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.
Spring 2016 Events
Chris Eisgruber - free speech and civility
Carol Giacomo - judicial ethics
Pulin Sanghvi - the role of failure in a college education
Charles Beitz - responsibility to protect
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)
Leora Batnitzky - Is Religious Conversion a Human Right?
Elinor Mason - How do I blame thee? Let me count the ways
Simon Cullen - determinism and responsibility (with some experimental results)
Stephen Macedo - offensive speech and social norms
Dipayan Ghosh - Technology Policy and the Protection of Civil Liberties
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
Peter Singer- "Should we buy oil from dictators?"
Sarah-Jane Leslie- "Gender Gaps in Academic Disciplines"
Luc Bovens- "Secular Hope in the Face of Death"
Thakkar - Socialism
Justice Deborah Poritz
The New Jersey Supreme Court: A Model for Judicial Decision-Making
The Case Against Judicial Obedience
Simon Cullen - moral luck
Head Michael H. Hecht