Jan-Werner Mueller and Former Italian Prime Minister To Discuss Populism at Milan Book Fair
April 18, 2017
Former Italian prime minister Mario Monti and Jan-Werner Mueller will debate populism on Friday, April 21 at the Milan Book fair.
Viktor Orban is Europe's enemy within: Jan-Werner Mueller in the Financial Times, April 11, 2017
April 11, 2017

There is more speculation than ever about a possible “end of the EU”. It might come with a bang — think of the sudden implosion that many feared at the height of the crisis in the eurozone — or with a whimper, as countries follow Britain in leaving voluntarily. But the EU could also be hollowed out from within. This scenario has nothing to do…

Princeton's Singer and Rutgers' McMahan React in NY Times on Anna Stubblefield Case
April 7, 2017

Peter Singer and Jeff McMahan comment on the case of Anna Stubblefield, a former Rutgers ethics professor, convicted of aggravated sexual assault for relations with a cognitively impaired man with cerebral palsy.  

"We have met Stubblefield only once, nearly a decade ago, at a conference on cognitive disability and moral philosophy…

UCHV Announces 2017-18 Visiting Fellows
April 6, 2017
The University Center for Human Values is excited to announce our Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professors for Distinguished Teaching and Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellows for the 2017-18 academic year.
NY Times' Kristof Cites Peter Singer in "Hail to the Humanities" Op-Ed
April 3, 2017

In March 30th editorial, Nicholas Kristof discusses the importance of the humanities, in light of the President's plan to eliminate all funding for the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

He specifically cites Peter Singer's influence on the humanities…

Pettit publishes OpEd in "The Irish Times" on Ireland's Border Problem Resulting from Brexit
March 27, 2017

Philip Pettit proposes a "shared-space" model to address the problem of Brexit on both sides of the Irish border in this opinion piece.

Philip Pettit is the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and…

Values and Public Life Alumni Spotlight: Eleanor Roberts ‘15
March 27, 2017

With a politics degree and Values and Public Life (VPL) certificate in hand, Eleanor Roberts graduated from Princeton in 2015 and headed to Cambridge, Massachusetts to develop a local branch of the Petey Greene Program. Founded in New…

Third and Final "Free Speech Now!" Event
March 20, 2017
On Tuesday, March 28, UCHV hosted a panel conversation with W. Rochelle Calhoun, David Rabban, and Fred Schauer on "Free Speech In and Out of the Classroom" as part of its Free Speech Now! series.
Former UCHV Graduate Prize Fellow, Adam Lerner, Awarded Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship
March 20, 2017

Adam Lerner, a philosophy graduate student and former Graduate Prize Fellow (2015-16), is one of four recipients of the Jacobus Fellowship, which is Princeton University's top honor for graduate students.

Read University homepage story here

Melissa Lane Publishes Essay in "Aeon" on the Role of Bureaucracy
March 17, 2017

Lane on "Why bureaucrats matter in the fight to preserve the rule of law" in Aeon, "a unique digital magazine, publishing some of the most profound and provocative thinking on the web."



Mueller and Kiss Will Participate in Important Danish Film Festival, CPH:DOX
March 16, 2017

UCHV Film Forum Founding Director Erika A. Kiss and UCHV History of Political Thought Project Founding Director and Professor of Politics Jan-Werner Mueller will speak at CPH:DOX in Copenhagen, one of the world's biggest documentary film festivals. CPH:DOX distinguished itself as an industry event, as well as a "Central meeting place and an…

Conversation Between Melissa Lane and Victoria Preston of the Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (Riga, Latvia)
March 13, 2017

Lane and Preston discuss the challenges to strategic communications following Brexit; the conversation can be found here.

UCHV Co-sponsored "Community Organizing" Values and Praxis Lab During Princeton's Day of Action
March 9, 2017

The University Center for Human Values co-sponsored an event as part of a Campus Wide “Day of Action” – organized by the Princeton Advocates For Justice and Princeton Citizen Scientists – which brought together hundreds of members of the Princeton University campus community to discuss and reaffirm the responsibilities of a community devoted to…

Monique Wonderly: "Attached" to Questions at the Intersection of Philosophy and Psychology
Feb. 27, 2017
Up close with the Center's sixth Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bioethics on her interests, her Values and Public Life seminar, and a public event addressing the moral responsibility of psychopaths.
Wertheim Publishes "Washington Post" Story on Trump and Isolationism
Feb. 20, 2017

Stephen Wertheim's published article invokes research done while at UCHV as a postdoctoral research associate in 2015-2016; some of his research during his time at the Center traced the origins of the concepts of "Internationalism" and "isolationism" in American political discourse.  

Read the Washington Post story

"America's Ailing Democracy: What's Gone Wrong and What We Can Do About It"
Feb. 20, 2017
A 4:30 p.m. talk on Tuesday, February 28th by Professor Martin Gilens, Department of Politics, Princeton University
Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics Peter Singer in conversation about his most recent book, philosophy, and teaching at Princeton
Feb. 16, 2017
"If you can contribute to showing people how it's possible to have reasoned discussion of ethical issues, I think it's a valuable thing to do. A lot of people think ethics is all just subjective, a matter of taste. They think you can't really say anything, therefore you might as well just abuse your opponents. I think there are other possibilities."
Values and Public Life Certificate Program - Applications Now Open for Class of 2019
Feb. 10, 2017
Are you interested in Ethics? Equality? Would you like to incorporate a critical perspective into your studies?
Three VPL Students Selected to WWS' Scholars in the Nations's Service Initiative
Feb. 8, 2017

Nabil Shaikh ('17), John 'Newby' Parton ('18), and Sarah Sakha ('18) have been selected for the 2017 Cohort of the Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative (SINSI) in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Shaikh was one of four students…

Seeking Submissions for UCHV's 5th Annual Short Movie Prize: 2016-17 Theme is "Fanaticism"
Jan. 31, 2017
Interested in film? Consider submitting a digital video by February 24 for the Center's Short Movie Prize. Each year, the Center accepts videos that bear on a specific theme, which this year is "Fanatacism."
UCHV Director Lane On Center's Commitment During Challenging Times
Jan. 31, 2017
UCHV reaffirms its strong commitment to cherished values of fairness, humanitarianism, and non-discrimination, and rejects the view that security can be gained by undermining the very ideals on which our democracy is built.
In Conversation With LSR Visiting Faculty Fellow Mitchell Berman
Jan. 25, 2017
Mitchell Berman is a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow and comes to the UCHV from the University of Pennsylvania where he is the Leon Meltzer Professor of Law and holds secondary appointments in the Department of Philosophy and at the Wharton School.
Roundtable Discussion: "Global Liberalism in Crisis?"
Jan. 25, 2017
In case you missed it, the recording of the event and a story in "The Daily Princetonian" is now available.
Jan-Werner Mueller On How Trump's Language Forewarns a Threat to Democracy in "The Guardian"
Jan. 24, 2017

Mueller's opinion piece in The Guardian warns of Trump's use of the term 'the people' and compares his political language to authoritarian leaders Chávez, Edroğan, and Orbán.


Member of UCHV's Executive Committee Participates in World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting
Jan. 23, 2017
Mueller contributed to a panel on "Strengthening Democracy."
LSR Fellow Joshua Cherniss Publishes Article on Isaiah Berlin in "The Critique"
Jan. 19, 2017

Cherniss is an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University and one of UCHV's Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellows for the 2016-17 academic year.


UCHV Graduate Prize Fellow Emily Kern Recaps Oreskes’ Tanner Lectures on “Trust in Science?”
Jan. 19, 2017
In the first week of the Trump presidency, scientists from the US Department of Agriculture were briefly forbidden from speaking to the public, although the ban was reversed a few days later.
UCHV Affiliate on "Trump and American Exceptionalism" in "Foreign Affairs"
Jan. 9, 2017

Stephen Wertheim is a historian of U.S. foreign relations and a Fellow at King's College, University of Cambridge. He was a postdoctoral research associate jointly appointed with the University Center for Human Values and the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance in the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Melissa Lane Publishes First Essay in Centre's New Series
Jan. 6, 2017
Melissa Lane contributed the first essay in the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity's (CUSP) new essay series on the Ethics of Sustainable Prosperity.
Remembering Derek Parfit
Jan. 3, 2017
Derek's old friends, colleagues, and students came together in Marx Hall with brief talks on his philosophical works and informal remembrances of him.
Peter Singer's 'Ethics in the Real World' profiled in Books of the Times
Dec. 20, 2016
Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics Peter Singer's most recent book, 'Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter,' profiled in The New York Times Books of the Times.
Philip Pettit Gives TEDxNewYork Talk on: "How do you know if you're truly free?"
Dec. 12, 2016
Pettit's TEDxNewYork talk is about the cultural and legal requirements for a truly free society.
VPL Student Kevin Wong Named Schwarzman Scholar
Dec. 7, 2016

Wong is one of six Princeton seniors who received the Schwarzman Scholarship for study in Beijing.

UCHV [Former] Graduate Prize Fellow and Values and Public Life Student '17 Coauthor Article in "Vanderbilt Law Review"
Nov. 18, 2016
Doctoral candidate Jason Iuliano and politics undergraduate Ya Sheng Lin publish article on "Supreme Court Repeaters."
Naomi Oreskes (Harvard University) Trust in Science?
Nov. 18, 2016
The Tanner Lectures will be live-streamed on both November 30 and December 1, 4:30 - 6:15 p.m. at Media Central, Live Events:
Beating Hearts: Abortion and Animal Rights Panel Conversation
Nov. 15, 2016
"Beating Hearts," a panel conversation held at Princeton University in November is available for viewing online.
Work for Trump? That Could be the Right Thing to Do, Says Peter Singer.
Nov. 11, 2016
The Center's Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics was interviewed by "Quartz" on the ethical argument for working for the Trump administration.
Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow Schwartzberg Publishes in "Vox" Following Unexpected Election Results
Nov. 10, 2016
"In characterizing the problem of intolerance within a republic, Rousseau wrote, 'It is impossible to live in peace with people one believes to be damned.'
Victoria McGeer's Philosophy Article Among Top Ten in Annual Award
Nov. 9, 2016
UCHV's Victoria McGeer's "Philosophical Explorations" article "Mind-Making Practices: The Social Infrastructure of Self-Knowing, Agency and Responsibility" was chosen for the Philosopher's Annual 2015 top ten list.
Applications for Values and Public Policy Postdoctoral Research Positions Close Monday, November 14
Nov. 8, 2016
The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values aim to support highly promising scholars trained in moral and political philosophy, political theory, normative economics and related areas to develop a research agenda in the ethical dimensions of public policy.
"Effective Altruism and Animals" Lecture to Kick Off Two-Day Symposium
Nov. 2, 2016
On Friday, November 11, the University Center for Human Values will kick off a weekend symposium on the effective altruism movement in regards to animal welfare with the public lecture: "Effective Altruism & Animals."
Jan-Werner Mueller will deliver Mosse Lecture at Humboldt University: "Why Populism is Dangerous for Democracy"
Nov. 2, 2016

Author of What is Populism, Professor Jan-Werner Mueller is giving many talks on populism here and abroad. Princeton's homepage features a Q&A with Communications' Michael Hotchkiss and Jan-Werner Mueller and…

Peter Singer wins "Philosophy Now's" 'Fight Against Stupidity' award
Oct. 31, 2016

Anyone who makes an outstanding contribution to promoting knowledge, reason or public debate about issues that matter can nominate someone for Philosophy Now's 'Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity' award.

For more information on the magazine, the award, or editor Rick Lewis' description of the purpose of the award, …

Jan-Werner Mueller on "What is Populism?"
Oct. 26, 2016

On November 17th, Jan-Werner Mueller will discuss his book, What is Populism?, at a lunch time talk in Aaron Burr 219. UCHV Director and Class of 1943 Professor of Politics, Melissa Lane, will chair the discussion.


International Panel on Social Progress is Seeking Input
Oct. 21, 2016

The International Panel on Social Progress (ISPS) is a panel comprised of social scientists who have released a report addressed to all social actors, movements, organizations, politicians and decision-makers, in order to provide them with the best expertise on questions that bear on social change.

The University Center for Human…