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Immigration: Philosophical Perspectives
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When: Thursday, March 29
6:00 PM
Where: Neil Morgan Auditorium at the San Diego Public Library
330 Park Blvd
San Diego, California  92101
United States

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Immigration: Philosophical Perspectives. Thursday, March 29, 6:00 p.m. at the San Diego Central Library Neil Morgan Auditorium Free and open to the public. The Pacific Division of the American Philosophical Association has assembled a panel of renowned experts on immigration policy to discuss its philosophical aspects with the general public. Topics will include the cosmopolitan ideal of open borders, the role that closed borders play in preserving national identities, and the respective roles played by these cosmopolitan and nationalistic ideals in our current debates over immigration policy in the United States. The majority of the session will be devoted to questions from the audience. Our aim is to discuss immigration policy at a high level of sophistication in a respectful, well reasoned manner.


Kai Draper is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the University of Delaware. He writes on the significance of death, the ethics of self-defense and war, and the nature of evidence. His book, War and Individual Rights, was published in 2015.

José Jorge Mendoza is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and co-editor of Radical Philosophy Review. His areas of specialization are in moral and political philosophy, philosophy of race, and Latin American philosophy. He is also the author of The Moral and Political Philosophy of Immigration: Liberty, Security, and Equality.

Alex Sager is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Portland State University. He has published widely on the ethics of migration. Recent publications include Toward a Cosmopolitan Ethics of Mobility: The Migrant’s-Eye View of the World and an edited collection The Ethics and Politics of Immigration. He is currently writing a book defending open borders.
Steve Tammelleo has written about Hispanic Latino/a Identity, consumer social responsibility, and the ethics of trade and border policies; he has published work in Business and Professional Ethics Journal, Ethnicities, and South African Philosophy Journal. His current research examines corporate responsibility for human trafficking and modern slavery. Steve is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego.

Shelley Wilcox is professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University. Her areas of research include social and political philosophy, feminist philosophy, and applied ethics, with a special interest in migration, global justice, and urban environmental issues. She has published articles on migration justice in Philosophical Studies, Social Theory and Practice, Journal of Social Philosophy, and Philosophy Compass.

Co-sponsored by the San Diego Public Library and the American Philosophical Association


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