Newswise — New York University will host representatives from the Council of Europe, the ACLU, and others for a one-day conference that will consider western democraciesâ€™ responses to an influx of immigrants on Thurs., Oct. 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Lipton Hall, NYU School of Lawâ€™s Dâ€™Agostino Hall, 108 W. 3rd St. (between MacDougal and Sullivan Streets).
The conference, â€śTowards Dystopian Democracies in Europe and the USA? From Prejudice in Immigration Policies to Mass Surveillance in Counterterrorism Operations,â€ť will focus on how the United States and Europe are responding to the rise of migrants and asylum seekersâ€”ranging from naval military operations to new legislationâ€”with an eye toward the refugee crisis and the new political terrain in these countries, which includes the rise of xenophobic parties. Ultimately, participants will contemplate whether these trends are compatible these countriesâ€™ democratic values and histories.
Speakers include: Nils MuiĹľnieks, commissioner for human rights, Council of Europe; Susan N. Herman, president of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU); Alyona Minkowski, host/producer at HuffPost Live; Larry Siems, editor of Mohamedou Ould Slahiâ€™s â€śGuantĂˇnamo Diaryâ€ť; NYU Professor Sally Engle Merry, author of the forthcoming â€śThe Seductions of Quantification: Global Governance, Human Rights, and the Rise of Indicator Cultureâ€ť; and Harvardâ€™s Jacqueline Bhabha, author of â€śMoving Children: Young Migrants and the Challenge of Rightsâ€ť.
For a complete schedule, please visit http://bit.ly/1Vqxp62.
The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please call 212.992.7494. Subways: 1 (Christopher Street); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street)
The conference is co-sponsored by NYUâ€™s Center for International Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Council of Europe, NYUâ€™s Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities, and Diversity, NYUâ€™s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, Harvard Universityâ€™s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and NYUâ€™s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice.