IC Honors Student Spotlight: Anna Gardner ’19

Happy summer, Honorites! This week, we’re spotlighting junior Anna Gardner, who is double-majoring in Film, Photography, and Visual Arts and Art History. Originally from Brainerd, Minnesota, Anna is a two-time New York Women in Communications Foundation Scholarship winner and a Park Scholar. She is spending her summer in New York City as an intern for film distribution company Kino-Lorber thanks to funding from OSEMA and the Park School. On campus, Anna is the VP of Campus Affairs on the Student Governance Council, philanthropy chair for IC Women in Communications, president of IC Feminists United, and programming director for The Studio. She also loves cats and libraries. Learn more about Anna and her experience in Honors below!


What’s your favorite thing about IC?

I never had a lot of high school spirit, but I feel completely different about my college. Ithaca College has given me so much and provided me a community that challenges me, respects me, and opens its arms to me. I feel very fortunate to be studying at IC and know that even when I graduate I will still be a part of this amazing community.

What’s your favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why?

Definitely Sex, Gender, and Desire with Carla Golden! I’m definitely biased, but if you’ve ever taken a course with Carla, you know you’re in for some serious discussion. From my first course with her to this Honors seminar, Carla has given me much guidance and inspired me to pursue feminist activism. This course was also wonderful because of the other students in the class. Classroom discussions were something I looked forward to every Tuesday and Thursday. Coming out of this course I bonded with many of my fellow Honors peers while also opposing the patriarchy.

What’s the coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC/the Honors Program? 

It’s hard to even begin with all of the amazing opportunities I’ve had through Ithaca College and my schools of Humanities and Sciences and the Roy H. Park School of Communications. One opportunity that was specifically helped by the Honors Program was being able to present at the fifth annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference hosted by the University of Minnesota. Myself and another Honors student were 2 of 30 students chosen from a national pool for this conference. I was on “The Horrors” panel and my paper was titled, “French Witch Implores Psychedelic Orgies in Japanese Animated Sex Film: A Feminist Critique of ‘Belladonna of Sadness.'” It was great to geek out with a bunch of other cinema and media nerds and to present at a national conference as an undergraduate.

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