Upcoming Events

2020 ‘How to be an Antiracist’ Slow Read for Students

Ibram Kendi’s book’s slow-reads will take place over the academic year with a soft kick-off date in September, a wrap-up date of April 9 (2021).  Students can sign up in groups of no more than 10. Each group with be co-facilitated by either staff or faculty member.  Copies of the book will be provided to students who request one.   

Students may sign up using this form, either individually or in groups:  


A Conversation with Misha Euceph, Executive Producer of The Michelle Obama Podcast

September 30, 2020 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM 
Register Here: https://ithaca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvdemprD8tG9eayXKlRqrvxo96N3Z725wx 

Misha in conversation with Hierald Osorto, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life and Raza Ahmad, Director, Park Center for Independent Media will explore how podcasts lift-up stories of intersecting identities, defining moments, relationship with faith/spirituality, and activism. When we release those stories onto the airwaves (figuratively speaking), how do they change listeners? 

More info here: https://ithaca.campuslabs.com/engage/event/6386109

Reimagining and Remaking Our Nation in Love and Compassion: A Conversation with Valarie Kaur

October 20, 2020 | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Register Here: https://www.ithaca.edu/religious-and-spiritual-life/sacl-signature-event-2020-elections

Join Executive Director for Student Equity and Belonging and Director for Religious and Spiritual Life, Hierald Osorto in a conversation with Valarie Kaur, renowned Sikh racial justice activist, civil rights lawyer, award-winning filmmaker, educator, founder of the Revolutionary Love Project, and author of the new book See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary LoveTogether we’ll explore: How do we labor for the world we want when the labor feels endless? How do we reimagine and remake our nation in love and compassion? 

Valarie Kaur is a masterful storyteller and seasoned activist, and her talk, including her 2017 TED talk, have garnered millions of views. Please plan to join us for this extraordinary conversation.

Crossing the Line
Please join Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA) and City of Asylum Pittsburgh for “Crossing the Line,” a virtual (and highly visual) conversation about cartooning, free expression, censorship, and personal risk.


The free online event will take place on Friday, October 2, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Featured guests are internationally acclaimed political cartoonists Pedro X. Molina of Nicaragua and Rob Rogers of Pittsburgh.

Both artists have paid a steep price for their work. Molina (self-portrait above) was forced to flee Nicaragua with his family in December 2018 after his main media outlet, Confidencial, was taken over by government forces during a crackdown on dissent. He won the 2018 Courage in Editorial Cartooning Award from Cartoonists Rights Network International and is now ICOA’s artist-in-residence and a Visiting International Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College.

Join the Ithaca College Speech and Debate Team

The Speech and Debate Team is looking for new members.

This year we are debating about immigration (we get different topics each year).  Tournaments will all be online – debating online works better than most other competitive activities.

You don’t need any previous experience to participate and you’d be part of a long tradition – Ithaca College has had a Speech and Debate Team since the 1920’s.

Contact Scott Thomson from the Communication Studies Department if you are interested.  You can even earn one academic credit per semester being part of the team.

Send an email to pthomson@ithaca.edu

Honors Roundup: NHCH Student Board Nominations, Research Publication Opportunity, & Cine con Cultura 2020

Student Board Nominations

Students: Picture Yourself at the NCHC Board Table…

Nominations are still being accepted for student positions on the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Board of Directors, including both 1-year and 2-year terms. Because student nominees must have support from their honors director to run, nominees can download the form below, and return it completed to the NCHC Office before November 15. Accepted nominees received in advance will be presented as part of the slate at the online Annual Business meeting. Nominations will still be accepted at that meeting, date yet to be determined..

…but what’s in it for you?

“Running for the board provides a unique opportunity to voice your opinion, and bring the perspectives from your school and community. Our organization is made up of a bunch of different universities and programs, and being part of the board gives us a chance to collaborate on the future of honors.”

Amber Rolland, University of Central Arkansas
Past NCHC Student Board Member

UReCA Submissions


This year I have the honor of serving as Chief Editor of NCHC’s Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. UReCA provides students the opportunity to have their academic and creative pursuits published alongside the work of some of their brightest and most dedicated peers. We receive submissions from schools both in the United States, as well as from institutions overseas, and each of our associate editors studies at a different NCHC-affiliated university. We strive to show the power of undergraduate work by transcending the boundaries of state, region, and discipline.

Each year I am inspired and impressed by the submissions we receive, and I hope to help as many students as possible have the opportunity to share their work. We encourage you to share this information with your students and with colleagues who may supervise undergraduate academic and creative endeavors. Our submissions deadline is October 16th. In the meantime, feel free to direct any questions my way. Below you will find a link to our 2019 publication. Thank you!



JheDienne Adams
Editor-in-Chief, UReCA

Cine con Cultura – Latinx American Film Festival 2020 starting this week! Sept 15-Oct 15

We’re bringing 14 films in Spanish and Portuguese to Ithaca during Latina/o/x Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15). All films will have virtual screenings and this film festival is a collaboration between the Latino Civic Association, Cultura Ithaca!, Cornell Cinema, Cinemapolis, and FLEFF. Many films are free and open to the public. Please help us spread the word about this event and let your professors/family/friends know.

Find the full schedule of films here!

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.   


STUDY ABROAD advising available! Start planning now for 2021-22.

Even though we won’t be together on campus this semester, study abroad advisors are available now and throughout the semester to help you plan for a future study abroad experience. Although College-sponsored and affiliated study abroad programs are suspended for 2020-21, we would be happy to help you plan for a summer, semester, or winter session abroad in the 2021-22 academic year or beyond.

Click here to schedule an appointment. Once you’ve selected a time and date, you’ll be sent a Zoom link by a study abroad adviser. If you aren’t able to find a time that works well for you, just send an email to studyabroad@ithaca.edu with your availability for the upcoming week and you’ll hear back from us with some possible meeting times. We look forward to working with you in planning your study abroad experience.

NOTE: If you are scheduling a study abroad advising meeting but have not yet discussed study abroad with an academic adviser, we encourage you to speak with an academic advisor BEFORE your study abroad appointment. To give you the best study abroad advice, we will need to know when study abroad works best in your academic program, and which courses you will need to take during your time abroad. Your individual faculty adviser can assist, or you can schedule a 30-minute Zoom meeting with an academic adviser in the Academic Advising Center.

Get notified of upcoming study abroad events, information and announcements! Join the Study Abroad page on IC Engage, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram.

International Programs and Extended Studies | 607-274-3306 | studyabroad@ithaca.edu


Hope you might be able to join the FILM QUARTERLY webinar tomorrow at 4 Eastern Time on WE TELL: FIFTY YEARS OF PARTICIPATORY COMMUNITY MEDIA. 

An incredible array of luminaries involved in community media organizations, political documentary, archiving, documentary history, participatory media strategies, and more.  

Featuring Louis Massiah from Scribe Video and Patricia Zimmermann, Ithaca College, the co-programmers of WE TELL; as well as Angela Aguayo, University of Illinois; Darcy MacKinnon, New Orleans Video Access Center; Spencer Nakasako, Vietnamese Youth Development Center; Maggie Bowman, Kartemquin Films.

Moderated by B. Ruby Rich, editor, FILM QUARTERLY

Register here:


Patricia R. Zimmermann, Ph.D.
Professor of Screen Studies
Roy H. Park School of Communication
Codirector, Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival

FLEFF and Cinemapolis present a Talk Back on OUT STEALING HORSES (Norway, 2020) Thursday August 20



6-7:15 p.m. via Zoom  Eastern Daylight Time

Join Dr. Andrew Utterson, Associate Professor, Screen Studies and Dr. Michael Richardson, Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures, Ithaca College for an open discussion forum of this acclaimed new adaptation. 

Watch the film via Cinemapolis Virtual Cinema for a modest screening fee prior to the talk back (film opens August 7): https://cinemapolis.org/film/out-stealing-horses/ 

Register for the talk back on Zoom HERE 



Adapted from the bestselling novel, OUT STEALING HORSES follows 67-year-old Trond (Stellan Skarsgård) in the winter of 1999, still grieving the death of his wife as he retires to a solitary life in the Norwegian woods. Trond prepares to welcome the new millennium alone, until a chance encounter with his only neighbor, Lars, rekindles dormant memories from the summer of 1948—the summer Trond grew up. 

Director: Hans Petter Moland 

Writers: Hans Petter Moland (screenplay), Per Petterson (novel) 

Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Bjørn Floberg, Tobias Santelmann 

Talk Back Co-Moderators 

Dr. Michael Richardson is Professor and Chair of Modern Languages and Literatures at Ithaca College.  His research interests encompass 20th- and 21st-century literature, theater, and film, from the Weimar Republic to contemporary Germany. His current research focuses on three areas: constructions of history in recent German cinema, Holocaust cinema, and the image of Hitler in American and German popular culture. He is the author ofRevolutionary Theater and The Classical Heritage: Inheritance and Appropriation from Weimar to the GDR(2007), and coeditor of A New History of German Cinema (2012) and Visualizing the Holocaust: Documents, Aesthetics, and Memory (2008).  His essays have appeared in Telos, Colloquia Germanica, New German Critique, Stanford Literature Review, and in many anthologies. He is also a member of the editorial board of New German Critique

Dr. Andrew Utterson is Associate Professor of Screen Studies in the Roy H. Park School of Communications and the Coordinator of the college-wide Ithaca Seminar, the liberal arts first-year seminars, at Ithaca College. His research examines the impact of new technology on cinema and how new technology enables rethinking moving image history across screen media. He is the author of Persistent Images: Encountering Film History in Contemporary Cinema (2020); From IBM to MGM: Cinema at the Dawn of the Digital Age (2011), editor of Technology and Culture: The Film Reader (2005), and co-editor of the four-volume anthology Film Theory: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies (2004). His essays have been published in Studies in French Cinema, New Review of Film and Television Studies, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Leonardo, and in many anthologies. 


Join the IC Jumpstart Program!

Jumpstart is a collaboration between several departments on campus that offers new students a chance to explore the local community, learn about resources on campus, and meet new friends. We are offering 10 half-day Jumpstart programs on a variety of topics on three Saturdays after first-year students move in and before in-person classes begin: September 19, 26, and October 3. This program is only open to new first-year and transfer students and there is no cost to participate, but there is a selection process. Read about each program and its distinct focus on the Jumpstart website www.ithaca.edu/jumpstart-program, then choose your favorite. Applications are open August 10 to September 7 and applicants will be notified about program placements on September 11. Contact ose@ithaca.edu with any questions about the IC Jumpstart program.