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What are immigrants, refugees and ‘refugee-like’ persons? 

MU speaker to explore what's the difference and why it matters

Max CheremWhat are immigrants, refugees and ‘refugee-like’ persons? What’s the difference and why does it matter?

Who counts as a refugee? Who has duties to help refugees? And what's the best way to assist them?

Max Cherem, a Kalamazoo College philosophy professor, will address these issues on the North Manchester campus of Manchester University at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4. His presentation is in the upper level of the Jo Young Switzer Center on East Street.

It is free and open to the public.

Cherem will consider these questions and explain how philosophy can help establish feasible reforms to improve the international community's ability to help refugees.

“Immigrants, Refugees, and ‘Refugee-like’ Persons: What’s the Difference and Why Does It Matter?” is presented as part of the Values, Ideas and the Arts series at Manchester, designed to offer academic credit to undergraduate students who, through the process, gain cultural exposure, artistic experiences and intellectual enrichment. It is common to explore important, complex, and sometimes uncomfortable, topics.

Cherem holds a doctorate in philosophy from Northwestern University. His areas of specialty include ethics, social and political philosophy, especially concerning theoretical issues involved in citizenship, immigration, human rights and international law.

About Manchester University
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March 2017