Events: UW Philosophers Talk about the Migration Crisis


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 ( or send an e-mail message to

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