Statement regarding the recent Executive Order issued on January 27th:

The Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies strongly condemns the Executive Order on immigration issued on January 27th, 2017.  We are committed to the principles of inclusion and diversity, to the unfettered circulation of ideas, and to the cross-fertilization of those ideas from diverse peoples, cultures, and religions. The Executive Order is an attack on these principles of academic freedom and religious toleration.  It is grounded on toxic notions of immigrants and refugees, uses purposefully false arguments concerning threats to our national security, and helps promote a climate of fear and intolerance.  As an academic department in a land grant institution, our mission is to foster an atmosphere that is conducive to the free cultivation of ideas, and we take our moral responsibility seriously to defend that mission when under attack from political and ideological forces. We want all students who have been affected by the Executive Order to know that they are welcome – indeed, invited – into our Department, into our offices, and into our classrooms.  

We are joined in our unequivocal condemnation of the Executive Order by other departments, universities, and academic associations across the United States, including the Montana State Faculty Senate, the American Historical Association, the American Studies Association, the American Society for Environmental History, the Association for Asian Studies, the National Council of Area Studies, the Middle East Studies Association, and Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Schools of Oriental Research, among many others.  We are also proud that our former Business Operations Manager, Jessica Marks, has founded an organization aimed at helping refugees transition to life in America.