IC Honors Student Spotlight: Erin Doran ’18

After a long break, we’re pleased feature junior honors student, Erin Doran as this week’s student spotlight. Erin is from Canandaigua, NY and studies Television Radio at Ithaca College. She’s also working towards a minor in Communication Management and Design. With a concentration in media production, Erin is highly involved in Ithaca College Television (ICTV) where she’s worked on four television shows including Fake Out, Ithaca College’s original game show. She’s been highly involved as the philanthropy chair and now newly elected president of Ithaca College’s chapter of the Delta Kappa Alpha National Professional Cinematic Society through which she collaborates with other Ithaca students to serve their community through cinema. Erin also serves on the executive board of IC Courage, helping to plan events to raise money for Camp Good Days and Special Times, a summer camp for children and families affected by cancer. Since January, Erin has been living it up on the West Coast, studying in Los Angeles with the ICLA program and interning at CONAN, the late night television show hosted by Conan O’Brien. A lover of dogs, music, theater, and working with kids, Erin is a distinguished member of the honors community. In order to learn more about her experiences as an Honors student, continue reading in her own words below!

'18 Erin Doran

Your favorite part about IC:
“Everyone on campus is so friendly! The Park School definitely has a community feel that promotes creativity and collaboration alongside learning, and the location in the number one college-town in the nation is wonderful. There’s always something to do both on and off campus. Our alumni are also amazing, and with so many networking opportunities offered through Ithaca, I feel more confident pursuing a career in the television and film industry!”

Your favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
“Creativity and Madness with Mary Beth O’Connor! I loved the psychological and philosophical aspects of the course, as well as the artistic. When we got to the class presentations, I enjoyed hearing each student’s insight on a selected topic dealing with the connection between creativity and madness. Our class discussions every day were intriguing, and throughout the semester I developed a new level of insight into the world of creativity through the eyes of those regarded by society as “geniuses” or “insane,” and discovered how these words do not do justice to what really may be happening.”

The coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
“Right now, I am participating in the ICLA program, and am interning at the late night talk show, Conan! I love living in Los Angeles and having the opportunity to work on set at the Warner Bros. lot everyday alongside other Ithaca Alumni! Everyone is so incredibly nice, and this semester has been a dream come true. Being able to participate in the ICLA program was a huge factor that led to my decision to go to Ithaca. There are so many great opportunities Ithaca provides for its students, both on campus and across the country!”



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IC Honors Seminar Spotlight: Creativity & Madness

Professor Mary Beth O’Connor is bringing back her popular seminar this semester. Check out more about it below!

iStock_000017748904Small90_610_300_s_c1_center_centerDescribe your seminar in one sentence. “Creativity & Madness is an investigation into the relationship—or lack thereof—between various kinds of “mental illness” and creativity.”

Describe your classroom style in one sentence. “Discussion-based with an emphasis on students identifying and exploring interests of their own in this field: a particular artist, musician, writer, scientist who has been associated with “madness” or an issue in the field such as whether there is a relationship between bipolar disorder and creativity, whether people can create when they’re depressed, how “madness” has been portrayed in literature and film, what the role of the unconscious in creativity is, etc.”

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar? “I hope that students will take away the skill to undertake research in an area of their own choosing and come to understand the complexities involved in the issues in the field of creativity and madness studies.”

What is one piece of advice you would give to students? “Question your assumptions.”

More to know: “Each of us also takes on a creativity project, and we share these projects at the end of the semester. I encourage students (and myself) to try something new, something they feel they’re not good at, etc. and see what happens: painting, writing poems, songwriting, sculpture, making pottery, drawing, filmmaking, even game-creation!”

Check out the full list of seminars here and the whole list of spotlights here.