The Dispossessed: The Ethics of Refugee Policy

Carens,JosephJoseph H. Carens, professor of political science at the University of Toronto and author of The Ethics of Immigration, will deliver the next State of Democracy Lecture at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University on Friday, September 19, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in Maxwell Auditorium.  His topic is “The Dispossessed: The Ethics of Refugee Policy.”  The talk will be followed by a reception.

In The Ethics of Immigration, Carens illuminates one of the most pressing issues of our time.  Immigration poses practical problems for western democracies and also challenges the ways in which people in democracies think about citizenship and belonging, about rights and responsibilities, and about freedom and equality. The 2013 volume won the 2014 C.B. Macpherson Prize for best book in political theory written by a Canadian.  Carens is also the author of, most recently, Immigrants and the Right to Stay and Culture, Citizenship, and Community. 

The lecture is free and open to the public.  Parking is available in the Irving Garage for $5.  The lecture will be streamed live at

The State of Democracy Lecture Series is sponsored by the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at the Maxwell School.  It aims to enable intellectual exploration of real-world challenges and foster continuing discussion and debate, which is at the heart of meaningful democratic citizenship. This year’s lecture is made possible by the Norman M. and Marsha Lee Berkman Fund. 09/08/14