Park Center for Independent Media and the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival launch International Convenings on Co-Creation in Documentary and Journalism

Ithaca, New York, 15 July: The Park Center for Independent Media (PCIM) and the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) at Ithaca College (US) are launching a new international initiative to convene scholars, producers, and journalists to probe teaching cocreation during pandemic and protest.

The first international convening on Cocreation in Documentary and Journalism during Pandemic and Protest was held on Thursday, July 9, 2020. Cocreation operates on a horizontal model of collaboration rather than a top-down model of a single author or writer.

Producers and scholars of documentary, journalism, and new media explored innovative teaching strategies for small scale cocreation documentary and journalism production and theory during pandemic and protest at their universities and colleges.  

Twenty participants joined from the United Kingdom, Greece, Canada, Kuwait, Australia, Scotland, and the United Kingdom. They represented a range of institutions including California College of the Arts, York University (Canada), Concordia University (Canada), University of Rochester, University of the West of England (UK), University of Bristol (UK), University of Lincoln (UK), University of Kuwait, RMIT (Australia), University of St. Andrews (Scotland), RMIT University (Australia), University of Illinois-Champaign, University at Buffalo, Hendrix College, and Ithaca College (US), 

This event followed the international webinars on cocreation and participatory media organized by Park Center for Independent Media (Co-creation in Documentary during Pandemic and Protest, June 24, 2020, with the journal Afterimage) and the iDocs webinar at the University of the West of England, UK (Co-creating in times of corona pandemic, July 2).  

The PCIM/FLEFF initiative plans to advance conversations and collaborations between practitioners and theorists of documentary and journalism to contribute to this ongoing national, international and cross-institutional dialogue. 

More convenings are slated to coordinate with efforts at iDocs in the United Kingdom and at other journalism and communications programs internationally on this urgent topic of cocreation, pandemic, and protests across documentary and journalism.

For more information, contact Raza Rumi, or Patricia Zimmermann,


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  Healing From Hate 
This is a FREE online event, Thursday, July 23

7:30-9:00pm (ET): Watch Party
9:00-9:30pm: Live Virtual Q & A/Discussion

Please register (free) to receive the link to watch and participate in the Q & A. Join the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding on June 23 at 7:30 pm ET for a special online community screening of the documentary HEALING FROM HATE: BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF A NATION.   HEALING FROM HATE takes a riveting inside look at the work of the organization Life After Hate, a group of former Skinheads and neo-Nazis who are now working on the front lines to de-radicalize violent extremists and transform racist attitudes. The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q & A with award-winning filmmaker Peter Hutchison and Life After Hate co-founder Tony McAleer, who’s featured in the film. Olivia Stokes Dreier, the Executive Director of the Karuna Center, will moderate the discussion. We urge you to join us for this special screening and discussion as America’s long-overdue reckoning with systemic racism, white supremacy, and racist violence continues to reverberate.This event is co-sponsored by the Media Education Foundation. 


Ongoing Anti-Racist Workspaces for White-Identifying Students


Contributed by Samantha Elebiary

Ithaca College has been organizing virtual spaces for faculty, staff, and students to gather and reflect on the current and ongoing race relations in the United States. These spaces are designed for white-identified students to understand systemic racism in order to dismantle it, and to understand their role in this work. 

Dear students,

We are creating spaces for white-identifying students to be in community to learn, grow, challenge one another, and strive to shift from “I am not racist” to truly understanding what it means to be anti-racist in thought and practice. Whether you are just beginning your journey of understanding racism and what it means to be anti-racist or are well-practiced and disciplined at interrupting the script of white supremacy, you are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Please consider registering for upcoming workspaces that will all focus on different topics/themes within anti-racist work as a white-identifying student. You can find all upcoming events on the Center for IDEAS Engage page. You must register for each individual event in order to receive the zoom link/and any associated materials/resources. 

Upcoming Workspaces:

  • Understanding What it Means to be WhiteThursday, July 23rd, 4pm-5pm EST. Register here
  • Understanding Systemic Racism and White Privilege– Thursday, July 30th, 4pm-5pm EST. Register here
  • Understanding Race as a Social ConstructThursday, August 6th, 4pm-5pm EST. Register here
  • Understanding White Privilege – Thursday, August 13th, 4pm-6pm EST (note this is a 2-hour event). Register here

Facilitators for this ongoing series will include faculty and staff from across campus including: Joslyn Brenton, Kaylee Collins, Julie Dorsey, Samantha Elebiary, Beth Greene, Kelly Hallisy, Eileen Harrington, Doreen Hettich-Atkins, Mary Holland-Bavis, Abby Juda, Luke Keller, Nicole Koschmann, Michele Lenhart, Luca Maurer, Elyse Nepa, Mo Ordnung, Kevin Perry, Sara Rodrigues, Elisabeth Tomlin, and Jacqueline Winslow. 

If you have any questions, concerns, or requests for accommodations, please email

Please join us in this work.


Samantha Elebiary, BOLD Program Director, 

Elyse Nepa, Coordinator – Public Safety and Emergency Management,

Jacqueline Winslow, Ed.D., Director of New Student & Transition Programs,

Honors Program Rapid Response Salon on COVID-19: Prison, Racism, Reform

Friday, July 24, 2020  
11 AM in Eastern Daylight Time (US and Canada)


Bruce Clarke ’67, Jessup Scholars Program

Dr. Paula Ioanide, Associate Professor, Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity

Elias Beltran, PHD Student/Writing Fellow, Cornell University

Moderated by Dr. Shaianne Osterreich, Associate Professor, Economics

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 prison, racism, and prison reform around the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear their insights in an engaging live format meant to provide expert commentary.


Bruce Clarke ’67 is a graduate of Ithaca College and Georgetown University Law Center. He practiced criminal law in private practice and as a staff attorney for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. During a sabbatical from the law, he studied acting and playwrighting in New York, and had several plays produced. He later worked at the Federal Judicial Center, the judicial branch agency responsible for the orientation and continuing education of federal judges, where he became Director of its Education Division. For the past five years he has taught in prison education programs in Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Dr. Paula Ioanide is Associate Professor, Center for the Study of Culture, Race & Ethnicity at Ithaca College. She is a mother, teacher, scholar, and prison abolition organizer who strives to counter the social and spiritual ills produced by systemic racism and build new worlds. She is a professor of comparative ethnic studies specializing in the role of emotions in perpetuating racism. Ioanide is the author of The Emotional Politics of Racism: How Feelings Trump Facts in an Era of Colorblindness (Stanford University Press, 2015), co-editor of P (Punctum Books, 2019) and co-founder of the journal Abolition: A Journal of Insurgent Politics.

Elias Beltran is a PHD Student/Writing Fellow at Cornell University. Recently a case manager for justice-involved youth, former Director of an HIV/AIDS awareness program, and certified Peer Counselor, Beltran graduated with a BA in Literature and the Humanities in 2017 from the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI). At Bard, his Senior Project looked at trauma, dispossession and reclamation. Interested in Caribbean literature, the Chinese in the Caribbean, postcolonialism and empire, he continues to study Mandarin Chinese and just completed the first year of a PhD in Comparative Literature at Cornell University. At 16, Elias was sentenced to a term of 30 years to Life in prison. He served 29½ years of that term.

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Exploratory Events of Interest

Hello Friends,

Good afternoon! I am sharing two links with you on events that the Exploratory Program has created, one for July 22nd and the other for July 28th:

The two Zoom sessions are on pivoting and resiliency. You will see that one event focuses on experiences of recent alums and the other shines a spotlight on faculty and staff. Please share liberally and feel free to invite students you think might benefit. Although the events are geared towards explorers, they may be of general benefit and interest to many of our incoming and second-year students. 

 Thank you for your attention.

Have a happy weekend.




Maria DiFrancesco (pronouns: she/her)

Professor of Spanish

Exploratory Program Director

Dance with Pride! July 20, 1:15 pm eastern time

IC’s LGBTQ Center’s Summer of Pride presents: DANCE WITH PRIDE, an open level virtual class taught by Aimee Rials, Assistant Professor of Dance at Ithaca College. Tune in to strengthen, stretch, and get yourself moving! All levels are welcome! Sign up to participate at

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Luca Maurer at or (607) 274-7394. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

Ithaca College Signs Amicus Brief in Support of International Students

On July 10, Ithaca College signed onto an amicus brief in support of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s legal complaint against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On July 6, ICE issued a policy directive that would have prohibited international students from being able to remain in the Unites States if they were enrolled in online-only courses for Fall 2020. Under the guidance, international students enrolled in online-only courses would have had to transfer to a higher education institution that offered hybrid or in-person courses or else would be subject to  deportation

The guidance was rescinded on Tuesday, July 14.  

IC was among the 180 colleges and universities that filed an amicus brief on behalf of the President’s Alliance on Higher Education and Immigrationof which IC President Shirley M. Collado is a founding member.  

The President’s Alliance  amicus  brief argued that higher education institutions and international students would experience significant burdens due to the guidance’s arbitrary prohibition, without notice, to online-only courses for international students, particularly after investing substantial resources in planning their fall 2020 operations. Institutions, the  amicus  argued, relied heavily on the existing Student and Exchange Visitor Program guidance that flexibility would continue “for the duration of the emergency.”  

“We are in a critical moment in higher education around our response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, a situation that necessitates that colleges and universities devise creative and effective ways to best serve our students as scholars and as people,” said Ithaca College President Shirley M. Collado. “The ICE directive was not a political issue — it was a human rights issue. This demanded that colleges and universities stand with one another and unite in a very public way to advocate on behalf of students from all walks of life. It represented a national conversation that Ithaca College needed to join as a private college that serves the public good.” 

Calling Class of 2020 First-Gen Students to Share your Stories!

Contributed by Lia Munoz

The First-Gen Center at Ithaca College is compiling an online recognition and celebration for our graduating First-Generation college students.

If you are a graduating First-Gen Student, please use THIS LINK to submit your information, stories, and photos that will be published on a website specifically for First-Gen students. The form should take you no longer than 10-15 minutes and allows you to upload a headshot/profile photo and up to 4 additional photos highlighting experiences from IC.

Our goals are to 1) celebrate and showcase the accomplishments of our amazing first-gen community, 2) provide students with an avenue to share their stories of resilience and success, and 3) share student stories on a platform that is easily accessible to family, loved ones, and other first-gen communities world wide.  

For questions email Lia Munoz at