The Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock hosts the Arkansas High School Ethics Bowl. Following on the success of the 1st Arkansas High School Ethics Bowl (held in April 2013), in 2014 and again in 2015 the Arkansas High School Ethics Bowl champion team advanced to compete in the National High School Ethics Bowl.
What is an Ethics Bowl?
Differing from long established debate competitions, The Ethics Bowl is a venue that encourages engagement in serious moral discourse. Teams consider and discuss cases drawn from current events, which range from social and political issues (voting rights, death penalty, gun control), to environmental concerns (sustainable growth and development), to professional worries (hiring practices), to issues arising in the college classroom (grade inflation, plagiarism). Teams have at least a couple of months to prepare the cases, though they do not know the actual question associated with the case until they face another team. Teams from high schools across the country compete at the regional level and winners then go to the finals where one team emerges victorious. Emphasis is on reasoning and the ability to engage in moral discourse rather than on persuasion. The scores of three judges who are recruited from both the academy and the professions determine winners. The competition can be fierce and the winning margins tight. Still, the atmosphere is unceasingly civil and collegial. (See these informational videos and other resources from the National Bowl.)
2015 Arkansas High School Ethics Bowl
The 3rd Annual Arkansas High School Ethics Bowl took place on January 24, 2015, at UALR. This event was funded in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council.
A keynote lecture was delivered by Colin Schoonover, manager of engineering services and pipeline systems at ONE Gas in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His talk was titled “Leading with Integrity”.
Schools that participated in 2015: Academics Plus Charter, Conway Christian, Cross County High, Episcopal Collegiate, Little Rock Central, Manila High, and McClellan High.
Registration is now open for the 2016 AR High School Ethics Bowl!
Download and complete the registration form, and submit it to Michael Norton by mail or email at the address below.
Schools will also need to submit a $75 registration fee to the National High School Ethics Bowl in order to be counted as a participating team and to be eligible to compete in the national bowl. To submit the registration fee, or for more information, click here.
Dr. Michael Norton (email@example.com)
Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Stabler Hall, Room 307
2801 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72204