Book talk: Sanctuary and Asylum: A Social and Political History
With author Linda Rabben. A light lunch will be served. RSVP required at http://www.bc.edu/centers/humanrights/events.html#rabben
About the book:
The practice of sanctuary―giving refuge to the threatened, vulnerable stranger―may be universal among humans. From primate populations to ancient religious traditions to the modern legal institution of asylum, anthropologist Linda Rabben explores the long history of sanctuary and analyzes modern asylum policies in North America, Europe, and elsewhere, contrasting them with the role that courageous individuals and organizations have played in offering refuge to survivors of torture, persecution, and discrimination. Rabben gives close attention to the mid-2010s refugee crisis in Europe and to Central Americans seeking asylum in the United States.
Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 12:00pm