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Tulsa's emerging sanctuary movement talk set for Oct. 19

Published: Friday, October 13, 2017

Dr. Linda Allegro, project director of the New Sanctuary Network in Tulsa, will discuss the role of churches in harboring undocumented immigrants at 7:20 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19 in North Hall 212.

The talk, ‘Sanctuary Congregations: When Churches Harbor Persons without Documents,’ is free and open to the public.

During the height of the American Sanctuary Movement in the 1980s, hundreds of churches and synagogues offered physical protection to Central Americans fleeing persecution. Today, a sanctuary revival is emerging to contest mass deportation with high-profile cases of undocumented workers seeking refuge in churches in Denver, Milwaukee and New York City.

Allegro will chronicle the history of activist churches and theologies of radical welcome with insight into the emerging sanctuary movement in Tulsa.

The presentation is in conjunction with OSU-Tulsa’s Globalization and American Culture course led by Dr David Gray, visiting assistant professor of American studies.

Allegro earned a Ph.D. in political science at the New School for Social Research in New York City where she wrote a dissertation on Puerto Rican and Dominican transnational migration. She has served on the faculty of Oklahoma State University and Tulsa Community College and was co-editor of the book Latin American Migrations to the U.S. Heartland.

Visit the New Sanctuary Tulsa website to learn more about the organization. For additional information about Allegro’s presentation, email Gray. To learn more about the American Studies program at OSU-Tulsa, visit the website.

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