Research by Fordham University Professors Discussed at TEDx FordhamU

BRONX, NEW YORK — On Wednesday, November 9, TEDx FordhamU was held in Fordham University’s Keating Hall. Sponsored by the Gabelli School of Business and Fordham College at Rose Hill, the event involved the deliberately vague theme of “Roots of Change,” in order to encourage speakers to interpret the theme as they saw fit.

Unlike traditionally structured TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conferences, TEDx symposiums are independently planned and run. During Wednesday’s event, several scholars from an array of academic areas, stretching from leadership to entertainment, spoke about their research. During the event, members of the audience were given the opportunity to engage in critical discussion after each lecture.

Dr. Giacomo Santangelo of Fordham University’s Economics Department argued that there are three virtuous elements – being brave, being nice, and being unselfish – within Disney films produced since Walt Disney’s Pinocchio in 1940. As a result, Dr. Santangelo posited that all Disney films, fifty-five in fact, may be regarded as essentially the same due to their core idea of honorable conduct.

Young Lee, an expert on employee engagement, spoke about the concept of absenteeism and the often-overlooked and more financially harmful theory of presentism, where employees are at work and on the clock, but not fully engaged. Lee addressed how to increase employee wellness by “recharging,” which she suggests is achieved through activities like fitness or solitude.

Finally, Dr. Elizabeth Yuko, Fordham University scholar of Bioethics, spoke about her doctoral research on how the 1980s television show, The Golden Girls, unmistakably tackled crucial principles of bioethics. According to Dr. Yuko, autonomy, one of the principles addressed on the Golden Girls, involves being able to “make a free and informed decision about [one’s] body and healthcare.” Dr. Yuko notes that a character on the television show wished to end her life in doctor-assisted suicide due to immense pain. Another episode addressed the principle of public health ethics by speaking to and destigmatizing AIDS during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s.

From research on effectual leadership methodology to the psychology of employee disengagement, TEDx FordhamU gave insight into some of the captivating research that occurs at Fordham University.

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