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Primitive Pursuits, a program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County based in Ithaca, will offer two Wilderness Skills Intensive programs this spring, during and after the spring academic semester. The course will cover a wide variety of primitive technology skills, naturalist skills and teaching methods. The skills to be gained by completing this program are highly valued in both traditional and outdoor education spheres. 

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The team that created the New York State LGBT Needs Survey will be on campus to present their preliminary data, and to talk about their work on Thursday November 5 at 12 noon in room 301 of the Business School.

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As the founder of the renowned nature awareness program Primitive Pursuits, Dave Hall has been practicing survival skills for more than twenty years and has amassed a comprehensive understanding of winter survival. By refining these skills, Dave has reached a point of understanding that is without peer. Through detailed explanations, illustrations, and personal anecdotes, Winter in the Wilderness imparts Dave's knowledge to readers, who will learn to meet their most basic needs: making fire, creating shelter, obtaining safe drinking water, navigating terrain, and procuring sustenance. 

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The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Latin American Studies Program at Ithaca College are co-sponsoring a free screening of the film "Polvo" (Guatemala, 2012) on Tuesday Nov. 3rd at 4pm in Friends 308. This film is part of the LAS series on Central America. Feel free to join us and please spread the word.

Synopsis: "Juan is obsessed by the death of his father, who was “disappeared” by the Guatemalan military during the country’s civil war. He knows who his father’s informant was, and engages in petty acts of revenge against this man. When a filmmaker arrives in the village to make a documentary about the search for remains of the disappeared, Juan and his mother Delfina are given a chance at achieving some sort of resolution, in this sometimes painful, yet tender testament to the act of not forgetting." (from

And you may watch the trailer of "Polvo" here:


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In 2006 in a gay-friendly neighborhood in New York City, a group of African-American lesbians were violently threatened by a man on the street. After fighting back, the women were charged with gang assault and attempted murder. Three pleaded guilty to avoid a trial, but the remaining four claimed self-defense and maintained their innocence. The documentary “Out in the Night” tells the story of these women, who the tabloids first dubbed the “Killer Lesbians” and who later became known as the “New Jersey Four.” The Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen series will host a free public showing of the film on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in Textor 101.

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Project Look Sharp will host a free webinar, “Media Construction of Presidential Campaigns,” from 7–8 p.m. EST Nov. 3 as a part of Media Literacy Week. 

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Please join the Chemistry Department in welcoming Kirk Macolini, Founder & President of Centurion Technology on Tuesday, October 27th in CNS 333 @ 12:05 pm.

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On the eve of the baseball World Series and the day after the Manchester derby in football (soccer), you are invited to a lecture that explores why soccer fans sing and why baseball players select music to play as they approach home plate or the pitcher’s mound. 

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 André Kessler, Cornell University
 Plant secondary metabolite diversity and inducibility: Two means to the same end

October 29

4:00 p.m.
CNS 112

All are cordially invited to attend.

View other IC Events here.

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Misha Friedman’s photographic work addresses issues of civil society and politics in the former Soviet Union.  His lecture will focus on two long-term projects addressing contemporary LGBT experience and the impacts of corruption in contemporary Russia.

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A Professions Week Featured Speaker!

Peter Schottland ’80 is CEO and President of American Packing Corporation, a leader in the packaging industry for more than a century. Join Peter and your fellow students for a discussion on his journey since leaving IC to becoming the President and Director of American Packaging Corporation. He will share the challenges and opportunities of working in a family business, his companies "winning formula" for being a "best workplace in America", and lessons he has learned along the way.

Tuesday, October 27
Park Center for Sustainable Enterprise, Room 111

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Jane Mt Pleasant teaches in Cornell University’s Department of Horticulture and is affiliated with Cornell’s American Indian Program. Her research focuses on Iroquois agricultural knowledge and the productivity of Iroquois cropping systems, and she lectures frequently on their links to contemporary agricultural sustainability – weaving in history, archaeology, paleobotany, and cultural/social anthropology in order to provide a bridge between scholars in the humanities and social sciences. 

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Elijah Breton (class of 2016) and Timothy Johnson (Professor of Music Theory) will present a lecture on cultural and social aspects of music in football (or soccer) and baseball on Monday, October 26, at 5pm (2105 Whalen Center for Music). 

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"SHATTERING MYTHICAL REPRESENTATIONS OF ARAB WOMEN IN MEDIA" - a talk by guest lecturer NOURA HAJJAJ of Marist College on Monday, November 2 in Williams 323 - will examine the complex representations of Arab women in both Arab and western media outlets in the aftermath of the pre-planned creation of a new Middle East by the George W. Bush administration - and the subsequent formation of ISIS across the Arab region. Against the backdrop of cultural history artifacts ranging from Rudolph Valentino movies to Arab soap operas - this talk will reveal tactical patterns in the ways Arab women are depicted in traditional media channels such as newspapers, magazines, and mass media, and then via social media networks as well as within the entertainment industry.

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  Please join the Chemistry Department in welcoming back Samantha Cary (Chemistry '12) on Tuesday, October 20th in CNS 333 @ 12:05 pm.

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Physics & Astronomy Fall Seminar Series

Tuesday October 20, 2015
12:10 PM in CNS 206B

David Gonzalez: ”Equations of Wonder and/or A Poet Looks Up" with observations and commentary by Karen Jenson

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Sarah Schaack
Reed College

"The Genome-Wide Dynamics of Spontaneous Mutations over Long- and Short-Time Scales"

October 22   
4:00 p.m.
CNS 112

Meet for beverages & goodies at 3:45.
CNS 1st floor lobby.

All are cordially invited to attend.
Please bring your own reusable mug.

View other IC Events here.

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Thu., Oct. 22, 4 p.m., Friends 309 -- A free and open-to-all workshop with award winning film director and screenwriter, Jay Craven, and film composers, Judy Hyman and Jeff Claus. Craven has done seven feature films with actors including Martin Sheen, Kris Kristofferson, Michael J. Fox, Bruce Dern, Jacqueline Bisset, Ernie Hudson, Genevieve Bujold and more. Hyman and Claus have done music for over 20 feature and nationally broadcast documentary films and have worked with Craven on many of his films.

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Come learn about Nick's professional life after IC, his editorial adventure with Love & Mercy and his other experiences and adventures - October 23rd at 10:00 AM, Park Auditorium.

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Please join us as Agnes Tuska, Professor in the Department of Mathematics at California State University, Fresno presents "Geogebra, A Tool for Mathematical Explorations" in Williams 309 at 4pm.

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