LibertyCon 2019 – Seeking Sanctuary: Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness

Saturday, March 30, 2019 – 10am – 5pm 

Siena College – 515 Loudon Road, Loudonville, NY 12211


Click here for a digital copy of the conference Journal LibertyCon 2019 – Seeking Sanctuary – Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness Journal

CTLE credit will be available for educators

Workshops, Round Tables, Vendors, Exhibitors will be at Siena Collegee morning and afternoon. Morning refreshments and lunch will be available at the Lonnstrom Dining Hall (#25 on the Siena Campus Map) – special arrangement details are forthcoming.

Light Refreshments will be enjoyed at The Myers Residence in the evening while viewing the movie Black Panther, which will be followed by a discussion about the  movie

Saturday Schedule –

  • 9:00am – Registration opens – Vendors, Exhibitors, Morning Refreshments (Sarazen Student Union)
  • 10:00am – Welcome (Sarazen Student Union)
  • 10:20 -11:20am – Workshops (Siena Hall – ground floor)
  • 11:30 -12:30 – Round Tables (Siena Hall – ground floor)
  • 12:30pm – 2:00pm – Lunch (in The Norm in Lonnstrom Dining Hall) – attendees can purchase their own lunch for $9.75 in Lonnstrom Dining Hall – please check in at the check-in stand inside Lonnstrom Dining Hall before browsing food offerings – exact change is preferred
  • 2:00pm – 3:00 – Plenary (Sarazen Student Union) “To Catch a Muslim” dramatic reading followed by Q&A
  • 3:15pm – 4:15pmWorkshops (Siena Hall, ground floor)
  • 4:30pm-4:45pmRaffle and Litany and Evaluation (Sarazen Student Union)
  • 5:30pm – 8:30pm – movie, discussion and light dinner at The Myers Residence (donations toward dinner will be appreciated)

Vendors and Exhibitors – please visit them throughout the day



Sanctuary as a Form of Protest: a comparison of 19th and 21st Century Sanctuary Cities – Andrew Cassarino

Education for Liberation: Teaching in the Freedom School Model  –  lesson about voting rights. — Thomas Ruhl

Freedom Seekers: Sanctuary Settlements, Past and Present – Including anecdotal personal histories and photos of freedom seekers who created, or led freedom seeker settlements, which included social and political status –  Darryl Freeman

Aretha Franklin: Activism, Pride, and Respect – As an icon, her influence on social change in the civil rights, and women’s rights movements was profound. – Donald Hyman

Female Underground Railroad Conductors in Western New York and the “spaces” they used as sanctuaries for fleeing fugitive slaves  –  Michael Boston

The Rescue of Charles Nalle –  A dramatic reading of The Rescue of Charles Nalle by students from Redemption Christian Academy – Sandra Luraas, Redemption Christian Academy

From Mississippi to Albany: A 20th Century Underground Railroad -Discussion about African Americans fleeing from Clarke County, Mississippi — Dr. Paul Murray, Ann Pope, and Descendants of Mississippi migrants.

The Constitution will not protect us, UNLESS . . . –  For Garrison, the Constitution was a “covenant with death,” “an agreement with Hell,” that he denounced as illegitimate. Frederick Douglass offered a different interpretation of the Constitution. The Garrison-Douglass debate reverberates to the present. Should activists defend the Constitution and utilize it as a rallying point in the struggle for social justice – or is it time to reject it as a sham that keeps in power those who would deny basic human rights? – Alan Singer



Reconstruction Era New York State Democrats: Deserving the “Execration of History” – The New York State Democratic Party delegation in the Reconstruction era House of Representatives played a central role in opposition to securing the rights of formerly enslaved African Americans in the South.  – Alan Singer

Havens of Freedom: A Discussion on Contemporary and Historical African American Emigration to Black Lands – Ever since the 2016 Election, African Americans have been slowly and even imperceptibly trickling out of the country. – Eric Washington

The Power of Language – Language can build up and break down. Language can heal and language can divide. Language impacts us implicitly and explicitly. – Mary Nell Morgan-Brown and Sharon Robinson

Refugee Resettlement and Neighborhood Revitalization –  The goal of our round table is to bring the refugee resettlement discussion to a local level and think about the ground-level dynamics of refugee settlement in a neighborhood context. Particularly, we hope to discuss the challenges and opportunities of combining the discourse on ‘refugee resettlement’ and the one on ‘neighborhood revitalization. – TimDoherty


Plenary (2:00 -3:00pm in the Sarazen Student Union)

To Catch a Muslim  – The Sting’s the Thing 

A program of Capital District Coalition Against Islamophobia

A staged reading of the original play, “To Catch a Muslim,” written by Steve Downs. It treats the Albany Aref-Hossain case of 2004-2006, the sting, the informant, and the trial’s aftermath with irony and a little humor, and takes some potshots at the government’s legal scheming to convict innocent men. Following the performance will be Q & A.

For more information: Lynne Jackson • • 518-366-7324


“I learn so much each conference I attend.” (Sara)


“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” — President Barack Obama


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