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Posted by Michael Mulvey at 7:19PM
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FLEFF present an assortment of activities on the IC campus: discussions, presentations, mini-courses, labs, research forums, readings, concerts and dozens of films. Here are the five that I am most looking forward to. I list them in chronological order.

Geographies of a Current Drug Crisis Monday Dr. Sheila Vakharia will present evening’s opening talk. Dr. Vakharia is the Policy Manager of the Office of Academic Engagement for the Drug Policy Alliance. In that role, she helps DPA staff and others understand a range of drug policy issues while also responding to new studies with critiques and analysis.

Dr. Vakharia’s research and teaching interests include harm reduction therapy, drug policy reform, drug user stigma, overdose and overdose prevention, and social work education. Dr. Vakharia is on the Board of HAMS Harm Reduction Network and is a member of the Harm Reduction Therapy Research Group. Issues like the war on drugs, healthcare, and public policy as they relate to the current opioid crisis in America will be discussed. Monday April 9th from 7- 8:30 p.m. Textor 103

Geographies: Opening Concert with Multimedia Featured artists will include IC Alumni coloratura soprano Elena Galvan and lyric tenor, Daniel Bates. Galvan and Bates met while undergraduates at Ithaca College and were married in September of 2013. If you are a music lover this on campus event is not to be missed. Tuesday April 10 from 8:15 – 9:30 p.m. Hockett Recital Hall.

Reece Auguiste, Black Audio Film Collective. Dr. Auguiste was a founding member of the British based Black Audio Film Collective and is the director of the critically acclaimed films Twilight City and Mysteries of July

Reece’s 2015 film Duty of the Hour,  is the story of Dr. Benjamin Hooks, long standing executive director of the NAACP. Dr. Auguiste will discuss the Black Audio Film Collective as well as his works.Two appearances: 1) Wednesday April 11th 10:00- 10:50 a.m. in Friends rm. 207, hosted by Dr. Jennifer Tennant, and 2) Thursday April 12th 2:35 – 3:50 pm Hill Center rm. 310, hosted by Dr. Stewart Auyash.

Liz Miller, The Shore Line Elizabeth Miller MFA is a professor of Communications Studies at Concordia University Montreal as well as a documentary filmmaker. Her film The Waterfront was screened at FLEFF in 2007. Miller will be discussing her current project The Shore Line, which presents as an electronic storybook for a sustainable future. Professor Thomas Shevory will be hosting the event. Thursday April 12th 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. Friends Hall rm. 302 

FLEFF Lab Two: Collaborative Media Practices. This conversation with Reece Auguiste, Duty of the Hour; Liz Miller, The Shore Line; Dorit Naaman, Jerusalem We Are Here will be moderated by Professor of Screen Studies Andrew Utterson. This promises to be an extremely stimulating and timely discussion. I, for one, will not miss it. Friday April 13th 11AM – Noon, Job Hall rm. 312.

With so many provocative and stimulating events on campus, it’s helpful to map out a strategy to catch as many as possible. These five events represent the one’s on IC’s campus that I do not want to miss.



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