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The practice of sanctuary - giving refuge to the threatened, vulnerable stranger - may be universal among humans. In Sanctuary and Asylum: A Social and Political History, 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.
This wide-ranging, timely and carefully documented account draws on Rabben’s experiences as a human rights advocate as well as her training as an anthropologist. Sanctuary and Asylum will help citizens, professionals and policy makers take informed and compassionate action.
Linda Rabben is associate research professor of anthropology at the University of Maryland. She is the author of Give Refuge to the Stranger: The Past, Present, and Future of Sanctuary and Fierce Legion of Friends: A History of Human Rights Campaigns and Campaigners.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 7:30pm