Stephen Tropiano, associate professor of screen studies and director of the Ithaca College Los Angeles Program, served on a panel entitled "Archive Archaeology: Disrupting the TV Canon" at the 2014 Society for Cinema & Media Studies in Seattle. The panel focused on alternative and non-traditional archives and archiving practices for television historians and scholars.
Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis, one of the longest continuously running courses in the Roy H. Park School of Communications (since 1968), has been named an outstanding, innovative undergraduate introductory media studies course as part of a Mellon Foundation funded benchmarking project housed at Hobart and William Smith College.
The tutors program for this course, instituted three years ago and headed by Associate Dean Bryan Roberts, was also identified as an exemplary and highly effective support system for an introductory media course with a humanities and academic skill building orientation. The report noted the tutor program for an introductory liberal arts course like this in a communications school is unique and represents the leading edge in the field of communications.
Prof. Nicholas Muellner has been awarded two Residency Fellowships for 2014 to work on the completion of his next text/image book.
Professor Janice Levy will participate in a reading at Wells College featuring the editors and writers of Stone Canoe, Syracuse University's annual journal of arts, literature and social commentary. Levy's work titled Welcome to Saudi Arabia is included in the issue.
The reading will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, in the Art Exhibit Room of Macmillan Hall on the Wells College campus. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.
In addition to Levy, editors and writers associated with current issue #8 of Stone Canoe include General Editor Robert Colley, nonfiction writer Christopher Gonzales, poets Bruce Bennett, James Crenner, and Sarah Jefferis, and fiction writers Jennifer Savran Kelly, Kailey McDonald, and Joey Marzocchi.
Patricia Zimmermann, professor of screen studies and codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF), delivered invited lectures and conducted workshops on documentary new media forms in Guinea in February 2014. She was posted to West Africa as part of the American Film Showcase, a US State Department initiative to foster cultural exchange and understanding.
Zimmermann presented a formal lecture on new media entitled "New Emerging Forms of Documentary Participatory Media in Action" at US AID and the US Embassy in Conakry, Guinea, for the Guinean Film Association, a group of professional producers, directors and writers. Showcasing US-based transmedia projects exhibited in previous Finger Lake Environmental Film Festivals at Ithaca College, her talk theorized the function of collaborative, interactive, and permeable new media practices to open up spaces for new encounters.