Michael Blake (University of Washington): "Migration, Mercy, Love, and Carrier Sanctions"
Oct. 21, 2016

Most contemporary discussions of the ethics of migration focus on the justice of restricting rights to migrate; is the state ever permitted to refuse entry to those who would seek to migrate, or does that refusal always constitute an injustice?  This talk focuses on a neglected question: what ethical norms remain even after the justice of some…

Bridges of Dialogue: A Princeton-Mexico City (virtual) Roundtable on Ethical Dimensions of Migration Across the Mexican-U.S. Border
Oct. 19, 2016

Melissa Lane, Director, UCHV, and Claudio Lopez-Guerra, Associate Professor, CIDE, will moderate a virtual discussion among four scholars with research interests in the ethics of immigration.

Linda Bosniak, Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers University.  She is currently a Visitor at the School of Social…

Linda McClain, LSR Visiting Fellow, writes on the 2016 presidential campaign
Oct. 12, 2016
Linda C. McClain, 2016-17 Laurance S. Rockeller Visiting Fellow and professor of law and Paul M. Siskind Research Scholar at Boston University School of Law, and affiliated faculty with the Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at BU, coauthored a column on the pervasive sexism of the 2016 presidential election.
Juliana Bidadanure to speak on "Making Sense of Age-Group Justice"
Oct. 3, 2016

On Thursday, October 13, Juliana Bidadanure of Stanford University presented the first Program in Ethics and Public Affairs (PEPA) seminar of this academic year. Her talk and paper were based on key arguments of a book she is currently working on provisionally entitled: Justice Across Ages: An essay on what…

Stanford's Rob Reich delivered the inaugural Distinguished Teaching Lecture on public service to a packed audience
Sept. 28, 2016

The first - of what the University Center for Human Values and the Steering Committee on Civic Engagement hope to be a series of lectures addressing service and civic engagement across campus - was well attended and ignited many conversations during and following Reich's talk.

To read about the lecture, please visit The Daily…

Jan-Werner Müller chosen to deliver Simon Wiesenthal Lecture in Vienna
Sept. 28, 2016

The lecture "Is there a Populist Politics of Memory?” will be delivered at the Simon Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies.  Please visit the website for more information.

DeCamp Seminar: "Climate Ethics: Embracing Justice, Avoiding Extortion"
Sept. 22, 2016
Stephen Gardiner, Professor of Philosophy at University of Washington-Seattle to deliver DeCamp Seminar on Wednesday September 28, 4:30 p.m.
Will MacAskill, "Should I donate now, or invest and donate later?"
Sept. 21, 2016
Will MacAskill, University of Oxford, will present this DeCamp lecture on Wednesday September 21, 4:30 p.m. in Friend Center Room 101.
Kevin Wong's (VPL '17) paper "The Case for Pediatric Aided Dying" selected as regional winner.
Sept. 12, 2016

Last month, the paper that certificate student Kevin Wong '17 wrote for his VPL seminar "Bioethics: Clinical and Population Level," with Professor J. Frick, received attention as a highly commended paper.

This paper was recently selected as a regional winner, from the US and Canada, in the categories of  law and philosophy.

Jan-Werner Müller publishes: "What is Populism?"
Sept. 9, 2016

Please join Professor Müller for a book talk on November 17th from 12:00-1:20 pm in Aaron Burr Hall, hosted by the Center.

Read reviews of What is Populism? (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)

Johann Frick receives the 2017 Gregory Kavka, University of California-Irvine Prize in Political Philosophy
Sept. 7, 2016

Johann Frick, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, received the prize for his article, "Contractualism and Social Risk."

A symposium will be held in his honor at the 2017 American Philosophical Association (APA) Pacific Division meeting in Seattle, WA.

For additional prize information…

Jan-Werner Mueller on Populism
Sept. 2, 2016
Jan-Werner Mueller, Professor of Politics, writes in The Guardian about Populists as different elites who try to grab power with the help of a collective fantasy of political purity.
LSR Fellow Melissa Schwartzberg awarded the 2016 David and Elaine Spitz Prize
Aug. 24, 2016

The Spitz Prize is awarded to the scholar who wrote the best book in liberal or democratic theory. The prize Committee chose Melissa Schwartzberg for her book: Counting the Many: The Origins and Limits of Supermajority Rule.

Please click here for more information.

Values and Public Life student‚ Kevin Wong ′17‚ named recipient of the Undergraduate Awards Highly Commended 2016 for a paper he wrote in a VPL seminar with Professor Johann Frick. 
Aug. 17, 2016

Wong′s paper performed in the top 10% of the 2016 programme, and made the shortlist to possibly become one of 25 winners.


As a Highly Commended Entrant in The Undergraduate Awards, Wong has been identified as an…

Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellowship application for 2017-18 closes at midnight
Aug. 3, 2016
The University Center invites applications for Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellowships for the academic year 2017-18. The application deadline is Monday October 31, 2016, 11:59 p.m. EST.
The Princeton-Humboldt University strategic partnership held an intensive 3–day seminar on “The State of Exception: Normative‚ Legal‚ and Historical Perspectives.”
July 28, 2016

This past June, six Ph.D. students from Princeton took part in an intense three-day seminar on “The State of Exception: Normative, Legal, and Historical Perspectives” held in Berlin under the auspices of the Princeton-Humboldt University strategic partnership.  The course was taught by Anna-Bettina Kaiser from Humboldt’s law faculty and Jan…

Princeton-Humboldt University: Summer 2016 Seminar
July 28, 2016
This past June, six Ph.D. students from Princeton took part in an intense three-day seminar on “The State of Exception: Normative, Legal, and Historical Perspectives” held in Berlin under the auspices of the Princeton-Humboldt University strategic partnership.
UCHV′s Kim Lane Scheppele discusses the situation in Turkey with international media.
July 18, 2016

Below are two media outlets with whom Professor Scheppele spoke:

PRI′s The Takeaway on the purge of judges in Turkey following the coup

n  BBC

On July 1, 2016 Melissa Lane became Director of the University Center for Human Values.
July 1, 2016

Melissa Lane is the Class of 1943 Professor of Politics at Princeton University. She succeeded

Melissa Lane on Sovereignty
June 30, 2016

Melissa Lane, Class of 1943 Professor of Politics, discusses  the history of the idea of sovereignty, the authority of a state to govern itself and the relationship between the sovereign and the people on BBC Radio Program "In Our Time."

Melissa Lane on Guarding Against Elitism
June 27, 2016

Melissa Lane, Class of 1943 Professor of Politics, provides insights to the question, "What can democracies do to guard against demagoguery?"

Athena in Action: Networking and Mentoring Workshop for Graduate Women in Philosophy
June 20, 2016
Following the success of the inaugural workshop in 2014, the second workshop took place at Princeton August 16-19. It brought together 12 faculty mentors and 35 graduate student women in philosophy, drawn from a range of schools, PhD program stages, and areas of interest.
Jan-Werner Mueller is chosen as keynote speaker at the Civic Education Conference in Hammamet, Tunisia.
May 13, 2016

The May 13‚ 2016 conference is sponsored by the Goethe Institute and the Union des Tunisiens Indépendants pour la Liberté and aims to enhance the development of civil society and civic education in the region. 

Politics graduate student, Joan Ricart–Huguet reports on the first year of a project he is working on with Profesor Betsy Levy–Paluck which is supported by a UCHV faculty research grant.
May 10, 2016


When the Sorting Hat Does Not Sort: A Natural Experiment on Culture

The University Center for Human Values provides funding to support Princeton faculty doing work in subjects relating to…

Ted Lechterman‚ politics graduate student and former UCHV Graduate Prize Fellow‚ received an award for best paper at the 2015 NPSA conference.
May 5, 2016

Research for Lechterman’s paper was partially funded by the Political Philosophy Research and Travel Grant.

Lechterman’s paper‚ “Donations and Democracy‚” was selected for the McWilliams Best Graduate Student Paper in Political Theory award.

Professor Amy Gutmann Freshman Seminar in Human Values profiled on University website.
April 26, 2016

Capitalism, Utopia‚ and Social Justice‚” taught by Marc Fleurbaey – jointly appointed with UCHV and WWS – introduces students to a variety of readings, mainly in philosophy and economics, to develop opinions and questions about the basic…

The co-winners of the UCHV Short Movie Prize 2016 are Chanyoung Park, Roxana Turcanu and Cezar Mocan for “Même” and Emma Michalak for "But for the Grace”.
April 25, 2016

Ben Goodman and Simon Gulergun's Untitled received Honorable Mention.


Congratulations to all of the winners! For more information about the Short Movie Prize and the list of previous winners click here.


Another VPL student – alum Yung In Chae′15 – is awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
March 25, 2016

Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full–time postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge. For more information, click here.

Harvard University’s Tommie Shelby discusses injustice‚ punishment and condemnation at the Center′s February PEPA talk.
March 17, 2016

The Program in Ethics and Public Affairs welcomed Professor Tommie Shelby (Harvard) to discuss a chapter from his forthcoming book, .

By Amy Hondo, Ph.D. candidate
Program in Political Philosophy

The Program in Ethics and Public Affairs welcomed Professor Tommie Shelby (Harvard)…

Are we under an obligation to do as the law tells us to?
Feb. 25, 2016

Politics graduate student Benjamin Hofmann recounts this and other questions NYU Professor Samuel Scheffler addressed in the James A. Moffett ’29 Lectures in Ethics.

Are we under an obligation to do as the law tells us to? What about bad or unjust laws? Or just law…

The February issue of “Klēsis‚” the French philosophy journal‚ is devoted to Peter Singer.
Feb. 11, 2016

Klēsis’ special issue on Peter Singer has contributions from individuals such as Charles Camosy and Lori Gruen to Peter Singer himself.

Stephen Macedo delivered the Fourth Annual Lester Kissel Lecture in Ethics at Harvard’s Safra Center for Ethics.
Feb. 5, 2016

The lecture titled‚“No Slippery Slopes: Same–Sex Couples‚ Monogamy‚ and the Future of Marriage” was held on February 11.

Susan Brison, 2016-17 Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching to teach undergraduate seminar on freedom of speech in spring 2017
Jan. 19, 2016
Susan Brison, the Eunice and Julian Cohen Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values and Professor of Philosophy at Dartmouth College will teach CHV 411/PHI 411, Free Speech in the Age of the Internet, in the spring 2017 at Princeton.