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There is a new and interesting course that is being offered next semester. There was a mix up on Homer so the course title was not included. You might want to consider taking Big Data, Bigger Questions taught by Jill Loop. It is 3 credits and will be offered on TR 9:25 – 10:50 in Smiddy 108.  For the description, please go to the blog section Spring 2018 Advising Notes.

FLEFF Blogging Internship Applications Open


Film Festivals and Blogging: FLEFF 2018
Dr. Patricia R. Zimmermann
CRN 43244 HNRS 20051 T 6:50-9:30 

Application Process: 

Admission to the seminar and FLEFF blogging internship requires a short application and is competitive.

Requirements:  Must have one full year of courses at Ithaca College and at minimum sophomore standing. Students previously enrolled in the FLEFF Festivals course as FLEFF Fellows or in the Honors seminar in Participatory Cultures have priority as FLEFF blogging interns.  Overrides available for students outside the Honors program for this seminar and internship.

(Note:  students with sophomore standing through credits but who are currently in their first year as Ithaca College students are not eligible.  These students should enroll in the one-credit/P/F FLEFF Festivals that runs during the festival FLEFF Festivals GCOM 12000 CRN 43325, where they will be considered FLEFF Fellows.)

To apply:

Write no more than a one-page letter  (500 words maximum) explaining your major, GPA, your academic interests, why you are interested in participating in FLEFF 2018 as a blogging intern,  and what particular aspects of FLEFF interest you (review the FLEFF website before writing your application).   Also note if you have taken the FLEFF Festivals course or the Honors Seminar in Participatory Cultures.

Send your application letter to:

Applications are now open and will close November 14.  Applicants will be notified of admission to the seminar and the internship on a rolling basis, so apply early.                  

Seminar Description

This advanced seminar engages competitively selected students in an intensive and immersive experience in the 20th Annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) as bloggers and festival ambassadors. Students serves as interns for FLEFF 2018.

The course provides students with a coordinated blend of theory, history, and practice. The course works within an international and transnational focus. It explores and analyzes the histories, operations, politics, creative industries impact, and programming of festivals as a critical nodal point in the entertainment and arts industries through significant books from the scholarly literature.

This seminar provides an avenue to learn professional blogging for film festivals and arts/entertainment organizations, with students writing for the FLEFF blogs in a very public, high profile way, interviewing the festival team and festival guests.  It also provides training in learning how to be part of the staff of a festival by thoroughly learning all aspects of the history of FLEFF, its mission and vision, its financing, partnerships, programming, the current year’s programming, and current year’s goals for audience development and engagement as well as visibility.

Finally, the course probes the purpose of festivals as a place for embodied, meaningful, and significant conversations about issues of importance in the world. Blogging interns have special access to festival guests and special events and convenings.

Special notes:  bloggers need to commit to full immersion in FLEFF during FLEFF week both on and off campus. However, classes come first. These sessions will replace some seminar sessions post-festival as they cover required class meeting sessions. Blogging interns receive a FLEFF staff t-shirt, lanyard, and a complimentary festival pass.

Join In On the Final Fall 2017 CSCRE Discussion Series Event: “Cultural Organizing at the Intersections” on Nov 16th @6pm!


Carol Zou, Director of Programs, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA, Presents: “Cultural Organizing at the Intersections” 

On Thursday, November 16th at 6pm in the Klingenstein Lounge


Visual culture does not exist separate from politics, but rather is an integral aspect of the ways in which social, political, and economic shifts occur. This lecture traces the history of United States-based cultural organizing beginning from the civil rights era, and considers tactics and strategies that are relevant to the contemporary sociopolitical climate. Artists/movements examined will include: Emory Douglas and the Black Panther Party, the Chicano art movement, ACT UP, Favianna Rodriguez/CultureStrike, Black Lives Matter, and the presenter’s own history of working with grassroots community building in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Philadelphia.

Applications Open Online for 2018 Whalen Symposium!


whalensymThe online submission process for faculty sponsors and students to submit an abstract for the 21st Annual James J. Whalen Symposium is now open.  Honors students can receive Scholarly Engagement points for presenting at the Symposium.

STUDENTS: Interested in participating?

  • Develop your presentation skills.
  • Include your presentation on your resume and graduate application.
  • Win a gift certificate to the Ithaca College Bookstore if yours is an award-winning presentation.

Submit the online submission form or contact your faculty collaborator to have them fill out the form.

FACULTY: Have your student submit their abstract.

Once the form(s) is/are submitted, you and your student(s) will receive an e-mail detailing next steps.

The Symposium will take place on Thursday, April 12, 2018. It is the premier academic event at Ithaca College and features student presentations on research and creative works that are developed in collaboration with faculty.

Please contact Karen Walls at (607) 274-3113 or should you have any questions.

Come and Hear Bolivian author, Giovanna Rivero, Read Her Short Story at the Handwerker Gallery on Nov 28th @ 6pm!

Hello Honorites!
On Tuesday, Nov. 28th, 6pm in the Handwerker Gallery Bolivian author, Giovanna Rivero, will give a reading from her short story collection Para comerte mejor.
Giovanna currently teaches Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. She has published novels and numerous short stories. Among her publications are Las bestias, La dueña de nuestros sueños, Sangre dulce, Helena 2022, and Lo más oscuro del bosque. 
The Ithacan just published an interview with her: