The Asian/Pacific/American Institute will host events in March centering on migration, refugees, and the politics of sanctuary.

New York University’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute will host events in March centering on migration, refugees, and the politics of sanctuary: a half-day symposium on how universities are organizing sanctuary-related endeavors (Mar. 7), a lecture by Linda Sarsour on the politics of sanctuary (Mar. 25), and a mural and sound installation, We Imagine Sanctuary (through May 10).

The events are free and open to the public; registration is required at apa.nyu.edu/events or by calling 212.992.9653.

Thurs., Mar. 7, 1:00-7:00 p.m.
Offering Refuge, Building Solidarity: Universities as Sanctuaries

Panels (1:00-5:30 p.m.): NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South, 905/907 (at LaGuardia Place)
Reception (6:00-7:00 p.m.): A/P/A Institute at NYU, 8 Washington Mews

This symposium offers scholars, activists, and students an opportunity for dialogue about the many ways universities are mobilizing for the purposes of sanctuary and solidarity. The event concludes with a reception at 8 Washington Mews, where the mural and sound installation, We Imagine Sanctuary is on view.

Keynote speakers include A. Naomi Paik (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Ravi Ragbir (New Sanctuary Coalition), and Eric Tang (University of Texas, Austin). The event will also feature Mohamad Bazzi (NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute), Hüsniye Cogur (NYU Dream Team), Francis Dávila (NYU Immigrant Defense Initiative), Asli Iğsiz (NYU Department of Middle Eastern Studies), Manijeh Moradian (Barnard College), and Kanchana Ugbabe (Fordham University)

Co-presented by NYU Sanctuary and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by the NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, and NYU Center for Multicultural Education & Programs.

Subways: R, W (8th Street); 6 Astor Place; A, C, E, B, D, F, M (West 4th)

Mon., Mar. 25, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
SKIRBALL TALKS: Linda Sarsour
566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South)

Award-winning, Brooklyn-born Palestinian American Muslim racial justice and civil rights activist Linda Sarsour delivers a lecture on migration, refugees, and the politics of sanctuary. Best known for her intersectional coalition work and efforts to build bridges across racial, ethnic, and faith communities, Sarsour has been at the forefront of major social justice campaigns both locally in New York City and nationally. She is a board member of the Women’s March on Washington, the former Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York, and co-founder of MPOWER Change, the first Muslim online organizing platform. She is joined in conversation with Paula Chakravartty (NYU Gallatin and NYU Department of Media, Culture, and Communication).

Presented by NYU Skirball and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU. Co-sponsored by NYU Sanctuary, NYU Center for Multicultural Education & Programs, Islamic Center at NYU, and NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies.

Subways: R, W (8th Street); 6 Astor Place; A, C, E, B, D, F, M (West 4th)

On view Mon., Feb. 25- Fri., May 10, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.*
We Imagine Sanctuary: A Mural and Sound Installation
8 Washington Mews, between University Place and 5th Avenue

Muralist and poet Jess X. Snow and A/P/A Institute at NYU Artist-in-Residence Ushka (Thanushka Yakupitiyage) collaborated with NYU students to create a mural and sound installation that articulates migrant, queer, diasporic, and Indigenous ideas of sanctuary. Drawing inspiration from the migratory journeys of the natural world and the power of collective imagination, We Imagine Sanctuary “is a space in which one can reflect, organize, and envision a future free of borders, family separation, and forced migration,” the artists note.

*Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates: March 25, April 17, April 24, and May 2.

Subways: R, W (8th Street); 6 Astor Place; A, C, E, B, D, F, M (West 4th)