Building Nature
Salomon, David

ICSM 10500 - 27
CRN: 21349
ICSM: Building Nature
TR 9:25am–10:40am, F 12:00pm–12:50pm

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.

Climates Changing: Confronting the Challenges of the 21st Century
Smith, Michael

ICSM 10500 - 24
CRN: 21346
ICSM: Climates Changing
MW 4:00pm–5:15pm, F 12:00pm–12:50pm

Climates are changing. We all know that the earth's climate is changing faster than the science can keep track of. The political, social, and economic upheavals in both the United States and elsewhere have produced other kinds of change that are defining what it means to come of age at this moment in history. Through a mix of disciplinary perspectives (science, social science, literature) using a variety of sources (film, articles, a graphic novel, a book, a memoir), this seminar will explore the changing social and geophysical climates. We will also examine the ways an individual's standing in society has shaped and will continue to shape the possibilities for adapting to these changes.

Contemporary European Cinema: National and Transnational Perspectives
Utterson, Andrew

ICSM 10500 - 21
CRN: 21343
ICSM: Cont. European Cinema
MW 4:00pm–5:15pm, M 12:00pm–12:50pm

This course will explore contemporary European films and filmmakers, with a particular emphasis on national and transnational perspectives, with a view to considering but also complicating notions of nationhood and national cinemas. It will explore questions of cultural identity and the political and other systems that define today’s Europe, a collective union (geographical, political, economic, etc.) of diverse nations. Films and filmmakers will be considered in national, transnational, and other contexts, mapping the cultural and other boundaries of an evolving Europe and related conceptions of European, Europeanness, and in turn European cinema, as well as a definition and critique of Eurocenticism.

The Cruelty and Salvation of School: The Campus Novel
Holmes, Chris

ICSM 10500 - 26
CRN: 21348
ICSM: The Campus Novel
TR 10:50am–12:05pm, W 12:00pm–12:50pm

Why do we make children go to school? And after all those years of regimented, rule-obsessed classrooms, why are you so excited to come to college? This seminar explores the genre of the campus novel, a popular form of fiction that dramatizes the glory and the horror of school. In particular, we will look at how race, class, and gender affect the ways in which an individual experiences their education. We will also do some imaginative work planning our own ideal form of college education.

Democracy and Fairness in US Government: A Mathematical Perspective
Wiesner, Emilie

ICSM 10500 - 29
CRN: 21351
ICSM: Math and Democracy
MWF 9:00am–9:50am, F 12:00pm–12:50pm

What makes a democracy fair? Our first thoughts might be about how people--both regular citizens as well as our representatives--participate in the democratic system. But the structure of the system also plays an important, but more hidden role. In this class, we will use mathematics to study some of that structure, including election procedures, apportionment of seats, and districting. Along the way, we will have a chance to explore a variety of current events, ranging from NYC’s switch to a ranked choice voting system, to the US Census and the recent reapportionment of US congressional seats, to ongoing court cases on gerrymandering. 

Dilemmas of the Future
Duncan, Craig

ICSM 10500 - 36
CRN: 21358
ICSM: Dilemmas of the Future
TR 9:25am–10:50am, M 12:00pm–12:50pm

Technology advances at a dizzying pace. In doing so, it creates new opportunities and benefits, but it also creates new dilemmas. Possible advances on the horizon include super intelligent machines, conscious robots, designer babies, nanoweapons, new surveillance techniques, and “deepfake” technology. This course will examine some of the ethical challenges that these forms of technology will likely create for us (both in the near and distant future) in terms of safety, social trust, privacy, fairness and equality, and human relationships. Our goals will be to envision a future in which technology enhances the quality of our lives rather than threatens it, and also to explore what steps we can prudently take here and now in an effort to bring about this future.

Exploring the Internet of Things
Kissiloff, Ari

ICSM 10500 - 08
CRN: 21330
ICSM: The Internet of Things
MWF 11:00am–11:50am, W 12:00pm–12:50pm

In the past few years, automation systems have revolutionized the way devices can interact with the world around them. Everything is “smart” now: phones, homes, thermostats, cars, bikes, watches. While initially being targeted to personal use, much of this technology is now being leveraged by organizations to manage internal and external communications processes through infrastructure, repurposed smart home devices, and business specific IoT devices. This course will examine and reflect on the past, present, and future of the Internet of Things using a variety of scientific, social, cultural, and other perspectives as we locate these technological shifts in the wider world.

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

ICSM 10500 - 20
CRN: 21342
ICSM: Foodways
MWF 1:00pm–1:50pm, F 12:00pm–12:50pm

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.

Kittredge, Katharine

ICSM 10500 - 12
CRN: 21334
ICSM: Girlstories
TR 1:10pm–2:25pm, W 12:00pm–12:50pm

This class looks at the way that young women’s identities emerge in response to varying social, economic, racial or cultural pressures. We will be analyzing works of fiction, autobiography, drama, and poetry, and we will also analyze visual images presented in film, television, and advertising. As students consider these stories of self-creation, they will also reflect on the ways in which they are growing and changing as a result of the opportunities and challenges of their first semester. The need to balance one's mental, physical, and spiritual needs will be an on-going theme of the course.

Gothic: The Hidden and the Grotesque in Music, Writing, and Media
Reed, Alex

ICSM 10500 - 15
CRN: 21337
ICSM: Gothic
MWF 2:00pm–2:50pm, W 12:00pm–12:50pm

This interdisciplinary course concerns the aesthetic of the gothic across media and throughout history, blending elements of media studies, philosophy, creative artistry, and sociology. From the Romantic symphony to Lana Del Rey, from Oscar Wilde to horror film, why do visual, literary, and musical media so return to the ideas of the hidden and the grotesque with such fascination and consistency? Students in this class will create works and engage with a wide range of both famous and lesser-known texts in pursuit of a variety of questions: How do music, art, and words create mood? Why do we like to be scared? Why do we sometimes conflate “dark” with “deep”? What do vampires have to do with our modern day-to-day lives, values, and politics? And what is behind that door?

Johnson, Timothy

ICSM 10500 - 34
CRN: 21356
ICSM: Hamilton!
MWF 1:00pm–1:50pm, M 12:00pm–12:50pm

This course closely examines Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton: An American Musical. We will study musical, historical, political, social, cultural, and economic aspects of the musical. Through an in-depth song-by-song analysis, the course examines the music and its lyrics musically, in broader contexts, and from a variety of perspectives.

Hello China: Preparing for the Future
Guan, Hongwei

ICSM 10500 - 06
CRN: 21328
ICSM: Hello China
TR 8:00am–9:15am, F 12:00pm–12:50pm

The primary goal of this seminar will be to develop student awareness and knowledge of the Chinese culture and people. This course will examine and discuss a variety of Chinese topics, such as China history, culture, health and medicine, sports, industrialization, US business relations, language, food, education and the literature and arts. Some guest speakers, group and individual student presenters and group discussions will present these topics as well as group excursions to various Chinese venues in the City of Ithaca. The goal of the seminar is also to help the student adjust to college life by developing interpersonal communication and writing skills, and gaining an understanding of various aspects of and interests in the campus community and surrounding community of Ithaca.

Inclusion 101: It’s a Process, Not a Place
Kanowitz-Tonjes, Jessie

ICSM 10500 - 38
CRN: 21360
ICSM: Inclusion 101
MW 5:25pm–6:40pm, W 12:00pm–12:50pm

What does it mean to be inclusive? How can we be a community of inclusivity, belonging and understanding? This course will investigate different marginalized groups including but not limited to: disability, race, socioeconomic status, age, gender, sexual identity/orientation, and religion. We will discuss the value individuals from minoritized communities contribute to a rich and diverse college community and what researchers have found regarding efforts at college campuses to create communities of belonging and inclusivity. Students will learn perspective taking skills, cultural knowledge and self-awareness in connection with inclusivity. Course will include a culmination of resources including articles, guest speakers, podcasts and videos.

Inquiring Minds Want to Know
Cortes Rodriguez, Nandadevi

ICSM 10500 - 02
CRN: 21324
ICSM: Inquiring Minds
TR 1:10pm–2:25pm, W 12:00pm–12:50pm

They started as questions, formed into hypothesis, molded into theories, and established as dogma. This course will examine how we know what we know. Scientific knowledge and discovery has transformed today’s society, changing how humans interact with their natural world and people around them. Selected current topics in the natural sciences will be explored through the process of scientific discovery. Students will develop their ability to think critically about the world around them by learning how to design, execute, and analyze scientific experiments. This course will help students make the transition to college-level science thinking and learning through “hands on” activities, readings, class discussion and writing.

In The Heights
Cremata, Radio

ICSM 10500 - 03
CRN: 21325
ICSM: In The Heights
TR 9:25am–10:40am, F 12:00pm–12:50pm

The course seeks to explore the musical In The Heights and its connections to cultural diversity in a pluralistic American contemporary society. The course will balance listening, analyzing, discussing and music making: both creation and recreation of samples within the musical. In the course, students will: (1) explore, listen, and analyze the lyrics, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic structures of all of the songs within In The Heights, (2) explore, discuss, and reflect upon the similarities and differences across a diversity of musical genres, (3) create, collaborate, and share recreations and original works of music related to the musical. With a focus on listening, analyzing and making music, this course is designed to help students better understand cultural diversity and further develop students’ musicianships, creativities, and identities.

In the Realm of Paradox: Ancient Theatre/Modern Problems
Sullivan, Robert

ICSM 10500 - 25
CRN: 21347
ICSM: Ancient Theatre
TR 1:10pm–2:25pm, W 12:00pm–12:50pm

At the height of the cultural moment we think of as Classical Greece, roughly the 5th and 4th centuries BCE, Athenian authors rigorously interrogated the most thorny questions of their times in public theatrical performances. Their plays engaged issues that were both of immediate interest to the citizens of Athens and pointed towards matters of universal importance. What is the proper relationship of humankind to the divine? Do people control their own destinies? What do we owe each other as citizens? Are men and women of the same state or status? How does social class determine one's place in the realm of the ethical? What does war do to us as people? Who should exercise power in a polity? What is literature for? Why must we suffer? These questions were never resolved in the time of their first performances and remain stubbornly before us today.

Jerusalem: City of Faith, City of Struggle
Lesses, Rebecca

ICSM 10500 - 10
CRN: 21332
ICSM: Jerusalem
MWF 1:00pm–1:50pm, W 12:00pm–12:50pm

What does it mean to live in a divided city? This course focuses on contemporary Jerusalem, using films, short stories, memoirs, poetry, and analytical articles to explore the experiences of the city’s people today. The course will investigate what it means to live in a city divided along religious, ethnic, and national lines: between Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs, and between and among the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religious communities. The course will address how the wars of the twentieth century have affected the lives of all who live in the city, especially the 1948 war, which divided the city between Israeli and Jordanian control, and the 1967 war, which united the city under Israeli rule. The course will also address the political issues of occupation, annexation, and settlement from both the Palestinian and Israeli perspectives.

Learning to Take a Long View of Life
Bergman, Elizabeth

ICSM 10500 - 05
CRN: 21327
ICSM: A Long View of Life
TR 9:25am–10:40am, W 12:00pm–12:50pm

The typical American can expect to live for eighty or more years. During this long life, we will experience many transitions, each of which will shape us in enduring ways. In this first-year seminar, we will learn to employ the life course perspective in understanding the trajectories of our individual lives within structural, social, and cultural contexts. We will also explore the process of making meaning of the events that occur along the way. In the process, we will engage deeply through the Ithaca College/Longview Partnership with elder residents of Longview, a retirement community located across the street from campus.

Media and Meaning
Wagner, Rachel

ICSM 10500 - 31
CRN: 21353
ICSM: Media and Meaning
MWF 1:00pm–1:50pm, F 12:00pm–12:50pm

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.

Mindfulness Across the Lifespan
Erickson, Mary Ann 

ICSM 10500 - 04
CRN: 21326
ICSM: Mindfulness
MWF 10:00am–10:50am, M 12:00pm–12:50pm

Mindfulness practices seem to be offered everywhere – in schools, at major corporations, in all kinds of religious communities. But what do we mean by “mindfulness”? Where do these techniques come from, and how do they impact people of different ages? Through readings, discussion, and practice, we will take a close look at contemporary mindfulness to understand its origins and its impact. We will also inquire about our understanding of “aging” and how mindfulness and psychological development are related.

New Worlds and Explorations
DiFrancesco, Maria

ICSM 10500 - 11
CRN: 21333
ICSM: New Worlds
MWF 11:00am–11:50am, W 12:00pm–12:50pm

Through the prism of literature, students will closely examine how we understand and define the concept of “new worlds,” and what it means to “explore” or to be the “first” to do something. Though not exclusively, we will center most discussions on how exile and immigration have been portrayed by various writers. Some of the authors whose texts we will read include: Gloria Anzaldúa, Sandra Cisneros, Julia Álvarez, Junot Díaz, Laila Lalami, Edward Said, and Zadie Smith. Through class discussions, writing assignments, oral presentations, and projects that are consistent with a liberal arts seminar style, we will: broadly define the notions at play in the course; and we will analyze and critically evaluate how these terms intersect and dialogue with each other, paying close attention to the roles of social/political/cultural context in identity formation.

Phenomenology of Art
Patrone, Tatiana

ICSM 10500 - 14
CRN: 21336
ICSM: Phenomenology of Art
MWF 11:00am–11:50am, F 12:00pm–12:50pm

In what way do we experience works of art? What does it mean to perceive something as beautiful? Are our judgments of art-works based on taste alone, or do they have cognitive content? This course will acquaint you with some of the central concepts and issues in aesthetics – the branch of philosophy dedicated to the notion of the ‘beautiful.’ We will put special emphasis on aesthetic experience from our first-person point of view: our aim will be to describe and analyze our experiences and use what we learn from this in our arguments concerning the nature, the features, and the value of various works of art.

Queering Sex and Relationships
Plante, R.

ICSM 10500 - 18
CRN: 21340
ICSM: Queering Sex
MWF 1:00pm–1:50pm, F 12:00pm–12:50pm

What does it mean to 'queer' sexualities, sex and relationships? How might we study things that seem personal, individual, or private? In this class, we will take an interdisciplinary look at intimacy, love, relationships and sex. We will study and discuss things like sexual scripting, hooking up, and different forms of relationships. Class, trans/gender, identities (including asexualities), nation, and race are foundational to our work; we will have a U.S. focus.

Race, Gender, and Economic Power
Osterreich, Shaianne

ICSM 10500 - 23
CRN: 21345
ICSM: Race,Gender& Econ Power
TR 9:25am–10:40am, M 12:00pm–12:50pm

Stereotypes about communities of color, white women, and the ‘99% vs. the 1%’ often mischaracterize the economic opportunities people really have. This course investigates what it means to have economic power.  We will explore how the distribution of wealth within our families and in our communities reflects and affects racial, ethnic and gender identities and hierarchies. In the end we will consider and develop new ideas for government and community organizers that can help address economic inequality.

Science in the Media
Countryman, Colleen

ICSM 10500 - 30
CRN: 21352
ICSM: Science in the Media
TR 10:50am–12:05pm, W 12:00pm–12:50pm

This course investigates the way that society perceives science in the media. We will explore the ethical and cultural implications of scientific communication in the news, on social media, in the movies and more. We will use critical thinking techniques to analyze the portrayal of complex issues of science from a variety of perspectives, and we will aim to gain a deeper understanding of scientific literacy in the media and the perils of misinformation.

The Sixth Mass Extinction: Human Impacts on the Earth
Corewyn, Lisa

ICSM 10500 - 35
CRN: 21357
ICSM: Sixth Mass Extinction
MWF 11:00am–11:50am, W 12:00pm–12:50pm

Scientists predict that we are currently facing a sixth mass extinction, the first to be a direct result from human activity. Humans now dominate the planet, and are impacting the planet in unprecedented ways, and at unprecedented rates. This course will review historic models of mass extinctions, and examine both the causes and consequences of human impacts that drive current predictions, including human population growth, global climate change, habitat loss, overexploitation, pollution, and invasive species. We will also explore how current principles of conservation science can be employed to address the challenges of balancing the needs of humans and other biodiversity.

Stories for a Change: How Your Stories Can Change the World
Swords, Alicia

ICSM 10500 - 33
CRN: 21355
ICSM: Stories for a Change
TR 9:25am–10:40am, W 12:00pm–12:50pm

Stories make us who we are. Some stories are so powerful that telling them (or not telling them) can change how people treat each other. This course asks how people use stories to change the world. To answer this question, you will analyze mainstream and alternative narratives that shape our society and learn techniques for telling your own stories in written and oral form. You will practice gathering stories through interview techniques and media analysis. You will examine and reflect on how stories shape public opinion and government policies, from the marketing of cars and toothpaste to testimonies of human rights violations.

Thinking About Queer Wellness: What Is It and How Do We Get There?
Bentley, Mary

ICSM 10500 - 01
CRN: 21323
ICSM: Queer Wellness
TR 1:10pm–2:25pm, W 12:00pm–12:50pm

This course explores sexual orientation/identity, as both declarative and formative as it intersects with the concept(s) of wellness/happiness. The unique challenges of being LGBTQAI in a predominantly heteronormative culture will be analyzed through, political and personal experiences. Historical and contemporary literature, film, social media, demographic data, and research will be balanced with critique, personal practice, and reflection. Multiple models/theories of wellness/behavior change, and new empirical studies will provide a more inclusive discussion of health, wellness, and happiness as they intersect with experiences of family, race, abilities, wealth, neighborhood, and gender. This is a deep dive into self, how to stay intact, safe and learn to be well and as your fabulous self.

[THIS TITLE HAS BEEN CENSORED]: Language and Hatred in a Postracial World
Adams, Derek

ICSM 10500 - 22
CRN: 21344
ICSM: Postracial World
TR 1:10pm–2:25pm, M 12:00pm–12:50pm

This course offers a direct challenge to the popular public sentiment that we live in a post-racial society and that systematic structures of power and privilege have ceased to exist in our world. In this class, we will explore the persistent operation of systematic discrimination in the 21st century through a collection of materials – i.e. short stories, magazine covers, film, advertisements, critical essays, and websites. Our study begins from the position that certain code words and social practices have transformed overt types of discrimination into more subtle and deceiving forms of bigotry. Words like “nigger,” “bitch,” and “fag” may have fallen out of fashion, but their essence lives on in our daily interactions. We will devote a significant amount of time to assessing how our social interactions are influenced by the legacy. The nature of the material we will cover in this course is likely to cause you cognitive dissonance. This is intentional. Talking about issues of race, gender, and sexuality is rarely conducive to positive feelings. Too, the course requires your personal investment in its development, including sharing and discussing your own race, gender, and sexual orientation with your classmates. I will establish our classroom as a safe space for the respectful reception of your individual life experiences, but there will inevitably be moments when the ideas you express will challenge belief structures that your classmates invest in, and vice versa.

We'll Never Be Silent Again: Health Activism From the Aids Crisis to COVID 19
Cohen-Filipic, Jessye

ICSM 10500 - 32
CRN: 21354
ICSM: Health Activism
TR 1:10pm–2:25pm, W 12:00pm–12:50pm

The radical AIDS activism of the 1980s can teach us much about current and future social movements. In this course we will explore the social, medical, political, and creative responses to the HIV/AIDS crisis and COVID-19. We will delve into news articles, personal accounts, documentaries, and fictional films and television depictions of the two pandemics. Students will analyze how race, class, gender, sexuality and other factors affect health and health care. We will also discuss how health activism has played out in the context of other illnesses and health issues.

Why Your Roommate's Favorite Band Sucks: An Introduction to Musical Aesthetics
Serebryany, Vadim

ICSM 10500 - 16
CRN: 21338
ICSM: Musical Aesthetics
TR 4:00pm–5:15pm, W 12:00pm–12:50pm

In this course, students will be introduced to a variety of writings and ideas about aesthetics, generally, and musical aesthetics in particular. After engaging with each author, students will apply the aesthetic principles to specific pieces of music, drawn from various musical canons - including commercial and “classical” music, as well as non-Western musics - with the goal of engaging with those musical “texts” more deeply and starting to develop their own thoughtful aesthetics of music.

Yoga: Making Connections
Steinschneider, Eric

ICSM 10500 - 17
CRN: 21339
ICSM: Yoga
TR 10:50am–12:05pm, F 12:00pm–12:50pm

Yoga is arguably the most successful cultural export India ever produced. Millions of people around the world practice yoga in their homes or studios, or else pay to go on expensive yoga retreats in exotic locations. Yet where does yoga come from? How are the secularized postures and breathing techniques with which yoga is currently associated related to the forms of yoga found in ancient and medieval South Asia? This course examines the history and practice of yoga as it has developed over the course of roughly two thousand years, paying special attention to its transformation in contemporary western society.