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

Thu, May 9, 2019, 9:00 am to Sat, May 11, 2019, 5:00 pm
Thursday: Friend Center 101 ||| Fri/Sat: Wallace Hall, Room 300

How, if at all, should we rethink migration policy in light of the backlash against migrants in the US and Europe?  Has the backlash revealed genuine but neglected concerns?  Can civic nationalist concerns -- special obligations toward fellow citizens, special concern with shared history and culture -- be reconciled with cosmopolitan duties to human beings in dire need outside our borders? 


Thursday, May 9 - Friend Center 101

4:30 - 6:00 pm  |  Reception to Follow

Keynote Presenters:

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

Friday, May 10, 2019 - Wallace 300

9 AM – 5:30 PM

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - Wallace 300

9 AM – 12:30 PM

Presenters:  Michael Blake (University of Washington), Leah Boustan (Princeton University), Rafaela Dancygier (Princeton University), Paul Frymer (Princeton University), Justin Gest (George Mason University), William Galston (Brookings Institution), Javier Hidalgo (University of Richmond), Chandran Kukathas (London School of Economics), Stephen Macedo (Princeton University), Kieran Oberman (The University of Edinburgh), Liav Orgad (IDC Herzliya), Peter Skerry (Boston College), Anna Stilz (Princeton University).

Presented 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, and the James Madison Program on American Ideals and Institutions


  • Conference organized by Stephen Macedo and Anna Stilz