Department of Philosophy Plans for Annual Arkansas High School Ethics Bowl

The UA Little Rock Department of Philosophy has received a $1,600 grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council to host the sixth annual Arkansas High School Ethics Bowl. The purpose of this event is to enhance critical thinking skills in high school students and help them engage in important ethical dialogues. The event will also benefit teachers who seek to incorporate ethical reasoning into their lesson plans.

The Arkansas High School Ethics Bowl is led by Drs. Jana McAuliffe and Michael Norton in the Department of Philosophy. Together, they will plan, advertise, oversee, and help evaluate the Ethics Bowl. This event allows students to participate in team-based ethical reasoning, persuasion, and communication.

“Competing in the Ethics Bowl requires students to develop arguments that support what they believe to be right and practice disagreeing in ways that are thoughtful and productive,” Dr. McAuliffe said.

The 2018 Arkansas High School Ethics Bowl will be held on January 27th in the Reynolds Center for Business and Economic Development on the UA Little Rock campus.

“The High School Ethics Bowl is a unique event that brings together some of the brightest, most impressive students from across Arkansas, and our department is pleased to have the opportunity to organize it each year,” Dr. Norton said.

The winner of this event will be eligible to compete in the National High School Ethics Bowl.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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