Bioethicist Peter Singer to Speak

Princeton professor Peter Singer will speak at Mount Holyoke about the impact of the world's meat-based diet on the global famine crisis on November 11 at 7:30 pm in Hooker Auditorium.

An Australian ethical and political philosopher, Singer is widely considered one of the chief intellectual forces behind the modern animal rights movement. He is the author of One World: The Ethics of Globalization and The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty, as well as several other books.

Singer is recognized as a pioneer in the field of bioethics, and he has gained international recognition for his long-term commitment to the animal liberation movement and his innovative scholarship on solutions to world poverty. In the lecture, titled "Global Poverty: What Are Our Obligations?," Singer will speak on the global disparities in food abundance, the effectiveness of aid organizations, and the impact of our heavily meat-based diet on our planet's capacity to feed the world's population.

Singer is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE), University of Melbourne. He previously served as chair of philosophy at Monash University, where he founded the Centre for Human Bioethics. In 1994, the Council of Australian Humanist Societies recognized him as the Australian Humanist of the Year. In 1996, he ran unsuccessfully as a Green candidate for the Australian Senate.

Singer is a member of the Leadership Council of Oxfam America, a vice-president of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (UK), and a member of the advisory board of GiveWell.net. The recipient of many honors and awards, he was elected as a Humanist Laureate by the International Academy of Humanism in 2004. In 2005, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and in 2009 he was listed as one of the 25 most influential Australians of the last half-century by the Sydney Morning Herald and Age.

This event is part of the Weissman Center's Food lecture series on the art, economics, philosophy, politics, and science of food. Sponsored by the Presidential Inaugural Series on Social Justice and the Science Center Directorship, the lecture is free and open to the public.