General Public Lectures

The University Center for Human Values sponsors a number of public lectures throughout the academic year which seek to incite thought and discussion about ethical issues in both private and public life.

2015–16 General Public Lectures return to General Public Lectures

  1. Wednesday, December 2, 2015 Exploring Law School Joel Alicea, Cooper & Kirk Jane Manners and Jason Iuliano, Princeton University Library, Prospect House, 8:15 pm - 9:30 pm General Public Lectures

    Joel Alicea received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 2013.  Prior to coming to Cooper & Kirk, Joel served as a law clerk for Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  While in law school, he served as President of the Harvard Federalist Society and as an editor for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy.  He earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University in 2010.  A Politics concentrator, Joel won the Stephen T. Whelan ’68 Prize for the best senior thesis on public or constitutional law.  He has written extensively on issues of constitutional theory, with a special focus on originalism, and his articles have appeared in publications such as the Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, National Affairs, and Policy Review.

    Jane Manners is a graduate student in the history department. She is interested in 19th century U.S. legal history, and is writing her dissertation on the legal and political aftermath of the Great New York Fire of 1835. She has an undergraduate degree and a J.D. from Harvard. After law school and before coming to Princeton, she clerked for Chief Judge Mark Wolf in the District of Massachusetts. Before law school, she worked as a teacher, a journalist, a philanthropic grant maker, and a presidential campaign staffer. 


    Jason Iuliano is a graduate student in the politics department. In his dissertation, Jason traces the historical evolution of corporate constitutional rights and develops a novel legal theory of corporate personhood. In addition to his primary focus on corporate constitutional rights, he has secondary interests in bankruptcy law. Before coming to Princeton, Jason received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Economics from Villanova University.


  2. Monday, November 9, 2015 "Strangers Drowning: Tireless Rescuers and Why They Make Us Uncomfortable" Larissa MacFarquhar, The New Yorker Respondent: Eldar Shafir, William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, Princeton University Friend 101, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm General Public Lectures Co-sponsored by: Princeton Effective Altruism Learn more » Open paper »
  3. Wednesday, October 21, 2015 A Conversation about Altruism Matthieu Ricard and Peter Singer, Chair: Julia Wise McCosh Hall 50, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm General Public Lectures Co-sponsored by: Office of the Dean of Religious Life and Princeton Effective Altruism Learn more »
  4. Tuesday, December 2, 2014 "What Kind of Diversity? Is Princeton Too Narrowly Focused on Race and Ethnicity Rather Than Economic Diversity?" Moderated by Peter Singer, UCHV, Princeton University Panel Discussion with: Christopher L. Eisgruber, President, Princeton University; Alexandria Walton Radford, Program Director, RTI International; Russell Nieli, Princeton University; Cecilia Elena Rouse, Dean of WWS, Princeton University McCosh 50, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm General Public Lectures Co-sponsored by: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Learn more »
  5. Thursday, November 20, 2014 "A Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan '81 and Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber" Elena Kagan, Supreme Court of the United States Moderated by:  Christopher L. Eisgruber Richardson Auditorium, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm General Public Lectures

    Elena Kagan, Associate Justice, was born in New York, New York, on April 28, 1960.  She received an A.B. from Princeton in 1981, an M. Phil. from Oxford in 1983, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1986. She clerked for Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 1986-1987 and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court during the 1987 Term. After briefly practicing law at a Washington, D.C. law firm, she became a law professor, first at the University of Chicago Law School and later at Harvard Law School.   She also served for four years in the Clinton Administration, as Associate Counsel to the President and then as Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy.   Between 2003 and 2009, she served as the Dean of Harvard Law School.  In 2009, President Obama nominated her as the Solicitor General of the United States.   One year later, the President nominated her as an associate justice of the Supreme Court on May 10, 2010. She took her seat on August 7, 2010.

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  6. Monday, November 17, 2014 "Political Dissent, Digital Media, and Futures of Academic Freedom: An Evening with Steven Salaita" Steven Salaita and Max Weiss Betts Auditorium, Room N101, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm General Public Lectures Co-sponsored by: History and Near Eastern Studies, Program in American Studies, University Center for Human Values

2013–14 General Public Lectures return to General Public Lectures

  1. Thursday, May 1, 2014 The Transnationalization of Democracy: A European Experiment Jürgen Habermas, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt McCosh 50, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm General Public Lectures Co-sponsored by: Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society; European Union Program; the Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Learn more »
  2. Tuesday, October 29, 2013 The 5,000 LB Life Melissa Lane, Princeton University Scholastic Auditorium, 557 Broadway, NYC, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm General Public Lectures Learn more »
  3. Thursday, October 3, 2013 "The Ban on Organ Sales: Do Misguided Policies Cost Lives?" Janet Radcliffe Richards, Professor of Practical Ethics, Oxford University Commentator:  Frances Kissling, Instructor, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania McCosh 50, 4:30 pm - 6:15 pm General Public Lectures Learn more »
  4. Wednesday, September 25, 2013 "Thomas Hobbes on Laughter and Civil Conversation" Quentin Skinner, Barber Beaumont Professor of Humanities, Queen Mary, University of London, and Visiting Professor of Distinguished Teaching, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University 127 East Pyne, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm General Public Lectures