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College of Arts and Sciences

Annual Bernardin Lecture in Moral, Ethics and Religious Studies

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 6:00pm

Location: Lumpkin Auditorium, Close-Hipp Building 

Speaker: Kristin Heyer, Boston College

Topic: Immigration Ethics in a New Era: Embracing Cardinal Bernardin's challenge to be both 'prophetic and public' amid the contemporary political climate with respect to migration

Abstract: Immigration has increasingly been framed in terms of crisis management, rather than by addressing underlying economic, political and cultural contributing factors. In the contemporary United States context, political rhetoric has often masked complicity, abetted human rights violations and betrayed the nation’s founding principles. The lenses that shape the (quickly shifting) immigration debate in the United States can distort the realities that migrants face and become surrogates for other cultural and political concerns. Focusing solely on economics or fear-based approaches too often de-humanizes newcomers. In this lecture Heyer will explore contributions that Scripture and the Catholic social tradition offer the immigration dialogue in light of these realities. Resources from Christian ethics challenge the dominant, instrumentalist frameworks and offer a counternarrative of civic kinship with moral, spiritual and policy implications--and with implications for both "prophetic" and "public" responses, in the spirit of Cardinal Bernardin.


Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Religious Studies

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