The conference itself will begin with a public forum on the notion of "sanctuary" itself, featuring both scholars and activists who will trace sanctuary from its medieval origins, its 19th century mobilization by the abolitionists, and its reemergence in the last 30 years. This will be followed by a daylong workshop on religious humanitarianism, urban activism, and environmentalism, which will think about the ways that sanctuary might help us to make sense of how different faith communities are mobilizing in ways that are not simply "policitcal"
Moderated by Elizabeth Bruenig (Washington Post)
Confirmed panelists: Thavolia Glymph (Duke, History); Diya Abdo (director of Guilford College's Every Campus a Refuge project)
Organizing committee: James Chappel (History), William Chafe (History), Mona Hassan (Religious Studies), Michael Gillespie (Political Science), Negar Mottahedeh (Literature), Luke Bretherton (Divinity School)