Call for Undergraduate Applications: PIKSI 2015

February 12, 2015

The American Philosophical Association (APA) is has opened applications for the 2015 Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI). PIKSI program is designed to encourage undergraduates from underrepresented groups to consider future study of philosophy.

PIKSI undergraduate fellow applications are due March 13. Applications can be submitted here.

Undergraduates and recent graduates from underrepresented groups such as women, African Americans, Chicano/as and Latino/as, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, LGBTs, economically disadvantaged communities, and people with disabilities are urged to apply.

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North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl on Saturday, January 10

January 8, 2015

The third annual North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl will take place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Saturday, January 10, 2015 hosted by the Parr Center for Ethics. Ten schools across North Carolina and Virginia will field 14 teams—our largest Ethics Bowl to date!

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Outreach Program wins the 2014 APA/PDC Prize

November 12, 2014

The American Philosophical Association (APA) and the Philosophy Documentation Center (PDC) jointly sponsor the prize for excellence and innovation in philosophy programs. This prize recognizes philosophy departments, research centers, institutes, societies, publishers, or other organizations that risk undertaking new initiatives in philosophy, and do so with excellence and success. It honors the success of these programs so they may inspire and influence others to follow their lead.

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Geoffrey Sayre-McCord named Interim Director

October 24, 2014

As of October 24, Dr. Geoffrey Sayre-McCord has been appointed the interim director for the Parr Center for Ethics by Dean Gil, College of Arts and Sciences.
Below is a message from Dean Gil, College of Arts and Sciences, regarding this change:

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First Amendment Day: Free Speech in the Workplace

September 25, 2014

First Amendment Day was on September 23, 2014 and students from the course Ethics in Practice hosted a mock ethics bowl round. The students were presented the question: is a company ever justified in demoting publicly prominent employees on the basis of expressed personal beliefs?

The UNC Ethics Bowl Team is coached by Sam Reis-Dennis, a Ph.D. Philosophy candidate and Parr Center research assistant. The team will be traveling to Clemson on November 15 to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Bowl.

The 2014 University of North Carolina Ethics Bowl Team