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Samarasinghe, Rumi, and ICOA featured in podcast

Former ICOA writers-in-residence Sonali Samarasinghe (2012-2014) and Raza Rumi (2015-2017) recently told their stories to the podcast Asian in Ithaca: Stories of Race, Culture & Identity. They also discussed the vital role that ICOA has played in their lives.

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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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Exiled journalists share their stories

In an emotional discussion before a rapt audience, ICOA’s three most recent writers-in-residence shared their stories of adjustment and perseverance while living in exile in Ithaca. All three were forced to leave their home countries because of their work as…

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Coming events look at migration and exile

  Ithaca City of Asylum (ICOA) is taking part in several community events in November. Each seeks to expand the local conversation on migration, immigration, displacement, and exile. Three are part of the monthlong exhibition and event series How Did We…

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New Play ‘K2’ Stars ICOA Writer-in-Residence

Apart from her teaching and speaking engagements, ICOA Writer-in-Residence Sonali Samarasinghe also began her Ithaca acting debut in April. Samarasinghe was part of the three-member cast of  “K2,” Patrick Meyers’s play based on the real-life experience of two American climbers…

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