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.  

Gifts to the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions help fund our endowment, which is called the Poynter Citizenship Fund. The interest from our endowment funds special programs and projects as well as some administrative costs. Your contribution helps provide a stronger financial basis for the future.

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Other Events of Ethical Interest on Campus

* Poynter Center co-sponsored activity.

** Poynter Center hosted activity.


Dishonesty in the Military: Public Talk and Faculty Seminar
Featuring Leonard Wong, Army Officer, researcher, and author of Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession. Details on public talk under Public Programs > Other Programs. Please contact for more details on the faculty seminar.

Now Accepting Applications: Jesse Fine Course Development Fellowship
Faculty and grad students eligible with Departmental approval. More details under Scholarly Activity > Jesse Fine Fellowship.

Poynter to Welcome Two IU Alumni 11/9
More details under Public Programs > Other Programs.

IU Ethics Bowl Team Demo 10/24
The Ethics Bowl Team will feature as part of the Monroe County United Ministries Building Bridges Civility Symposium. The event is free and open to the public. Learn about the team under student programs.

Now accepting applications for Poynter Center Fellowships
Applications for this visiting, non-stipendiary position for faculty are accepted on a rolling basis.


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