Finding Asylum: Ithaca City of Asylum’s first short-term writer in residence

Short-term writer-in-residence for Ithaca City of Asylum Raad Rahman will lead lectures and public readings through May 9. She will present a seminar at Cornell’s South Asia Program on Monday, April 23 at 12:15 p.m. in G08 Uris Hall. During her residency she will work on a novel.  Read more about her work and mission [...]

Dissident Bangladeshi writer visits Ithaca April 8-May 9

Raad Rahman, a journalist, novelist, essayist and human rights advocate from Bangladesh, will be in Ithaca from April 8 to May 9 as a writer-in-residence with Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA). She will meet with Cornell students and faculty and present a seminar at the South Asia Program on April 23 at 12:15 p.m. in G08 Uris [...]

Journalist Killings in Sri Lanka Predicated on a Deadly Irony

Journalist Killings in Sri Lanka Predicated on a Deadly Irony

This article was originally published by Thalif Deen on IPS News as part of special IPS coverage of World Press Freedom Day. It features an interview with our previous writer in residence, Sonali Samarasinghe.  UNITED NATIONS, May 2 2017 (IPS) - The widespread belief in the politically-motivated killings of journalists in Sri Lanka is predicated on a deadly [...]

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 Literary Festival. "Ithaca City of Asylum is a literary-minded group," said board member Edward Hower. "The [...]

‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ is a testament to courage

‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ is a testament to courage

This article, written by board member Barbara Adams, was originally published in The Ithaca Times. Read it on One little-known story of opposition to Nazism is that of a young Polish zookeeper and his wife, who saved the lives of more than 300 Jews. During the German occupation of Warsaw, zoo director Jan Żabiński, [...]

First Ithaca-bound refugees to arrive later this month

This article was originally published on  Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga has announced the first family to come to Tompkins County through the agency’s refugee resettlement program is scheduled to arrive later this month. “After months of preparation, Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga (CCTT) was approved by the U.S. State Department last October as a Refugee [...]

CUMEME Benefit Concert

Thank you to everyone who attended the Cornell Middle Eastern Music Ensemble Concert at Cinemapolis on Thursday, February 9th. This event had an outstanding turnout. We sold 99 tickets, and as the theater only sat 87 people, we had to bring in extra chairs! Thanks to this large audience, we raised about $1200 to go towards [...]

Ithaca Times: Ithaca City of Asylum Benefit Concert

 ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 EDITION OF THE ITHACA TIMES. WRITTEN BY LISA LAFFEND.  Freedom of speech is a crucial part of the United States’ foundation.  As citizens, we use and abuse it daily.  “Here in America, we sort of take it for granted,” says Joseph Prusch, the director of the Cornell University [...]