Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Sanctuary and Fairness to Whom?
Patti Lenard, University of Ottawa
Thursday, November 23rd, 2017
4:00-6:00, Watson Hall, Room 517
*Co-sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and the Centre for the Study of Democracy & Diversity

About the Lecture: Recent political discourse is filled with arguments for and against adopting so-called ‘sanctuary policies’, which collectively aim to secure access to basic services for migrants of precarious status (including failed asylum claimants, migrants under deportation orders, visa over-stayers, and so on).  Both their critics and their defenders use the language of ‘fairness’ to, respectively, criticize or defend these policies.  In this talk, Patti Lenard examines the ways in which ‘fairness’ is deployed to ask who can credibly claim to be treated fairly or unfairly by a range of proposed sanctuary policies. 

About the Speaker: Patti Tamara Lenard is Associate Professor of Ethics in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. She is the author of Trust, Democracy and Multicultural Challenges (Penn State, 2012). Her current research focuses on the moral questions raised by migration across borders in an era of terrorism, as well as on multiculturalism, trust and social cohesion, and democratic theory more generally.