Migration Crisis Lecture Series

UW Philosophers Talk about the Migration Crisis

When?  Wednesdays at Noon (specific dates below)

Where?  Gather round the Big Table outside of the Philosophy Office in Savery Hall 361

October 14              Human Rights                      Bill Talbott

What does it mean to have a human right to asylum?  What is that a right to?  What should the U.S. be doing to secure that right for asylum seekers from the Middle East?  

October 21              Justice                                    Michael Blake

Is it always unjust for a country to keep out those who would prefer to enter that country? Are there some people who have special rights to enter?  How should we identify those people?

October 28              Compassion                         Colin Marshall

Can we really feel compassion for the millions of refugees? If so, should we?

November 4            Religion                                 Michael Rosenthal

Is religion or culture relevant to our decisions about helping refugees or our immigration policy?

November 18          Climate                      Lauren Hartzell-Nichols & Alex Lenferna

How is climate justice relevant for immigration policy and considerations of responsibility to help refugees?

December 2             Health                                    Sara Goering & Carina Fourie

What kind of access to health care and public health do we owe undocumented migrants, asylum seekers and refugees?


Each session will begin with a brief, 15-20 minute presentation and then will continue with discussion.  Our goal is to stimulate conversation about this important topic.  Everyone in the UW community—students, faculty, and staff—are invited to attend.  The only prerequisite is that you come willing to listen and discuss with respect.  For more information, check our website (http://phil.washington.edu) or send an e-mail message to philinfo@uw.edu.

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