Global Poverty: What are Our Obligations?
We live in a world in which 1.4 billion people live on less than $1.25 per day, often struggling to get enough food to feed their families, while another billion live at a level of luxury that is hitherto unprecedented. In this situation, what are the obligations of the affluent? Professor Singer will argue that we have an obligation to save the lives of others, if we can do so without sacrificing anything comparably significant. Given some relevant facts about the world in which we live, Professor Singer contends that most affluent people today are failing to meet their moral obligations. In considering how the affluent can best help the poor, Professor Singer will discuss the effectiveness of aid organizations, the capacity of our planet to feed everyone on it, and the impact of our own heavily meat-based diet.
This lecture is part of the Presidential Inaugural Series on Social Justice.
Co-sponsored by the Science Center Directorship.
Thursday, November 11
Hooker Auditorium, Clapp Building
Free and open to the public