Media for Social Responsibility: Media and Body Image
GCOM 20007-01, CRN 44087
Professsor Janice Levy
Open to all Ithaca College majors
Does This Culture Make Me Look Fat? Media play an important role in American society and determine how we view others and ourselves. Promotion of the “ideal image” in advertising, entertainment, and news influence gender equality and body type, especially among susceptible young people who are under pressure to be “perfect." This one-credit mini-course will feature prominent experts in this area, including people responsible for media campaigns, TV shows, and researchers/academics from Ithaca and across the world who will discuss how media influences your body perception.
Actor and philanthropist Geena Davis will serve as this year’s Park Distinguished Visitor. One of Hollywood’s most respected actors, Davis will speak on “Gender Equality in The Modern Media” on March 31 at 8 p.m. in Ford Hall, Whalen School of Music. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Davis broke ground in her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in ABC’s hit show Commander in Chief, earning the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama. She currently plays Dr. Nicole Herman on Grey's Anatomy.
She received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the offbeat dog trainer Muriel Pritchett in Lawrence Kasdan’s The Accidental Tourist.
Park Productions was recently awarded a BEA “Best of Festival” King Foundation Award in the Student Documentary Competition. Park Productions’ film, Water in the Cloud Forest, was among the 17 out of 1,300 student and faculty submissions chosen to receive a “Best of Festival” award. Previously Water in the Cloud Forest won first place from The Smithsonian in Motion video contest in the natural world category.
Associate Professor Cathy Crane’s work will be featured as part of the American Originals Now series at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
A selection of Crane’s 16 mm short films spanning the last twenty years will screen on February 21, 2015. The following day, Crane will screen Pasolini’s Last Words (2012)
followed by excerpts from The Manhattan Front, her current project. Many of The Manhattan Front's conceptual design elements were developed with Ithaca College students in a Practicum Course on the Art of Preproduction. To view images from the class, click here.
Crane teaches in the Department of Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies, and has won numerous awards and recognition for her professional work including a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship in Film and Video and a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship.
Photography Professor Ron Jude will give a lecture about his work and involvement in book publishing at the Photography Studies College in Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday, February 17th. He was invited to lecture as a part of the Photobook Melbourne Festival.