Beyond Borders and Binaries: A Conversation and Workshop

Saturday, June 15, 2-5p.m.

State violence takes many forms—family separation, criminalization, surveillance, and the control of bodies. How can we build an intersectional analysis that addresses these connections between incarceration, immigrant detention, homophobia, and the global refugee crisis? Hear from panelists about their lived experiences and their work in countering state violence. The talk will be followed by a bookmaking activity led by Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary project in which participants will respond to existing headlines and archival materials to rewrite media narratives. Participants can choose for their books to become part of the Swarthmore College Archives, possibly in the Peace Collection, the largest archive of the peace movement in the United States, or Friends Historical Library.

Syrian food will be provided by Chef/Caterer: Asmaa Diab

Presented in partnership with Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary, City of Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs, and Office of LGBTQ Affairs as part of ABOLITION NOW!

Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary Project is currently a 3-site exhibition on display at 12Gates Arts, Parkway Central Library, and City Hall. Major support for Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from Swarthmore’s Cooper Series, Swarthmore College Libraries, the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Related Events:

Abolition Now! Opening Reception and "Sanctuary" on display at City Hall of the (1 of 3 Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary Project exhibitions)


  • Occurred Saturday, June 15th, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Asian Arts Initiative

1219 Vine St
Philadelphia, PA 19107


Alexandria Freeman

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