Dec 19, 2018
From DAS SMACC, Vera Sistenich explains why it is critical that we care about the global refugee crisis. The global refugee crisis exemplifies some of the greatest challenges facing our global institutions and liberal world order today. From human rights, to xenophobia, sexism and economic protectionism, terrorism and climate change. National and international responses to the refugee crisis are sculpting moral and political norms around the globe. It is critical that we care about the refugee crisis today because it exemplifies some of the greatest challenges to our social order. As Hannah Arendt, the German-born Jewish political theorist wrote, "The manifestation of the wind of thought is not knowledge but the ability to tell right from wrong, beautiful from ugly. ...[T]hinking gives people the strength to prevent catastrophes in these rare moments when the chips are down". It is now critical that we not only care, but think deeply, about our attitudes and policies towards refugees, wherever we come from. Tune in to an engaging and informative talk by Vera Sistenich, as she challenges us to consider how the global refugee crisis threatens liberal world order.
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