Ithaca City of Asylum

Category: Events


Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen at Buffalo Street Books May 18, 1 p.m.

Join us on Saturday, May 18, 1 p.m., at Buffalo Street Books for a reading by Vietnamese-American novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Viet Thanh Nguyen, in conversation with Jack Wang, Chair of the Ithaca College Department of Writing. Ithaca City of…

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Expression as Freedom: The Power of Literature in Exile and Incarceration

On Saturday, May 4, Ithaca City of Asylum joined with Amnesty International to present a panel discussion, Expression as Freedom: The Power of Literature in Exile and Incarceration, as part of Spring Writes, Ithaca’s annual festival of literature. The panel…

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Expression as Freedom on WRFI

ICOA Board President Gail Holst-Warhaft recently spoke with the Human Rights and Social Justice Program on WRFI 88.1 FM Ithaca / 91.9 FM Watkins Glen about our upcoming panel at the 2019 Spring Writes Festival. Listen below: The event, focusing…

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“Journalism in an Age of Despots”

Ithaca City of Asylum writers-in-residence featured at 2019 Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival With a theme of “Disruptions,” FLEFF 2019, hosted by Ithaca College, explored ideas of sustainability across all its forms, including the political, the cultural, and the aesthetic—and…

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Spring events with ICOA

Ithaca City of Asylum has three events planned for spring 2019. Join us for these collaborations with other literary and human rights organizations: Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 6 p.m. Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College Library: A panel on “Journalism in an…

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Music crossing borders

Upon the signing of a January 2017 executive order preventing foreign nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, “numerous musicians, ensembles, and organizations responded by showcasing art from precisely those places,” the New Yorker points out…

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Exiled writer to speak on women, conflict, and the migrant experience Oct. 4 at Buffalo Street Books

For Kanchana Ugbabe, writing is not just a calling. It is also, she says, “almost a strategy for survival.” Ugbabe will read from her fiction and discuss her life as a South Asian, an expatriate, a woman, a teacher and…

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Ithaca Out Loud

  Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA) will celebrate literacy and freedom of expression and commemorate Banned Books Week 2017 with “Ithaca Out Loud,” an evening of literature and theater, on Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Tompkins County…

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Ithaca City of Asylum to Read at Spring Writes Festival

The public is cordially invited to a reading by five writers who are active on the board of Ithaca City of Asylum. The authors will give short readings from their own poetry and prose as part of the Spring Writes…

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Ithaca Out Loud: Ithaca Actors Read Ithaca Authors

Celebrating the freedom to read and write in an entertaining program, “Ithaca Out Loud” showcased the talents of popular local actors reading selections from the works of five nationally recognized local authors. Ithaca City of Asylum and the Tompkins County…

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