The Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies at UA Little Rock hosts the annual Arkansas High School Ethics Bowl. The 9th Annual bowl took place on January 30, 2021. Congratulations to Little Rock Central High School, who won the bowl and advanced to compete in the National High School Ethics Bowl. Dardanelle High School took second place, and Lake Hamilton High School came in third.
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What is an Ethics Bowl?
Differing from long established debate competitions, the Ethics Bowl is a venue that encourages collaborative engagement in serious moral discourse. Teams consider and discuss cases drawn from current events, which range from social and political issues (voting rights, capital punishment, gun control), to environmental concerns (sustainable growth and development), to professional worries (hiring practices, workplace safety), to issues arising in the classroom (grade inflation, plagiarism). Teams have a couple of months to prepare the cases, though they do not know which of the cases they will discuss nor the specific question posed for a given case until they face another team. Teams from high schools across the country compete at the regional level, and winners then go to the national competition where one team emerges victorious. Emphasis is on reasoning and the ability to engage in civil, rational discourse rather than on persuasion and rhetorical technique. The scores of three judges who are recruited from both the academy and the local community 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.)
Registration for the 2022 Arkansas High School Ethics Bowl will open in late summer or early fall, 2021. All participating schools need to register both with the UA Little Rock Department of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies and with the National High School Ethics Bowl organization.
Note that while the Arkansas High School Ethics Bowl does not charge a registration fee, the National High School Ethics Bowl organization requires payment of $125 in order to be counted as a participating school and to be eligible to compete in the National bowl should your team win the Arkansas bowl. To pay this fee, and for more information, visit go.unc.edu/nhseb-registration/
(If the national fee presents an obstacle to your school participating, please contact us or the NHSEB)
For more information about the Arkansas High School Ethics Bowl, contact:
Dr. Jana McAuliffe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
(event photos by Carly Machen)