Duke University will sponsor "The Logic of Sanctuary Conference: Religious Movements in Non-Sovereign Spaces" Public Forum on Feb . 8 at 5 p.m. to kick off a two-day conference. The forum on the notion of "sanctuary" will feature scholars and activists tracing sanctuary from its medieval origins, its 19th century mobilization by the abolitionists, and its reemergence in the last 30 years.
The forum will be followed by a daylong workshop the next day (Feb . 9) on religious humanitarianism, urban activism, and environmentalism, which will explore the ways that sanctuary might help make sense of how different faith communities are mobilizing in ways that are not simply "political."
The forum will be moderated by Elizabeth Bruenig of The Washington Post. Panelists will include Thavolia Glymph, professor of history at the Duke University Departments of History and African & African American Studies, and Diya Abdo, director of Guilford College's "Every Campus a Refuge" project.
The organizing committee for the forum and conference includes Duke professors: Luke Bretherton, Duke Divinity School; James Chappel and William Chafe, History Department; Mona Hassan, Department of Religious Studies; and Michael Gillespie, Department of Political Science; and Negar Mottahedeh, Department of Literature.