On Sunday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. UD will host BBC Radio from Lynch Auditorium for an international broadcast of its popular program "The Public Philosopher." The public discussion moderated by Harvard University political philosopher Michael Sandel, will focus on immigration in America. While the event is free and open to the general public, space is extremely limited. All tickets must be requested in advance by completing a ticket request form located at udallas.edu/bbc before Sunday, Sept. 30.
Sandel will bring the same approach to bear that has captivated both television and radio audiences: he is a "public philosopher," challenging his audience to consider the moral questions behind their views. As well as debating the vexed question of illegal immigration and the DREAM Act, the audience will be asked to consider fundamental questions about what the immigration law should be in the first place: Does a country have a right to restrict immigration? If so, on what grounds? And what are legitimate grounds for preferring certain immigrants over others? What constitutes a just immigration policy? What are the arguments for and against open borders? Is it consistent to favor the free trade of goods across national borders, and the free flow of capital, but not the free movement of people across national borders? Should the U.S. sell the right to immigrate? Should foreigners who invest a certain amount in the U.S. be allowed to immigrate?
Described as "a rock star of political philosophy," Sandel teaches one of Harvard's most popular courses in which thousands of students have followed his approach to grapple with the philosophical questions behind every day political choices. Now, in a special collaboration with BBC radio, he is travelling the U.S. during the run up to the Presidential election.
For more information on the program, including free podcasts of previous episodes from the London School of Economics, visit www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01fbj97.
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