Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Jan-Werner Mueller will deliver the Wiktor Osiatyński Memorial Lecture in Warsaw on May 16th.

Saturday, May 5, 2018
"What Plato started to say is, we have to go back to the basics of what is a society for, what is a good and flourishing society."
Thursday, May 3, 2018
UCHV announces its selection of Graduate Prize Fellows for the 2018-2019 year.
Thursday, May 3, 2018
by Julie Clack

Murray Smith is a professor of film and co-director of the Aesthetics Research Centre at the University of Kent, and until recently, was president of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image.

Friday, Apr 27, 2018

Director Lane talks about eight political ideas discussed in her book, "The Birth of Politics."

You can listen to the show here.

Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018

On Wednesday, April 25th, Jan-Werner Mueller will give a CEHV Distinguished Lecture in Ethics titled “What is Populism?  Politics in the Age of Trump.” 

More information at:

Monday, Apr 23, 2018

Advisory Council member Debra Satz, the Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society, Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities and Arts, and Honors Program Advisor (McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society) at Stanford University, was honored by the...

Sunday, Apr 22, 2018

Inés Valdez is an assistant professor of political science at Ohio State University. Her work examines the problem of racial, gender, and religious difference in political theory, with a particular focus on the theorization of migration and cosmopolitanism. 

Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018
Johann Frick has been awarded the Richard Stockton Bicentennial Preceptorship, Ferris Thompson Foundation, for a term of three years from July 1 2018 – June 30, 2021.
Thursday, Apr 12, 2018

Tanner Lectures on Human Values on Human Values with Raj Chetty:

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2018

Jan-Werner Mueller will give an Amicus Curiae lecture in Marshall University’s series on Constitutional Democracy on April 16th.  The title of Mueller’s talk is “What is Populism?”

Monday, Apr 9, 2018

Lori Gruen is the William Griffin Professor of Philosophy at Wesleyan University. She is also a professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and coordinator of Wesleyan Animal Studies. This semester, Gruen is at the UCHV as the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching.

Friday, Mar 30, 2018
The University Center welcomes the following Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellows and Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professors for Distinguished Teaching for the 2018-19 academic year.
Monday, Mar 19, 2018
by Femke de Ruyter

In the March 19 The New York Times’ “The Upshot” section, the article “Sons of Rich Black Families Fare No Better Than Sons of Working-Class Whites” featuring Raj Chetty’s Equality of...

Tuesday, Mar 6, 2018

In Jan-Werner Mueller's commentary, The People Versus Democracy, Mueller urges people to focus on the structural causes of Populist's success (Italy, Brexit, Trump) rather than the irrationality of the people...

Friday, Feb 23, 2018

Amy Sepinwall is an associate professor in the Department of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She has two main research streams, one interrogating the notion of corporate constitutional rights and the other calling for an expansion of the conceptions of responsibility standardly advanced in...

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018
by Femke de Ruyter
Three students pursuing a Values and Public Life (VPL) undergraduate certificate are among the ten selected to the 2018 cohort of the Woodrow Wilson School’s Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI).
Thursday, Feb 15, 2018

Mueller's article, "Is the world getting better or worse?" in the Financial Times examines claims made in Enlightenment Now: the book written by Harvard psychologist, Steven Pinker, that defends scientific rationality and liberal humanism.

Wednesday, Feb 7, 2018

The Dean Eva Gossman Seminar in Human Values explores questions such as: "Does citizenship determine human rights?" and "Why has sanctuary become a key term in current debates about immigration?"

Marmon created her course in response to the anti-immigrant rhetoric of the 2016 presidential election and changing U.S. policies toward...

Monday, Feb 5, 2018
Jan-Werner Mueller, Executive Committee Member and Founding Director of the UCHV-based Project in the History of Political Thought, participated in the World Economic Forum in Davos this past week.
Thursday, Feb 1, 2018
by Julie Clack

Andrew Schroeder is an associate professor of philosophy at Claremont McKenna College and a Laurance S. Rockefeller (LSR) Visiting Faculty Fellow. His research and teaching cover a range of issues in ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of science, with a special focus on problems that lie at their intersection. 

Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018
Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values, wrote a letter in response to the op-ed “America’s Deep Poverty Problem.” The op-ed was written by Angus Deaton, professor of economics and international affairs emeritus at Princeton University.  
Thursday, Jan 25, 2018
by Julie Clack

Shaun Nichols is a professor of philosophy at the University of Arizona and a Laurance S. Rockefeller (LSR) Visiting Faculty Fellow. His research focuses on the psychological underpinnings of ordinary thinking about philosophical issues. 

This year, Nichols is working on a book titled “Rational Rules,” which explores how statistical...

Friday, Jan 19, 2018

Lane delivers first of six Carlyle Lectures at the University of Oxford.

Class of 1943 Professor of Politics, Melissa Lane, is lecturing on “Constitutions before Constitutionalism: Classical Greek Ideas of Office and Rule.”

On January 16th, Lane gave the first lecture titled “Office and Anarchy.”

Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

Philip Pettit, Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor in the Center for Human Values at Princeton and Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the ANU, Canberra, published an OpEd in The Irish Times, which has also been cross-posted on ...

Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

Jan-Werner Mueller’s lecture “After Populism” addresses the question of how best to understand populism and also what structural changes in modern democracies might facilitate its emergence. 

Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018

Read Professor Mueller's article, "Can Movement Politics Renew European Democracy?" in "Project Syndicate, The World's Opinion Page" here.

Monday, Dec 11, 2017

Over fall break, students enrolled in “Poisonous Flowers: Radical Women in Latin America” took a trip to Los Angeles to view the art show, “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1975.”

Monday, Dec 11, 2017

Over fall break, students enrolled in “Poisonous Flowers: Radical Women in Latin America” took a trip to Los Angeles to view the art show, “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1975.”

Thursday, Dec 7, 2017

As the statesman Edmund Burke put it, “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”

Monday, Nov 20, 2017
Princeton University is proud to announce that Andrew Chignell will join the faculty on January 1, 2018, as a Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor, teaching in Religion and Philosophy, and directing a Project in Philosophy and Religion in the University Center for Human Values.
Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017
A recent two-day workshop convened by Jan-Werner Mueller, professor of politics at Princeton University, and Silvia von Steinsdorff, professor of social sciences at Humboldt University, offered faculty and graduate students the opportunity to develop a clearer conceptual understanding of authoritarian constitutionalism.
Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017

On November 8th at 6 pm, journalist Katherine Boo will talk about lessons learned in 25 years of investigating injustice in dis-empowered communities in the second annual Distinguished Teaching Lecture in Service and Civic Engagement.

Monday, Oct 23, 2017

This week Professor Lane is giving Wesleyan’s annual Philip Hallie Lecture (previously given by Pulitzer Prize winner Saul Friedlander and others).

Next week Lane is giving two other named lectures:

Monday, Oct 16, 2017
His two lectures, “Designing for Democracy: Architecture, Public Space, and the Ideal of Collective Self-Determination,” will take place November 15th and 16th.
Monday, Oct 16, 2017
by Julie Clack

John A. Hall is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching. Hall comes to the University Center for Human Values (UCHV) from McGill University in Montreal, where he is the James McGill Professor of Comparative Historical Sociology.

Friday, Sep 29, 2017
by Julie Clack
Stephanie Beardman is a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow who specializes in metaethics and moral psychology. She sat down with UCHV to share more about her work and experiences as a scholar.
Thursday, Sep 28, 2017
The September 25 Climate Futures Initiative panel discussion, Theorizing Tipping Points in the Context of Climate Change, was featured in The Daily Princetonian.
Friday, Sep 15, 2017
Just released: highlights of our past year at the Center.
Thursday, Sep 7, 2017

The Einstein Ethics Group in Berlin, led by Professor R. Jay Wallace (Berkeley) will be holding a two-day workshop on Professor Johann Frick's work in Berlin, October 6-7. The title of the workshop is "Contractualism, Risk, and Population Ethics".