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Migration, Incarceration and Sanctuary: Creative Responses to Injustice and Social Change

Thursday, November 16, 2017

5:30 PM-7:00 PM

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, 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 (People's Paper Co-Op) and Mark Strandquist (Performing Statistics) as they discuss the potential of aesthetic practices for social change and justice.

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.

Sponsored by the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages. Co-sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies program, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, Westphal’s Rankin Scholar in Residence program, Drs. Navjeet and Gurcharan Singh, and the College of Arts and Science.

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Nesbitt Hall, Room 111, 3215 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


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