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Last modified: Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Seminars on ethics scheduled at IU's Poynter Center

Five different topics in ethics will be discussed in an upcoming series of seminars sponsored by the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions at Indiana University Bloomington.

The seminar series will celebrate David Smith's 21 years as center director. Smith, also a religious studies professor at IUB, is retiring in June.

Programs at noon will deal with "Issues in Research Ethics" on May 5, "Journalists' Ethics in a Time of War" on May 6, "The Role of Religion in Contemporary American Politics" on May 7 and "Direct Marketing of Genetic Tests" on May 8. The final presentation, on May 8 at 4 p.m., will involve comments by Smith on his pending book Professional Testimonies that explores religion and care for the dying.

The programs are open to the campus and local community without charge, but registration is required by May 1 because the noon events include lunch. Registration details are available by contacting the Poynter Center, 618 E. Third St., at 812-855-0261 or

Discussion leaders for each of the seminars will be IU faculty members who have worked with the Poynter Center and Smith over the years.

The center was established in 1972 by Nelson Poynter, an IU alumnus who was chairman of the board of the Times Publishing Co., which publishes the St. Petersburg Times in Florida and Congressional Quarterly.