, Marwell was appointed Director & CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City and led this important institution for fifteen years, before stepping down at the end of 2015. In January, he published Mengele: Unmasking the Angel of Death, a biography of infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele.

Andie Tucher: Misinformed: Three Centuries of Fake News in America
Andie Tucher has taught at Columbia Journalism School since 1998, and has been a FASPE Faculty member since 2011, as well as a member of our Academic Committee. She is currently working on a book for the Columbia University Press about the history of fake news in America, and has written widely on the evolution of conventions of truth-telling in journalism, photography, personal narrative, and other nonfiction forms.

Habbo Knoch: Dignity: Its History, Meaning, and Future
Since 2014, Prof. Dr. Habbo Knoch has held the chair for Modern History at Cologne University. From 2008 to 2014 he was Director of the Bergen-Belsen Memorial and the Memorials Foundation Lower Saxony. He has recently finished an introduction into the history of memorial sites in Germany, and he is preparing a book on the history of dignity after 1945.

12:15pm – 1:15pm
Luncheon in honor of Nila Bala, 2020 Distinguished Fellow, 12th Floor Lounge

1:30pm – 3:00pm
Reflecting on FASPE (program-specific discussions)

  • Business: Room 504 [Leigh Hafrey, Nate Silver]
  • Journalism: Room 510 [Lisa Armstrong, Shira Telushkin]
  • Law: 12th Floor Lounge [David Goldman, Anya Perret]
  • Medicine: Room 512 [Sara Goldkind, Danish Zaidi]
  • Seminary: 513 [Nancy Wiener, Sam Davidson]

3:00pm – 3:15pm
Coffee Break

3:15pm – 3:45pm
Tobias Rose-Stockwell: Moral Disagreement in a Time of Outrage Machines

Tobias Rose-Stockwell is a writer, designer, technologist and media researcher. He is currently writing a book about how technology influences our capacity for empathy and outrage, published by Hachette Book Group.

3:45pm – 4:45pm
FASPE’s Responsibility in Times of Crisis – Embracing Complexity?, 12th Floor Lounge

  • Yodit Beyene [Business 2015 Alum]
  • Ben Perlstein [Seminary 2018 Alum]

5:00pm – 6:00pm
Drinks and Dinner, 12th Floor Lounge

6:00pm – 8:00pm
Screening of Dark Waters, 12th Floor Lounge

8:00pm – 9:00pm
Discussion with Tom Terp, 12th Floor Lounge

Sunday, March 8: Concluding Events

10:30am – 11:00am
Breakfast, 12th Floor Lounge

11:00am – 1:15pm
Reading of The Album, or Here There Are Blueberries, by Tectonic Theatre Project