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Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival at Ithaca College

Special Festival Mini Courses Open to Students
Please contact the professor for more information

The festival runs March 30-April 6 on campus and downtown in Fall Creek and Cinemapolis Theaters

School of Business

Sustainable Enterprise and Environmental Challenges
Dr. David Saiia, Assistant Professor,
Contact:, 274-1915
1 Credit Mini Course
Time and Location: TBA

This course will explore the theory and design of sustainable enterprise. Using the experience of the Fundacion Maquipucuna in Ecuador, this course will examine existing and proposed sustainable micro-enterprises and the environmental and social problems that arise as these businesses unfold. This course will draw on written text, field experience and film (highlighting the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival) to provide sources for information and perspective. This course is available to all students interested in participating in the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival and also those students interested in probing sustainability issues. This class will also serve as a preparatory class for students that will be traveling to Ecuador in May and will be assessed at two credits for students planning study abroad in the program.

School of Health Sciences and Human Performance

Contagions and Contaminations
Dr. Stewart Auyash, Associate Professor, Health Promotion and Physical Education
Contact:, 274-1213
1 Credit Mini Course
Time and Location: TBA

The course will engage students in discussion and debate around the connections between health, disease, politics, art, and diversity related to the films and activities of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. First,students will participate directly in the preparation of and research for an artistic installation by landscape designer Mary Zebell. Second, students will view, discuss, and write about the films, videos, as well as the artistic installations. Among the public health films students will see include Darwin’s Nightmare, a documentary on the effect of fishing the Nile perch in Tanzania'sLake Victoria, and Chagas- A Hidden Affliction, which chronicles a parasitic disease affecting nearly 700,000 people and killing 14,000 in Central and South America each year. Students are expected to participate in the installation, view the films, discuss the health implications of the Festival’s events, and write about those aspects of particular interest to them.

School of Humanities and Sciences

Installation Art Practicum
Dr. Cheryl Kramer, Assistant Professor, Art History
Contact: 274-3548;
1-Credit mini course, Pass/Fail
Block II Spring 2006
Rooms: Handwerker Gallery and Classroom TBA
Class size: 10
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor is required. Sophomore standing required.

Installation art is a genre of Western Contemporary art that came to prominence in the 1970s. Installation artists use sculptural material and other media to modify the way in which a viewer experiences a particular space. In this instance landscape designer Mary Zebell uses the ephemeral material of snow fencing to represent the collective loss we as a society face from contemporary tragedies such as the Iraqi War and the AIDS crisis, which affect not only individuals and communities, but on humanity. This mini-course provides students with the opportunity to work with Handwerker Gallery Director Cheryl Kramer and artist Mary Zebell in preparing, installing and striking The Count, a site-specific installation in conjunction with the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. Students are required to complete a series of readings and lectures/demonstrations prior to working on the installation. Students must submit a reading journal and a reflective journal. Readings: Nicolas De Oliveira et al, Installation Art in the New Millennium: The Empire of the Senses (New York: Thames and Hudson, 2004) and Claire Bishop, Installation Art: A Critical History (New York: Routledge, 2005).

School of Music

Cultural Ecology
Dr. Peter Rothbart, Professor, Music Theory, History, Composition, 274-1497
1 credit mini course
Time and location: Selected Tuesdays, 1:10-2:00,
Whalen Center for Music room 4206.
Prerequisite: 1 course in liberal arts, one course in fine arts.

This course will examine the philosophic, sociological and artistic issues surrounding the transmission and assimilation of cultures. Through the prisms of film, music and dance, we will ask more questions than we answer about the relationships between cultural diversity, sustainability, assimilation, artistic integrity, authenticity, novelty and creativity. Students should be prepared for active participation in group discussions and a significant amount of readings, listenings and viewings in conjunction with the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. Attendance at many of the Festival events is required.

Roy H. Park School of Communications

Hacking, Bending and Recycling the Media
Prof. Simon Tarr, Assistant Professor, Cinema and Photography, 274-7003
1 credit mini course
Thurs, 9:25-10:15am, beginning in January
Location: Not yet determined.

This mini-course involves the study of the political economy of media technology, innovation and design, and introduces students to methods of creating and modifying hardware and software to suit specific media art applications. Through analysis of digital rights management systems, legal tactics, marketing campaigns, and the devices themselves, students will examine their own relationship to technology and how that interaction effects the global media economy and the environment. This course will be offered as a part of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. It will culminate in a live media performance incorporating methods and technologies developed in the class. In concert with the Smithsonian Institution's Human Studies Film Archives at the National Museum of Natural History, in the first partnership of its kind with undergraduates, students from all areas at Ithaca College will participate in tactical video projects that illuminate local environmental issues.

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