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The Forbidden Future: ICOA presents panel at Spring Writes festival

Russian dissident poet, novelist, and satirist Dmitry Bykov says societies need writers to help them imagine the future, but “the future is the most forbidden topic” in his country. On May 13, he joined Mark Lipovetsky, director of graduate studies at Columbia University’s Department of Slavic Languages, for a wide-ranging discussion called “The Forbidden Future: Literature and Journalism in Today’s Russia.” Barbara Adams moderated. A video will be available soon.

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For dissident writer, the fight for Russia’s future is personal

In a profile in the Cornell Chronicle, Dmitry Bykov describes his interests and goals and discusses the personal and professional challenges he has faced as a prominent critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

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ICOA welcomes artist-in-residence Dmitry Bykov

Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA) is pleased to welcome Russian poet, satirist, literary critic, novelist, and media personality Dmitry Bykov as its eighth artist-in-residence. Bykov is one of Russia’s best-known public intellectuals and an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin. He is based at Cornell’s Institute for European Studies and supported by a fellowship from the Open Society University Network.

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How Ithaca became a “global hub” for refugees

A feature on the news site Documented describes Ithaca’s long history of sheltering and supporting refugees from around the world. The piece looks at the way citizens, organizations, government, and institutions in Ithaca have opened their doors to people fleeing violence or persecution in Myanmar, Afghanistan, Syria, and many other countries. Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA) is among the featured groups.

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Pedro X. Molina wins prestigious award

ICOA’s seventh writer in residence and current Artist Protection Fund Fellow has received the 2021 Gabo Award for Excellence from Fundación Gabo, the foundation created by the late Gabriel García Márquez. The prize is one of the most prestigious for journalists in Latin America. Molina is the first cartoonist to win.

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Shining the Light: Journalism in Times of Tyranny

Join us on Thursday, September 30, 2021, at 7 p.m. for an online discussion about the situation for journalists in Afghanistan, Belarus, Myanmar, and Nicaragua. Featuring three journalists who have received help from ICOA and a representative of PEN America. In recognition of Banned Books Week (September 26-October 2).

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Workshop: Try Your Hand at Cartooning!

Join internationally acclaimed political cartoonist Pedro X. Molina on Tuesday, September 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a workshop on expressing yourself visually by creating a cartoon. Drawing experience is helpful but not necessary.

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Censorship panel features Pedro Molina

Pedro X. Molina, an acclaimed political cartoonist and a leader in Nicaragua’s opposition-in-exile, will take part in an Amnesty International USA panel on censorship and press freedom on Tuesday, September 21, at 8 p.m. EDT. Pedro, who was ICOA’s seventh artist-in-residence, is now an Artist Protection Fund Fellow at Cornell.

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Johnson exhibit features exiled Burmese photographer

“Faces of Change: Portraits of Myanmar’s Democratic Awakening” features the work of Min Ma Naing, a visiting scholar at Cornell’s Southeast Asia Program. Ithaca City of Asylum has helped Min Ma since she arrived in Ithaca after fleeing Myanmar in June.

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Join ICOA board members in Odyssey conversation

Ithaca City of Asylum board members Athena Kirk and Bethany Dixon will discuss survival, migration, and displacement in a “Virtual Community Conversation” on Wednesday, September 1, 5-6 p.m. The event is part of An Odyssey, a coproduction of the Hangar Theatre and The Cherry Arts directed by Samuel Buggeln. Dramaturg Aoise Stratford will moderate.

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