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Sanctuary, Well-Being, and the Impact of DACA: Philosophical Perspectives on Sanctuary Cities

Public Lecture by Dr. Shelley Wilcox
Free and Open to the Public

Are Sanctuary Policies Morally Justified?

This talk explores the moral issues associated with local sanctuary policies.  I examine three arguments in favor of sanctuary policies—the public safety, civil disobedience, and collective resistance arguments—and I defend the latter.  In doing so, I address several important issues that have received scant attention in the philosophical literature on migration, including migrant detention and deportation, the criminalization of migrant subjects, and the militarization of national borders.

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, as well as in numerous anthologies.

 This is the first event in conjunction with the seed grant given by the Global Resilience Institute, for the project entitled, “Safe Places and the Politics of Fear: An Interdisciplinary Investigation of ‘Sanctuary Cities’”

To register, please email Betul Eksi b.eksi@northeastern.edu 


Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 3:30pm to 5:00pm

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School of Law, Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE)



Sponsoring Organization

Co-Sponsored by the Global Resilience Institute, Institute for Race and Justice, Institute on Urban Health Research, International Affairs, the Philosophy Department and PPE program, PHRGE/NEU School of Law and the Humanities Center, and the Norwegian Research Council

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