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Nov 30 — Dec 1

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

Public Lecture by Dr. Shelley Wilcox
Thursday November 30, 3:30 – 5:00
Northeastern University, Dockser Hall 230
Free and Open to the Public

Workshop will take place on
Friday December 1, 10:00-5:30
Location: 177 Huntington Ave, Room 608 (Conference Room)
Papers will be circulated in advance; pre-registration is required

This is the first event in conjunction with the seed grant given by the Global Resilience Institute, for the project entitled, “Safe Places and the Politics of Fear: An Interdisciplinary Investigation of ‘Sanctuary Cities’”

Co-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, and the Norwegian Research Council


Public Lecture – Thursday November 30, 3:30 p.m.
Are Sanctuary Policies Morally Justified?
Shelley Wilcox

This talk explores the moral issues associated with local sanctuary policies.  I examine three arguments in favor of sanctuary policies—the public safety, civil disobedience, and collective resistance arguments—and I defend the latter.  In doing so, I address several important issues that have received scant attention in the philosophical literature on migration, including migrant detention and deportation, the criminalization of migrant subjects, and the militarization of national borders.

Shelley Wilcox is professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University.  Her areas of research include social and political philosophy, feminist philosophy, and applied ethics, with a special interest in migration, global justice, and urban environmental issues.  She has published articles on migration justice in Philosophical Studies, Social Theory and Practice, Journal of Social Philosophy, and Philosophy Compass, as well as in numerous anthologies.

Workshop participants on Friday December 1:

  • Patti Tamara Lenard Associate Professor of Ethics in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa.
  • José Jorge Mendoza Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Serena Parekh Associate Professor of Philosophy, Northeastern University
  • Adam Hosein Associate Professor of Philosophy, Northeastern University
  • Matthew Noah Smith Associate Professor of Philosophy, Northeastern University
  • Shelley Wilcox Professor of Philosophy, San Francisco State University
To register, please email Betul Eksi b.eksi@northeastern.edu by November 20.