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.

Honors Program Rapid Response Salon on COVID-19: Food Insecurity and the Right to Food

Friday August 7, 2020  
11 AM in Eastern Daylight Time (US and Canada)

REGISTER HERE:  https://ithaca.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6VehLg1yR2CP7coEh6VLcw


Dr. Alicia Swords, Associate Professor, Sociology

Dr. Joseph Piko Ewoodzie ’06, Malcolm O. Partin Assistant Professor of Sociology, Davidson College

Natasha Thompson, President & CEO, Food Bank of the Southern Tier

Moderated by Yolanda Clarke, Tutoring Services and Health Promotion and Physical Education, Ithaca College

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


Dr. Alicia Swords has been a member of the sociology department at Ithaca College since 2006. Her research and teaching take political economic, ethnographic, and engaged approaches to social change and social movements in the United States and Latin America. She has recently published about organizational change, food dignity, and neo-Zapatista network politics. As honors program director, she enjoyed working with a fantastic steering committee and supporting students  excited by interdisciplinary studies, global learning, and civic engagement.

Dr. Joseph Piko Ewoodzie ‘06 is Malcolm O. Partin Assistant Professor of Sociology at Davidson College in North Carolina. His research expertise includes sociology of food, hip-hop, culture, race, and urban sociology. He uses qualitative research methods to examine how marginalized populations make sense of inequalities in their everyday lives in urban locales. He is author of the book Break Beats in the Bronx: Rediscovering Hip-Hop’s Early Years (2017). He is currently completing a new book, Getting Something to Eat in Jackson, an ethnography of everyday eating practices among poor, homeless, working class, and wealthy African Americans in Jackson, Mississippi.

Natasha Thompson is the President & CEO of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier in Elmira NY. She has over 19 years of experience in food banking and started her career as an Americorps*VISTA volunteer at the Community Food Bank in her home state of Rhode Island in 1997. She is the Chair of the Food Bank Association of NYS and a member of Feeding America’s Nation Council of food banks representing the Eastern Region. Natasha believes leadership is a spiritual practice that requires you to know yourself & continuously strive to be your best in service to others.

Express Yourself IC – Video Reel!

Contributed by Cheryl Rotyliano on 08/05/20  


In this time of protests and pandemics, some talented IC students participated in a virtual event to express the range of emotions they are experiencing, through song, dance, musical performance, and visual art.

View this video to see highlights of the event. We hope that all IC students find a way to express themselves, raise awareness and come together.

State of the Industry: Law & Public Policy Panel Invitation

We’re hosting the “State of the Industry: Law & Public Policy” virtual panel on Wednesday, August 12th at 12:00pm. I would really appreciate your help in letting students know about this opportunity to network, learn about current trends and explore career paths. Please register in Zoom by Wednesday morning.

Panelists include:

  • Tamara Mayberry, ’97, Director of Government Relations for Governor Andrew Cuomo
  • Tom Armbruster, Inspector General’s Office, retired Foreign Service Officer and U.S. Ambassador to the Marshall Islands
  • Megan Devlin, ’14, Director of Communications and Marketing at Meridian International Center

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!


Kristin LiBritz ’98, Director

Office of Career Services