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Monday, March 18, 2013

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American Whistleblower Tour coming to IUPUI and IU Bloomington

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Stops feature key whistleblowers on climate change, salmonella-tainted peanut butter

March 18, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Government Accountability Project will bring its American Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability to Indiana University this month, with programs March 27 at IUPUI and March 28 at IU Bloomington.

The American Whistleblower Tour is aimed at educating the public -- particularly university students -- about the phenomenon and practice of whistleblowing. The IU events, which are free and open to the public, will feature Rick Piltz, who blew the whistle on White House censorship of global warming studies, and Kenneth Kendrick, who revealed food safety problems tied to a salmonella outbreak.

"Whistleblowers have made incredible differences for citizens across the world, actions that often result in innocent people being protected from deadly products," said Dana Gold, tour director and Government Accountability Project senior fellow. "Whistleblowers should be recognized, protected and honored, and that's what our tour is all about."

The program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. March 27 in Hine Hall Auditorium. The IU Bloomington program will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. March 28 at Whittenberger Auditorium in the Indiana Memorial Union. Piltz and Kendrick will also present classroom talks to students at IU Bloomington.

"We're excited to bring GAP's Whistleblower Tour to our campus and have students hear from these brave individuals who made tough ethical decisions for the sake of public health, transparency and accountability," said Richard B. Miller, IU Provost Professor of Religious Studies and director of the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, one of the sponsors of the tour stops.

"Many of us encounter some type of organizational wrongdoing at some point in our careers," added Janet Near, Coleman Chair of Management at the Kelley School of Business, who initiated the idea of bringing the tour to IU. "The GAP tour will provide audience members a chance to hear from others about the consequences of various actions and allow us to consider how we would behave if confronted with similar situations in the workplace."

About the speakers

The IU tour stops are sponsored by GAP and by the Poynter Center, College of Arts and Sciences, Hutton Honors College, Kelley School of Business Bloomington and Indianapolis, Maurer School of Law, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Department of Political Science, Department of Communication and Culture, Wells Scholars Program, Political and Civic Engagement Program and Liberal Arts and Management Program.

About the tour

The Indiana University stops are the eighth and ninth tour stops this academic year. During 2011-12, the American Whistleblower Tour visited 13 colleges and universities. Goals of the tour include raising awareness about the vital role of whistleblowing in our democracy, preparing America's youth for ethical decision-making, countering negative connotations associated with whistleblowing, connecting prospective whistleblowers to available resources and encouraging academic studies of whistleblowing.

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