Public Lectures

This fall semester, Princeton Public Lectures is offering both in-person and virtual participation to ensure that events are accessible to all who would like to attend. Please note, all events are free and open to the public.

To attend in-person events, please follow current University Guidelines. Most events take place in McCosh 50, unless otherwise listed.

If you are unable to attend in-person, you may participate virtually by either registering for the event via Zoom webinar, or by watching the event live via our Live Stream feed to Media Central. Closed captioning is provided for viewers participating via Zoom or Media Central.

Please see individual event listings for specific details on how to register.

Upcoming Lectures

Alexandra Horowitz
Apr 12, 2023, 6:00 pm

Alexandra Horowitz heads the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College, where she also teaches seminars in canine cognition, creative nonfiction writing, and audio storytelling. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know and four other books, most recently …

Past Lectures


Siddhartha Mukherjee
Dec 14, 2022, 5:00 pm

The Song of the Cell

Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
Martha Nussbaum
Dec 8, 2022, 5:00 pm

Justice for Animals

McCosh Hall 50
Professor Lee R. Berger
Dec 2, 2022, 4:30 pm

The Future of Exploration and a New Discovery in Human Evolution

219 Aaron Burr Hall
Fintan O'Toole
Nov 10, 2022, 4:30 pm

Tanner Lectures on Human Values | Lecture II: Negative Capability

Friend Center, Lecture Hall 101
Fintan O'Toole
Nov 9, 2022, 4:30 pm

Tanner Lectures on Human Values | Lecture I: Against Artfulness

Friend Center, Lecture Hall 101
Rebecca Solnit
Nov 8, 2022, 5:00 pm

The Story Crisis: Climate Chaos as Narrative Emergency

McCosh Hall 50