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Last modified: Thursday, March 5, 2009

Peter Singer -- among "Time" magazine's 100 Most Influential -- at IUPUI on March 10

March 5, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS -- Peter Singer, well-known ethicist and author of the new book The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty, will give a public lecture March 10 at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Singer will speak at 7:30 p.m. at the IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will explore ethical arguments and case studies of charitable giving to assert that current responses to world poverty are insufficient and ethically indefensible.

Named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, Singer is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics and a faculty member of the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University.

Singer's many published works include Animal Liberation: A New Ethics for our Treatment of Animals, Practical Ethics and One World: Ethics and Globalization. His ideas are the subject of the book Singer Under Fire, which gives a platform to his critics and includes his own responses.

In The Life You Can Save, Singer uses ethical arguments, provocative thought experiments, illuminating examples, and case studies of charitable giving to show that our current response to world poverty is not only insufficient but ethically indefensible.

Singer contends that people in privileged parts of the world need to change their views of what is involved in living an ethical life. He offers a seven-point plan that mixes personal philanthropy, local activism and political awareness to do the most good for the world's poorest people.

His IUPUI appearance is presented by the Baker-Ort Chair in International Healthcare Philanthropy at the Center on Philanthropy and the Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the IUPUI Student Activities Board, and the IUPUI 40th Anniversary Speaker's Fund.