“All Governments Lie” Documentary Screening and Q&A 10/4 in Park Auditorium

Jeff Cohen, associate professor in the Department of Journalism and director of the Park Center for Independent Media, will participate in a Q&A session after a screening of All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone on Wednesday, October 4 at 7:00 in Park Auditorium. Cohen co-produced the film, and key scenes were filmed on the Ithaca College campus. Learn more about the film below!

ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE: TRUTH, DECEPTION AND THE SPIRIT OF I.F. STONE, US poster, 2016. ©White Pine

Starring in the movie are independent journalists who’ve exposed government deception, including Amy Goodman & Nermeen Shaikh (Democracy Now!), Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone), Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill (The Intercept), Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian (The Young Turks), Carl Bernstein (Watergate), Michael Moore, John Carlos Frey and the legendary I.F. Stone. (Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 91%) More info: allgovernmentslie.com

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Ngan Tran ’18

This Student Spotlight features Ngan Tran, a junior Politics major from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. In her time here at Ithaca College, Ngan has committed herself to serving her classmates both as a resident assistant and as a Diversity Peer Educator. As an advocate for social justice, she serves as the president of IC Books Through Bars, a student organization dedicated to providing books for incarcerated men and women across the northeastern region of the country. Ngan is also a member of the IC Ping Pong Club and dreams of one day visiting Man United’s home stadium, Old Trafford and taking a picture with Cristiano Ronaldo. Learn more about Ngan below!

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Favorite part about IC:
My favorite part about IC is the people – my friends, professors, and co-workers. My friends give me shopping advices, are willing to listen to me, and are there when I need help. All of my professors are very approachable. I can visit them during their office hours and share with them what I have been thinking about. Most of the time those thoughts are academically related or thoughts that are central to who I am and my viewpoints about the world.

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
Definitely International Scholarly Conversation with Naeem Inayatullah and Jason Freitag. I discover a lot about myself through writing and different concepts that were presented in the readings. One idea that I remember clearly is the concept of sameness leads to differences and differences lead to sameness (Ghassan Hage’s “Comes a Time We Are All Enthusiasm”: Understanding Palestinian Suicide Bombers in Times of Exighophobia). For example, when thinking or talking about terrorism, the first thing that comes to one’s mind is immediate condemnation. One does so without thinking or hesitation. One must starts off by declaring that terrorism is wrong and it shouldn’t be allow in any shape or form. By doing this, one misses the opportunity to allow themselves to think about the circumstances that coerce terrorists to act the way they do. What caused the terrorists to act like that? Do they have any motives or are terrorists simply crazy people? All of those questions were forgotten because one only thinks about criticizing terrorism. Denouncing terrorism might means that there is something that deeply connected a “normal” person to a terrorist. The hidden secret, but not a secret at all, is that we (both terrorists and a “normal” individual) are human beings. If one accepts that terrorists are also people, one would be horrified because they could act violently against other people when pressured into a deadlock situation. One thinks that terrorists are actually different from them in many ways and finds it very uncomfortable to view terrorists as human beings. This is what I called differences leads to sameness. In other words, one believe terrorists are different than them but it might not be true. We can’t accept that terrorists are human beings because doing so means there is a possibility that can act like that some day and that is not acceptable. Therefore, we can’t think that they are the same as us which lead me to conclude that sameness is not okay so one must view terrorists as something different, at least not human beings. This is what I called sameness leads to differences.

*The above is my interpretation of the Hage’s reading and may or may not align with the professors’ viewpoint.

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
I got to spend an entire day in New York City with my friend Tian. We watched The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, had good food, walked a lot, and enjoyed each other company.

We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Spotlight series.

Do you know a really cool first year Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them here!

Email ropila@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Yena Seo ’18

Meet sophomore Yena Seo with a double major in Journalism and Politics (International Policy concentration) from Fairfax, VA! Yena is part of the Honors Advisory Board, she slays on Model UN, recently represented IC at the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference in Annapolis, MD, and is a huge fan of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Learn more about Yena below!

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Favorite part about IC:The people. Whenever you need a helping hand, you can count on someone to be there for you!

Favorite Honors seminar (so far) and why:Terrorism and Insurgencies with Chip Gagnon and Why Are We Here? with Tom Pfaff. I’m currently in the Terrorism and Insurgencies class, and given current events, it’s been incredibly interesting to learn about different theories regarding terrorism, historical events, as well as the numerous terrorist organizations and insurgency groups around the world. I always knew I wanted to go into national security policy at some point in my life, and this has sparked my interest even more. Why Are We Here? was my first-year seminar and it provided me with long-lasting friendships and was a great introduction to all that the Honors Program had to offer. I loved it so much that I served as a Peer Mentor for the Why Are We Here? class this past fall.

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors Program:I just recently attended the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference in Annapolis, Maryland! The Honors program sponsored me to attend the conference, and the theme this year was focused on closing the global gender gap. I was fortunate to meet and make friendships with students, cadets and midshipmen from all over the world, enjoyed some delicious food (and even went to a croquet match!) in downtown Annapolis, and engaged in stimulating discussion and debate. We were even lucky enough to hear two of my favorite female role models speak (among many other notable speakers) – Michele Flournoy, the former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy, and Samantha Power, the current U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations! It was a truly unparalleled experience and I encourage every IC Honors student to make the most of whatever opportunities come their way.”

We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Student Spotlight series.
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them to be a Student Spotlight here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them to be an Alumni Spotlight here!
Email sguter1@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

IC Honors Seminar Spotlight: U.S. and Genocide

Politics chair Naeem Inayatullah is teaching a seminar this semester on the exploration of genocide. Have you ever been confused about what genocide is – or if the U.S. has committed it? Examine and engage further in this seminar.File photo of an unmanned US drone.


Describe your seminar in one sentence.
An exploration of the impossible to see hidden within plain sight.

Describe your classroom style in one sentence.I support emergent anarchies, disjunctive seriousness, spontaneous laughter, the discovery of sinews that connect intuition and articulation, and a blunt refusal of jargon.”

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar? That it will take them five to ten years to grasp what we experienced together.”

What is one piece of advice you would give to students? Beware of advice givers and even more those willing to teach.

Interested in what you might be reading? Here are some books Professor Inayatullah is looking at choosing from:

Ward Churchill, A Little Matter of Genocide

Joy Gordon, Invisible War: The United States and the Iraq Sanctions

Adam Jones, Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction

Adam Jones, Genocide, War Crimes, and the West 

Elizabeth Dauphinee, Politics of Exile

Tzvetan Todorov, The Conquest of America

Svetlana Alexivich, Zinky Boys

Check out the entire list of seminars here and all the seminar spotlights here.

IC Honors Seminar Spotlight: South Asia: History, Politics and Culture

Professor Raza Rumi is teaching a course next semester focusing on the culture and exploration of South Asia. Learn more below!

Describe your seminar in one sentence. “This course will familiarize students with the histories, politics and cultures of South Asia.

Describe your classroom style in one sentence.Using an array of sources – folk cultures, the arts and selected texts – students would study the region and its myriad historical and contemporary dimensions.

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar?Students would be more familiar with the region and the contemporary trends.

What is one piece of advice you would give to students?You should be prepared to undertake selected readings, watch many videos and listen to some amazing music from the region.”

Want to know more?Selected musical performances, films including mainstream cinema and documentaries, dance, television and theatrical productions, visual narrations of art and architecture will be shown and discussed in the class.”

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

IC Honors Seminar Spotlight: SERIAL (The Podcast)

Were you one of the people who got swept up in the popular SERIAL podcast? Did you not listen to it, but are interested in what all the hype was about? Check out politics professor Tom Shevory’s 1-credit course next semester on this hugely popular podcast!

serial-social-logoDescribe your seminar in one sentence. “We will be listening to and analyzing the highly acclaimed (and very addictive) podcast, SERIAL, about a Pakistani-American high school student convicted of killing his Korean-American girlfriend.”

Describe your classroom style in one sentence. “Relaxed, but serious.”

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar? “Once you start digging under the surfaces, things can get very complicated, if not completely crazy, pretty quickly.”

What is one piece of advice you would give students? “You probably can’t avoid preconceptions, but you should try to keep them in check.”

Want to know more? “This is a new class, and, the first time I’ve drawn on a podcast as the primary source material for one.  I see it as a potentially interesting experiment. But, who knows? There’s always the possibility that it could be a complete flop. I hope some students are willing to take the risk.”

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

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Anissa Ash

Meet Anissa, a sophomore Politics major with a minor in Legal Studies from Shirley, NY! Learn more about Anissa below:

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Favorite part about IC:It’s hard to pinpoint my absolute favorite thing about IC. A few things I love though are the endless food options in the commons, the abundance of falls and parks for hiking, swimming and exploring, and the fact that there’s a great view of something from wherever you are on campus.”
Favorite Honors Seminar you’ve taken and why:My favorite seminar so far was my first year seminar The Golden City of Athens with Bob Sullivan. Bob was an amazing professor and I got to spend the semester reading very different and interesting pieces from ancient Greeks. Besides having an amazing professor, I got extremely close to my classmates that I’m still close with this year.”
Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:The coolest opportunity I’ve had through honors so far was the opportunity to present my work at the annual Whalen Symposium for undergraduate research. In my honors seminar I worked extremely hard on my final paper and it was a gratifying experience to be one of the few first years presenting their work at the symposium. All of the long nights in the library, practice hunting down books on the fifth floor, and hours of research prepared me for future research and presentation opportunities!”
We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Student Spotlight series.
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them to be a Student Spotlight here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them to be an Alumni Spotlight here!
Email sguter1@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Hannah Cohensmith

Meet sophomore Hannah Cohensmith, a Vocal Performance major with an outside field in Politics from Longwood, Florida! Learn more about Hannah below:
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Favorite part about IC:It’s a tie between the welcoming atmosphere (which is why I chose IC) and the professors. Every professor I’ve had has not only been extremely knowledgable in their field, but also so helpful and inspiring on a personal level.”
Favorite Honors Seminar you’ve taken and why:The Golden City with Bob Sullivan! I never thought I’d be interested in reading Plato and Herodotus, but this class proved to be my most engaging one. Not only has what I learned in there been applicable to almost every class I’ve taken since, but the class also challenged me enough to write a 20 page research paper about ancient Athenian education that was good enough to present at the Whalen Symposium last spring during my freshman year.”
Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors Program:The Honors trip to Ottawa last semester for Winterlude. It was my first time really out of the country and even though I’ve never been as freezing as I was during that trip, I can’t thank the Honors program enough for providing such a cool opportunity basically for free. I ice skated (terribly) on the Rideau Canal and got to walk all around the capital in just one day, which is something you wouldn’t expect to do on a regular Saturday.”
We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Student Spotlight series.
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them to be a Student Spotlight here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them to be an Alumni Spotlight here!
Email sguter1@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

IC Honors Summer Student Spotlight: Yena Seo

Meet Yena, a rising sophomore Journalism and Politics double major!

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Yena has had a lot of awesome experiences in the Honors program so far!

“My favorite part of the Honors Program is tied between two: the first would be living in Lyon Hall, and the second would be the Honors classes I’ve been able to take through the program. Living in Lyon was really beneficial for me because it allowed me to share a residential space with like-minded people and to make friends who had a lot of similar goals and priorities as me. While I was nervous at first about living in an all-Honors dorm, I met some of my closest friends at Ithaca in Lyon, and living in Lyon really made my college transition much easier. I’ve also loved the Honors classes that I’ve been able to take: Why Are We Here? with Tom Pfaff and Staging History with Claire Gleitman. While the two classes were very different in their course material, both of them allowed me to think critically and question my own beliefs. I loved Why Are We Here? so much that I’ll be serving as a Peer Mentor for the class in the fall!”

What are you doing this summer? Honors wants to know!

Email sguter1@ithaca.edu to be featured.

IC Honors Alumni Spotlight: Jesse Katen ’05

Meet Jesse Katen from the class of 2005! Jesse was a politics major and currently owns a school of dance in Binghamton, NY, has a position as a professional dance judge and is an adjunct Professor of English at SUNY Broome Community College. Check out more about Jesse’s life since being at IC below!

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Current positions: “Owner, The Jesse Katen School of Dance, Binghamton, NY.
Adjunct Professor of English, SUNY Broome Community College.
Professional Dance Judge, Sophisticated Productions National Competitions (in the springtime I travel every weekend to cities all over the country to judge dance competitions).

Volunteer activities:
Member of the Board of Trustees, Broome County Public Library
World Services Chair, Binghamton Rotary Club

After IC, I went on to graduate school and earned an MA in Philosophy Interpretation, and Culture from Binghamton University in 2007.”

A piece of advice you wish someone had given you in your years at IC: “Two things: First, remind yourself how fortunate you are to be able to take advantage of everything IC has to offer and stay in touch with the people you meet there. They will be some of the best friends of your whole life. Second, have a plan and be focused, but also leave some space for serendipity to play a role in your life. Sometimes you will find yourself pushed in a direction that you didn’t expect and that might open the door for marvelous opportunities you wouldn’t have ever imagined otherwise.”

Favorite Honors Seminar you took and why: “I will never forget Professor Naeem Inayatullah’s seminar The Origins of Global Fury, which I took in the fall of 2003. His seminar changed my life and how I viewed the world in which we live. The discussions were impassioned and profound. It prompted me to major in Politics and shaped the academic interests that I hold to this day.”

One word that sums up your university experience: “Transformative.”

We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Student Spotlight series.
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them to be a Student Spotlight here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them to be an Alumni Spotlight here!