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Telling Truths in Arusha

Ithaca College screened Telling Truths in Arusha, a powerful documentary by Norwegian filmmaker Beate Arnestad, on February 11, 2013, at 7 p.m. in Textor 103. A discussion with filmmaker Beate Arnestad and prosecutor Brian Wallace, moderated by politics professor Dr. Peyi…

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The Fierce Urgency of Now: Samarasinghe is Keynote Speaker

Sonali Samarasinghe provided the keynote speech for Ithaca’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration on January 21, 2013. During her talk she spoke about how she had to flee her native Sri Lanka with only a few belongings, one of which…

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European Court of Human Rights Vindicates Kakabadze

On October 2, 2012, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) awarded monetary recompense to Irakli Kakabadze, former Ithaca City of Asylum writer in residence, and others who filed suit against the Republic of Georgia after being detained during a demonstration in…

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When They Came for Us: Freedom to Write in Sri Lanka

“… when you are compelled to leave your … family, your work, your country, and your life as you knew it, that’s when you realize you cannot give up. You have to do more, you have to speak louder, write…

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ICOA’s Fifth Writer-in-residence: Sonali Samarasinghe

Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA) is proud to announce that its writer-in-residence for 2012–14 is the human rights activist and award-winning journalist Sonali Samarasinghe. While practicing law in Sri Lanka, Samarasinghe worked as an editor and journalist focusing on government corruption…

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New Officers for ICOA’s Board

Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA) has elected four new officers for its board of directors. For the 2012-2013 year Dan Renfrow will serve as chair of the board, with Bridget Meeds as vice chair, Kathleen Gemmell as secretary, and David…

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ICOA Participated in Arcades Project’s “The Poem of Display”

ICOA participated in the Arcades Project on Friday, May 4, in the Historic McCormick-Cowdry House at 408 E. State Street in downtown Ithaca. The biannual Arcades Project is a curated event featuring artists, designers, and independent presses. The event coincided…

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ICOA Board Member Publishes Book About South Africa

ICOA Board member Catherine Taylor has a new book being published on May 1. Taylor’s book, entitled Apart, grew out of Taylor’s memories of visiting her family in South Africa as a child and her later curiosity about her (white)…

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ICOA Celebrates the Life and Work of Polish Poet, Czeslaw Milosz

Ithaca City of Asylum recently co-sponsored two events characterized as “Memories of Milosz” to celebrate the life and work of the Nobel Prize winning poet, Czeslaw Milosz. Milosz lived for many years in the United States while he was in…

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New Video Offers Portraits of ICOA Writers

In September 2008, Shaun Poust, then a freshman at Ithaca College, volunteered to help out with ICOA’s Voices of Freedom event, which that year welcomed the group’s new writer-in-residence, Irakli Kakabadze.   Something about the work of ICOA and Irakli Kakabadze’s…

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