The Poynter Center is an endowed ethics research center at Indiana University Bloomington. The Poynter Center is dedicated to studying a broad range of ethical issues in American public life. Interdisciplinary in aim, the center uses the full resources of Indiana University to initiate research and teaching across traditional academic boundaries.

The Poynter Center directs it attention to the entire spectrum of American political and social institutions, drawing on the full resources of the university to carry out its work. The center's projects take a normative perspective. In recent years, the Poynter Center has focused on bioethics, religion, political ethics, research ethics, professional ethics, and technology.

The center was established in 1972 with funding from the late Nelson Poynter. An alumnus of Indiana University, Mr. Poynter was the chairman of the board of the Times Publishing Company, which publishes the St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly.  

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Center Announces Fall Speakers

See Healthcare Ethics Seminars and Poynter Center Roundtables under "Public Programs" for lists of upcoming speakers!

David Smith Named Interim Director

As of July 1st, the Poynter Center moves into the Media School. The Center was previously under the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

David Smith has been appointed as Interim Director. He will build on the existing strengths of the Center while creating a vital role for ethics in the Media School. MORE...

Thanking Glenda Murray for 12 Years of Service

Longtime Program Associate retired on May 31st. Read about her many contributions to the Center in our Spring Newsletter.

New Review of Ken Pimple's Book on Pervasive Technologies

Ermerging Pervasive Information and Communication Technologies (PICT): Ethical Challenges, Opportunities and Safeguards, which came out earlier this year, has been favorably reviewed in the Journal of Philosophy, Science, and Law. MORE about the PICT project.

Poynter Research Assistant Cheryl Cottine Joins Faculty of Oberlin College

Congratulations to Research Assistant Cheryl Cottine on successfully defending her dissertation and accepting a permanent position on the faculty of Oberlin College! She shared some of her work on "Role Ethics and Confucianism" at a Roundtable on April 29th. MORE...

The Poynter Center Presents Sarah Banks

Sarah Banks, a social work researcher and practitioner from the University of Durham, UK, spoke to an audience of professionals, scholars, and students on April 23rd on ethics, professionalism, and social work. MORE...

2014-15 Jesse Fine Fellows Announced

The Poynter Center is pleased to award five fellowships to IU instructors to support course development in ethics. Jesse Fine Fellowship.

2015 Poynter Center Fellow Announced

Jeff Fry, Professor of Philosophy at Ball State, will work on two projects involving philosophy and sport in Spring 2015. Poynter Center Fellowship.

Ken Pimple on Promoting Research Integrity

The Poynter Center sponsored a one-day workshop on Promoting Research Integrity led by Ken Pimple at the Annual Meeting of APPE in Jacksonville, FL on February 27.


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