The Album
Reed, Alex

ICSM 11000 - 02
CRN: 21695
ICSM-HNR: The Album
MWF 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM, W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

For over sixty years, albums were to music what novels are to literature: the site of major statements, expression, and experimentation. But we live now in a moment of change when it comes to how we listen to music, how we use sound, how we understand physical objects and technology, and how we relate our individual and collective identity to aesthetic taste. Using a variety of case studies, this class studies the album as both an artifact and an idea(l), asking what it reveals (or hides) in culture, and listening through contexts of history, gender, race, and technology to hear the message of this medium. This course is available only to those students accepted onto the Honors Program.

Building Nature
Salomon, David

ICSM 12000 - 01
CRN: 21680
ICSM-IS: Building Nature
TR 9:25 AM - 10:40 AM, W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

This course studies the architectures – both physical and mental – where humans and non-humans intimately co-exist with one another. These include spatial structures such as greenhouses, orchards, laboratories, parks, markets, and mines, with an emphasis on (and visits to) local Ithaca examples. It also includes conceptual structures such as ecology, the Anthropocene, and post humanism. These literal and discursive frameworks will be assessed for the level of regeneration, inclusion and exclusion - of species and social groups – present in each. This will be done by drawing local examples using analog and digital drawing techniques. It will also be addressed via the design of small scale architectural elements (e.g. fences, gates) made of found, recycled, and repurposed natural and industrial materials, to be placed in IC’s Natural Lands as part of the program’s caretaker initiative. This course is available only to those students accepted onto the Innovation Scholars program.

Fantasy, Fandom and Fans
Warburton, Jaime

ICSM 11800 - 01
CRN: 21696
ICSM-WHNR: Fantasy Fandom Fans
MWF 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM, W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

In this class, we’ll explore and blog the texts that surround us, inspire us, and invite us to imagine our world more fully, such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Star Trek; cultural markers that develop around love of sports and music; the cultural hierarchy of fandom based on religion, sports, and sci-fi/fantasy; technological, fiscal, and legal concerns; elements of participatory culture, specifically fan fiction; and the impact of fan-based communities, both online and IRL (in real life). Students will be expected to engage in analysis of such texts in a scholarly fashion led by Henry Jenkins’ definition of the “aca/fan,” a “hybrid creature which is part fan and part academic.” We’ll emphasize written forays into fandom along with writing in response to “original” texts as we explore what drives us to imagine ourselves in universes/lives other than our own, and define the ways fandom binds together disparate parts of our lives. Research projects can also include created fan film/art/writing. This course is available only to those students accepted onto the Honors Program. This course fulfills the ICC ‘Academic Writing’ competency requirement.

Feasts, Famines, and Food Taboos: Cultural and Environmental Perspectives on Foodways
Turkon, Paula

ICSM 12000 - 02
CRN: 21681
ICSM-IS: Foodways
MWF 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM, W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Though food is a biological necessity for human survival, what, how, where, when, and who consumes it is inextricably linked to cultural traditions and environmental factors. This seminar explores the variability of food consumption behavior using both anthropological and environmental lenses in order to understand how foodways can be both reflections of social and environmental contexts, as well as tools used to manipulate them. Students will examine foodways from a variety of past and present cultures, and consider the meaning of their own consumption habits. This course is available only to those students accepted onto the Innovation Scholars program.

Media and Meaning
Wagner, Rachel

ICSM 12000 - 03
CRN: 21682
ICSM-IS: Media and Meaning
MWF 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM, F 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

This course will invite students to think deliberately about the media we consume, create, and encounter. With experiential and project-based components, students will not only analyze existing media, but also produce their own projects that critique, develop, interpret, or inform others about media and meaning. This course is available only to those students accepted onto the Innovation Scholars program.

Wonder Women: Feminist History and Feminist Icons
Kittredge, Katharine

ICSM 11000 - 01
CRN: 21694
ICSM-HNR: Wonder Women
TR 1:10 PM - 2:25 PM, W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Since science fiction's early days, women have used it to critique their current lives and to imagine new ways of being female. This class places the roles of women writers and female characters in fantasy and science fiction within the larger context of the United States’ concurrent waves of feminist thought and activism.  We will be considering everything from the suffragette utopia of Herland, through pulp science fiction's women warriors, second wave feminist stories, eco feminist works, and post-feminist texts including Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This course is available only to those students accepted onto the Honors Program.