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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Poynter Center Wins Ostrom Grant Matching Funds for Cross-Campus Collaboration

More details under Future of Professionalism.

Announcing the 2015 Jesse Fine Fellows

Four awards to support the development of ethics courses. Read more under Jesse Fine Fellowship.

Transgender Health Disparities Teaching Resource Online

A teaching module developed by the School of Public Health with support from the Jesse Fine Fellowship from the Poynter Center is now available through the School's website as well as here.

IU Ethics Bowl Team Seminfinalists in National Competition


Introducing the Spring 2015 Poynter Center Fellow: Jeffrey Fry


Spring Calendar

Updated Calendar HERE. (Original listserv post HERE.) Get more details on each on our Roundtables and Healthcare Ethics pages, under Public Programs.

Announcing Meaning and Media Fellows

The Poynter Center is sponsoring a year-long invitational faculty seminar uniting the three fields that have now joined together to form the Media School. Learn about the Faculty and Graduate Student Fellows under Research.

Learning to See Food Justice

Beth Dixon, Poynter Center Fellow in Fall 2012, has published an article based on her work during the Fellowship in the journal Agriculture and Human Values. Learn more about the Poynter Center Fellows program here.


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