American University: Ponnuru & Dalmia on Immigration

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Political Theory Institute: Ramesh Ponnuru and Shikha Dalmia on Immigration


The Political Theory Institute at American University, a JMC partner program, will host Ramesh Ponnuru, of National Review, and Shikha Dalmia, of the Reason Foundation, for a discussion of immigration.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 • 5:30 PM
Butler Board Room • American University

Free and open to the public

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Ramesh Ponnuru is a Senior Writer for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute. Ponnuru has published articles in several publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, First Things, The Weekly Standard, and Reason and appears frequently on television news programs.

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Shikha Dalmia is a Senior Analyst at the Reason Foundation. She writes regularly as a columnist for The Week and her work appears in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and numerous other publications. She previously served as a columnist for Forbes and the Washington Examiner and has appeared frequently on Fox Business Network, BBC Business Matters, MSNBC, and other television and radio outlets. Dalmia was co-winner of the first 2009 Bastiat Prize for Online Journalism for her columns in Forbes and Reason.

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The Political Theory Institute at American University’s School of Public Affairs encourages the serious study of the great questions of political theory and brings insights of political theorists to bear on current issues and events. American University has a long tradition of vigorous political debate. Behind every serious political controversy, however, lies a disagreement about political principles, justice, what constitutes “the good life,” or fundamental assumptions about human nature. A thoughtful and morally serious engagement with the controversies of the day, therefore, requires serious reflection on the underlying questions of political theory.

Open to all ideas and perspectives, the Political Theory Institute promotes vigorous and thoughtful discussion and critical engagement by American University faculty, the national and international political theory community, and policy makers with the problems confronting liberal democracies. It supports scholarship that informs and enriches the larger conversation about political ideas. Above all, the Political Theory Institute fosters a spirit of enlightened citizenship—at once thoughtful and engaged—that takes intellectual disagreements seriously without being ideological.

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