Aesthetic Resistance: The Arts and Social Change
Prabhakar, Vinita

ICSM 10800 - 10
CRN: 22801
ICSM-WR: Art and Social Change
TR 10:50 AM - 12:05 PM, W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

This course will focus on three primary questions: How does Art reflect the social, cultural and political climate of its time? In what ways are the Arts used as a platform for social change? Beyond affecting individuals, or even groups, does Art, in fact, have the power to affect real social change – change that might be reflected in policy and governance at the community, local, state, and/or national level? Since “Art” is a broad, dynamic and permeable term, this course will focus in particular on Visual Art, Literature, Music, and Film, from the mid 20th Century to the present, and will journey across cultures, countries, genres and styles. Our inquiries will explore the role of artists in cultivating social change, how Artists, Writers, Musicians and Film Makers have historically responded to the call for social change and how they have catalyzed social change, and how they invoke new social imaginations. Attention will also be given to defining and understanding the lines between art and propaganda. This course fulfills the ICC ‘Academic Writing’ competency requirement.

Food for Thought
Marcus, Joan

ICSM 10800 - 2
CRN: 22800
ICSM-WR: Food for Thought
TR 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM, W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

ICSM 10800 - 6
CRN: 21574
ICSM-WR: Food for Thought
TR 1:10 PM - 2:25 PM, W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

This is a course for students who love the experience of food – thinking about it, preparing and eating it, watching cooking videos, looking at food posts on social media, and considering all of the ways that food impacts our lives and our world. We’ll engage in an investigation of food culture and controversies, touching on health and wellness, media trends, environmental issues, and more. This course fulfills the ICC ‘Academic Writing’ competency requirement.

Helpers, Heroes, and Handouts: Stories We Tell About Self-Reliance, Community, Sacrifice, and Service
Wilber, Daniel

ICSM 10800 - 11
CRN: 22802
ICSM-WR: Helpers and Heroes
TR 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM, W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Following the advice of Mr. Rogers, this course will “look for the helpers”—the stories of people who commit their time and energy to be in service to others. Through these stories we will ask, what does it mean to “make an impact”? Why do we help? Who can we help? When is helping not helpful? Through research and reflection, we will explore how various narratives on heroism, help, service and self-reliance shape our own perspectives and actions. We will discuss these ideas across many contexts, including social institutions, such as higher education and government assistance programs, as well as film and media portrayals of heroism and sacrifice. We will also turn our lens inward and reflect on our own experiences and the narratives we have consumed and constructed about helping and being helped. How do these ideas shape our values, daily actions, and broader sense of purpose? Specifically, we consider our role as members of IC: What does ‘help’ look like in college? When, where and why do students at IC need ‘help’? What does a healthy balance of individualism and community reliance look like? This course fulfills the ICC ‘Academic Writing’ competency requirement.

Homesick: Searching for Home in Multi-Ethnic American Literature
Kitano, Christine

ICSM 10800 - 5
CRN: 21573
ICSM-WR: Homesick
TR 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM, M 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

The landscape of the United States provides ample backdrop for the multitude of writing produced in the 20th-21st centuries. But for writers who attend to characters from particular ethnic backgrounds, the United States as “home” often becomes antagonist. From mild inconvenience to outright violence, characters of color often find themselves alienated in the only “home” they’ve ever known. In this class, we’ll read a range of texts (fiction, poetry, and nonfiction) to examine how non-white characters deal with alienation and displacement. This course fulfills the ICC ‘Academic Writing’ competency requirement.

Life and Technology in the Year 2050
Stafford, Jim

ICSM 10800 - 16
CRN: 21772
ICSM-WR: Technology in 2050
MWF 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM, F 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Students will study current technology in order to predict future advances and applications of that technology. Students will question the effects of emerging technology on medicine, ethics, space exploration, communication and communities. This course fulfills the ICC ‘Academic Writing’ competency requirement.

Spoken Words
Quan, Amy

ICSM 10800 - 8
CRN: 21881
ICSM-WR: Spoken Words
MWF 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM, M 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

From TED talks to spoken word, political speeches to scholarly presentations, this course will examine, research – and produce – writing intended to be heard as well as read. Our course material will be drawn from classic and current radio commentary, political and academic writing, videos, speeches, and even the occasional blog. Similarly, writing assignments will cross a range of genres and media. As this course also satisfies the Academic Writing requirement, students will be engaged in formal research on topics of their choosing. In addition, students will be asked to keep a notebook of informal writing. This course fulfills the ICC ‘Academic Writing’ competency requirement.

Weaving Sound: The Intersection of Writing and Music
Miranda, James

ICSM 10800 - 15
CRN: 21577
ICSM-WR: Weaving Sound
MWF 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM, W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Weaving Sound: The Intersection of Writing and Music is a themed writing course that will explore both the musicality of language and the language of music. This course is designed to be a collision of writing studies, literary studies, journalism, linguistics, and ethnomusicology. We will use music as a lens through which we might re-envision and refine our line-level and project-level writing, but also as a topic worthy of complex and sustained analysis. This course fulfills the ICC ‘Academic Writing’ competency 

Writing and/with Anxiety
Delaney, Susan

ICSM 10800 - 4
CRN: 21572
ICSM-WR: Writing Anxieties
TR 1:10 PM - 2:25 PM, W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

According to a national survey published in February 2019 by the Pew Research Center, anxiety and depression rank as one of the top concerns for US teenagers. Numerous reports—including this one—assert that anxiety is on the rise among college students. But what do we mean by “anxiety”? What feelings and experiences are encompassed by this term? What is the relationship between writing and anxiety? This course will begin by examining how anxiety is depicted by students, professors, and administrators, and the assumptions at work in those depictions. We’ll explore the obstacles we face as writers along with strategies for working through them. Finally, students will analyze and enter a conversation related to learning and mental health, composing a researched academic argument. This course fulfills the ICC ‘Academic Writing’ competency requirement.

Writing to Dance and Dancing to Write
Silva, Mary Lourdes

ICSM 10800 - 9
CRN: 22804
ICSM-WR: Writing to Dance
TR 1:10 PM - 2:25 PM, F 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

ICSM 10800 - 14
CRN: 22803
ICSM-WR: Writing to Dance
TR 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM, F 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

In this course, students will learn about current and ongoing research on the relationship between the modality of writing and learning to write, as well as the modality of dance/movement and learning to dance Argentine tango. Researchers have recently explored the healing power of writing in patient care, and writers have long journaled their experiences as dancers or shared their multi-sensory experiences within a given time and space. Moreover, writing studies scholars have theorized that writing is not only a skill to master, but it is a modality, a type of tool, that can facilitate acquisition of knowledge of different domains. For instance, journaling about science facilitates student understanding of scientific concepts. If we take this to be true about writing as a tool for learning, can writing about dance or movement improve student knowledge of dance. Is it possible to invert this idea? Can learning to dance Argentine tango help students better understand rhetorical concepts and strategies for writing? This innovative course will allow students to experience for themselves the intellectual and physical relationships between the modalities of writing and dance. This course fulfills the ICC ‘Academic Writing’ competency requirement.

You Are Where You Live
Fomalhaut, Rachel

ICSM 10800 - 7
CRN: 21575
ICSM-WR: You Are Where You Live
TR 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM, W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

What does where you live have to do with who you are and who you're going to become? What does where you live have to do with community, power, justice, and identity? Turns out: a lot. We'll explore these questions as they relate both to where you have lived in the past and to your new community: Ithaca College. As a class we will pay special attention to recent experiences with social distancing and distance learning, the internet as a dwelling place, and to new understandings of community and home that are emerging for us during the Covid-19 crisis. Race, queerness, disability, and class will figure prominently in our explorations of place. This course fulfills the ICC ‘Academic Writing’ competency requirement. This course also fulfills the ICC ‘Diversity’ designation requirement.