Marcelo Suárez-Orozco Delivers First Lecture for the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

Wasserman Dean spoke at the Vatican as an Academician appointed by Pope Francis on the challenges of global migration.

UCLA Wasserman Dean Marcelo Suárez-Orozco spoke at a plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences at Casina Pio IV at the Vatican earlier this month. His talk delineated today’s conditions upon global migration, including the most current data on human migration and the causes behind mass migration including unchecked climate change, environmental degradation, war, and terror. In conclusion, Suárez-Orozco offered a humanitarian perspective on responses and solutions to what he calls, “the defining existential crisis of our times.”

Suárez-Orozco was appointed an Academician to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences by Pope Francis in 2018. The Academy, famed for its distinguished scholars, including Nobel Laureates, from around the world and from all denominations and faiths, endeavors to develop basic research to weigh on the pressing issues of the day. Academicians are appointed for a term of 10 years and can be reappointed. They take part in sessions of the Holy See; present papers and data; debate and vote on motions; and propose new projects as well as new candidates for nomination.

To view a PDF of Marcelo Suárez-Orozco’s lecture, Nation, State, Nation-State,” visit this link.

For coverage of the meeting in the Vatican News, click here.


Photo courtesy of Marcelo Suárez-Orozco