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Sandra Bermann Discusses Her Path to Princeton
July 23, 2019

Cotsen Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Comparative Literature, Sandra (Sandie) Bermann, speaks with Princeton's Jamie Saxon on "What I think: Sandie Bermann"

UCHV Postdoc Comments on Importance of Financial Literacy Workshop Held at Princeton
May 24, 2019

A Wall Street Journal article reported on a recent trend to teach basic financial life skills at some of the Ivy's in response to the rise in debt - including student loan debt - and out of concern for young people's economic future and growing…

Laborde Moffett Lecture: A Summary
May 6, 2019
Cécile Laborde, the Nuffield Chair of Political Theory at the University of Oxford and a fellow of the British Academy, delivered the spring 2019 James A. Moffett '29 Lecture in Ethics. Laborde spoke on “Who Needs Secularism? India, Liberalism, and Comparative Secularism.”
Former UCHV Postdoc Named 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow
April 23, 2019

Sally A. Nuamah, Assistant Professor at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy, was named a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow.

Nuamah was a Values & Public Policy Postdoctoral Research Associate with the University Center for Human Values, in association…

A conversation with “Moynihan” directors Joseph Dorman and Toby Freilich
April 22, 2019

Daniel Patrick “Pat” Moynihan was an American politician, professor and diplomat with a career that spanned four decades. He served New York as a senator for nearly thirty years, advised four presidential administrations — two Democratic and two Republican — and worked at Harvard as a professor of sociology.

The feature-length…

Two of the Center's Past Laurance S. Rockefeller Visitors Awarded 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship
April 12, 2019

Two past Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellows - Adriana Petryna (University of Pennsylvania) and Henry S. Richardson (Georgetown University) - were among the 168 scholars, artists, and writers chosen as a Guggenheim Fellow, according to a press release from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

"Appointed on the basis of…

A Conversation with Maestro Dudamel and Fintan O'Toole
April 8, 2019
Director of the University Center for Human Values, Melissa Lane, will moderate a conversation between Princeton's Artist-in-Residence, Gustavo Dudamel, and one of Ireland's leading public intellectuals, Fintan O'Toole.
Announcing our Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellows for 2019-20!
April 8, 2019
Fellows devote an academic year in residence at Princeton to research and write about topics involving human values in public and private life.
Safra Center for Ethics Hosting Workshop on Johann Frick's Work
March 26, 2019

On Friday, April 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Harvard University's Safra Center for Ethics will host a workshop on Professor Johann Frick's work on "Risk, Luck, and Future People." Commentators from MIT and Harvard will respond to five of Frick's papers on the topic. 

Cécile Laborde (University of Oxford): "Who Needs Secularism? India, Liberalism, and Comparative Secularism"
March 11, 2019
Professor of Political Theory and Nuffield Chair of Political Theory at the University of Oxford, Cécile Laborde, will deliver the James A. Moffett '29 Lectures in Ethics in Computer Science, Lecture Hall 104 at four-thirty in the afternoon.
UCHV Postdoc Annette Zimmermann and Interdisciplinary Team of Colleagues Develop Innovative AI Ethics Course for Ph.D. students
March 6, 2019
The aim of the course is to make foundational concepts and theories in ethics and political philosophy accessible to students from a wide range of academic research backgrounds.
Philip Pettit Produces Short Podcast on Theme of His Recent Book, "The Birth of Ethics"
March 5, 2019
"...when did humans first start using ethical talk? and how did this arise? Philip Pettit has a story, a useful story he says, even if it is not true..."
In "New Statesman," Pettit Writes on Two Models of Democracy and Their Respective Views of Brexit
March 5, 2019
There are personalists and there are populists. Brexit is a disaster for the former.
Interview with Professor Lane on "Stasis" in Ancient Greece
Feb. 27, 2019
Princeton classics graduate student interviews Melissa Lane.
LSR Fellow Nelson Tebbe contributes to "Washington Post" Piece
Feb. 26, 2019

Nelson Tebbe, Richard Schragger and Micah Schwartzman write about a case that the Supreme Court will hear tomorrow regarding a 40-foot peace cross in Bladensburg, MD in "The Washington Post."

Values & Public Life Certificate Students Attend "The Niceties" at McCarter Theatre
Feb. 22, 2019

Last weekend, Values and Public Life students gathered for a group lunch at Cargot followed by a trip to McCarter Theatre to see “The Niceties.”&nbsp…

Professor Stephen Macedo To Give CEACOP Annual Lecture in Hong Kong
Feb. 20, 2019
Macedo will give the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy (CEACOP) Annual Lecture 2019 in Hong Kong.
LSR Fellow Nelson Tebbe Summarizes Michael McConnell's (Stanford Law) Recent Tanner Lectures on Human Values
Feb. 11, 2019

Professor McConnell, a former federal judge who now teaches at Stanford Law School, delivered his lectures on November 28 and 29, 2018, and he titled them "The President Who Would Not Be King."

Jan-Werner Mueller Publishes Volume on Isaiah Berlin's Liberalism; UCHV To Host Event on Berlin's Legacy
Feb. 4, 2019

Jan-Werner Mueller has published an edited volume revisiting Isaiah Berlin’s liberalism (more info here:  https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9789811327926).  Former LSR fellow Joshua Cherniss contributed a chapter comparing Berlin’s political thought with that of Reinhold Niebuhr.  The…

Melissa Lane Chooses Top Five Books on Plato
Jan. 28, 2019

The website "Five Books" consulted UCHV Director Melissa Lane, an expert on ancient Greek thought, on the best books on Plato. Read Professor Lane's choices and explanations here

According to its website, "Five Books" asks experts to recommend the five best books in…

Kim Lane Scheppele Proposes "Semi-Brexit" Solution in "The Guardian" Opinion Piece
Jan. 23, 2019

A "semi-Brexit does not mean breaking up the UK," says Scheppele. "Rather the reverse: semi-Brexit may be the only way to hold the UK together." Scheppele proposes that Scotland and Northern Ireland remain in the EU, while permitting England and Wales to exit - and discusses how this would be possible.

Read the full article here:

Request for Submissions | 7th Annual UCHV Short Movie Prize | March 1 | "Hope & Despair"
Jan. 23, 2019
This academic year, the jury will consider digital videos that bear in any way on the theme of "Hope & Despair.
"Too Much Gratitude?" A Project Syndicate Op-Ed by Peter Singer
Jan. 16, 2019

In his recent op-ed, "Too Much Gratitude?", Peter Singer, comments on Michael Bloomberg's recent gift of $1.8 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins, in gratitude for the opportunities his education (and scholarship) made possible. While gratitude as a reason for giving is laudable, Singer says, it can often conflict with the "effective…

AI and Ethics: A Collaboration Between UCHV and the Center for Information Technology Policy
Jan. 10, 2019
Highlights from the joint venture between UCHV and CITP.
Kim Lane Scheppele Quoted in LA Times Story on Presidential Power in Event of National Emergency
Jan. 8, 2019
"Trump has threatened to declare a national emergency to get his border wall - but will that work?"
Tanner Lectures on Human Values with Michael McConnell
Jan. 8, 2019
Videos from the Nov. 28 & Nov. 29th, 2018 Tanner Lectures on Human Values now available.
To Tackle Climate Change, We Need To Address Social and Political Challenges, Fleurbaey Writes
Jan. 7, 2019

In "Project Syndicate," Marc Fleurbaey and fellow International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP) committee member, Helga Nowotny, write on the need to address climate change by also addressing social issues. 

Read the full story, "Climate Change Action Acnnot Ignore Social Issues,"

Climate Ethics Chapter Co-Authored by UCHV Postdoc Kian Mintz-Woo Published
Dec. 20, 2018

Mintz-Woo's chapter is included in "Loss and Damage from Climate Change: Concepts, Methods and Policy Options," an interdisciplinary survey of climate change loss and damage.

Chapter Abstract: When considering the impacts of climate change, some of them can be addressed through mitigation (reduction of greenhouse…

New Article Published by LSR Fellow Nelson Tebbe
Dec. 7, 2018

Coauthored with Micah Schwartzman and Richard Schragger, both of the University of Virginia Law School, Tebbe publishes The Costs of Conscience in the "106 Kentucky Law Journal 881 (2018)."

Read full article here: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id…

Macedo Elected President of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy
Oct. 18, 2018
Stephen Macedo, the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values, was elected President of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy
Article by Nelson Tebbe published in the Journal for Civil Rights and Economic Development
Sept. 21, 2018

An article by Nelson Tebbe titled, "Reply: Conscience and Equality," was recently published in the Journal for Civil Rights and Economic Development. Tebbe is a professor of law at Cornell Law School and a LSR Visiting Faculty Fellow.

You can read the article here

Incoming LSR Fellow Nelson Tebbe writes Washington Post op-ed
Sept. 7, 2018

Nelson Tebbe, professor of law at Cornell Law School and one of our incoming LSR Visiting Faculty Fellows, discusses Judge Kavanaugh's stance on religious exemptions from general laws.

Read the Washington Post op-ed 

Conference in honor of Professor Jeffrey Stout, founding member of the UCHV executive committee
Aug. 21, 2018

The University Center for Human Values, the Department of Religion, and the Council of the Humanities are sponsoring a conference in honor of Jeffrey Stout, professor of religion, emeritus; and founding member of the UCHV's Executive Committee. 

The conference is…

Jan-Werner Mueller Elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts
Aug. 10, 2018

The European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA) is an independent transnational and interdisciplinary network of experts in Sciences, Arts and Religions. EASA was founded in 1990 and currently has 31 Noble Prize winners as members.

Andrew Chignell Delivered the 7th Annual Kant Course and Lecture at the Humboldt University of Berlin
July 13, 2018

7th Berlin Kant Course
Andrew Chignell (Princeton)
Knowledge, Belief, Hope and Despair

The Berlin Kant Course is a regularly occurring, compact seminar, where internationally known researchers present their own new work regarding Kant's philosophy, its influence on the history of philosophy, or its reception in…

Melissa Lane Participates in a Civil Service Leadership Academy Seminar in London on "The Idea of Public Office"
July 5, 2018
Building on her Carlyle Lectures this past spring, Melissa Lane and about 70 top UK civil servants will give a talk hosted by Princeton University and the Infrastructure and Projects Authority.                            

Using the Institute for Government’s recent report on accountability as a framework, this seminar will focus on the…

Elizabeth Harman Delivered Distinguished Public Lecture: "#MeToo and the Failure to Warn Others"
July 2, 2018

Professor Harman delivered her timely lecture as part of the "Ethics in the Public Sphere" distinguished lecture series at the University of California-San Diego on May 24, 2018.

Click here to read UC-San Deigo's story on the event.

UCHV Hosting Global Scholar and Visiting Professor Joseph Chan For Three Consecutive Spring Semesters
June 11, 2018
Joseph Chan, Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at The University of Hong Kong, will be a Princeton Global Scholar in the spring semesters 2019-2021.
Director Lane Delivers Multiple Lectures Throughout Europe
June 11, 2018

Melissa Lane delivered a series of lectures throughout Europe, including:

The Sir Malcolm Knox Memorial Lecture, University of St Andrews, May 21:  "Plato on the Purpose of Rule" The Fifth Annual Joint Lecture of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal…
Jan-Werner Mueller on Implications of Italy's New Populist Government in The New York Review of Books
June 11, 2018

Read Professor Mueller's piece, "Italy: The Bright Side of Populism?," here.

Inaugural Princeton-KY Summer Ethics Institute Examines "Inequality"
June 6, 2018
Through academic study, field study, and service learning, 20 participants explored various theories of what inequality is and why it matters.
"The Princeton Dialogues on AI and Ethics" Primary Case Studies Released
May 21, 2018
The aim of the "Princeton Dialogues" is to develop a set of intellectual reasoning tools to guide practitioners and policy makers, both current and future, in developing the ethical frameworks that will ultimately underpin their technical and legislative decisions.
UCHV and CITP release first case studies of their joint research project, “The Princeton Dialogues on AI and Ethics.”
May 21, 2018

Princeton's University Center for Human Values (UCHV) and the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) release the first case studies of their joint research project: “The Princeton Dialogues on AI and Ethics.”

Colleen Murphy awarded North American Society for Social Philosophy book award
May 17, 2018

Colleen Murphy, former Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow and Professor of Law, Philosophy & Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, won the North American Society for Social Philosophy's award for the best book in social philosophy.