Established in 2004, the Parr Center for Ethics serves as the public face of the University’s commitment to research in, teaching about, and conversation concerning ethics. Housed within the Department of Philosophy, it aims to provide the resources – academic, administrative, and financial – necessary to advance our understanding of moral questions. The Parr Center is committed to integrating abstract work in ethical theory with the informed discussion of practical ethical issues. The Center is a two-time recipient of the American Philosophical Association/Philosophy Documentation Center Award For Excellence and Innovations in Philosophy Programs (2008 and 2014).

The Center hosts and co-sponsors several programs across campus such as, Ethics Around the Table (EAT) Series, Ethics in the Workplace Workshop for UNC staff members, Bioethics at UNC Faculty Seminar (BUNC), and our award winning Philosophy Outreach program. Additionally, the Parr Center for Ethics is the founding home to, and Headquarters of, the National High School Ethics Bowl as well as sponsors the UNC-Chapel Hill Ethics Bowl team that competes in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl competitions. 

Two-time recipient of the American Philosophical Association (APA) and the Philosophy Documentation Center (PDC) Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs.