Honors Program Rapid Response Salon on COVID-19: Big Data, Machine Learning, Surveillance

Friday July 10 2020  
11 AM in Eastern Standard Time (US and Canada)

Registration link: https://ithaca.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uJN5dhC6SpaVoaU60cbO4w


Dr. Lauren Britton, Assistant Professor, Emerging Media 

Dr. Ulises A. Mejias, ’89, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, State University of New York-Oswego

Dr. Douglas Turnbull, Associate Professor, Computer Science 

Moderated by Dr. Brooks Miner, Assistant Professor, Biology

In partnership with the Ithaca College Honors program, join our faculty and alumni experts in our latest Rapid Response Salon conversation that focuses on big data, machine learning, and surveillance around the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear their insights in an engaging live format meant to provide expert commentary.


Dr. Lauren Britton is Assistant Professor of Emerging Media at Ithaca College. She specializes in understanding the design and media practices of groups operating outside of traditional design and media environments and aims to uncover the motivations and implications of these practices. Her research interests span computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), Human Computer Interaction (HCI), and social computing/social media, where her general research agenda involves understanding how people both hack and redesign technologies to create alternative futures. To date, her research has focused on feminist media practices, critical making and design, critical infrastructuring, critical making and design, and ICT-enabled resilience making.

Dr. Ulises A. Mejias, ’94, MS’99 is Associate Professor and Director of the Institute for Global Engagement at the State University of New York, College at Oswego. He researches critical data studies, philosophy and sociology of technology, and political economy of digital media. He is author of Off the Network: Disrupting the Digital World (2013), and has published extensively in international journals and in  Al JazeeraAfterimage, Datactive, Progressive Librarian and more. His most recent book is The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating it for Capitalism (with Nick Couldry, 2019). More info at ulisesmejias.com

Dr. Doug Turnbull is Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Ithaca College. His research focuses on music information retrieval, computer audition, machine learning, and human computation. His research passion is using recommender systems to promote music by talented local artists. He is currently working on Localify.org which explores using music event recommendations and playlist generation on Spotify to support local music communities. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation and being developed by a large team of undergraduate students at Ithaca College. More information about his research can be found at dougturnbull.org.

NCHC Statement on Social Injustice

The deaths and mistreatment of Black people in police custody and the targeting of ethnic groups during the COVID-19 pandemic have heightened the nation’s awareness of systemic racism and injustice in our society and justifiably led to ongoing concern and dialogue within the NCHC community.   Thus, as the members of the NCHC Board of Directors and National Office staff, we affirm our support and solidarity for all victims of systemic racism, discrimination, bias, and prejudice, as well as for the people who defend said victims.  Acknowledging that words mean little without accompanying actions that foster and facilitate transformation and growth:  We recognize that to enable change, we need to increase our opportunities to listen and invite discussion with our membership. We acknowledge that enduring change will not happen until everyone is engaged, whether at the level of self, community, campus, country or world.

We remain committed to fostering inclusion and belonging for all within the organization and honors community and are determined to implement our strategic initiative of diversity and inclusion. NCHC’s staff and leaders pledge to continue training in organizational diversity and both anti-racism and anti-discriminatory practices, ensuring that NCHC’s dedication to this work is enduring and effective for all members.

We will continue and increase our efforts to find, develop, and make available to our membership resources that assist in anti-racism and anti-discrimination discussions and practices designed to create a more inclusive and equitable organization and honors community.   NCHC’s community is built around sharing honors pedagogy and practices that lead and innovate. As we continue to promote and expand diversity and inclusion efforts among and for our honors colleagues, we encourage consistent and continued conversations that lead to action. We invite you to utilize NCHC resources to share the work in which you are engaged in your programs and the changes you are promoting locally. In this way, we can create successful models of transformation from within the national honors cohort to build a more equitable future.  Thank you for the work you do as honors leaders, advocating for needed change to support and celebrate the dignity and freedoms of all people everywhere.    Signed,
François Amar, NCHC Board of DirectorsRichard Badenhausen, NCHC Past PresidentSuketu Bhavsar, NCHC President ElectAmber Brand, NCHC StaffVictoria Bryan, NCHC Board of DirectorsJames Buss, NCHC Board of DirectorsEmma Cieslik, NCHC Board of DirectorsAndrew Cognard-Black, NCHC Board of DirectorsLeah Creque, NCHC Board of DirectorsTyrra Edwards, NCHC StaffOlivia Fuson, NCHC Board of DirectorsKeith Garbutt, NCHC TreasurerDavid Jones, NCHC Board of Directors  Vi Kinney, NCHC Board of DirectorsLaurie Smith Law, NCHC SecretaryQuakish Liner, NCHC Board of DirectorsGeorge Mariz, NCHC ParliamentarianDeanne McClatchey, NCHC StaffChristina McIntyre, NCHC Vice PresidentKristine Miller, NCHC Board of DirectorsMary Beth Rathe, NCHC Executive DirectorElaine Torda, NCHC PresidentRob Tualaulelei, NCHC StaffAline Webb, NCHC Board of DirectorsEddie Weller, NCHC Board of DirectorsVictoria White, NCHC Board of Directors  
  NCHC Diversity and Inclusion Statement  
The National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) supports and values inclusive excellence by promoting educational equity and non-discriminatory practices. As an organization of institutions, honors educators, students, and staff, it is our responsibility to promote the inclusion and success of academically motivated and high-potential learners from all communities, understanding that each of us holds varied, intersectional identities. We make inclusive excellence possible by understanding that differences between and among us are strengths. In response to historical, cultural, and institutional restrictions that have limited student access to honors education and the hiring of diverse faculty and staff, the NCHC is committed to modeling best practices in inclusion, and to using inclusive leadership strategies, research, and partnerships with other organizations to help honors colleges and programs pursue honors practices and programs that serve and empower all communities. 
For more information, please visit: https://nchc.informz.net/informzdataservice/onlineversion/ind/bWFpbGluZ2luc3RhbmNlaWQ9MzAxNDEyNyZzdWJzY3JpYmVyaWQ9MzgwNjMyMzg3

Fall 2020 Course Registration and Waitlist Updates for Current Students

Fall 2020 Course Registration and Waitlist Updates 

On Friday, July 10 at 5:00pm registration for fall courses will pause for all returning students, including waitlist processing. During this time, adjustments will be made to the course schedule based on the dates outlined in the updated academic calendar.

Registration and schedule adjustment for fall will reopen on Thursday, August 27th at 9am. If you were on the waitlist for a course, your waitlist position will resume. If you have any questions, please contact us at registrar@ithaca.edu.

Take care and stay well!

James Baldwin’s America: Upcoming Online Events 📚 + more events, sources fyi

There are so many events happening online, here are a few (register):

  1. Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and its Urgent Lessons for Our Own https://www.haymarketbooks.org/events/138-begin-again-james-baldwin-s-america-and-its-urgent-lessons-for-our-own

Eddie Glaude and Cornel West discuss the enduring legacy of James Baldwin and lessons from his work for confronting racism today. July 1, 2020 at 7.00pm – 8.30pm Online Teach-in

  1. New York State Poor People’s Campaign Open House Wednesday, July 01, 2020• 5:00 PM https://actionnetwork.org/events/new-york-state-poor-peoples-campaign-open-house?source=twitter&
  1. Ibram X. Kendi on “How to Be an Antiracist” Mon, July 20, 2020  7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ibram-x-kendi-on-how-to-be-an-antiracist-tickets-110866502694?fbclid=IwAR13pHp3Z65XOuKtwQAX9zA5r-DMyrvLJCuyqVKUPYAfwQxZ3gqCYuEs_RY 2019 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi will discuss his renowned book “How to Be an Antiracist” on Monday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College.

Free resources:

  1. MEF antiracist videos free through July https://go.mediaed.org/anti-racism-videos?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social-post&utm_campaign=anti-racist-collection-free&utm_content=6-22-20
  2. Community Read materials (public libraries use Overdrive) https://company.overdrive.com/2020/06/22/now-available-free-to-libraries-without-waitlists-or-holds-black-lives-matter-titles-to-read-listen-learn-and-grow/
  3. Black Lives Matter — free Netflix via YouTube including 13th https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvahqwMqN4M2Ttq2K1kBCVNzGOkJyUPjY

Faculty Council/FLEFF/Cinemapolis Talk Back on Race and Decolonization about a current release film on THURSDAY July 2: ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF NOAH PIUGATTUCK


Thursday, July 2

6-7:15 pm

REGISTER HERE:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrc-iqpzksHNUGgaODV_3o3eCSFPSxrOin

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: FLEFF Virtual Talkback – One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival co-directors, Dr. Patricia Zimmermann and Dr. Thomas Shevory, will facilitate an open discussion forum on the award-winning film, One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk. The film is now available for virtual cinema screenings via https://cinemapolis.org/film/one-day-in-the-life-of-noah-piugattuk/ This is one of many films available as part of FLEFF’s “virtual film festival” this summer, as the embodied festival was cancelled due to the outbreak of COVID-19. A listing of other virtual FLEFF titles can be found at https://cinemapolis.org/fleff/zoom.us

Led by Dr. Patricia R. Zimmermann and Dr. Thomas Shevory,  Codirectors of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival

Discussion of the current release narrative film  (Zacharias Kunuk, Canada, 2019)

In this award-winning, compelling ethnodrama by acclaimed Canadian Indigenous filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk, Noah Piugattuk’s nomadic Inuit band live and hunt by dog team, just as his ancestors did.  When the white man known as Boss arrives in camps, what appears as a chance meetings soon opens up the prospect of momentous change.

Film is available for rental for $12 through Cinemapolis via this link: https://cinemapolis.org/film/one-day-in-the-life-of-noah-piugattuk/  

(note: film is only available to those residing in the State of New York. The Cinemapolis Virtual Cinema screening is geoblocked for access via other states or countries by the distributor))

The film is one of the Virtual Cinema films featured in the 2020 Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival in partnership with Cinemapolis that was initiated when the COVID 19 pandemic shuttered all movie theaters.  

50% of the proceeds of this rental support Cinemapolis, the nonprofit art cinema of Central New York and Ithaca.

Cosponsored by the Ithaca College Faculty Council, the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, and Cinemapolis

IC Community Conversations with local leaders

You may be interested in this panel discussion – hosted by IC Partnership Pathways (ICP2) – highlighting local Ithaca leaders (including two Park School alumni!) to discuss opportunities for community, social, and civic engagement. 

IC Community Conversations: Local Leaders Edition

Tuesday, June 30th, 1pm-2pm EST

More info & registration: https://www.ithaca.edu/intercom/article.php?story=20200625161412597&query=SVANTE#.Xvo-wS2ZNTY


Rob Gearhart, Associate Dean

Park School of Communications

Ithaca College
607-274-3641 [direct] | 607-274-1021 [main]
rgearhart@ithaca.edu | ithaca.edu

Social Media Day 2020

Register Now

Social Media Day 2020 Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm 

Location: Online Webinar

Price: SMA Members: FREE, Non-Members: $10
 Mashable’s Eleventh Annual Social Media Day is an annual global celebration that highlights the contributions made by developers and social media enthusiasts alike. Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have revolutionized the way we communicate with each another. Not only does social media have the power to keep us in touch with our friends and family, it can also connect us with the world. The goal of this event is to bring together business professionals, innovators, influencers and the general public for an opportunity to connect their online networks offline, in a face-to-face setting, bringing communities closer together.Social Media Association members are a group of like-minded people who love social media and the power that it has to influence consumers, change behavior and secure buying decisions.Bring your questions, a drink, and come have some fun with us!
Register Now

IC Community Conversations Local Leaders Edition

Tuesday, June 30th, 1pm-2pm EST

Virtual Zoom Interview Panel

Register HERE

Moderator: David Harker, Director for Civic Engagement


  • Svante Myrick, Mayor of City of Ithaca
  • Deb Mohlenhoff ’92, AVP for College Relations/Chief of Staff at TC3, City of Ithaca Alderperson/Common Council, Current Business School Advisory Council Member
  • Dominick Recckio ’16, Communications Director for Tompkins County 

Join Ithaca College and the IC Partnership Pathways group as we highlight local Ithaca leaders and discuss opportunities for community, social, and civic engagement.

You will have an opportunity to hear from local leaders about their organized efforts to support and uplift our community amidst Covid 19, economic challenges, and the important social justice issues facing our country.

They will also elaborate on the roll Ithaca College plays in the community partnerships they organize, and what their experience has been engaging with IC.


How to be an Anti-Racist Summer Read & Action Groups

The Center for IDEAS and the LGBT Center are leading student summer reading and action groups centered on our campus slow read “How to Be and Anti-Racist”.  Any student can join! Groups will meet in July and August to create meaningful conversation and support as we stretch and develop our anti-racists muscles.  

Sign up by June 26th at 5pm on Engage 

Contact Omega Hollies at ohollies@ithaca.edu, Rahk Lash at rlash@ithaca.edu, or Luca Maurer at lmaurer@ithaca.edu if you have questions or accommodations.

Virtual Summer SLI: What’s Next for my Student Organization? (IC)

With all the uncertainty, we’re hoping that this workshop can provide some clarity of what’s next for your organization. We may not have all the answers, but this will also be a great opportunity to ask any lingering questions you have about the Fall.

Presented: Mary Holland-Bavis, Associate Director of Student Involvement

 Thursday, June 25 at 2:00pm to 2:50pm


Individuals who would like to request accessibility accommodations should contact cowens2@ithaca.edu. We ask that requests be made as soon as possible to ensure they can be met.