Ethics at Indiana - The Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics in Indiana  

Center marks 40th anniversary with symposium on international human rights

The Poynter Center marked its 40th anniversary with a multidisciplinary symposium titled "Humanitarianism and Human Rights in the 21st Century." The gathering Oct. 10 to 12 at the Bloomington campus's Indiana Memorial Union featured panels and presentations on such topics as international rights considerations in religion, education, philanthropy and global development.  Full Story

The Poynter Center celebrates its 40th anniversary

Poynter building in fall

In 1972, IU alumnus Nelson Poynter had a seminal conversation with Chancellor Herman B Wells. Chairman of the board of the Times Publishing Co. and publisher of the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly, Poynter was concerned about declining trust in public institutions. His concern inspired the creation of the Poynter Center to study ethics and American institutions.

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Ethics Bowl team competes in regional

Members of IU's 2012 Ethics Bowl team

Is gay conversion therapy discriminatory or valid? Does student loan forgiveness unjustly privilege college students over other members of society? Does the artistic merit of some graffiti justify lifting the legal penalties against it? These were among the questions the IU Ethics Bowl Team had to answer at the Central States Regional Ethics Bowl Competition.

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Richard Miller honored as Provost Professor and Sonneborn Lecturer for 2012

Lauren Robel and Richard B. Miller

Richard Miller was honored Oct. 29 by the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs. Miller was one of three faculty honored as Provost Professors in 2012. He also received the Tracy M. Sonneborn Award, which is named for the late IU biologist and honors a faculty member for excellence in teaching and research.

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The Poynter Center welcomes its first two non-stipendiary fellows

Sean McCloud

This fall, the Poynter Center welcomes two non-stipendiary fellows: Sean McCloud, an IU alumnus who now teaches in the religious studies department at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte; and Beth Dixon, a professor of philosophy at State University of New York-Plattsburgh.

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Poynter Center Roundtables

Susan Gubar

The Poynter Center hosted two roundtables this fall. The first featured Susan Gubar talking about her book "Memoir of a Debulked Woman: Enduring Ovarian Cancer." In the second, John Bodnar presented on his book "The 'Good War' in American Memory."

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Healthcare Ethics Seminars

Michael Stefanek

The Poynter Center Healthcare Ethics Seminar series brings together scholars, medical professionals, students and members of the public to discuss moral issues in health and healthcare. This year's presentations included in-depth issues both at the micro-level of patient-provider interaction and the macro-level of public health and healthcare access.

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Werner Herzog at the Poynter Center

Werner Herzog

German filmmaker Werner Herzog met with faculty at the Poynter Center on Sept. 13. Herzog has directed more than 50 films since 1962.

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