Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival Mini-Courses Block II Spring, 2019!

FLEFF: Disrupting Genres – 42878 – GCOM 10113 – 01

This course explores written, visual, and oral “texts” that cross boundaries of genre and media. Beginning with genres such as creative nonfiction, docudrama, hip hop, podcasts, and spoken word (to name but a few) that were themselves disruptions of the traditional not so long ago, we will move on to examine current examples of images, sounds, and words that call into question the very concept of genre.

Amy Quan Block II, 1 credit, MW at 4:00 – 5:15 Smiddy 113


FLEFF: Disruptive Narratives and Rhetorical Landmines – 42877 – GCOM 10111 – 01

Why do audiences make some films popular and not others? What does that tell us about the kinds of narratives that resonate with mass audiences? How do some films convey messages that function as cultural landmines and others have underlying messages that shift digital, cultural, economic, ideological, social, environmental, and political landscapes? In this class, we discuss how filmmakers function as dominant storytellers through their uses of narratives, words, images and sounds to rhetorically engage current debates and issues. As such, we consider the methods of rhetorical criticism to help uncover their arguments and implications. In this course student will write reflections on required readings and films and attend FLEFF screenings.

Chris House  Block II, 1 credit, W 4-6:30 PM Friends Hall 309


FLEFF: Disruption, Danger and Opportunity – 42953 – GCOM 10112 – 01

This course will delve into issues to help students learn how in disruption there is an opportunity for human relationships to improve/evolve, and what it is about disruption that leads to failure. The Blasey-Ford and Kavanaugh hearings will be discussed along with other ‘disrupting’ events to prepare students for critically viewing films screened during the Festival.

Jerry Mirskin Block II, 1 credit, W 6:50-9:30 pm 3/20 – 4/17


FLEFF: Whitewashing the Overdose Epidemic – Disrupting Racial Assumptions – 42875 – GCOM 10108

The current overdose epidemic in the United States is presented in the media as a new development in rural America that overwhelmingly impacts white people. Federal agencies and community groups have hastened to frame substance users as unwitting passive victims of an overzealous and unscrupulous medical industry, shifting from previous cultural assumptions that positioned other users, mostly urban and black, as junkies and criminals who are better off dead or in jail. This course intends to disrupt these perspectives. It will question how the dominant narrative presents and racializes the overdose epidemic.  We will look at stories, data and films, and interview guests to unpack what is happening to the junkies, criminals, and victims in this epidemic.

Stewart Auyash Block II, T/Th 4-5:15, 1 credit Hill Center G03


FLEFF: Disrupting “H”istory – Asian American Non-Fiction Films – 42954 – GCOM 10109 – 01

Asian American documentaries have long served a subversive role to contest and disrupt commercial media representations of Asians. This class will challenge representations of Asians and Asian Americans in popular media by examining documentaries made by Asian and Asian American filmmakers that serve as a communal history and a history of agency and consciousness.  By learning the rhetorical device of the documentary from professors in different fields of study (Anthropology and Film Theory), students in this mini-course will have a rare opportunity to learn how to unthink Eurocentrism and question race and representation through a critical and interdisciplinary lens.

Sue-Je Gage and Sueyoung Park-Primiano W 3-4:50 PM Block II, 1 credit


FLEFF: Environmental Disruptions – 42876 – GCOM 10110 – 01 

Images of massive human migration have become more frequent recently, with the latest example found in Ai Wei Wei’s documentary Human Flow (2017). While this film addresses both political and environmental refugees, the course will focus on environmental refugees to examine the impact of climate change. Moreover, sudden natural disasters—such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions—and gradual environmental changes—such as coastal erosion, rising sea-level and desertification—affect the most vulnerable populations for whom the option to migrate is not readily available. In this way, students will compare documentary films on climate change with activist, government, and scientific discourses to understand the complex nexus of the environment and migration.

Sueyoung Park-Primiano Block ll , 1 credit, M 4-6:00 pm Friends Hall 309


Systemic Disruption: Promoting a Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Society – 43005 – MGMT 10307 – 01

The United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes a goal to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development and to provide access to justice. This course will explore that goal by discussing what we mean by an effective and accountable criminal justice system able to combat corruption. Students will study the unsustainability of social injustice, wrongful convictions and efforts to combat corruption through film, selected readings, case studies and guest speakers.

Veronica Fox Block II, 1.5 credits, MW 4-5:15 pm Williams Hall 310

Seniors – Don’t miss your Senior Class & Donor Reception!

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Seniors, come mingle with Dr. Rosanna Ferro, Vice President of Student Affairs and Campus Life, fellow seniors, and others from IC’s giving community.

Hear Dr. Ferro speak about the Senior Class Gift Campaign, make your gift, and network with Ithaca College’s most loyal supporters!

Hors-d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available.

Friday, October 26, 2018
5:00-6:15 PM
(program begins at 5:40 pm)

Clark & Klingenstein Lounges, Campus Center

Check out the Facebook Event for more details! If you have any questions, please email

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Sierra Yaple at or (607) 274-1959. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

Public Lecture: What the traditional Chicago media missed in the Laquan McDonald case

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Journalist Brandon Smith will give a public lecture on the power of independent journalism in exposing police brutality and racial injustice on Wednesday, October 24th at 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites.

Smith has been a journalist in the investigative/accountability tradition for more than a decade, and has concentrated primarily on police accountability since 2014. Published in The GuardianAl Jazeera, The Daily Beast, and In These Times, Smith has also written about pollution and public health issues, runaway military spending, and mass surveillance.

Smith was a winner of the Izzy Award along with activist Jamie Kalven in 2016 for challenging the official story about the killing of Laquan McDonald, an African American teenager, by Chicago police in 2014. Early this October, the police officer was convicted on counts of second-degree murder and battery.

We also have a Q&A session before the event from 5pm-6:30 at Klingstein Lounge and if you are interested in attending this portion, please contact

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please contact Brandy Hawley, or 607-274-3590 as soon as possible.

Thrills by Day…Frights by Night!

This is a reminder that tickets will be going on sale next week!

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The Honors Program is offering a trip to Darien Lake Theme Park on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.

During the day, you will enjoy the coasters such as the Tantrum, Mind Eraser and the Viper.

Once night falls, the park transforms into a scream park featuring: Zombies around every corner, scare zones an haunted mazes and Laser Spooktacular!

Tickets for this trip will be going on sale in PRW 072 on

  • Wednesday September 12th – 10 – 4 pm
  • Thursday September 13th – 10-4 pm

Tickets will be $35 each.

We accept payments of cash or check ONLY.

Please bring exact change if you are paying with cash!

Tickets are first come first served! This trip will occur rain or shine.

No refunds will be issued for this trip.

I hope you can come and have a really ghoul time!

James Foreman, Jr., will give this year’s Constitution Day Lecture!

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Thursday, September 13, 201 8 at 7:00 PM in Textor 102

Pulitzer Prize winning author and Yale Law Professor, James Foreman, Jr., will give this year’s Constitution Day Lecture on his book, LOCKING UP OUR OWN: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT IN BLACK AMERICA.

Professor James Forman Jr. is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He attended public schools in Detroit and New York City before graduating from the Atlanta Public Schools. After attending Brown University and Yale Law School, he worked as a law clerk for Judge William Norris of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court.

After clerking, he joined the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., where for six years he represented both juveniles and adults charged with crimes.

During his time as a public defender, Professor Forman became frustrated with the lack of education and job training opportunities for his clients. So in 1997, along with David Domenici, he started the Maya Angelou Public Charter School, an alternative school for school dropouts and youth who had previously been arrested. A decade later, in 2007, Maya Angelou School expanded and agreed to run the school inside D.C.’s juvenile prison.

Professor Forman teaches and writes in the areas of criminal procedure and criminal law policy, constitutional law, juvenile justice, and education law and policy. His particular interests are schools, prisons, and police, and those institutions’ race and class dimensions. Professor Forman’s first book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, was on many top 10 lists, including the New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2017, and was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Thomas Shevory at or (607) 274-1347. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

Professor Forman will be available for a book signing after the event.