Nammour Philosophy Symposium

April 5-6, 2017

2017 Theme: "Immigration"

flyer (with colorful pictures and logos)

student essay competition

The Ethics Center is proud to support and promote the annual Philosophy Department Nammour symposium.

This year's Nammour symposium organizers are Chong Choe-Smith and Saray Ayala-López.

Special thanks to The College of Arts and Letters Festival of the Arts for their generous support of this year's symposium.

Additional funding for this program was provided by the John Templeton Foundation through a grant from the Institute for Humane Studies.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Film Screening and Panel Discussion with DACA Recipients: Halmoni

10:00am - 12:30 p.m., Ballroom I, University Union

Halmoni is a short documentary that chronicles the journey of Ju Hong, a young undocumented immigrant activist and recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. A panel including Ju Hong and other young DACA recipients will follow the film screening. The purpose of the panel is to discuss the impact DACA has had on the professional development of undocumented immigrants in the United States.

Student Essay Competition Posters and Presentations

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Ballroom I, University Union

Winners of the Student Essay Competition will present their work on different topics on immigration such as culture, identity, borders, and the rights of immigrants and refugees.

This year's winners were Caroline Basta, Deidra Berger, Joey Lee, Stan Lovelace and Christian Green.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Interdisciplinary Panel on Immigration

12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m., Terrace Suite, The WELL

This panel will bring together experts from various fields, including philosophy, law, political science and economics to discuss one of the most important subjects of our day -- immigration. The purpose of the panel is to offer space for conversations that touch and concern the lives of our students in a way that is intellectually rigorous and personally meaningful.


  • Tom K. Wong, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego
  • Shelley Wilcox, Professor of Philosophy, California State University, San Francisco
  • Zachary Gochenour, Lecturer of Economics, James Madison University
  • Marcus Tang, Immigration Legal Services Project Director, California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation

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