Schools of Public Engagement: Global Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students


Spring 2021

Taught By: Alexandra Delano and Abou Farman

Section: AX

CRN: 8862

Credits: 4

This course examines sanctuary as a practice, a theory, a historical proposition, a call to civil disobedience, and a vision of social justice for the present. Our goal is to explore sanctuary as a concept that offers opportunities to mobilize support and resources, and to develop new strategies and vocabularies in response to a context where marginalized populations, especially those with precarious migration status—and particularly people of color—are under attack and facing escalated repression. Our course will provide an understanding of the political and economic context in which this is taking place, including an understanding of immigration laws and policies in the US and in the region, and the broad set of actors, institutions and interests that have shaped the systems that push people to leave their origin countries, and that create a context for their settlement in the U.S. under precarious conditions. We want to think together about the possibilities that sanctuary offers in practice and also as a political tool, as a form of imagining different forms of community, responsibility, solidarity, accountability and mutuality both in our local spaces, in our everyday, but also as a vision for the future, beyond border security, control, enforcement, mass incarceration and the prison-industrial complex. The course will be developed in collaboration with The New Sanctuary Coalition (NSC) in two ways: our students will participate in accompaniment trainings offered by NSC, attend community meetings at NSC, assist in city-wide mobilizations to change local policies, and help organize lectures and discussions on topics proposed by the community. They will also assess community needs to determine what possible resources from within the university can be used to support them through collaborations with the New School’s TESOL program, the Plaza Comunitaria program for adult education offered through the Mexican consulate, space for Know Your Rights or accompaniment trainings, among other options. The course builds on the work done by the New School Sanctuary Working Group since 2016 to call attention to the university’s own shortfalls with regard to its commitment to social justice and the possibility of addressing them from within as well as in collaboration with communities in our neighborhood.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Global Studies (UGLB)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:56am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/6/2021