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 - the role of failure in a college education

February 22
Charles Beitz - responsibility to protect

February 29
Alexander Kirshner - Do Antidemocrats Have a Right to Participate?

March 7 (First Day of Midterms)
Geoffrey Sayre-McCord - Does Morality Make a Difference (to What Is Possible)?

March 14 (Spring Break)
No Speaker

March 21
Leora Batnitzky - Is Religious Conversion a Human Right?

March 28
Elinor Mason - How do I blame thee? Let me count the ways

April 4
Simon Cullen - determinism and responsibility (with some experimental results)

April 11
Stephen Macedo - offensive speech and social norms

April 18
Dipayan Ghosh - Technology Policy and the Protection of Civil Liberties

April 25
Michael Smith - the nature of normativity

May 2 (First Day of Reading Period)
Melissa Lane - Is financial independence something to be valued in political candidates?


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