After the Backlash: Reconsidering the Ethics and Politics of Borders and Migration

May 9, 2019
After the Backlash

Thursday Keynote: Joseph Carens, Profesor of Political Science, University of Toronto, and Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus, School of Social Science, Institute of Advanced Study 

Keynote Presentations
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Friend Center 101
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Advanced Study
Joseph Carens, Professor, University of Toronto

Free and open to the public
Reception to follow

Panel Presentations
Friday, May 10 & Saturday, May 11
Wallace 300

Open to all Faculty, Students, Academic Visitors, and other University and College Affiliates
Friday, May 10, 2019
Breakfast available from 8:30 AM
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM | Welcome and opening remarks of Anna Stilz and Stephen Macedo            
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM | Session 1: Rafaela Dancygier and Justin Gest
Rafaela Dancygier | Immigration and Leftist Dilemmas
Justin Gest | Demographic Change and Backlash

- Coffee Break - 

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | Session 2: Peter Skerry and Liav Orgad
Peter Skerry | Taking Backlash Seriously: the Revolt against Neoliberal and Multicultural Elites
Liav Orgad | The Ethics of Majority Rights (OR “How to Deal With Declining Majorities?”)

- Lunch - 

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM | Session 3: Leah Boustan and Paul Frymer
Leah Boustan | Lessons from Closing the Border in the 1920s
Paul Frymer | Deportation as Public Policy

- Coffee Break - 

3:15 PM - 5:30 PM | Session 4: Kieran Oberman, Anna Stilz, William Galston
Kieran Oberman | Backlash or the Backlash Argument: Which Should We Fear the Most?
Anna Stilz | Mitigating Conflicts of Interest in Migration
William Galston | Rethinking US Immigration Policy after the Backlash      

Saturday, May 11, 2019
Breakfast available from 8:45 AM
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM | Panel 5: Javier Hidalgo and Chandran Kukathas
Javier Hidalgo | The Bias Argument against Immigration Restrictions
Chandran Kukathas | Immigration and Freedom

- Break -

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | Panel 6: Michael Blake and Stephen Macedo
Michael Blake | Migration in a Time of Darkness: Liberal Justice, Borders, and the Practice of Philosophy
Stephen Macedo | Immigration, Populism, and Premature Cosmopolitanism

- Lunch and Close -

This conference is the last (Session XII) in a year-long Mellon-Sawyer Seminar Series on: "Global Migration: The Humanities and Social Sciences in Dialogue"


Friend Center 101 and 300 Wallace Hall

Cosponsored by:

  • The University Center for Human Values
  • The Program in Law and Public Affairs
  • The Mellon-Sawyer Seminar on Migration in the Program in International and Regional Studies
  • James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions