The Witherspoon Institute

Upcoming Events

  • First Principles

    Princeton UniversityA seminar for advanced undergraduate and graduate studentsJuly 15–27, 2018
  • Church and State

    Princeton Theological SeminaryA seminar for early career faculty, post-docs, and those at the ABD levelJuly 22–28, 2018
  • Moral Foundations of Law

    Princeton Theological SeminaryA seminar for law students, specifically, rising 2L and 3L JD candidates as well as LLM and JSD candidates. International applicants with undergraduate degrees in law are also welcome to apply.July 29–August 4, 2018
  • Thomistic Seminar

    Princeton Theological SeminaryA seminar for graduate studentsAugust 5–11, 2018




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Dr. Ana Samuel Discusses Sex, Gender, and Identity

Ana Samuel, Research Scholar of the Witherspoon Institute and Academic Director of CanaVox, discusses Sex, Gender, and Identity. Watch the video now

This 38-minute video is a crash course for people with little time but a lot of interest in better understanding the science and ethical questions behind our gender debates.

The presentation can be watched in segments. Part 1 (14 mins) distinguishes between sex and gender and explains the biology, psychology and social construction of gender. Part 2 (min 14-24) reflects upon the main deviations from the normal cases: inter-sex individuals, transgender individuals, and the special case of children questioning their gender, and offers advice on how to approach these cases. In part 3 (min 24-38), Dr. Samuel discusses gender roles and stereotypes, where she flags some of the extreme positions and encourages a middle-of-the road approach.

All in all, this presentation aims to inspire mothers and fathers, teachers, principals, counselors, advocates, public policy thinkers, and spiritual leaders, and to provide a good foundation to think through modern gender debates with level-headed serenity and courage. We hope you take some time to view this very important presentation, and that you will share it with others who are interested in learning more about this topic.


Matthew J. Franck on the Supreme Court’s Recent Term

On Saturday, September 1, Matthew J. Franck, Director of the Witherspoon Institute’s Simon Center, will participate in a roundtable discussion at the 2018 meeting of the American Political Science Association in Boston. The specific location will be forthcoming in early August and may be found in the online program schedule for the conference.