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Immigration, Toleration, and Human Rights

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Conference: October 26-28, 2016

Full conference program

Registration (free)

Global immigration involves more than 244 million people living in diaspora. More than 65 million people are victims of forced displacement and become refugees; immigrants and refugees are often the targets of violence, bigotry, and intolerance; and they are not treated as human beings with human rights.

The conference Immigration, Toleration, and Human Rights gathers diverse international scholars to explore a series of related questions: What kind of toleration and treatment do immigrants and refugees deserve by virtue of their humanity? How have national and international organizations acted to protect their human rights, and how should they act? What do liberal societies owe to immigrants and refugees from non-liberal societies? These issues are central to political discussions in Europe and the Americas and will be addressed at a colloquium at UW Tacoma (October 26) and a conference (October 27-28) and evening panel discussion (October 27) at UW Seattle. All events are free and open to the public.

These are the latest in a series of joint events between the UW Tri-Campus Research Cluster on Human Interactions & Normative Innovation (HI-NORM) and the Cluster of Excellence on the Formation of Normative Orders at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. 

Co-sponsored by the Simpson Center for the Humanities; the Global Innovation Fund of the UW Office of Global Affairs; the Department of Philosophy; the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at UW Tacoma; the Program on Values in Society; the UW Friends of Philosophy, the MERCUR Research Project: Ethics of Immigration at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Essen, Germany; and the Cluster of Excellence: The Formation of Normative Orders at the Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany.

Primary Contacts

William J. Talbott (Philosophy)

Amos Nascimento (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Tacoma)