Educator Resources

Washington State Council for the Social Studies – Chelan Conference


Each year the National Resource Centers at the Jackson School of International Studies send presenters to the Chelan conference at Campbell’s Resort hosted by the Washington State Council for the Social Studies and attended by registered teachers. The 2018 conference will be held in Skamania in Spring 2018. The most recent conference was held on March 3-5, 2017 and the Center for West European Studies was pleased to have sponsored the following speaker for the event:

Contemporary Sanctuary in Germany: Bavaria and the Intricacies of Church Asylum

This talk explores the contemporary issues of sanctuary and asylum within Germany. Specifically, this is an in depth look at church asylum in Bavaria and Protestant and Catholic advocacy for migrant rights. We explore the question, why is church asylum more prevalent in Bavaria than in other German states?

Led by Randy Siebert of UW’s Center for West European Studies a graduate student in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, this discussion explores how Germany has utilized church asylum as a tool to fight against historical injustices since WWII.