Honors Program Rapid Response Salon on COVID-19: Black People, Racist Rhetoric, Violence

Cosponsored with the Tompkins County Office of Human Rights

Friday June 5, 2020  11 AM-12:15 PM in Eastern Standard Time (US and Canada)

Webinar registration details to follow and will be posted at ithaca.edu/honors


Dr. Christopher House, Department of Communication Studies

Mr. Travis Brooks, Deputy Director, Greater Ithaca Activities Center

Dr. Nicole Horsley, Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity

Dr. Kenneth I. Clarke, Director, Office of Human Rights Tompkins County

Moderated by Yolanda Clarke, Center for Academic Advancement and Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education

In partnership with the Ithaca College Honors program and the Tompkins County Office of Human Rights, join City of Ithaca community leaders and Ithaca College faculty in our latest Rapid Response Salon conversation that focuses on Black people, racist rhetoric, and violence in the context of the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police and subsequent protests across the United States and the world. Hear their insights in an engaging live format meant to offer considered commentary and community dialogue.

On the Retirement and Rewirement of Dr. Carla Golden

With this post, we honor and congratulate honors faculty member Dr. Carla Golden as she retires from Ithaca College. Since soon after the launch of the program, her seminars have inspired many students. She guided her students in engaging with critical ideas that pushed them beyond their comfort zone and formed an intellectual community in each seminar. We applaud her devotion to her students and her perpetual drive for teaching.

Please enjoy this heartfelt letter by Dr. Patricia R. Zimmermann in honor of Dr. Carla Golden’s retirement, read at the virtual Senior Celebration on May 19, 2020.

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The Ithacan “Instant facul-Tea – Carla Golden”

On the Retirement and Rewirement of Dr. Carla Golden

By Patricia R. Zimmermann

Dr. Carla Golden is the hardest person to connect with on the Ithaca College campus. And it is NOT because of the global coronavirus pandemic that rerouted all of our lives to our bedrooms and studies at home.

Especially if you are one of her close friends across decades of scandals, political actions, gossip, panels, discussions, and life changes, like I am.

She is hard to hook up with for a reason.

And that reason is Dr. Golden’s dedication to her students here at Ithaca College. And her dedication to the field of Women’s and Gender Studies, a program she has helmed and transformed here at Ithaca College.

In fact, full disclosure: it was not at all easy to get her to this Zoom event because she has been mounting many other Zoom events with her students, even though she has taught her last class forever on this campus, embodied or virtual  She was at one of those Zooms right before this one!

It took a lot of texts and cajoling on my part to yank her away from these students to get her here for this tribute to her decades of enormous and profound contributions to the Honors Program and to Ithaca College and to all of us.

Dedication is probably not the right word, as it sounds like an unbearable cliché  pirated from a popular culture click bait website for how to write a retirement speech for a retiring manager at the Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceutical  company.

Dr. Golden would fiercely critique this word—dedication– interrogating if it was an example of cis-gender, white, global north, hetersexist, classist privilege. If we were embodied, she would come very close to me, look me straight in the eye and say, Patricia, why are you using that word? Defend yourself and explain!

So Dr. Golden is not “dedicated” to her honors students and classes.

She does something much more significant and much less cliched.

Dr. Golden is absolutely and fiercely committed to the idea that intellectual life opens up a space for collective interrogation of every single presupposition or assumption any of us might hold, especially because a heterosexist, white, global north, male-gendered, hidden structure undergirds those presuppositions and assumptions.

She sees her honors seminars as intense, collective, and yes, sacred spaces where these vigorous and rigorous deconstructions can explode. She sees her seminars as places that yank students out of popular culture and neoliberal complacency into the riptides and storms of full engagement in the world of ideas and critique and intellectual community.

Dr. Golden was an early pioneer in our nationally regarded Honors program  here at Ithaca College. She started teaching in Honors in 1999—21 years of tearing students away from the accepted, the cliched, the normalized, and joining them on a journey to go somewhere else where equality and justice must be fought for continually.

She hacked out a path for anti-racist feminist work in seminars such as Sex, Gender, Desire; Human Nature and Culture; and The Cultural Production of Sex, Gender, and Desire.

If you have been her student in one of her legendary groundbreaking seminars, you know her passion for ideas materialized in the amount of time she spends grading your papers and writing voluminous comments on every idea. If you are a former student, you know her magnificent loyalty to alumni where you  transformed from students who get pages of comments to a friend who gets pages of emails.

Dr. Golden’s life, of course, exceeds her passions for teaching and for students.  She is a gourmet cook of cuisines from Korea, India, Mexico, Malaysia, Thailand, France, Morocoos, Lebanon, Syria.  She hikes. She bikes. She is one of the best Kremlin watchers of American politics and academic shenangins I know, a mix of gossip and intel and gusto. She has never missed a demonstration or political action on our campus or in the Ithaca community. She is a glorious friend and sister in arms.

I had a long phone call with her a few days ago, as I wanted to congratulate her on teaching her last class for her last seminar.

It was not easy to get her on the phone. She was busy grading, talking to students, Zooming, and, much to her surprise, overwrought with emotion cascading around and through her.  She told me, and I quote, because I wrote it down so she would not yell at me today, “I am consumed by teaching.  I did it well.  Nothing I do in my life form this point on will ever be this significant or impactful.”

Congratulations, Dr. Golden, from all of us in the Ithaca College Honors Program, on your retirement and your rewirement into a new life.

Two decades of students and colleagues in Honors have been spurred to move beyond themselves by your example of being totally consumed by pedagogy and ideas. You brilliantly and passionately understand  the urgency of people gathered in a class or on Zoom to tear apart the unknown and the oppressive to build something new, together.





Congratulations Seniors!

Congratulations to the Honors Class of 2020 for completing their undergraduate career and the Honors Program!

This past Tuesday, Alicia Swords and the Honors team hosted a celebratory zoom congratulating the Class of 2020. 

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We honored the recipients of the Hugh Egan and Jim Swafford awards, played a slideshow that showcased some of their highlights, celebrated an honors faculty member who is retiring, and heard from some Honors faculty about their achievements. 

Hugh Egan founded the Honors Program in the Humanities and Sciences in 1995 and played an invaluable role in giving shape to what is today the Ithaca College Honors Program.  We give this award to honor Hugh Egan’s dedication to Honors and to celebrate a graduating senior who embodies his qualities of intellectual excellence, humor, amiability, and modesty.  

This year’s recipient is Andy Yzaguirre. Andy embodies generous, wide-ranging intelligence.  As a scholar of English, Andy understands and wields the power of words.  She also crosses disciplinary boundaries with ease.  In the senior seminar she often served as spokesperson–for herself, for her team, and for the whole class. Her accomplishments include presenting at the national Children’s Literature Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

The James Swafford award is given to a graduating senior who models the broadly read, deeply curious, and possessed of a rich, generous, wide-ranging intelligence that Professor Swafford fostered and modeled of the interdisciplinary identity of honors.  

This year’s recipient is Eliana Berger. Eliana is a bright, diligent, and critical scholar of gender, literature, and media.  Her senior seminar project on women’s roles in literature and media showed great intellectual flexibility, as well as depth of understanding. She presented her research on Gender Representation in Eighteenth-Century Periodicals at Oxford University. 

The Class of 2020 have presented research at national conferences, proven leadership to organizations and executive boards, been members of national honor societies, contributed countless volunteer hours, and much more. 

Congratulations seniors on your success! Go Bombers!


Ithaca College Honors Program Rapid Response Salon on COVID-19: Biotechnology, Evolution, Virology

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Honors Program Rapid Response Salon on COVID-19: Biotechnology, Evolution, Virology

Friday May 22, 2020  11 AM in Eastern Standard Time (US and Canada)

Register here.


Dr. Kari Brossard Stoos, Associate Professor, Health Promotion and Physical Education

Dr. Scott Werneke ’06, Clinical Scientist, Exelixis

Dr. Brooks Miner,  Assistant Professor of Biology

Moderated by Dr. Stewart Auyash, Associate Professor and Chair, Health Promotion and Physical Education

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


Dr. Kari Brossard Stoos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education at Ithaca College. Her teaching and research focus on pathophysiology of chronic and infectious diseases, infection control, bacterial resistance, and service-learning in health. Her teaching emphasizes story-telling by integrating science with human narratives to increase students’ capacity for social responsibility. She is part of a collaborative team developing a rapid test to detect pathogen contamination in seafood. Additionally, she is a co-investigator engaged in international research concerning primate health and development of conservation strategies.

Dr. Scott Werneke ‘06 is a Clinical Scientist at Exelixis, where he runs clinical trials in oncology. He earned his Ph.D. in immunology from Washington University in St. Louis, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. In 2015, Scott joined Genentech in the San Francisco Bay Area as a Senior Scientific Researcher in Cancer Immunotherapy, with an emphasis on immune cell trafficking and drug discovery. Following his time at Genentech, Scott led cross-functional teams as a Project Manager at Tecan Genomics.

Dr. Brooks Miner is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Ithaca College, where he conducts research on the ecology, evolution, and physiology of organisms that inhabit lakes and ponds. His broad interests as an educator have led him to develop interdisciplinary courses about topics such as the human relationship with alcohol and the environmental history of Alaska. He has co-authored thirteen peer-reviewed scientific articles, has contributed chapters to the bestselling undergraduate textbook Evolutionary Analysis, and has published data journalism articles for the website FiveThirtyEight.


Solidarity Collective is Hiring!

Solidarity Collective is hiring! Join one of their international teams in Colombia, Cuba or Honduras for a two year commitment.

Apply now!

Do you like inspiring others to take action and participate in campaigns? Do you want to connect US-based activists with Latin American activists? Do you enjoy helping people connect the dots? Do you want a better future for Latin America?

If so, this may be the position for you.

“Working side-by-side in solidarity with partners on the ground in Honduras was a life-changing experience that has informed my analyses and completely changed the way I organize.” – Aleja Rincón

In this role, you won’t just be working for us, you’ll be working for the more than 20,000 supporters, activists and members who believe in better US policies and corporate practices towards Latin America.

If you’re not interested or able to apply, please share this with bilingual Spanish/English friends who may be interested.

UMD Honors Journal, Aisthesis

University of Minnesota Duluth’s Honors Program is currently seeking academic and creative submissions for the 2020 issue of Aisthesis, our undergraduate honors journal. As an interdisciplinary publication, we welcome academic work, Aisthesis Flyerincluding honors capstone projects, literature reviews, and research articles from all fields of research. Creative submissions of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and visual art (including but not limited to painting, sculpture, short film, multimedia, and photography) are also encouraged. If you are hoping to build your resume, share your work, and publish as an undergraduate, this is the perfect opportunity for you!

The submission deadline is March 20, 2020. Guidelines can be found at https://pubs.lib.umn.edu/index.php/aisthesis/submissionguidelines.

Please email questions to honorsaisthesis@d.umn.edu and follow the Aisthesis Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HonorsAisthesis/) for updates.


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Explore St. Petersburg!


This is a wonderful opportunity to study with some of the world’s leading Cultural Theorists while gaining invaluable overseas Internship experience through Stony Brook University’s faculty-led Study Abroad Program “Explore St. Petersburg!”; earning 1-7 credits from Stony Brook, while choosing from a range of available Internships.


The program is hosted by The Herzen State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg, and works closely with Stony Brook’s NY-St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture (NYI-2020), which will be held this summer for the 18th consecutive year in St. Petersburg.

Program dates are July 5-August 2, 2020 For more information, click here
**Mini-grants now available through Stony Brook International Programs.**

NYI’s lineup of Cultural, Media, Gender/Ethnicity Studies, and Sociology seminars for summer 2020:

Nothing too good for the Working Class? Music and Politics of the Cultural Front (John Halle, Independent Scholar)
The Sociology of Everyday Technologies in a Globalized World (Kristen Karlberg, SUNY Purchase
Because Bodies still Matter and Gender still Troubles, or Why We Need Intersectional Gender Studies in 2020
(Masha Godovannaya, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna & Katharina Wiedlack, University of Vienna)
The Politics of Utopia (Ana Hofman & Tanja Petrovic, Slovenian Academy of Science)
Neocolonial Machtpolitik (Bekeh Ukelina, SUNY Cortland)
Heretical Materialisms (Nikolay Karkov, SUNY Cortland)
Zombie Apocalypses and the Historical Imaginary (James McFarland, Vanderbilt University)
Photography and the Post-Human Image (Yola Monakhov Stockton, SUNY Buffalo State)
Making Theater (Leah Lowe, Vanderbilt University)
Contested Memories and Holocaust Trauma (Barbara LeSavoy, SUNY Brockport)

(11 Linguistics/Cognitive studies faculty as well!)

***All seminars are in English***  

To apply click here

The application deadline is April 1, 2020.