“Decade of Fire” Documentary film screening, Thursday, November 21, 2019 (6 pm – 8:30 pm) TEXTOR 103

The Politics Department and as part of a new seminar being offered this Fall semester “Race, Class and Geographies of Housing” is hosting a public screening of an important film “Decade of Fire” by co-directors and co-producers Vivian Vázquez Irizarry and Gretchen Hildebran.

Discussion will follow on the various themes and critical questions raised by the film moderated by Prof. Carlos Figueroa, (Politics). Watch the trailer here.

Documentary description:  “Throughout the 1970’s, fires consumed the South Bronx. Black and Puerto Rican residents were blamed for the devastation even as they battled daily to save their neighborhoods. In DECADE OF FIRE, Bronx-born Vivian Vázquez Irizarry pursues the truth surrounding the fires – uncovering policies of racism and neglect that still shape our cities, and offering hope to communities on the brink today. Through a rich seam of archival and home movie footage, DECADE OF FIRE confronts the racially-charged stereotypes that dehumanized residents of the South Bronx in the 1970’s, and rationalized their abandonment by city, state and federal governments. Vázquez Irizarry, in her role as the film’s central character and co-director seeks not only healing for her community, but to redeem them from the harmful mythology spread by the media that has continued largely unchallenged to this day. She tells the story of a people who held on, worked to save their community and start anew against impossible odds. The accounts she gathers are supported by extensive research, archival footage, print and broadcast news excerpts, testimonials from retired FDNY firefighters and brass, as well as Bronx historians. Through exposing the history, and lifting up the stories of survivors whose deep commitment to their homes and communities saved the borough, DECADE OF FIRE offers the emergence of a new narrative for the South Bronx and places like it across the nation.”

Thursday, Nov. 21, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Textor 103

Food and refreshments provided.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Carlos Figueroa at cfigueroa@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-7381. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

PCIM presents: “American Prison” with Shane Bauer

Shane Bauer will speak about his book “American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment” that weaves a thoroughly history of for-profit prisons dating back to the decades before the Civil War.

Bauer’s work is an alarming exposé of a for-profit prison in Louisiana where he worked as a guard and witnessed the distressing conditions and how corrections overtime have turned into a profit-making enterprise.

This book was named as New York Times Book Review’s “10 Best Books of 2018,” as well as one of President Barack Obama’s favorites of 2018. “American Prison” is a compelling critique of America’s complex system of mass incarceration and the formidable forces that drive it.

Bauer is an award-winning journalist who is currently a senior reporter with Mother Jones magazine. He was the recipient of an Izzy Award in 2017 for his outstanding contribution to independent media.

5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14 in Textor 103 

Book sales and signing to follow lecture. Free and open to the public.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please contact Brandy Hawly, bhawley@ithaca.edu or 607-274-3590 as soon as possible. 

See the Facebook event here. blog

Please Fill out the Spring 2020 NYC Trip Interest Form!

Hello Honorites!

The Honors Program will be sending 40 Honors students to New York City for our annual Spring NYC Trip! This year the trip will be on March 28th, 2020!

The coach bus is scheduled to depart to NYC at 6:30am and the bus will bring us back to Ithaca, NY by approximately 11:55pm on the same day. We will be meeting near the Textor Flagpole at 6am. You will also be given time to explore NYC as well (so don’t worry!)


Please fill out this form by WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2019! 

If you have any questions, please email honorsassist@ithaca.edu.

Please announce and attend: Sports Confronts the Climate Crisis: A public lecture by Sandra Steingraber, Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Environmental Studies (SLI Credit Offered!)

Hello Honorites!

GAME ON: Sports Confronts the Climate Crisis 

This event will occur on Weds. November 13 in 102 Textor Hall @ 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. All are welcome to attend!


This public lecture explores how the climate crisis is harming the health of athletes as well as threatening the future of sports itself. It will also examine how athletes and sports figures are emerging as leaders in the climate justice movement around the world and offer opportunities for engagement by IC students. Of particular interest: exposure to air pollution from fossil fuel combustion and its effects on lung development and athletic performance in youth athletes; the rising incidence of heat stroke in outdoor sports, such as long-distance running and cricket; the leadership role that surfers, skiers, and snowboarders are playing in the fight for a renewable energy future; and the ways in which sports psychology can serve as useful tool in overcoming fear and anxiety about climate change. Topics discussed will be relevant to student athletes, exercise science students, health science majors of all kinds, as well as environmental studies and environmental science majors.

This event is co-sponsored by the Ithaca College Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training in collaboration with the Department of Environment Studies and Sciences. Provost La Jerne Cornish will be on hand to welcome the audience to Ithaca College. Student environmental leaders will also be there.


Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day! Apply for their year-long paid fellowship!

Hello Honorites!

Green Corps is a year-long paid fellowship that prepares recent college graduates for a career in environmental organizing by providing classroom training, hands-on experience running campaigns, and connections to jobs in the environmental & social change movement.



Click here to learn more about Green Corps’ paid environmental organizing fellowship.

The year-long program puts you in an intensive classroom training with people like Bill McKibben and other guest speakers. Then, you move to hands-on experience working with groups like Oceana, Corporate Accountability, The Wilderness Society and Mighty Earth to fight climate change, protect public lands and reform our food system. And when you graduate they will help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.

The planet needs all the help it can get, especially now with so many protections under attack. To win now and build a strong foundation for lasting progress, they need people who know how to organize: to run organizations and campaigns that will inspire the support and action we need to save our planet.

They’re accepting the top 25 out of more than 1000 applicants for our 2020-2021 program. If you’re passionate about the environment and ready to learn and practice the craft of organizing, click here to apply.

Green Corps’ year long program begins in August 2020 with Introductory Classroom Training, and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the U.S. Candidates must be willing to relocate.

For more information, click here.


Please direct your questions about this fellowship opportunity to:

Hayley Berliner, Organizer with Green Corps