Wednesday, October 17, 2012
11:45 AM to
Annual Bartling Lecture Series presentation by Dr. Donna Gabaccia of the University of Minnesota.
Does the freedom to move exist? And if not, who should hold the power to limit human mobility and under what conditions? The audience will consider these questions through a look at world and American history.World historians have documented that movement and migration have been the norm in life, and not exceptional responses to extraordinary circumstances.Yet governments throughout history have regularly denied individuals the freedom to choose their own place of life and residence. In today’s world, the United Nations Declaration fo Human Rights proclaims a right to leave one’s own country, but no corresponding right to enter any other country.While Amercians today regularly celebrate many freedoms, the freedom to move is not usually among them. Should it be?