The resources and scholarship made available on this website come to you as a collective effort between students, professor Lloyd Barba, guest speakers, and a cast of savvy technicians behind the scenes.

The Sanctuary Syllabus tab provides a mix of sources where one could turn to in order to learn even more. Visit the Sanctuary Columns and Sanctuary Podcasts tabs for more information on student scholarship on selected topics and student-led interviews with sanctuary activists and scholars. Also view Sanctuary Timeline for an overview of the development of sanctuary.

Website Designer: Santiago Vargas Garcia (Amherst College ’21)

Website maintained by: Lloyd Barba, Santiago Vargas Garcia, Asha Kinney, and Katherine Holding

The Sanctuary Syllabus tab is updated regularly by Lloyd Barba. Since the Sanctuary Movement is active today, we will make our best effort to stay abreast as new sources are published.

During the 2020-2021 academic year, students enrolled in “The Sanctuary Movement: Religion, Activism, and Social Contestation” with a mix attending in-person and remotely. Beginning with an examination of global antecedents to the U.S. Sanctuary Movement, this course offered 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. The classes hosted six guest speakers and culminated with every student writing a Sanctuary Column and/or recording a Sanctuary Podcast.

A special thanks to Amherst College’s own Megan Lyster at the Center for Community Engagement College and academic technology specialists Asha Kinney and Andy Anderson. Peter Marvin and Susan Daniels helped make the podcasts possible. And a very special thanks to the Davis Center for funding various course projects and the Religion Department for the support to teach this course.

The opinions expressed on this page do not necessarily represent those of the department, college, or any other supporting entity.