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Kristin Heyer: Kinship with Migrants in the Year of Mercy

Date of Lecture: September 14, 2016

Kristin HeyerAbout the Speaker: Kristin Heyer is professor of theological ethics at Boston College and author of "Kinship Across Borders: A Christian Ethic of Immigration" (Georgetown University Press, 2012). She also is author of “Prophetic and Public: The Social Witness of U.S. Catholicism” (Georgetown University Press, 2006) and is co-editor of “Conscience and Catholicism: Rights, Responsibilities and Institutional Responses” and “Catholics and Politics: The Dynamic Tension between Faith and Power.”

About the Talk: Heyer suggests a reframing of the immigration debate in this country from an issue based on fears that immigrants pose threats to our security, economy and culture to one that supports a Christian ethic. Heyer draws upon scripture, the parable of the good samaritan, and Catholic Social Thought to focus on the human rights, worker and migrant labor rights, and family ethics at stake in U.S. immigration policy.

Heyer's talk is one of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.