The David and Lyn Silfen

University Forum

Irvine Auditorium | Thursday, February 15, 2018 | 3:00 p.m.

  1. PEOPLE AND POLICY ADRIFT: A 21ST CENTURY FRAMEWORK FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS, REFUGEES, AND IMMIGRATION POLICY - Read Full Description

    Twenty people are forcibly displaced every minute as a result of conflict or persecution. Some 65.6 million people around the globe have been forced from home, a level not seen since World War II. Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. As daunting as the worldwide refugee crisis is, it is just one of a host of contentious issues surrounding immigration and the global movement of people in the 21st century.

    Governments and societies grapple with fundamental questions about how to balance longstanding and cherished commitments to human rights and individual dignity with equally compelling questions of border protection, national security, economic development, and the equitable allocation of resources and public services.

    In the United States, these concerns are manifest in fractious national debates about border walls, travel bans, and the protections afforded to children of undocumented immigrants. Indeed, in January of this year, the U.S. government shut down due in large measure to a Senate impasse over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. In Europe, a rising tide of reactionary and populist movements draws energy from public discontent with swelling numbers of refugees and the growing presence of immigrant communities.

    How should national and international institutions approach the challenging policy questions raised by refugees, asylum seekers, and children of illegal immigrants? How can a diverse world recognize the importance of economic growth and development and security for all countries, along with the human rights and dignity of immigrants? Where should U.S. immigration policy go from here?

    Join Penn President Amy Gutmann and a distinguished panel of experts for a wide-ranging discussion of immigration policy and ways to protect and advance the cause of human rights during a challenging and dynamic period for nations around the world and the international order.

Join Penn President Amy Gutmann and a distinguished panel of experts for a discussion of the global refugee crisis and ways to protect and advance the cause of human rights during a challenging and dynamic period for nations around the world and the international order.

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2018 The Silfen Forum Topic: People and Policy Adrift: A 21st Century Framework for Asylum Seekers, Refugees, and Immigration Policy

President Amy Gutmann, moderator

The Christopher H. Browne Professor of Political Science and Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication.

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2018 Silfen Forum Topic: People and Policy Adrift: A 21st Century Framework for Asylum Seekers, Refugees, and Immigration Policy

Hon. Joseph R. Biden Jr.

47th Vice President of the United States, Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor at the University of Pennsylvania

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2018 Silfen Forum Topic: People and Policy Adrift: A 21st Century Framework for Asylum Seekers, Refugees, and Immigration Policy

Hon. John Ellis “Jeb” Bush Sr.

43rd Governor of Florida

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2018 The Silfen Forum Topic: People and Policy Adrift: A 21st Century Framework for Asylum Seekers, Refugees, and Immigration Policy

Michael Doyle

University Professor and Director of Columbia Global Policy Initiative, Columbia University

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2018 The Silfen Forum Topic: People and Policy Adrift: A 21st Century Framework for Asylum Seekers, Refugees, and Immigration Policy

Dau Jok

C’14, Founder of the Dut Jok Youth Foundation

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2018 The Silfen Forum Topic: People and Policy Adrift: A 21st Century Framework for Asylum Seekers, Refugees, and Immigration Policy

Anne C. Richard

Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (2012-17)

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Amy Gutman, David and Lyn Silfen

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