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Offering Refuge, Building Solidarity: Universities as Sanctuaries  

Organizer: A/P/A Institute at NYU
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New York, NY 10003 United States
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Add to Calendar 03/07/2019 01:00 PM 03/07/2019 07:30 PM America/New_York Offering Refuge, Building Solidarity: Universities as Sanctuaries   More detail: https://apa.nyu.edu/event/offering-refuge-building-solidarity-universities-as-sanctuaries/ Multiple, New York, NY, 10003

Co-presented by NYU Sanctuary and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, NYU Center for Multicultural Education & Programs, and NYU Dream Team.

At a time of growing global anti-democratic repression against migrants, minorities and dissidents, how can the university serve as a Sanctuary? The expansion of the New Sanctuary movement beyond places of worship into universities began in the wake of electing an ethno-nationalist far-right President into office in November 2016. Even as universities like NYU represent themselves as sanctuaries for the free exchange of ideas, they refuse to declare themselves “sanctuary campuses” for targeted populations for  fear of state retaliation. This symposium highlights the meanings, possibilities and limits of “sanctuary” in practice for academic institutions of higher learning. In the US, as in many parts of the world, the university remains one of the few institutional spaces where the right-wing have not been able to exert its hegemony.

We hope to raise the following sets of questions in our symposium: What might we learn from the history of earlier movements for abolition and sanctuary in the US? What do scholars and students who have faced repressive political climates have to teach us today? How can universities offer physical harbor and amplify the voices and experiences of vulnerable or marginalized communities? In what ways do they foster the exchange of new ideas and of dissensual politics, and what are the limits of these intellectual and critical practices?

In this symposium, we consider the possibilities of building and sustaining coalitions around the coordinated attacks on racialized and migrant communities. We are especially interested in highlighting how activist-scholars learn from other one other, across the campus, across generations, and across the globe. This symposium offers scholars, activists, and students an opportunity for dialogue about the many ways the university can be mobilized for the purposes of sanctuary and for solidarity, and ends with a reception in the mural and sound installation, We Imagine Sanctuary.

LOCATIONS: The sessions from 1:00-5:30 p.m. will take place at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life (60 Washington Square South), Room 905/907. The reception (6:00-7:30 p.m.) will take place at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU (8 Washington Mews).

ACCESSIBILITY: The NYU Kimmel Center for University Life (60 Washington Square South) has an elevator and is accessible for wheelchair users. There is a single-stall all gender restroom on the first floor of the building. The restrooms on the ninth floor (where the symposium sessions are taking place) are gender-segregated. The Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU (8 Washington Mews), the reception location, has an elevator and is accessible for wheelchair users. Restrooms are single-stall, and all gender. If you need any accommodations, please email apa.rsvp@nyu.edu.


1:00 p.m.: Introduction & Welcome

Crystal Parikh
Director, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU
NYU Department of English
NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis

Paula Chakravartty
NYU Sanctuary
NYU Gallatin
NYU Department of Media, Culture and Communication

1:15-2:45 p.m.: Sanctuary is Solidarity: Limits and Possibilities?
Keynote Discussion

Judith Páez, New Sanctuary Coalition
Janice G. Hoseine, New Sanctuary Coalition
A. Naomi Paik, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Eric Tang, University of Texas, Austin
Moderated by Paula Chakravartty

2:45-3:30 p.m.: Break

Sponsored by the Food and Racial Equity (FARE) Collective.

3:30-5:30 p.m.: The University as Sanctuary?

Hüsniye Cogur, NYU Dream Team
Frances Dávila
, NYU Immigrant Defense Initiative
Mohamad Bazzi, The Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU
Asli Iğsız, NYU Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Manijeh Moradian, Barnard College
Kanchana Ugbabe, Fordham University
Moderated by Monica Kim, NYU Department of History, and Sonya Posmentier, NYU Department of English

6:00-7:30 p.m.: Reception

Reception for We Imagine Sanctuary created by Jess X. Snow and Ushka (Thanushka Yakupitiyage) in collaboration with NYU students will take place at the A/P/A Institute at NYU (8 Washington Mews).