March 8, 2017
On January 30, 2017, our Department issued a statement in response to the indefensible US travel ban targeted at seven Muslim majority countries. An amended ban aimed at six of those countries has now been announced and is expected to go into effect later this month. The ban remains indefensible, unjustified, and deeply offensive. It has direct and indirect implications for our research and teaching, and it disrupts the vital academic networks on which our faculty and students depend.
As a prominent part of a major research institution, the Department is committed to helping any junior or senior scholars in our discipline whose travel plans have been, or will be, adversely affected by the travel bans. To this end, we can help individual political scientists and graduate students who find themselves stranded in Toronto and unable to enter the United States. For example, we can provide temporary work-space while travel plans are revised. The Department can also provide a meeting point for scholars and students of Political Science who need to meet with American or other colleagues in a setting outside the United States. Please contact the Chair or Department Manager (Julie Guzzo) if we can be of assistance. Our original statement on the initial travel ban can be found here.
– March 7, 2017
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