Human Values Forum

The Human Values Forum complements the more formal educational initiatives sponsored by the Center and is made possible through the generosity of Bert G. Kerstetter ’66.

The Forum provides an opportunity for approximately 50 undergraduate students and 15 faculty members to meet in an informal setting to discuss current and enduring questions concerning ethics and human values. Students and faculty meet over dinner at 5 Ivy Lane throughout the academic year. Professor Peter Singer serves as adviser to the student leadership.

Admission to the Human Values Forum is by application only. For more information, please contact Kim Girman at 609-258-5496.

Spring 2016 Events


February 1
Chris Eisgruber - free speech and civility

February 8
Carol Giacomo - judicial ethics

February 15
Pulin Sanghvi

February 22
Charles Beitz

February 29
Sukaina Hirji

March 7 (First Day of Midterms)
Geoffrey Sayre-McCord

March 14 (Spring Break)
No Speaker

March 21
Leora Batnitzky

March 28
Stephen Macedo

April 4
Simon Cullen

April 11
Johann Frick

April 18
Michael Smith

April 25
Dipayan Ghosh - privacy in technology and other ethical issues

May 2 (First Day of Reading Period)
Melissa Lane


Fall 2015 Events


September 21
Peter Singer- "Should we buy oil from dictators?"

September 28
Jeff McMahon

October 5
Sarah-Jane Leslie- "Gender Gaps in Academic Disciplines"

October 12
Ruth Chang

October 19
Luc Bovens- "Secular Hope in the Face of Death"

October 26
Thakkar - Socialism

November 9
Ben Morison

November 16
Justice Deborah Poritz
The New Jersey Supreme Court: A Model for Judicial Decision-Making

November 23
Daniel Wodak
The Case Against Judicial Obedience

November 30
Philip Pettit

December 7
Simon Cullen - moral luck

December 14
Head Michael H. Hecht