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

Time: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Location: TBA
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

This day-long workshop will bring together 7 philosophers from the US and Canada working on the topic of sanctuary cities. What precisely are they and can they be morally justified? Though focusing on issues of concern to philosophers in particular, the workshop will be of broad interest to scholars in other fields and practitioners working with immigrant populations.

Structure: each paper will be circulated in advance and will have one hour devoted to it. All participants will give a presentation based on their papers for about 15 minutes, and this will be followed by a response by a scholar from the Seed grant team for about 10 minutes. We will devote the rest of the hour to a discussion of the paper.

The event will be free and open to the public (free registration will be required) (link coming soon).

There will be a public lecture by Shelley Wilcox, San Francisco State University. Abstract:

“My paper explores three arguments for sanctuary policies: (a) the public safety argument (common in public discourse); and two moral arguments: (b) sanctuary policies are a form of collective civil disobedience, and (c) sanctuary policies are broader, but no less legitimate, acts of resistance to oppression.  I begin by laying out exactly what sanctuary policies are and then I evaluate each of the three arguments, siding with the latter.  I discuss legal issues in a general way throughout.  I also address the thorny question of how to develop a moral justification for sanctuary policies that couldn’t also be used to justify draconian sub-national immigration policies, e.g., ala Arpaio/Maricopa County.  (This is part of the problem with at least one version of the civil disobedience defense.)”

Short Bios of Participants:

Shelley Wilcox is a professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University. Her current research lies at the intersections of social and political philosophy, applied ethics, and feminist philosophy, with a special interest in immigration, global justice, and urban environmental ethics. She is currently writing a series of articles on immigration justice and a book manuscript on urban environmental ethics.

Serena Parekh is an associate professor of philosophy at Northeastern University in Boston, where she is the director of the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Program and editor of the American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy. Her primary philosophical interests are in social and political philosophy, feminist theory, and continental philosophy. Her most recent book, Refugees and the Ethics of Forced Displacement, was published with Routledge in 2017. Her first book, Hannah Arendt and the Challenge of Modernity: A Phenomenology of Human Rights, was published in 2008 and translated into Chinese. She has also published numerous articles on social and political philosophy in Hypatia, Philosophy and Social Criticism, and Human Rights Quarterly.

Michael Blake is a Professor of Philosophy, Public Policy, and Governance at the University of Washington.  Until 2016, he was the Director of the UW’s Program on Values in Society. He received his bachelor degree in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Toronto, and a PhD from Stanford University. He obtained some legal training at Yale Law School, before running away to become a philosopher. He is jointly appointed to the Department of Philosophy and to the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs.

Adam Hosein works mainly in moral, political, and legal philosophy, with a special interest in areas of international concern and issues relating to race or gender. Before coming to Northeastern, he was an associate prof. at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has held fellowships and visiting positions at Chicago Law, Harvard University, the University of Toronto, and the Université Catholique de Louvain. He holds a BA in philosophy, politics, and economics from Merton College, Oxford and a PhD from MIT.

Patti Tamara Lenard is Associate Professor of Ethics in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa.  She is the author of Trust, Democracy and Multicultural Challenges (Penn State, 2012). Her work has been published in a range of journals, including Political Studies, Ethics and International Affairs, Review of Politics, and Ethics and Global Politics.  Her current research focuses on the moral questions raised by migration across borders in an era of terrorism, as well as on multiculturalism, trust and social cohesion, and democratic theory more generally.

José Jorge Mendoza is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and co-editor of Radical Philosophy Review. He received a B.A. from the University of California at San Diego (2002), an M.A. from San Francisco State University (2006), and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon (2012). My areas of specialization are in Moral and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Race, and Latin American Philosophy. His monograph, The Moral and Political Philosophy of Immigration: Liberty, Security, and Equality was published in 2017 by Lexington.

Matthew Noah Smith’s primary area of research is moral and political philosophy, with a focus on jurisprudence, philosophy of action, and the nature of urban spaces.  He explores questions using tools drawn from a variety of fields outside philosophy, including psychology, geography, architecture, disability studies, technology studies, literary theory, and economics.  Smith is currently co-authoring, with a geographer and an environmental researcher, a book on a new urban politics (for the Manchester University Press’s Manchester Capitalism series).  Smith is also preparing a monograph on the materiality of human agency.

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