Anne Salsich, Associate Archivist, Oberlin College Archives
- Seeking Additional Presenters
- Seeking General Feedback and Interest
In 2017, local and state entities have declared themselves sanctuary communities for immigrants that are targets of the Trump administration’s inherently divisive policy to remove or bar non-citizens from the U.S. Yet the sanctuary movement is not new: At Oberlin, we have identified three points in history when the college and town welcomed those who were being persecuted or were in need of safe haven. We recently published a project online that is still in development, The Oberlin Sanctuary Project (https://sanctuary.oberlincollegelibrary.org/). Participants in this Pecha Kucha will contribute to the discourse about sanctuary by bringing historical efforts to shield targets of wrongful enslavement, incarceration or deportation in America to the fore, and discuss how digital or traditional publications on the topic might impact public opinion and policy.
With this proposal I want to find a number of others working on the theme of sanctuary at all levels of community (from a few individuals to entire states). I would welcome ideas for elaborating or focusing the proposal from those who have been working on it for some time, and would like to contribute to a Pecha Kucha.
If you have a direct offer of assistance, sensitive criticism, or wish to pass along someone’s contact information confidentially, please get in contact directly: Anne Salsich, [email protected]
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