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…

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…

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…

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."

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.
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, …

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…

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.
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…

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.

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.

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…

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.