The Program on Public Values was created in 2007 to serve as common home for both the Greenberg Center and the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture. It featured common projects, most importantly the 2008 American Religious Identification Survey. It also took on responsibility for awarding the Moses Berkman Memorial Journalism Award. After the ISSSC closed its doors in 2019, the Program became a means for the Center to look broadly at the moral and ethical dimensions of public issues, secular as well as religious. In 2017, it made climate change a central focus of its activities, both on and off campus.
The prize honors a journalist whose work demonstrates the qualities of integrity, insight, journalistic excellence, and serious moral purpose that were the hallmarks of Moses Berkman’s journalism, political editor, columnist and editorial writer on the Hartford Times from the 1920s to the 1950s. It was established by a gift from the estate of his wife, Florence Berkman, also a longtime journalist at the Hartford Times and Hartford Courant.
The Program on Public Values sponsored a Forum on Carbon Pricing in Connecticut on April 11, 2019 in the McCook Auditorium at Trinity College. Panelists included, scholars, legislators, and journalists.
Functioned at Trinity from 2005 to 2019 and explored the impact of secularism. Its work included the landmark series for American Religious Identification Surveys, which first tracked the rise of "nones"--those whose do not identify with a religious tradition--in America.