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 Ithaca.com 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 Ithaca.com.  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 [...]

Middle Eastern Music Benefit Concert for ICOA

Middle Eastern Music Benefit Concert for ICOA

As a benefit for Ithaca City of Asylum, Cornell’s Middle Eastern Music Ensemble will perform a concert of music from Turkey, Greece, Egypt, and Iran at Cinemapolis on Thursday, February 9th at 7pm. Middle Eastern sweets will be served. Tickets are $15.00. $7.50 for students. Tickets available at the door (price includes a pastry). Your [...]