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Experts discuss immigration and national borders with the public

Friday, March 23, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Experts discuss immigration and national borders with the public

NEWARK, Del. — Mar. 23, 2018 — On Thursday, March 29, at 6:00 p.m., five experts in immigration policy and related issues will engage with the public on the topic of immigration at the San Diego Central Library at 330 Park Blvd. Topics will include the cosmopolitan ideal of open borders, the role that closed borders play in preserving national identities, and how these ideals underlie our current debates over immigration policy in the United States.

Though the speakers have university credentials, this will not be your average university lecture. The session is open to the public, and most of the time will be devoted to questions from the audience. This discussion, sponsored by The American Philosophical Association Pacific Division and the San Diego Public Library, features the following speakers:

Kai Draper (The University of Delaware) specializes in ethics, war, and individual rights.

José Jorge Mendoza (The University of Massachusetts Lowell) works in moral and political philosophy, philosophy of race, and Latin American philosophy.

Alex Sager (Portland State University) is a scholar of ethics and migration, and is a proponent of open borders.

Steve Tammelleo (University of San Diego) specializes in the ethics of trade and border policies, corporate responsibility, and human trafficking and slavery.

Shelley Wilcox (San Francisco State University) teaches and researches the areas of social & political philosophy, feminist philosophy, ethics, migration, and global justice.

Aaron Zimmerman (University of California Santa Barbara), organizer of the event, said, “Our aim is to discuss immigration policy at a high level of sophistication in a respectful, well-reasoned manner.” More information about the session and panelists is available online.

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