Fall 2020

The Sanctuary Movement: Religion, Activism, and Social Contestation

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-234  |  Latinx and Latin Amer Studies, as LLAS-234  |  Religion, as RELI-234

Moodle site: Course


Lloyd D. Barba (Section 01)


(Offered as REL 234, AMST 234 and LLAS 234) From sanctuary cities and states to sanctuary campuses and churches, declarations of sanctuary sites have swept the nation in recent years. The U.S. Sanctuary Movement, established in 1982 to harbor Central American asylum seekers fleeing civil wars, has today assumed broader social implementations in the New Sanctuary Movement. Beginning with an examination of antecedents to the U.S. Sanctuary Movement in global contexts, this course will offer students an in-depth study of the Sanctuary Movement since the 1980s with special attention to the New Sanctuary Movement which is active today throughout the country. Engagement with sanctuary workers outside the Amherst area may occasion one or two field trips, depending on availability.

Limited to 20 students. Fall and spring semesters. Assistant Professor Barba.

If Overenrolled: Seniors and majors will have priority.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Attention to Research, Community Based Learning


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2020, Spring 2021