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Drexel Global Passport Series (GPS)

Drexel University Global Passport Series 2017-2018 logo

This year the Drexel Global Passport Series (GPS), organized by the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages, centers on "People on the Move.” Drexel GPS seeks to facilitate global conversations at Drexel and in Philadelphia to ensure rich student engagement and build strong partnerships with local communities and organizations.


2017-2018 Theme: “People on the Move”

November 16, 2017
5:30-7:30 pm
Migration, Incarceration and Sanctuary: Creative Responses to Injustice and Social Change
Nesbitt 111 (Stein Auditorium)

Panel Participants:

  • Edgar Endress, George Mason University
  • Courtney Bowles, People's Paper Co-Op
  • Mark Strandquist, Performing Statistics

With the ongoing threats to immigrant communities in the United States, especially for the most vulnerable – undocumented migrants and Dreamers – who continue to experience profiling by police, risks of detention and incarceration, and potential deportation, how do sanctuary cities, like Philadelphia, harness the creative engagement and responses of artists? How can socially engaged art practices help communities imagine alternative approaches to immigration, policing, and sanctuary? Can artists help us to not only envision but also facilitate a more inclusive city and sustainable justice?

Join us for an evening with Rankin Scholar and visiting artist Edgar Endress (George Mason University) in conversation with fellow artists and activists, Courtney Bowles and Mark Strandquist, as they discuss the potential of aesthetic practices for social change and justice.

Free event. All are welcome.

Co-sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies program, the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages, Westphal’s Rankin Scholar in Residence program, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, and the College of Arts and Sciences

For more information, please contact Jacqueline Rios at

March 1, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Climate and the Environment: People on the Move - 11th Annual Student Conference on Global Challenges

May 3rd, 2018
5:30-7:30 p.m.
People Forced to Move: Sanctuary Cities, Human Rights and Religious Freedom

Event dates are subject to change. For questions and the most up-to date information on the series, please contact Jacqueline Rios at