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Peter Singer to Provide UNESCO World Philosophy Day Lecture

September 14, 2016

KUTZTOWN, Pa. -Professor Peter Singer will deliver the UNESCO World Philosophy Day Lecture, Living for One World, in the annual lecture series celebrating the role of philosophy in promoting global cultural understanding.  The lecture will take place on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in Schaeffer Auditorium.  Singer will take questions from 7:50 - 8:15 p.m. and offer a book signing from 8:15 - 9 p.m.  All events are free and open to the public. 

Singer is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and a Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne.  

Singer's work in practical ethics has been a major force in transforming the world of philanthropy and the treatment of animals. In the first case, the image in his 1972 article of a child drowning in a shallow pond in front our eyes still haunts affluent societies. If the child can be saved without any comparable harm to us, then shouldn't we save her? His formulation of this question and answer to it gave birth to the movement called "Effective Altruism" which is now a global phenomenon aiming at the reduction of severe poverty in the world. 

In the second case, his 1975 book Animal Liberation has become a definitive classic at the center of a growing worldwide animal rights movement and has contributed significantly towards raising awareness about animal cruelty and global efforts to stop it. Singer has shaken the conscience of contemporary societies in more than one way. His presence on campus affords the opportunity for students, faculty, staff and community members to sensitize themselves about the state of global poverty and its deadly consequences for millions of children and adults every year.

For more information regarding Peter Singer's visit, please contact Laurel Delaney at or 610- 683-4230.  The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, the Association of Campus Events, the President's Strategic Initiatives Program and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.