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“Crossing the Line” available for streaming

“Crossing the Line,” our Banned Books Week presentation featuring cartoonists Pedro X. Molina and Rob Rogers, was a smash success, with more than 300 people watching from all over the world. Pedro and Rob’s stories were moving, informative, and entertaining,…

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New book showcases work of persecuted Greek musician

ICOA board member Gail Holst-Warhaft has translated The House with the Scorpions: Selected Poems and Song-Lyrics of Mikis Theodorakis, featuring the work of one of modern Greece’s most important musical figures. “I can’t think of anyone who has suffered more…

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Pedro & Jonathan on human rights show

ICOA artist-in-residence Pedro X. Molina and ICOA board chair Jonathan Miller were interviewed on WRFI‘s Human Rights Show on Friday, September 18. Pedro talked about the political situation in Nicaragua and the circumstances surrounding his emergency departure in December 2018…

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“Crossing the Line” Celebrates Cartooning and Risk

Online event Friday, October 2, 7 p.m.  Please join Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA) and City of Asylum Pittsburgh for “Crossing the Line,” a virtual (and highly visual) conversation about cartooning, free expression, censorship, and personal risk. The free online event will take place on Friday, October 2,…

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Pedro tells his story in Pittsburgh magazine

“I think humor is one of the best weapons that we have when we are dealing with oppressors,” ICOA artist-in-residence Pedro X. Molina says in a 4,000-word interview in the online magazine Sampsonia Way. “But every time they tighten their…

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Update: Hanging on but could use help!

We send our warmest greetings in this strangest of summers, a season of uncertainty and turmoil, awakening and hope. We wanted to catch you up on what we’ve been up to and invite you to lend a hand. A busy…

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Solidarity in times of crisis

We send you greetings in this time of collective isolation. We hope that you are healthy, safe, and supported by family and friends. Like many of you, we have been asking ourselves what we can do to pitch in, both…

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Viet Thanh Nguyen: Refugee writers on refugee lives

In an event co-sponsored by Ithaca City of Asylum, Viet Thanh Nguyen, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer, spoke at Buffalo Street Books on May 18. He shared his own experience as a refugee and the importance of making…

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BBC podcast features former resident Samarasinghe

The BBC has produced a powerful account of the 2009 assassination of Lasantha Wickrematunge, founder and editor of The Sunday Leader in Sri Lanka, as part of its Witness History podcast. The 11-minute piece is built around an interview with Wickrematunge’s…

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Come to our Spring Writes 2019 panel Saturday, May 4

Ithaca City of Asylum will take part in Spring Writes, Ithaca’s literature festival, with a panel discussion on Saturday, May 4, 12:30 – 1:30pm at the Tompkins Center for History & Culture, CAP Gallery/Program Room. The event will feature a…

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