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March 2, 2010
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Professor to address moral duty to aid the hungry

Baldwin City, Kan. — Thomas Peard, associate professor of philosophy at Baker University, will deliver the Milford White Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 9, at Mabee Hall 100 as part of Baker University’s Artist and Lecture Series.

His lecture will focus aiding the hungry and is titled “World Hunger and the Moral Requirements of Self-Sacrifice.”

In Peter Singer’s "Famine, Affluence and Morality," the Princeton professor endorses a position concerning the moral requirements of self-sacrifice in famine relief cases. Singer believes there are circumstances in which morality requires affluent individuals to make extreme sacrifices to prevent the suffering or death of those who are starving or malnourished. Peard, in his lecture, will defend Singer’s view.

Admission to the lecture for Baker faculty, staff and students is free. General admission tickets are available for $15 for adults and $10 for youths.

The lecture is named after Milford White, a professor of chemistry at Baker from 1962 to 1982. In 1978, White began Baker’s science, technology and human values program.