Jacob Berman, Kelton Chastulik, and Jonathan Haynes named winners of the 2020 Spirit of Princeton award.
May 11, 2020

Congratulations to the following Center’s HVF and VPL students for receiving the 2020 Spirit of Princeton award:

Jacob Berman, fellow at the Human Values Forum

Kelton Chastulik, a junior in the Values and Public Life undergraduate certificate program

Jonathan Haynes, a senior in the Values and Public Life…

Op-Ed by Peter Singer and Kian Mintz-Woo links current COVID-19 pandemic with climate policy
May 11, 2020

"Put a Price on Carbon Now!", an op-ed in Project Syndicate, Peter Singer and Kian Mintz-Woo link the current COVID-19 pandemic with climate policy by suggesting that the pandemic, and the current low…

UCHV Announces 2020-21 Graduate Prize Fellows
May 6, 2020

The University Center for Human Values is pleased to announce the award of the Laurance S. Rockefeller 2020-21 Graduate Prize Fellowships to twelve advanced graduate students who are working on interdisciplinary dissertations in the area of ethics and human values. 

Min Tae Cha is a fifth-year…

Ben Taub '14, VPL Alumnus, awarded Pulitzer Prize
May 6, 2020

Congratulations to The New Yorker's Ben Taub '14 for winning a Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing for his piece “

Jan-Werner Mueller's Op-Ed "Where is the Local News about COVID-19?"
May 1, 2020

In an opinion piece in Project Syndicate, Jan-Werner Mueller questions, "Where is the Local News about COVID-19?"

Jan-Werner Mueller's Op-Ed "There is no point talking to Trump. We need to talk past him".
April 27, 2020

Jan-Werner Mueller's Op-Ed in The Guardian "There is no point talking to Trump. We need to talk past him" suggests a "parallel polis" to provide alternative leadership as we navigate the coronavirus crisis.

Simulation of the dynamics of the COVID-19 virus and the possible impact of it on social policies, built by Marc Fleurbaey, Hélène Fleurbaey and Richard Bradley
April 17, 2020

To better understand the dynamics of the virus and the impacts of policies, including a rough social welfare function assessment, click here to access the simulator. An article by Marc Fleurbaey about the simulator in Le Monde can be read…

Jan-Werner Mueller’s op-ed for Project Syndicate, "Beware Viral Enabling Acts"
April 10, 2020

Jan-Werner Mueller’s op-ed “Beware Viral Enabling Acts” about the line between government and opposition in addressing the public health crisis.

Kim Lane Scheppele interview with Vital Interests on autocratic legalism
March 18, 2020

Professor Kim Lane Scheppele interviewed about tracing autocratic legal innovations and their spread around the world in "

"The Two Dark Sides of COVID-19" A Project Syndicate Op-Ed by Peter Singer
March 2, 2020

In his recent op-ed, "The Two Dark Sides of COVID-19", Peter Singer comments on the probable source of the coronavirus.

Philip Pettit has been elected as a Corresponding Member of l’Académie des Science Morales et Politiques, in the Philosophy Section
Feb. 26, 2020

This French academy has five sections, each with 10 full members and ten corresponding members; places become vacant only with the death of an existing member. With four other academies in the arts and sciences, it constitutes l’Institut de France.

UCHV postdoc Annette Zimmermann interviewed about algorithmic fairness on science podcast "The Pulse"
Feb. 26, 2020

Can algorithms help judges make fair decisions? After all, human judges can often be biased—so should we try to use ostensibly neutral technology instead? In a recent interview with WHYY, Philadelphia's public radio…

Tanner Lectures on Human Values Recap: Richard Tuck, "Active and Passive Citizens"
Feb. 21, 2020

Professor Richard Tuck delivered the 2019-20 Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Princeton University on Wednesday, November 6 and Thursday, November 7. In his two-part lecture “Active and Passive Citizens,” Tuck defended the old view of modern democracy held by early theorists such as Jean Jacques Rousseau, who viewed universal suffrage and…

What Are Human Rights?
Feb. 13, 2020

Values and Public Life seminar explores the question, “What are human rights?”

In a U.S. presidential election year, American citizens will inevitably be inundated with rhetoric about human rights, particularly around issues such as healthcare and the condition of border detention facilities. In the fall semester…

VPL Certificate Student Avital Fried Named 2019 Marshall Scholar
Jan. 23, 2020

University Center for Human Values congratulates senior Avital Fried on receiving a Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in the UK.  Read the full story here.

Jan-Werner Mueller publishes New York Times op-ed
Jan. 23, 2020

In "Please Stop Calling Bernie Sanders a Populist," Professor Mueller argues that while the socialist from Vermont is not a threat to American democracy, the President is.

Anna Stilz receives the John H. Pace, Jr. ’39 Center for Civic Engagement’s Community Engagement Award
Jan. 14, 2020

Stilz is the director of the undergraduate certificate program in values and public life.

She is also the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values.

You can read…

Victoria McGeer quoted in BBC article
Jan. 13, 2020

Senior research scholar Victoria McGeer's 2004 essay "The Art of Good Hope" was quoted in the BBC article "Is it wrong to be hopeful about climate change?"

Jan-Werner Mueller to be one of “55 Voices for Democracy”
Jan. 9, 2020

The series “55 Voices for Democracy” is inspired by the 55 BBC radio addresses Thomas Mann delivered from his home in California to thousands of listeners in Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, and the occupied Netherlands and Czechoslovakia between October 1940 and November 1945. In his monthly…

Barbara Herman Moffett Lecture Recap: "The Challenges of Beneficence: Revising the Terms"
Dec. 19, 2019

When we think about helping others in need, the scenarios that first come to mind are likely the extreme cases we see in the news: a group of strangers forming a human chain to save a drowning person or a passerby catching a toddler falling out of a window. 

We might also feel overwhelmed by the scale of need that exists in the…

Melissa Lane publishes article in Aeon
Dec. 12, 2019

In the Aeon article "Rules or Citizens," Melissa Lane, director of the UCHV and Class of 1943 Professor of Politics, explores how Ancient Athenian and Greek practices afford us insights into how and why to maintain real accountability in public life…

10th Anniversary Edition of "The Life You Can Save" Published
Dec. 5, 2019

The 10th anniversary edition of Peter Singer's book "The Life You Can Save" was published on Giving Tuesday. You can download a free version of the book on the book's website.

Singer and musician Paul Simon, who has followed the philosophy of…

Jan-Werner Mueller’s new book wins Bavarian Book Prize
Nov. 14, 2019

Jan-Werner Mueller’s new book "Furcht und Freiheit: Fuer einen anderen Liberalismus" won the Bavarian Book Prize, which is decided by three jury members deliberating publicly in the presence of the authors. Unlike with other prizes, this procedure is intended to achieve maximum transparency. An English version of Mueller's book is forthcoming.

Kim Lane Scheppele podcast with We the People
Oct. 31, 2019

Professor Kim Lane Scheppele weighs in on the question, "Is Brexit a British Constitutional Crisis?"

Peter Singer makes the case for Global Kidney Exchange Program
Oct. 31, 2019

Professor Peter Singer is one of three bioethicists who have published an argument in The Lancet, one of the world’s leading medical journals, in favor of a Global Kidney Exchange program that matches donors and recipients across low and middle-income (LMIC)…

Philip Pettit delivers the Royal Institute of Philosophy Annual Lecture
Oct. 29, 2019

On Friday, October 25, Philip Pettit delivered the Royal Institute of Philosophy Annual Lecture in London on the topic of "My Three Selves." You can watch the lecture here

Eulogy for László Rajk
Sept. 25, 2019

Because I could not stop for Death – 
He kindly stopped for me –

-Emily Dickinson

László Rajk died on September 11, 2019, peacefully after a painful illness rapidly engulfed him. His beloved and loving wife, the renowned concert singer and professor of music, Judit Rajk, was at his side till the end. Those…

Philip Pettit awarded the 2019 APSA Benjamin E. Lippincott Award
Sept. 10, 2019

Philip Pettit, the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor in the University Center for Human Values, won the American Political Science Association's (APSA) prestigious Benjamin E. Lippincott Award for his book "Republicanism: A Theory of Freedom and Government." The award is given "in recognition of exceptional work by a living political…

Chignell's New Edited Volume on "Evil" is Now Available
Aug. 1, 2019

Andrew Chignell, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Religion and the University Center for Human Values, published a new edited volume on "Evil" in the Oxford Philosophical Concepts Series.

A complete overview of "Evil, A History" can be found here.

Former LSR Fellow, Linda McClain, to Publish Book Worked on During Time at Princeton
Aug. 1, 2019

Linda McClain, Professor of Law and Robert B. Kent Chair at Boston University School of Law and former Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University Center for Human Values, completed her book, "Who's the Bigot?: Learning from Conflicts over Marriage and Civil Rights Law," due to be published by Oxford University Press in…

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…