World-renowned Philosopher and Bioethics Authority Visits RIT, Oct. 3

University of Melbourne professor laureate will discuss sustainability

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Peter Singer, author of Animal Liberation, will visit Rochester Institute of Technology next month to discuss “A Better, More Sustainable World.” The lecture—free and open to the public—will be held in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences auditorium at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3. The one-hour lecture will be followed by a 30-minute Q-and-A session.

Australian born Singer is recognized worldwide for his controversial consideration of philosophical topics regarding poverty, environmental ethics, sustainability and globalization. His many writings and lectures involve practical application of ethics that pertain to everyday life as well as the future of science and technology. His books include Practical Ethics, A Darwinian Left: Politics, Evolution and Cooperation, Writings on an Ethical Life and Rethinking Life and Death. Singer’s writings cover topics such as poverty, abortion, genetic engineering, euthanasia, and collateral damage on the battlefield. He contributes monthly to Project Syndicate, an association of newspapers around the world.

Time magazine named Singer one of the top 100 most influential people alive in 2005. His 1975 book Animal Liberation is highly regarded as influential in the formation of the animal rights movement. He is Laureate Professor at the Center of Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. He is also the Ira W. De Camp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University’s Center for Human Values and founding president of the International Association of Bioethics.

The lecture is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts Honors Program; Wade Robison, Ezra A. Hale Chair in Applied Ethics; Mary Lynn Broe, Caroline Werner Gannett Chair; Golisano Institute for Sustainability; Office of the President; Department of Philosophy; and student organization, RIT Skeptics.

For further information, contact Larry Torcello at (585) 475-6346.