College Planning Guide

Connecting after class at campus events

When you're looking for something to do, look no further than the campus events calendar. Ithaca College regularly hosts prominent entertainers, politicians, lecturers, and writers. There is never a shortage of interesting and thought-provoking things to attend. Past guests include:

  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • Christiane Amanpour, host of This Week with Christiane Amanpour
  • Bill Moyers, Emmy-winning broadcast journalist
  • Michael Eric Dyson, columnist and cultural critic
  • Lester Holt, co-host of Today weekend edition and NBC Nightly News anchor
  • Tom Wolfe, award-winning journalist and author
  • Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
  • Branford Marsalis, Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist
  • Randi Zuckerburg, Internet entrepreneur (and Mark’s sister!)
  • Mark Horvath, social activist and founder of
  • Christine Vachon, Emmy-nominated producer of numerous acclaimed films
  • Ted Hope, Emmy-nominated producer of “The Laramie Project”
  • Chris Burch ’76, fashion and lifestyle entrepreneur
  • Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor in chief of the Huffington Post
  • Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
  • Nancy Snyderman, NBC News chief medical expert
  • S’bu Zikode, leader of the South African shack dwellers movement
  • Jean Chatzky, NBC News personal finance editor
  • Jeffrey Eugenides, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
  • Joyce Carol Oates, Nobel Prize-nominated author
  • bell hooks, social critic and author

Ithaca College also sponsors concerts and live acts throughout the year. The Mountain Goats, Less Than Jake, Something Corporate, Vanessa Carlton, Wavves, Yeasayer, and Ben Folds are just a few past performers. Other on-campus performances include renowned concert violinist Midori, pianist Emanuel Ax, and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.

Ithaca College stays abuzz even after classes end for the day. Simply show up, say hello, and soon you'll be connecting with all kinds of people who share your interests!