The conference 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 “political.”
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Thursday, 8 February
“The Logic of Sanctuary: A Public Forum”
5-7 PM, Goodson Chapel, Duke University
Introduced and moderated by Elizabeth Bruenig (Washington Post)
Confirmed panelists: Thavolia Glymph (Duke, History); Diya Abdo (director of Guilford College’s Every Campus a Refuge project); Julie Peeples (Senior Pastor, Congregational UCC, Greensboro NC)
Friday, 9 February
Three panels, all held in the Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Smith Warehouse, Duke University
9 AM: coffee and light breakfast
Panel 1, 9:30-11:30: Humanitarianism: Religion and the Body
Confirmed panelists: C. Julia Huang (Anthropology, Santa Cruz); Carla Hung (Anthropology, Duke); Emmanuel Schaueblin (Anthropology, Zurich)
Chaired by Luke Bretherton (Divinity, Duke).
Panel 2, 12:30-2:30: Civic Activism: Religion in Urban Spaces
Confirmed panelists: Beth Baron (History, Graduate Center/ CUNY); Lila Berman (History, Temple); J. Brooks Jessup (Anthro, Berkeley).
Chaired by Adam Mestyan (History, Duke).
2:30-3:00: Coffee break
Panel 3, 3:00-5:00: Environmentalism: Religion and the Land
Confirmed panelists: Catherine Flowers (FHI Practitioner in Residence); Ryan Juskus (Religious Studies, Duke); Aaron Wolf (Geography, Oregon State).
Chaired by Prasenjit Duara (History, Duke).
Closing remarks and discussion, 5:00-5:30
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Sponsored by History, African and African American Studies (AAAS), Asian Pacific Studies Institute (APSI), Center for Jewish Studies, Divinity School, Duke Chapel, Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute (DHRC@FHI), Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI), Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Nicholas School-Miscellaneous Events, and Religious Studies.