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Professor Joseph Carens to Give Keynote Address at the Ethics of Immigration Conference on Nov. 6

— by on October 16th, 2015

Joseph Carens, professor of political science at the University of Toronto, will lecture at Washington and Lee University on Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons.

Carens’ talk, “Immigration and Citizenship,” will be the keynote address of the Ethics of Immigration Conference on Nov. 7. His lecture and the conference are free and open to the public. Caren’s talk will be streamed live online.

To attend the conference lunch/lunch panel discussion: “Current U.S. Immigration Policy,” please RSVP online for a headcount only.

The conference will address questions about the moral status of national borders, the normative foundation of the modern state’s right to control immigration, the connection between immigration and citizenship and the ethical status of undocumented migration, among other issues.

Carens’ publications include “The Ethics of Immigration” (2013) and “Immigrants and the Right to Stay” (2010). He won the 2002 C.B. Macpherson Award from the Canadian Political Science Association for “Culture, Citizenship and Community: A Contextual Exploration of Justice as Evenhandedness” (2000).

He co-edited two books and has written over 80 articles in journals and edited volumes. Carens held the Bora Laskin National Fellowship in Human Rights Research, a Connaught Fellowship from the University of Toronto, as well as fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and from the Rockefeller Foundation.

Carens’ research focuses on questions about justice, equality and freedom in democratic communities. He is particularly interested in the normative issues raised by the movement of people across state borders and by ethnic and cultural diversity in all forms.

Carens’ lecture and the conference are part of the year-long series on The Ethics of Citizenship and are sponsored by W&L’s Roger Mudd Center for Ethics.

For more information about the Ethics of Immigration Conference, see http://www.wlu.edu/mudd-center/programs-and-events/2015-2016-the-ethics-of-citizenship/ethics-of-immigration-conference.