Roundtable Discussion: "Global Liberalism in Crisis?"

Jan. 25, 2017

A panel of distinguished scholars held a roundtable discussion on "Global Liberalism in Crisis?" on Inauguration Day, which was widely attended by University faculty, staff, and students.  The Daily Princetonian writer, Ruby Shao, reports on the event.

View the event here.

Sponsored by The Department of History, the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the Department of Politics and the University Center for Human Values

Jeremy Adelman - Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, Princeton University


Melissa Lane is the Class of 1943 Professor of Politics and the Director of the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. An associated faculty member in the Princeton Department of Classics and Department of Philosophy, she researches and teaches in the area of the history of political thought, with a special expertise in ancient Greek thought, and in normative political philosophy, including especially environmental ethics and politics.   Her books include The Birth of Politics: Eight Greek and Roman Political Ideas and Why They Matter (PUP, 2015; originally published in the UK and Commonwealth as Greek and Roman Political Ideas, Penguin, 2014); Eco-Republic (PUP, 2012; Peter Lang, 2011, in the UK and Commonwealth); Plato’s Progeny (Duckworth, 2001); and Method and Politics in Plato’s Statesman (CUP, 1998).  She co-edited Politeia in Greek and Roman Philosophy (with Verity Harte, 2013), and A Poet’s Reich: Politics and Culture in the George Circle (with Martin A. Ruehl, 2011). At Princeton, she was the first director of the Program in Values and Public Life, and is co-chair of the Steering Committee for Service and Civic Engagement and of the Climate Futures Initiative.  She received a Phi Beta Kappa teaching prize in 2015.  Before joining the Princeton faculty in 2009, she taught in the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge and was a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. She is a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Royal Historical Society, and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (RSA).  Professor Lane earned a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in Social Studies from Radcliffe College of Harvard University, and an M.Phil and PhD in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, where she studied as a Marshall Scholar, Truman Scholar, and the Mary Isabel Sibley Fellow of Phi Beta Kappa.

Dan Rodgers, the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, emeritus, is an historian of American ideas and culture who taught at Princeton from 1980 to 2012. He earned his Ph.D. in history from Yale University after graduating from Brown University. He is the author of four prize-winning books, including The Work Ethic in Industrial America, 1850-1920, Contested Truths: Keywords in American Politics, and Atlantic Crossings: Social Politics in a Progressive Age, which has been translated into German and Chinese. His most recent book, Age of Fracture, a history of social ideas and arguments in America in the last quarter of the twentieth century, was a co-winner of the Bancroft Prize. His articles run the gamut from American exceptionalism, to the career of ‘republicanism,’ to the election of 2000.

Kim Lane Scheppele is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. She joined the Princeton faculty in 2005 after nearly a decade on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she was the John J. O'Brien Professor of Comparative Law. Scheppele's work focuses on the intersection of constitutional and international law, particularly in constitutional systems under stress. After 1989, Scheppele studied the emergence of constitutional law in Hungary and Russia, living in both places for extended periods. After 9/11, Scheppele researched the effects of the international "war on terror" on constitutional protections around the world. Her many publications on both post-1989 constitutional transitions and on post-9/11 constitutional challenges have appeared in law reviews, social science journals and multiple languages. In the last two years, she has been a public commentator on the transformation of Hungary from a constitutional-democratic state to one that risks breaching constitutional principles of the European Union.