Debate on the Ethics of Immigration and Citizenship: "Do We Have a Right to Build a Border Wall?"


Location: Room 101, DeBartolo Hall (View on

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Join us for a debate between two world-renowned experts on the ethics of immigration and citizenship, Jason Brennan (Georgetown) and Christopher Heath Wellman (Wash. U). The debate will be moderated by Graham Clay (Notre Dame).

It will concern what United States immigration policy should be, whether nation-states have the right to exclude migrants, and what it is to be a citizen of a nation-state. Brennan defends a version of the so-called "open borders" position on immigration, while Wellman argues that nation-states have a right to control their borders as they please. There will be an open Q&A period afterward. For those who are unable to attend, there will be a livestream furnished by ND Studios. Stay tuned for more details!

This event is sponsored by the Constitutional Studies program, the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS), the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) program, the Dean’s Fellows, the Program of Liberal Studies (PLS), and the Department of Philosophy, and it is supported by a Teaching Beyond the Classroom grant.