IC Honors Student Spotlight: Dominick Recckio ’16

Meet Dom, SGA president, Honorite and our spotlight of the week! Dom is a senior Communication Management and Design major from Port Byron, NY. Learn more about Dom below:578077_722623561100412_1819207495_n.jpg

Favorite part about IC:Ithaca College has been an absolutely amazing place for me to grow, my favorite part has been the community of friends that has proliferated for me. I have had the opportunity to grow alongside some truly magnificent people, and would not trade that for the world.”

Favorite Honors seminar (so far) and why:American Breakdown with Hugh Egan was a great class in which we read many texts delving into psychological breakdown and American literature. Professor Egan was an engaging professor, and led our class through some of the best discussions I’ve had at IC.”

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors Program:Hands down the opportunity to teach The Dark Knight, Power and Justice Through Film. This will be the third year that the class is on the books, and I am beyond excited to co-teach it again. This class was born in Elizabeth Bleicher’s Why Are We Here class, and has become something wonderful, with great class discussions and debates on Batman and our larger world.”


We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Student Spotlight series.
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them to be a Student Spotlight here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them to be an Alumni Spotlight here!
Email sguter1@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

IC Honors Seminar Spotlight: Staging History in Modern Drama

English professor Claire Gleitman is teaching a seminar focusing on 20th and 21st century plays about how the human past is represented.

Describe your seminar in one sentence. This seminar focuses on a number of modern and contemporary playwrights, and one screenwriter, whose work explores whether it is possible to look backwards at the past and reconstruct it fully, feelingly, accurately and objectively (terms, we will find, that often prove to be at odds with one another).

Describe your classroom style in one sentence.My classroom style is entirely discussion-based; I do not lecture, and I hope for active participation from all students.”

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar? “‘…everything is mixing the same way, all the time, irreversibly…./Oh, we have time, I think/….till there’s no time left.’ Sorry to be cryptic: that’s a line from one of the plays we’ll read together.  Students in the seminar will come to understand what it means and how it applies to all of our plays and also – well – to everything.”

What is one piece of advice you would give to students? “Do the reading regularly and carefully, come to class prepared to express your ideas but also willing to have your mind changed by the ideas of others, and you’ll have a positive experience in this course.”

Check out the entire list of seminars here and all the seminar spotlights here.

IC Honors Advice: Library Search II

booksAdvice: Sign in to the library’s search system when you use it

Why: The new library search has a ton of features, but you need to be signed in to use most of them. Signing in (which you can do in the upper right hand corner before or after a search) will give you access to additional results. You’ll be able to save items too, so if you find great books or articles you can simply add them to a folder and not have to look for them again. You can also save searches that worked well for the future. If you want, the searches can be run periodically and you’ll get an email if there are new results. If you’re signed in, you can also renew and request items. Signing in allows you to make full use of library search features!

IC Honors Seminar Spotlight: Political Economy of Healthcare

Maybe you’re considering learning more about health care in our modern society and how it affects our daily lives? Not sure what you might be in for? Look no further!

While focused on the United States, the course will include frequent comparison and evaluation of health care politics and policies in other wealthy nations. The course will explore the evolution of health care policy in the United States. The sources of the extremely high cost of health care in the U.S. will be a major concern of this section of the seminar. Health care issues also involve what are often referred to as the culture wars. The ongoing battle over the mandatory inclusion of contraception in health care plans in the United States is an example of this phenomenon and will be included in the course.

Some of the books in the course will include:

You can see the whole list seminars here and of spotlights here.

IC Honors Seminar Spotlight: Literatures of the Security State: Privacy, Surveillance, and Modern Culture

anna-barriball_300.jpgWe’re kicking off seminar spotlights for Fall 2016! Check back regularly for information on all the seminars in the fall from the professors themselves. First up is English professor Chris Holmes is teaching a seminar on if privacy still exists using literature, discussions and film.

Describe your seminar in one sentence. There are 4million cctv cameras watching the city of London 24/7—does privacy still exist in any practical sense?

Describe your classroom style in one sentence.We will have intense conversations and Socratic debates driven by a focus on literary and cinematic arts.

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar? I hope students leave my class with an understanding of literature as a counter-culture to the ideology of surveillance of everyone, always.”

What is one piece of advice you would give to students? Always be aware of what underlying power structures determine who is the watcher and who are the watched.”


Franz Kafka, The Trial

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

Herman Melville, “Bartleby, the Scrivener”

Julio Cortézar, “Blowup”

George Orwell, 1984

Patrick Flanery, I Am No One

Dave Eggers, The Circle (excerpts)

Alan Moore, Watchmen (graphic novel)

J.M. Coetzee, Life and Times of Michael K



Blow-Up, dir. Michelangelo Antonioni (1966)

Grey Gardens, dir. Albert Maysles, et al. (1975)

The Lives of Others, dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (2006)

The Conversation, dir. Francis Ford Coppola (1974)

Citizenfour, dir. Laura Poitras (2014)


Check out the entire list of seminars here and all the seminar spotlights here.


IC Honors Events: NYC Tickets on sale tomorrow!

New York Don’t forget that ticket sales for New York City start tomorrow! They go on sale at 12:10 in the Six Mile Creek room in Campus Center (next to the dining hall). You may buy 2 tickets for friends in Honors who can’t make it! Tickets are $30 and as always, breakfast will be provided on the bus. Tickets are first come first served, and you will only be able to get a refund if you ticket can be resold.

This year, we will be providing tickets to the MoMA (where you can see famous works such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory, Andy Warhol’s Gold Marilyn Monroe as well as tons of other pieces by old and new artists) and to Fun Home, a Tony-award winning musical based on Alison Bechdel’s memoir.

IC Honors Advice: Library Search I

booksAdvice: Use the new library search box to find a range of information from every discipline.

Why: Before the library’s new search box came along, you’d have to search books, articles, and other items separately, and dig into databases to find information. Now most of what the library owns is searchable from a single box! The search box at www.ithacalibrary.com will automatically search books, movies, articles, reviews, and newspapers. You can also narrow your search in any number of ways. You might get too much information, but you might find things you wouldn’t have found otherwise. Ultimately you’ll want to be working directly in databases, but the new search box can be a great way to start, or expand, your research. If you’d like some tips on using our new search, check out our research guide.

IC Honors Seminar Spotlight: Cultural Encounters with Ithaca College

Professor James Pfhrem is bringing back the Cultural Encounters seminar, which is a great option for all students but especially first-years who haven’t had as many opportunities to experience IC in its fullest.

Describe your seminar in one sentence. We’re going to immerse ourselves in the wonderful cultural goings-on around campus.

Describe your classroom style in one sentence.Dynamic, interactive teaching style that depends on students’ sharing their knowledge and experiences.

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar? An awareness and respect for just how many wonderful culturally artistic things that IC offers.

What is one piece of advice you would give to students? Don’t be afraid to expose yourself to things you traditionally haven’t liked.

Check out the entire list of seminars here and all the seminar spotlights here.