Values and Public Life (VPL) senior‚ Ella Cheng‚ is one of three Princeton University students awarded the Schwartzman scholarship.
Jan. 11, 2016

Cheng will pursue a one–year Master’s program in Tsinghua University in Beijing next year.  

Full story here.

LSR Visiting Facutly Fellow‚ Luc Bovens‚ discusses child euthanasia at an Ira W. DeCamp Bioethics Seminar.
Dec. 18, 2015

UCHV Graduate Prize Fellow‚ Madison Kilbride‚ recounts the event.

Child Euthanasia: Shall we Just Not Talk About It?
Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow, Professor Luc Bovens gave a talk at an…

Results are in: Peter Singer’s "Giving Game."
Dec. 18, 2015

Once again this year, I ran the “Giving Game” in my Practical Ethics course. The course discusses, among other topics, the ideas that lie behind the emerging Effective Altruism movement. Effective altruists seek to make the world a better place and to use their resources as effectively as…

Harold T. Shapiro Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bioethics‚ Monique Wonderly‚ reports on Gary Varner’s DeCamp Seminar.
Dec. 15, 2015

Personhood, Ethics, and Cognition

            Gary Varner, professor at Texas A&M University and author of

Peter Singer on Honoring Flawed Historical Figures.
Dec. 15, 2015

On Monday December 7, Peter Singer’s Practical Ethics class deviated from its pre-arranged schedule to discuss an ethical question that has been hotly debated among the Princeton community: should the university remove the name of Woodrow Wilson from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International…

Students in the Values and Public Life certificate program contemplate the merits of a J.D. in their careers.
Dec. 3, 2015

For undergraduates ‘on the fence’ about law school‚ VPL student‚ Ya Sheng Lin ′17‚ says learning from those who’ve followed that course‚ is helpful.

Reflections on VPL Law School Panel

By Ya Sheng Lin‚ Class of 2017‚ Values and Public Life and Italian Language and Culture

Graduate Prize Fellow‚ Adam Lerner‚ recounts Larissa MacFarquhar’s talk on ‘do–gooders’.
Nov. 25, 2015

View talk here.

There are people who do good, and then there are what Larissa MacFarquhar calls "do-gooders". Larissa MacFarquhar of The New Yorker has…

Philadelphia’s news website,‚ profiled UCHV’s Film Forum‚ which is directed by Erika Kiss.
Nov. 23, 2015

The post specifically discusses Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu’s Where Now Are the Dreams of Youth?‚ which played at the Princeton Garden and was accompanied by live music.

Johann Frick (UCHV and Philosophy) received the Carrier Prize for his dissertation at Harvard University.
Nov. 19, 2015

" 'Making People Happy, Not Making Happy People’: A Defense of the Asymmetry Intuition in Population Ethics' ” (November 2014) earned him the Emily and Charles Carrier Prize which recognizes a dissertation on a subject in social, political,…

Values and Public Policy postdoc, Minh Ly, writes on last month’s PEPA seminar with Alexander Gourevitch from Brown.
Nov. 18, 2015


“Justice By Other Means: When Striking Workers Coerce Other Workers”

Professor Alex Gourevitch, a political theorist at Brown University and author of “From Slavery to the…

“A Conversation About Altruism: Matthieu Ricard and Peter Singer” video and story now available.
Oct. 26, 2015

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Home to Professor Peter Singer, Princeton has a special connection to effective altruism, a global…

Politics graduate student, Suzie Kim, writes about this month’s Political Philosophy Colloquium with Mark Bevir.
Oct. 23, 2015

Mark Bevir, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for British Studies at UC Berkeley, gave a talk entitled, “Historicism and Critique” at the Political Philosophy Colloquium on October 8th, which focused on his research on the method of “radical historicism” in the philosophy of social…

Jan-Werner Mueller delivers the inaugural Jos de Beus lecture for the Amsterdam Centre of Political Thought.
Oct. 19, 2015

In memory of Jos de Beus, a passionate public debater and a beloved professor of Political Theory at the Unviersity of Amsterdam, the Amserdam Centre established the annual Jos de Beus Lecture Series.

The goal of the lecture series is to bring to Amsterdam renowned international experts to address today’s big questions, including …

Congratulations to UCHV Faculty Associate Angus Deaton, the 2015 Nobel Laureate in Economics.
Oct. 12, 2015


Angus Deaton, Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Economics, and UCHV Faculty Associate awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Economics. 

Philip Pettit will give the John Locke Lectures at Oxford in 2019.
Oct. 7, 2015

 The John Locke Lectures are among the world's most distinguished lecture series in philosophy.

Kim Lane Scheppele reports on the migrant crisis on the Europe Edition of Politico.
Sept. 18, 2015

In “Orbán′s police state‚” Scheppele discusses the possibility of the Hungarian government to declare a “state of migration emergency” and the scary implications this would have on both migrants and Hungarian citizens.

VPL student, Benjamin Taub ’14, wrote The New Yorker’s June cover story, “Journey to Jihad.”
Aug. 24, 2015

Having graduated this past May, Taub’s thesis project from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism served as the basis for the article, which he helped fund using money he earned from being a contestant on ‘

The Most Good You Can Do
July 7, 2015

Peter Singer discusses the logic of "Effective Altruism" on a Boston Review Forum

Both UCHV’s Philip Pettit and Peter Singer delivered The Tanner Lectures on Human Values this past spring at Berkeley and Oxford, repectively.
June 24, 2015

Philip Pettit’s April Tanner Lectures: “The Birth of Ethics.”

Peter Singer’s June Tanner Lectures:“From Moral Neutrality to Effective Altruism: The Changing Scope and Significance of Moral Philosophy.”…

Three seniors win the 2015 University Center for Human Values Senior Thesis Prize.
June 1, 2015

Philosophy’s Elena Di Rosa, Politics’ Cameron Langford and Anthropology’s Annaliese Ionson won this year’s award. DiRosa and Langford were members of UCHV’s Program in Values and Public Life (VPL).

Jason Schwartz presented at the May 27 meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.
May 26, 2015

He spoke on a panel entitled, "Democratic Deliberation in Bioethics," where he discussed how prior U.S. national bioethics commissions have engaged in deliberative methods as part of their work and the influence of those methods on their findings and recommendations.

Archived video from the meeting will be posted at

UCHV announces 2015-16 LSR Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching, LSR Visiting Fellows, Harold T. Shapiro Postdoc in Bioethics and Values and Public Policy Postdocs
April 28, 2015
Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching

Geoffrey Sayre-McCord is the Morehead-Cain Alumni Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he has taught since 1985. He is the Director of UNC’s Philosophy, Politics, and Economics…

Princeton University Press releases Ian Morris′ book‚ “Foragers‚ Farmers‚ and Fossil Fuels‚” with an introduction written by Stephen Macedo.
April 9, 2015

This book originated from the 2012 Tanner Lectures on Human Values hosted by UCHV. 

Princeton University Press Q&A session about the book also available at:…

Jan–Werner Mueller will speak at a hearing of the Danish Parliament′s European Affairs Committee on ‘Safeguarding the Fundamental Values of the European Union’. The hearing is scheduled for March 12.
March 10, 2015

Mueller has for a number of years proposed a new institution somewhat analogous to the Council of Europe′s Venice Commission, to monitor and protect democracy and the rule of law in the EU.

Values and Public Life (VPL) senior, Cameron Langford, is one of three Princeton students to receive the Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
Feb. 13, 2015

Forty students nationally were awarded the Gates Scholarship‚ which allows students to pursue postdoctoral studies at the University of Cambridge.

VPL student awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Feb. 13, 2015


Jane Abbottsmith, a religion major and a senior in the Values and Public Life undergraduate certificate program, was recently awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. The recipients of this prestigious award have the opportunity to pursue a postgraduate degree in any…

Politics professor and director of UCHV′s History of Political Thought Project‚ Jan-Werner Müller‚ quoted in ″Time″.
Feb. 5, 2015

Professor Müller, comments in Time′s online article on the similarities of Greece to Hungary in regards to balancing the need for EU bailout versus its lack of support for strict Russian sanctions.