Media for Social Responsibility (M4SR) is a signature interdisciplinary mini-course that is offered at least once a year with different topics that highlight the responsibility of the media to provide positive content and resources to promote social change. These courses are open to all Ithaca College students.
These courses are generally linked to a major speaker and allow students to put the speaker's content and inspiration into action. Past topics and speakers have included:
- "Life with Autism Disorder" taught by Speech/Language Pathology professor Tina Caswell, the course featured a public screening of the documentary Life Animated followed by a public presentation by the producer of that film, Ron Suskind who is a Pulizer award-winning journalist. His presentation chronicled his family's journey when his young son was diagnosed with autism disorder and their discovery that the best communication channel to him was through Disney animated film characters.
"Portrayals of Disability and Chronic Illness in Popular Culture" featuring guest speaker Laila Ali, the world-class athlete, fitness and wellness expert, TV host, entrepreneur, author, and advocate for women and children. The daughter of late beloved global icon and humanitarian Muhammad Ali, she is heralded as the most successful female in the history of women’s boxing.
"IC Beyond Body" featuring Academy Award winning actor Geena Davis who is also recognized for her tireless advocacy of women and girls nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is the founder of the non-profit the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and its programming arm See Jane, which engages film and television creators to dramatically increase the percentages of female characters — and reduce gender stereotyping — in media made for children 11 and under. This class developed the platform used for archiving material and promoting through social media positive information on body image, ICBeyondBody.