The third Annual Chapman University Ethics Bowl will take place on Saturday, February 3, 2019.
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What is an Ethics Bowl?
Ethics Bowl is an interscholastic competition at both the high school and collegiate levels in which teams discuss and analyze a series of real-life ethically-oriented case studies and are judged according to the quality of their reasoning and their responsiveness to the comments and questions of the other team and a panel of judges. Engaging high school and undergraduate students in intensive ethical inquiry, the Ethics Bowl fosters constructive dialogue, with the aim of furthering the next generation’s ability to make sound ethical decisions and engage in civil public discourse.
The collaborative model rewards students for their ability to think carefully and analytically about complex issues and the respect they show for the diverse perspectives of their peers. Participation enables students to practice and build the virtues central to democratic and global citizenship, preparing them to navigate challenging moral issues in a rigorous, systematic, and open-minded way.
Professor Virginia Warren Ph.D. is Professor of Philosophy at Chapman, specializing in philosophical ethics and is in her third year coaching Chapman’s collegiate team. Having heard for years from colleagues at other universities about how much Ethics Bowl positively affects the lives of student participants, she was eager to bring it to Chapman. Dr. Nancy Martin, Director of the Schweitzer Institute and Chair of the Religious Studies Department, inaugurated the hosting of the regional high school competition at Chapman in 2016 and 2017.
In February of 2016, the Albert Schweitzer Institute, in collaboration with the Philosophy Department, hosted the first ever Orange County Regional High School Ethics Bowl, held here at Chapman. Four schools with 8 teams competed. Students had to be prepared to address any one of fifteen cases which included ethical scenarios on ransoms, transgender and privacy issues, racism, and much more.