University Recognizes VPL Program

Friday, Mar 25, 2011
by aperhac

The UCHV has been awarded a grant from the University's 250th Anniversary Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education to support development of the Values and Public Life undergraduate certificate program.

 

The UCHV has been awarded a grant from the  University’s 250th Anniversary Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education to support development of the Values and Public Life undergraduate certificate program. The grant aims to encourage development of the program’s junior/senior seminars as well as field trips for students to New York and Washington to meet with practitioners in various arenas of public life where ethical issues are prominent. The first seminars to be developed under this three-year award will be “Public Reason, Religion, and Marriage” taught by Prof. Stephen Macedo and  “Indigenous People & Historic Injustice” taught by Prof. Anna Stilz. Both are scheduled to be offered in 2011-12.

 

The VPL program was approved by the University Faculty last May and enrolled its first students in September. It was recently highlighted on the Princeton homepage in an article about innovations in the undergraduate curriculum. In it, VPL’s director, Melissa Lane, explains that “the program offers focused pathways through the curriculum that will enable undergraduates to supplement work in their major departments with a systematic and coherent values-oriented component. The certificate has attracted considerable undergraduate interest in its first academic year … with [students'] interests focused on topics as diverse as bioethics, ethics and economics, constitutionalism, and religion and society."

 

For the full article, visit http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S30/08/90C18/index.xml.

 

For more information on the Values and Public Life program, please visit http://uchv.princeton.edu/undergraduate_programs/vpl.php.