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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For more information about giving, or to learn about specific projects that need additional funding, contact Emma Young, Poynter Center, 618 East Third Street, Bloomington, IN 47405, 812-855-0261.



2014 Ethics Bowl Teams!

This year the Poynter Center is sponsoring not one but two IU Undergraduate Ethics Bowl teams. MORE...

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.

Welcoming New Staff

The Poynter Center welcomes Emma Young as full-time Program and Office Manager, and Assistant Ethics Bowl Coach. Emma has served the Center in an assisting role for three years, and was a member of the Ethics Bowl Team 2005-2008. We also welcome Joe Bartzel as the new Head Ethics Bowl Coach. Joe is a pursuing a doctorate in the Department of Religious Studies, with a focus on how modern movements construct Christian history to stake moral claims.

Partnership with IU Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society

The Poynter Center is partnering with the new IU CSRES to present a public Religion and Ethics Roundtable on the Affordable Care Act. MORE...

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.


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