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What are the meanings of “sanctuary?” Why has sanctuary become a key term in current debates about immigration? Is there an ethics of hospitality? Does citizenship determine human rights?
A small group of first-year students spent their first semester at Princeton last fall seeking answers to these questions as part of “Sanctuary,” the Dean Eva Gossman Seminar in Human Values, taught by Shaun Marmon, an associate professor in the Department of Religion.
Freshman seminars, which allow students to build strong relationships with faculty members and classmates in a close-knit intellectual setting, are often seminal experiences for undergraduates. As a Freshman Seminar in Service and Civic Engagement — a collaboration between the Program of Freshman Seminars in the Residential Colleges and the Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI) —“Sanctuary” was built around engagement with the needs of the broader Princeton community.