“Decade of Fire” Documentary film screening, Thursday, November 21, 2019 (6 pm – 8:30 pm) TEXTOR 103

The Politics Department and as part of a new seminar being offered this Fall semester “Race, Class and Geographies of Housing” is hosting a public screening of an important film “Decade of Fire” by co-directors and co-producers Vivian Vázquez Irizarry and Gretchen Hildebran.

Discussion will follow on the various themes and critical questions raised by the film moderated by Prof. Carlos Figueroa, (Politics). Watch the trailer here.

Documentary description:  “Throughout the 1970’s, fires consumed the South Bronx. Black and Puerto Rican residents were blamed for the devastation even as they battled daily to save their neighborhoods. In DECADE OF FIRE, Bronx-born Vivian Vázquez Irizarry pursues the truth surrounding the fires – uncovering policies of racism and neglect that still shape our cities, and offering hope to communities on the brink today. Through a rich seam of archival and home movie footage, DECADE OF FIRE confronts the racially-charged stereotypes that dehumanized residents of the South Bronx in the 1970’s, and rationalized their abandonment by city, state and federal governments. Vázquez Irizarry, in her role as the film’s central character and co-director seeks not only healing for her community, but to redeem them from the harmful mythology spread by the media that has continued largely unchallenged to this day. She tells the story of a people who held on, worked to save their community and start anew against impossible odds. The accounts she gathers are supported by extensive research, archival footage, print and broadcast news excerpts, testimonials from retired FDNY firefighters and brass, as well as Bronx historians. Through exposing the history, and lifting up the stories of survivors whose deep commitment to their homes and communities saved the borough, DECADE OF FIRE offers the emergence of a new narrative for the South Bronx and places like it across the nation.”

Thursday, Nov. 21, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Textor 103

Food and refreshments provided.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Carlos Figueroa at cfigueroa@ithaca.edu or (607) 274-7381. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

PCIM presents: “American Prison” with Shane Bauer

Shane Bauer will speak about his book “American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment” that weaves a thoroughly history of for-profit prisons dating back to the decades before the Civil War.

Bauer’s work is an alarming exposé of a for-profit prison in Louisiana where he worked as a guard and witnessed the distressing conditions and how corrections overtime have turned into a profit-making enterprise.

This book was named as New York Times Book Review’s “10 Best Books of 2018,” as well as one of President Barack Obama’s favorites of 2018. “American Prison” is a compelling critique of America’s complex system of mass incarceration and the formidable forces that drive it.

Bauer is an award-winning journalist who is currently a senior reporter with Mother Jones magazine. He was the recipient of an Izzy Award in 2017 for his outstanding contribution to independent media.

5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14 in Textor 103 

Book sales and signing to follow lecture. Free and open to the public.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please contact Brandy Hawly, bhawley@ithaca.edu or 607-274-3590 as soon as possible. 

See the Facebook event here. blog

Expression as Freedom: Literature in exile and incarceration, a Spring Writes 2019 panel Saturday, May 4

Ithaca City of Asylum will take part in Spring Writes, Ithaca’s literature festival, with a panel discussion on Saturday, May 4, 12:30 – 1:30pm at the Tompkins Center for History & Culture, CAP Gallery/Program Room.

The event will feature a lively discussion among members of local Amnesty International chapters and Ithaca City of Asylum. Both groups strive to achieve social justice and uphold human rights–and our various projects intersect with the act of writing in thought-provoking ways.

Expression as Freedom: The power of literature in exile and incarceration

Some journalists, poets, and novelists write their way INTO exile for speaking out against oppression or injustice, while people who are incarcerated sometimes write their way THROUGH or OUT. Ithaca City of Asylum and Amnesty International representatives present a panel discussion about the ways the exiled and the incarcerated express their experiences through the arts, and what Ithacans who believe in human rights and the power of the pen can do to promote justice through literature. Panelists include Gail Holst-Warhaft, K.E. von Wittelsbach, Andy Doyle, Cayley Crutchfield, Tony Sidle, and Pedro X. Molina, with moderator Barbara Adams.

And check out the full Spring Writes schedule for four days of 43 juried literary events.


ICOA is part of the International Cities of Refuge Network, a worldwide network of cities of asylum, supporting writers whose works are suppressed, whose lives are threatened, whose cultures are vanishing, and whose languages are endangered.

Are you considering attending graduate school for Writing, Communications, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, English, Education, or Library Science?

Then you should be aware of these opportunities on-campus this Friday and Saturday.

These programs are part of the Pippi to Ripley: Feminist and Fantastic Popular Culture conference.

Friday, April 26 4:30-5:30 pm – Taughkannock Falls Room                                                           

How to Survive and Thrive in Graduate School                                                                          A panel of current and recent graduate students talk about choosing schools, financing their advanced education, and managing the grad school workload.  The students are working in Information Sciences and Education and have chosen a variety of ways to earn their degrees: City Year, on-line programs, and traditional graduate school.

Friday, April 26 4:30-5:30 – Ithaca Falls Room     

Publishing on Popular Culture                                                                                                    Two professors and an editor talk about publishing in the fields of Children’s Literature, Sociology and Fan culture.  Learn how to build up that resume for Grad School applications!

We encourage any student interested in pursuing an academic career to drop by one of these sessions to see professional-level academic presentations.

For a full schedule of events see:                                          https://www.ithaca.edu/academics/school-humanities-and-sciences/pippi-ripley-conference