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IAS Fellows’ Lecture – The Alien Who is a Citizen

November 24 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Public Lecture by Professor Jacqueline Stevens, Northwestern University


The United States is known world-wide for a Bill of Rights that supposedly empowers citizens to thwart the power of the government.  In 1971, the Supreme Court established that the Fourth Amendment actually empowers U.S. citizens to sue federal agents in their individual capacities, reasoning that if there is a prohibition on entering a home without probable cause, then their must also be remedy.  Further, unlike England, there is no mechanism for the forced expatriation of citizens, native born or naturalized.  Indeed, to actually expatriate oneself from U.S. citizenship is extremely difficult.  And yet, every day the U.S. government is wrongfully and with little accountability, detaining and deporting U.S. citizens as so-called “aliens.”  This talk will explain the legal, political, and historical underpinnings of current practices that yield these outcomes as well as the implications of epistemological practices that yield these outcomes for the rule of law more generally.

This lecture is free and open to all. Registration is not required to attend in person.


November 24
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Bishops Dining Hall, University College (Durham Castle)

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