Immigration has been a vital political issue in both the United States and globally for decades, with economic, security, and humanitarian implications. The current federal administration has sharply increased the number of children separated from their families while seeking entry into the United States, and has limited immigration through capping refugee admissions at the lowest levels since 1980. President Trump has repeatedly expressed an intention to take actions including denying immigrants entry if they are likely to need public assistance, eliminating birthright citizenship, constructing a border wall with Mexico, aggressive deportation of undocumented immigrants, and temporary bans on Muslim immigration. The plight of migrants internationally has gripped the United States and Europe, as images of children in cages at the United States border and overloaded boats in the Mediterranean have become media fixtures.
This Provost’s Lecture on Diversity will illuminate political and practical concerns related to immigration as Michael Jones-Correa, the President’s Distinguished Professor of Political Science, explores “What Borders Do.” We often think of borders as walls. Borders are much more than that. In response to increased asylum seekers from around the world, developed nations are reconceiving their borders, pushing them out, and pulling them in. Professor Jones-Correa highlights the difficult issues raised by the re-imagination of borders and the trade-offs policymakers face. He will be joined by the Thomas O’Boyle Lecturer in Law, Fernando Chang-Muy, who will moderate audience questions. Professor Chang-Muy returns to Penn from a recent education campaign in Honduras to educate people about the legal obstacles, rights, and landscape of the trip to the north. The reception that follows the lecture, in Silverman Hall, will feature the photography of Mexican-American artist Ada Trillo, documenting the lives of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Precarious Statuses of Migrants
University of Pennsylvania
Perry World House
3803 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Keynote Speaker, 4:30 pm: Michel Gabaudan, Former President, Refugees International
Many migrants around the world inhabit precarious statuses: living either partly or fully outside the boundaries of legal membership in their countries of residence, with consequences for their access to social services, rights and membership. This workshop explores ways migrants navigate incomplete membership and gaps in access with international participants addressing types of migrant precariousness and temporary statuses; how migrant precarity affects access to rights and services, ranging from education to health, to land ownership and local voting; how migrants have obtained pathways to membership; and the spaces in which migrants have pushed to acquire both rights, services and membership through civic engagement.
Amada Armenta, University of California, Los Angeles
Osman Balkan, Swarthmore College
Tanya Basok, University of Windsor, Canada
Heide Castañeda, University of South Florida
Nicola Delvino, University of Oxford, England
Angela Garcia, University of Chicago
Natasha Iskander, New York University
Nnamdi Iwuora, International Organization for Migration, Senegal
Barbara Laubenthal, University of Texas at Austin
Froilan Malit, Gulf Labour Markets and Migration (GLMM) Programme
Thulisile Mphambukeli, University of the Free State, South Africa
Ruxandra Paul, Amherst College
Kamal Sadiq, University of California, Irvine
Stephanie Schwartz, University of Pennsylvania
Paloma Villegas, California State University, San Bernardino
Sarah Willen, University of Connecticut
Antinomies of Democracy
Ronald O. Perelman Center
for Political Science and Economics
133 South 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
With the resurgence of fascism and xenophobia in the world, scholars and pundits have declared that democracy is in crisis. However, history reveals that democracies have always existed amidst systems that thrive on inequality.
This symposium will focus on two questions:
- Are certain forms of exclusion intrinsic to the practice of democracy?
- How distinct is contemporary democracy’s relationship to inequality from earlier periods in history?
Anne Norton / University of Pennsylvania
Tulia Falleti / University of Pennsylvania
Jeffrey Winters / Northwestern University
Michael Hanchard / University of Pennsylvania
Ariane Chebel D’Appollonia / Rutgers University
Christopher Parker / University of Washington
Demetra Kasimis / University of Chicago
Sophia Rosenfeld / University of Pennsylvania
9:15 – 10:45 AM
Panel 1: Demetria Kasimis, Jeff Winters
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Panel 2: Christopher Parker, Tulia Falletti
1:30 – 3:00 PM
Panel 3: Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia, Sophia Rosenfeld
3:00 – 4:30 PM
Panel 4: Michael Hanchard, Anne Norton
4:45 – 5:00 PM
This symposium is sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Marginalized Populations Project, Center for Africana Studies, and Department of Africana Studies and co-sponsored by the Center for the Advanced Study of India, the Political Science Department, and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Immigration.