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Jamal Khashoggi stands for many more silenced journalists

Jamal Khashoggi: The name of this Saudi journalist, who wrote for the Washington Post and had been residing in the US, has headlined the news this month after he disappeared into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Political circumstances have…

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Exiled writers: display at Buffalo Street Books

Ithaca City of Asylum supports writers whose works are suppressed, whose lives are threatened, whose cultures are vanishing, and whose languages are endangered. Many writers in today’s world  find themselves in this position–but being persecuted for the written word is…

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Stories from Jos, Nigeria

Thank you to everyone who attended Voices of Freedom 2018 last night, October 4, at Buffalo Street Books. Kanchana Ugbabe, Writer at Risk in Residence at Fordham University, shared stories of the current violence and division in her long-time home…

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Ithaca City of Asylum on WRFI Friday, Sept. 7, 4-5 p.m.

Ithaca City of Asylum will get some air time Friday, Sept. 7, 4-5 p.m. on the Human Rights and Social Justice Program on WRFI 88.1 FM. Board members Edward Hower and Kate Blackwood will have a conversation with host Ute…

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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…

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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…

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Ithaca Out Loud Performers & Audio

On September 27, 2017, Ithaca City of Asylum hosted “Ithaca Out Loud,” an evening of literature and theater at the Tompkins County Public Library. Six Ithaca actors brought the work of six Ithaca authors to life with dramatic readings. Enjoy…

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New film on Ithaca City of Asylum

This short documentary was produced by Maureen Wietecha, ICOA’s spring 2017 intern. It provides an overview of ICOA work and features interviews with Raza Rumi, our current writer in residence, as well as three of our board members, Barbara Adams,…

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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…

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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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