University of Pennsylvania President Gutmann to speak about leadership - UPDATED

April 14, 2010, 12:30 p.m.

The location of this event has changed from McCosh Hall, Room 50.

Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania and former Princeton provost, will present a lecture titled "Leading Universities in the 21st Century: Chances and Challenges" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in Thomas Laboratory, Room 3, on the Princeton University campus. The event is free and open to the public. 

The event is the James A. Moffett '29 Lecture in Ethics and marks the 20th anniversary of Princeton's University Center for Human Values. Gutmann was the center's founding director.

"It will be an honor to welcome Amy Gutmann back to the University to deliver the Moffett Lecture in Ethics and a pleasure to salute her role as founder of the University Center for Human Values," said Charles Beitz, the center's current director. "In the 20 years since its founding, the center has emerged as the country's leading interdisciplinary center for the study of human values in public and private life. This would be hard to imagine without Amy's vision and energetic leadership."

Before assuming the presidency of the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, Gutmann served as Princeton's provost beginning in 2001 and a faculty member at the University beginning in 1976. She is a prominent political philosopher, having written widely on democratic theory, ethics in public policy, education and many other subjects. Among many other public service positions, she has served since 2009 as chair of President Barack Obama's Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

Established in 1990 through the support of Laurance S. Rockefeller, a 1932 Princeton graduate, the University Center for Human Values fosters ongoing inquiry into important ethical issues in private and public life, and supports teaching, research and discussion of ethics and human values throughout the curriculum and across disciplines.