Honors Program Rapid Response Salon on COVID-19: Journalism, Pandemic, Science

Friday, September 18
11 AM in Eastern Daylight Time (US and Canada) 

REGISTER HERE: https://ithaca.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dRpG06n0TgyaMSTVOomPJg 


Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Ithaca College 

Kate Sheppard ’06, Senior Enterprise Editor, HuffPost 

Dr. Daniel Carrion, Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Medicine & Public Health, Mount Sinai 

Allison Frisch, Assistant Professor, Journalism, Ithaca College 

Moderated by Dr. Brooks Miner, Assistant Professor, Biology, Ithaca College 

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


Dr. Sandra Steingraber
Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Ithaca College 

Biologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. writes about climate change, ecology, and the links between human health and the environment. Steingraber’s highly acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment was the first to bring together data on toxic releases with data from U.S. cancer registries and was adapted for the screen in 2010. As both book and documentary film, Living Downstream has won praise from international media. Interviews with Steingraber have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Rolling Stone, Outside Magazine, on National Public Radio, CBS News, “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” and “Bill Moyers & Company.” A contributing essayist and editor for Orion magazine, Sandra Steingraber is currently a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. 

Kate Sheppard ’06
Senior Enterprise Editor, HuffPost  

Kate Sheppard is a senior enterprise editor at HuffPost, managing the economy and environment team. She is based in North Carolina, and previously reported for Mother Jones, Grist, and the American Prospect. Her reporting has been recognized with awards from the Society of Environmental Journalists, the Online News Association and the Deadline Club, and featured in the Best American Science and Nature Writing. She is also a teaching associate professor in the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. 

Dr. Daniel Carrion
Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Medicine & Public Health, Mount Sinai 

Dr. Daniel Carrión completed his PhD in Environmental Health Sciences in the Climate and Health Program in July 2019. His doctoral thesis examined the impact of household air pollution on upper respiratory microbial carriage of infants, as well the socioecological determinants of biomass combustion amongst families in rural Ghana. He is now a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In his current role, he is working in Dr. Allan Just’s research group to refine large-scale exposure models of temperature and air pollution using remotely sensed data, and conducting epidemiological analyses with those exposure datasets. He received a BA from Ithaca College and an MPH from New York Medical College. 

Allison Frisch
Assistant Professor, Journalism @Ithaca College 

Allison Frisch is Assistant Professor of Journalism and Documentary Studies at Ithaca College. Frisch is an award-winning journalist who worked for two decades in the New York Finger Lakes region o and in York, Pennsylvania. She worked as a multimedia journalist and managing, regional, and executive editor. She has been honored for feature writing, investigative reporting, and digital innovation. Her experience includes enterprising, reporting, writing and editing community public health coverage. She teaches journalism history, focusing on local pandemic coverage; documentary industries; documentary immersion; and journalism innovation. Her research focuses on local media models and sustainability, 19th- and 20th- century periodical culture, and cinematic video journalism. 

FLEFF and Cinemapolis present EPICENTRO with Talk Back on Thursday Sept. 17

The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) and Cinemapolis present EPICENTRO, the new documentary by Hubert Sauper (DARWIN’S NIGHTMARE, WE COME AS FRIENDS) that probes Cuba, imperialism, race, utopia, and cinema. 

EPICENTRO is currently playing at Cinemapolis Virtual Cinema. 

Dr. Enrique Gonzalez-Conty from Ithaca College and Dr. Cecelia Lawless from Cornell University will facilitate the talk back on the film on Thursday September 17 from 6 p.m. -7:15 p.m. 

You can see the film anytime prior to Sept 17 for a nominal charge  and also register here for the Talk Back: https://cinemapolis.org/film/epicentro/ 

EPICENTRO is an immersive and metaphorical portrait of post-colonial, “utopian” Cuba, where the 1898 explosion of the USS Maine still resonates.  

This Big Bang ended Spanish colonial dominance in the Americas and ushered in the era of the American Empire.  At the same time and place, a powerful tool of conquest was born: cinema as propaganda. 

In his latest film, Hubert Sauper explores a century of interventionism and myth-making together with the extraordinary people of Havana — who he calls “young prophets” — to interrogate time, imperialism and cinema itself. 

Dr. Enrique González-Conty is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Co-coordinator of the Latin American Studies program at Ithaca College. His research focuses on Caribbean Literature and Film, literary history, theories of the archive, and the New Latin American cinema. He is currently working on his book manuscript titled Archiving the Revolution: Claiming History in Cuban Literature and Film that examines the role of literature and film in the construction of the Cuban Revolutionary Filmic Archive. 

Dr. Cecelia Lawless has a background in film studies and architecture and teaches in the Spanish section of Romance Studies at Cornell University. She has twice received a Fulbright grant to Merida, Venezuela, where she taught courses in urban studies and film at la Universidad de los Andes and conducted research on Latin American documentaries that focus on urban sites. She has published Making Home in Havana (Rutgers, 2002), as well as a number of articles on film and on architectural concepts in literature. She has a research interest in Cuban film and literature.