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
Wallace Hall, Room 300

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Co-Chairs: Stephen Macedo and Anna Stilz

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?

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Keynote Presentations:

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

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


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?”)


1:30 PM - 3:00 PM | Session 3: Leah Boustan and Paul Frymer


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


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