The sixth annual North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl will be held at UNC – Chapel Hill on January 20th, 2018. High school students from across North Carolina will travel to the UNC campus to compete, thinking and talking together about difficult and timely ethical dilemmas. Please visit here for more information. See you there!
Dear Parr Center supporters,
Please find our Annual Report here, describing the activities we’ve undertaken over the past academic year. I’m extremely proud of the work that our staff has accomplished in facilitating so many interesting and important events on ethics-related topics, and I invite you to be on the lookout, come fall, for other exciting programs that the Parr Center will be hosting.
In addition to adding to your summer reading list with our annual report, I’m also writing to bid the Carolina community adieu. I will soon be returning to the University of Wisconsin, which I had left in order to take up my post here at UNC. I am returning for family reasons only, having found the work, my colleagues and the UNC community a true delight. It has been an honor serving as the Center’s Director, and I am confident that the interim Director, my colleague Dr. Geoff Sayre-McCord, will help to sustain the Parr Center’s upward trajectory.
All my best,
The sixth annual National High School Ethics Bowl will be held at UNC – Chapel Hill on April 20 – 22, 2018. High School students from across the country will travel to the UNC campus to compete in the National Championship during an exciting, informative, and fun-filled weekend.
Visit Storify for a collection of photos and media for and by the participants of NHSEB 2017! Check out the weekend through the eyes and words of the participants!
Congratulations to the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics from Durham, NC for winning the 2017 National High School Ethics Bowl! Oregon Episcopal School from Portland, OR placed second, followed by Kent Place School from Summit, N.J. in third place, and Herron High School from Indianapolis, IN in fourth place. Wayne Memorial High School from Wayne, MI was voted by their peers the winner of the Spirit of the Ethics Bowl.
Students spent the weekend exercising their philosophical and ethical muscles as they analyzed timely and complex ethical dilemmas. Cases and questions are developed under the guidance of the Parr Center and cover a broad range of topics including drone warfare, overpopulation, standing up against hateful speech, and social media use. Read More →
Students can now apply for the Kenan Moral Purpose Award, an annual contest to highlight the role a liberal arts education plays in students’ exploration of their personal and social purposes.
The contest, held in partnership between the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Parr Center for Ethics at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is open to all currently enrolled undergraduate students at Duke and UNC. One winner is selected from each school to receive $1,000 based on entries that consider the intellectual, emotional, and moral commitments that make for a full life.
To enter, students should write an essay between 500 and 800 words to address either or both of these questions:
- In what ways have your core beliefs and larger aims been tested, transformed, or confirmed during your time in college?
- How have you had to defend or challenge prevailing ideas, social norms or institutions and what lessons have you learned from doing so?
Students must submit their essay by April 15 by emailing a Word or PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information and past winners, visit the award website.
On February 16th, the Parr Center for Ethics hosted it’s first debate titled “The Ethics of Boycotts” between Shelly Kagan (Philosophy, Yale) and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Philosophy, Duke). The debate centered on the question: do you make a difference when you boycott a harmful practice?
You can watch the live, recorded version here.
The Parr Center for Ethics will continue to livestream other events and programs, with technology permitting. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to receive updates when events will be streamed.
On Saturday, January 21st, the Parr Center for Ethics hosted the 5th annual North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The all-day event centered on developing analytical and respectful discussions on topics such as virtual reality, grumpy cat, armed policed, and religious garb. 14 high schools located across the Triangle Area, Winston-Salem, Wake Forest, Fayetteville as well as Augusta, Georgia created a field of 22 teams–the largest North Carolina competition to date!
We are excited to announce the winner of the North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl: North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics won the competition in 2015 as well.
The top four teams:
- North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Team 1
- Durham School of the Arts
- Carolina Friends School Team 1
- Eastern Alamance High School Green Team
The Spirit of the Ethics Bowl as voted by their competitors: Chapel Hill High School
We are delighted to announce that Dominique Déry, who holds PhD in Political Philosophy from Duke University, has joined the Parr Center for Ethics as our Director of the National High School Ethics Bowl.
On Tuesday, September 27th the UNC intercollegiate ethics bowl (IEB) team participated in the 2016 First Amendment Day organized by UNC Media Law and Policy. The team presented a case titled “Is Political Correctness a Joke?” and discussed the ethics of political correctness in relation to potentially offensive comedy.
This year’s IEB team is composed of undergraduate students majoring in philosophy, economics, history religious studies, political science, and biology. Philosophy graduate student and Parr Center research assistant, Keshav Singh, coaches the team. On November 19th, the IEB team will travel to Clemson University to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ethics Bowl in hopes to advance to the Nationals on February 27th.
The members of the IEB team are:
- Ariella Buckley
- Sarah Green
- Brandon Herndon
- Grayson Holmes
- Sally Moore
- Tate Overbey
- Faisal Sulman
- Brian Wong
New York Times “The Ethicist“ columnist Kwame Anthony Appiah delivered the the inaugural Chancellor’s Lecture in Ethics on September 15th in the Kenan Theater at the Center for Dramatic Art. Appiah, a professor of law and philosophy at New York University, spoke about the importance of humanities as providing materials for moral reflection as well as sources of moral understanding and inspirations for moral action. This lecture corresponded with a new initiative to engage students in the humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel called Carolina’s Human Heart: Living the Arts and Humanities.