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Expert panel to discuss the meaning of ‘sanctuary’

Expert panel to discuss the meaning of ‘sanctuary’

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February 13, 2017

TACOMA, WASH. (Feb. 13, 2017)- On Monday, Feb. 27, at 5:30 p.m. in Chris Knutzen Hall PLU will host a panel discussion on the development, politics and practices of sanctuary movements.

“In light of President Krise’s letters in support of immigrant students and ongoing conversations on campus about how best to support undocumented students and their families, we believe this to be an urgent conversation prompted by our mission and PLU’s commitment to diversity and justice,” said Rachel Haxtema, program coordinator at the PLU Center for Community Engagement and Service.

The program will be moderated by PLU Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies Emily Davidson and the panel will include PLU Lutheran Studies Chair Samuel Torvend, Assistant Professor of Philosophy Sergia Hay, the Rev. Mark Knutson of Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland, Oregon, Jennifer Predmore ’14 of Catholic Community Services, and a representative from Colectiva Legal del Pueblo.

Torvend will discuss the origins and development of sanctuary practices. Hay will address the relation between sanctuary movements and civil disobedience. Knutson will discuss his church’s experience of hosting families in sanctuary. Predmore will describe her work with unaccompanied refugee minors and Colectiva Legal del Pueblo will provide insights around current legal processes and the role and effect of “Sanctuary Cities.”

The conversation is free and open to the public.
Sanctuary?!: A Conversation about Sanctuary Practices & Movements
Feb. 27 | 5:30 p.m. | Chris Knutzen Hall
Event contact: Emily Davidson: 253-535-7311