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Wednesday, 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.

Wednesday, 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?

Friday, Feb 21, 2020
by Julie Clack

Professor Richard Tuck delivered the 2019-20 Tanner Lectures on Human Values at Princeton University on Wednesday, November 6 and Thursday, November 7.

Thursday, Feb 13, 2020

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

Thursday, 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.

Thursday, 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.

Tuesday, 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.

Monday, Jan 13, 2020

The essay, “Technology Alone Can’t Fix Algorithmic Injustice”, was co-authored with Princeton doctoral students Elena Di Rosa (Philosophy) and Hochan “Sonny” Kim (Politics).

Monday, 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?"

Thursday, 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.

Thursday, 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. 

Thursday, 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...

Thursday, 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.

Thursday, 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...

Thursday, Oct 31, 2019

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

Thursday, 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)...

Tuesday, 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

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019
by Erika Kiss

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

-Emily Dickinson

Tuesday, Sep 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.

Thursday, 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.

Thursday, 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...

Tuesday, Jul 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"

Friday, 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...

Monday, May 6, 2019
by Julie Clack
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.”
Tuesday, Apr 23, 2019

Sally A. Nuamah, Assistant Professor at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy, was named a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellow.

Monday, Apr 22, 2019
by Julie Clack

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.

Friday, Apr 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.

Monday, Apr 8, 2019
Director of the University Center for Human Values, Melissa Lane, will moderate a conversation between Princeton's Artist-in-Residence, Gustavo Dudamel, and one of Ireland's leading public intellectuals, Fintan O'Toole.
Monday, Apr 8, 2019
Fellows devote an academic year in residence at Princeton to research and write about topics involving human values in public and private life.
Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019

On Friday, April 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Harvard University's Safra Center for Ethics will host a workshop on Professor Johann Frick's work on "Risk, Luck, and Future People." Commentators from MIT and Harvard will respond to five of Frick's papers on the topic. 

Monday, Mar 11, 2019
Professor of Political Theory and Nuffield Chair of Political Theory at the University of Oxford, Cécile Laborde, will deliver the James A. Moffett '29 Lectures in Ethics in Computer Science, Lecture Hall 104 at four-thirty in the afternoon.
Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019
The aim of the course is to make foundational concepts and theories in ethics and political philosophy accessible to students from a wide range of academic research backgrounds.
Tuesday, Mar 5, 2019
"...when did humans first start using ethical talk? and how did this arise? Philip Pettit has a story, a useful story he says, even if it is not true..."
Tuesday, Mar 5, 2019
There are personalists and there are populists. Brexit is a disaster for the former.
Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019
Princeton classics graduate student interviews Melissa Lane.
Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019

Nelson Tebbe, Richard Schragger and Micah Schwartzman write about a case that the Supreme Court will hear tomorrow regarding a 40-foot peace cross in Bladensburg, MD in "The Washington Post."

Friday, Feb 22, 2019

Last weekend, Values and Public Life students gathered for a group lunch at Cargot followed by a trip to McCarter Theatre to see “The Niceties...

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019
Macedo will give the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy (CEACOP) Annual Lecture 2019 in Hong Kong.
Monday, Feb 11, 2019
Professor McConnell, a former federal judge who now teaches at Stanford Law School, delivered his lectures on November 28 and 29, 2018, and he titled them "The President Who Would Not Be King."
Monday, Feb 4, 2019

Jan-Werner Mueller has published an edited volume revisiting Isaiah Berlin’s liberalism (more info here:  https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9789811327926).  Former LSR fellow Joshua Cherniss contributed a chapter comparing Berlin’s political thought with that of Reinhold Niebuhr.  The...

Monday, Jan 28, 2019

The website "Five Books" consulted UCHV Director Melissa Lane, an expert on ancient Greek thought, on the best books on Plato. Read Professor Lane's choices and explanations here

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019

A "semi-Brexit does not mean breaking up the UK," says Scheppele. "Rather the reverse: semi-Brexit may be the only way to hold the UK together." Scheppele proposes that Scotland and Northern Ireland remain in the EU, while permitting England and Wales to exit - and discusses how this would be possible.

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019
This academic year, the jury will consider digital videos that bear in any way on the theme of "Hope & Despair.
Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019

In his recent op-ed, "Too Much Gratitude?", Peter Singer, comments on Michael Bloomberg's recent gift of $1.8 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins, in gratitude for the opportunities his education (and scholarship) made possible.

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