UNC intercollegiate ethics bowl team discusses ethics of political correctness

September 28, 2016

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

Kwame Anthony Appiah delivers the the inaugural Chancellor’s Lecture in Ethics

September 16, 2016

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.

Philosophy Outreach with our friends from Durham Academy

June 6, 2016

On Friday, June 3, the Philosophy Outreach program concluded its Spring partnership with Safari Scout’s first grade class at Durham Academy. We say goodbye to our young philosophers until next school year! Graduate students, Joshua Blanchard, Lindsay Brainard, Caleb Harrison, Macy Salzberger, and Lauren Townsend, as well as Steve Swartzer, Philosophy Outreach Coordinator, visited first graders once per week to explore philosophy concepts and questions through the medium of children’s literature. Conversations centered around topics such as “what is work”, “what it means to be brave”, and “what is an idea”.

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If you are a teacher or parent interested in starting an initiative with our award-winning Philosophy Outreach program, please contact Steve Swartzer.


Associate Director talks with UNC Research about food ethics

May 10, 2016

Jeff Sebo, Associate Director of the Parr Center, sat down for an interview with UNC Research about food ethics. This Fall, Jeff will will help teach an interdisciplinary class on food studies. To read the full interview titled “Platter Chatter: One UNC philosophy professor invites us to question what we put on our plates” click here.

Associate Director interviewed on WUNC’s “The State of Things”

April 18, 2016

Jeff Sebo, associate director, was interviewed on WUNC’s “The State of Things” about the ethics of humor and navigating racial satire. The interview was in connection with the Interdisciplinary Approaches to Humor conference on April 9-10, 2016. Listen to a recording of the interview here.

Call For Problem Focused Seminars on Ethics and Diversity at UNC and Beyond

January 26, 2016

The Carolina Seminars Program, the Parr Center for Ethics, and the Institute of African American Research (IAAR) are sponsoring a special call for applications for problem-focused seminars focusing on ethical dimensions of diversity at UNC. This call is designed to bring the considerable intellectual and ethical talents of Carolina faculty and students to bear on urgent questions of diversity on campus.

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