Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary at Swarthmore College

28 Mar - 30 Apr 2019
Swarthmore College, 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081


An image from Daniel Heyman’s Bearing Witness, an artist’s book about the Iraq War. Photo courtesy of Swarthmore Library.

Swarthmore College hosts a culminating exhibition for Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary, a project connecting the arts to historic and contemporary stories of refuge. Over the past year, the project brought together book artists and members of Philadelphia’s Iraqi and Syrian refugee communities to create artists’ books that amplify personal narratives of displacement, immigration, and sanctuary.

Resettled Syrians and Iraqis, now living in Philadelphia, developed printing, binding, and artistic techniques through a series of project workshops where they wrote, designed, edited, and published their own books.

Upcoming Events

  • Panel Discussion: March 28, 4:30 p.m., Lang Performing Arts Center, Cinema
  • Exhibition Opening: March 29, 4:30–6 p.m., McCabe Library
  • Communal Dinner with Project Participants: March 29, 6 p.m., Clothier Hall, Upper Tarble
  • All-Day Celebration: March 30, 12–6 p.m., McCabe Library, Science Center 101, Eldridge Commons, Science Center Quad