Free Discussion: Responding to the Executive Order Muslim State Ban

January 31, 2017

From the DU Center for Middle East Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies


On Friday, January 27, President Donald Trump issued a new executive order that bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries – Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen – from entering the United States, even if they hold a second citizenship in any third country. He announced that more countries may be added to the list. The executive order also suspends US refugee arrivals for at least four months, bans Syrian refugees, and will likely prioritize Christian refugees if and when the suspension is listed. Finally, the executive order calls for new, “extreme vetting” of immigrants. What does this mean for members of the DU community? What can students, staff, and faculty do to respond to this new situation?

We are pleased to be co-sponsoring an event for the DU community in response to this executive order tomorrow:

Responding to the Refugee & Muslim-Majority Country Ban

Tuesday, January 31

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Driscoll Ballroom

Driscoll Student Center (North) | 2nd Floor

Faculty and staff will offer brief comments to provide information, explain resources, and frame the discussion, then the floor will be opened for discussion.

Speakers include:

  • Rev. Dr. Gary Brower, Director of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
  • Nader Hashemi, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies
  • Seth Masket, Chair of the Political Science Department
  • Paul Chan, Office of the General Counsel
  • Laura Maresca, Interim Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
  • Marjorie Smith, Associate Dean of International Student Admission
  • Lynne Warner, Director of International Student and Scholar Services

Co-sponsored by: The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Center for Middle East Studies, Office of International Student and Scholar Services, Office of Internationalization, the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of Political Science, the Center for Judaic Studies, the Office of Human Resources, the Constitutional Campus Working Group (Sturm College of Law), the Social Justice Living & Learning Community, the Latin America Center (Korbel), the Gender and Women’s Studies Program, and the International Student Admission Office.

This will be the first in a series of events hosted by the University of Denver aimed at providing a greater understanding of these events as they arise.

For more information contact Tiffany Wilk,

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