Kenan Moral Purpose Award Essay Contest Winners!

April 16, 2019

What role does a liberal arts education play in creating a full life? Duke senior Kimberly Perez and UNC-Chapel Hill senior Adesh Ranganna provide answers in their Kenan Moral Purpose Award-winning essays, given to the best student papers on the topic from the two schools. In her essay, “Knowledge is Power,” Perez reflected on how her coursework at Duke led her to both dig deeper into and reconsider questions of faith and religious belonging. Ranganna used his essay, “What Ignorance Reveals,” to explore how studying Rawls’ philosophy of justice changed his perspective on what makes public health interventions just and fair.

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Kimberly Perez, T’19 (Major in International Comparative Studies with Minors in Chemistry and Global Health), “Knowledge is Power

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Adesh Ranganna, UNC ’19 (Majors in Nutrition and Public Policy with a Minor in Chemistry), “What Ignorance Reveals

The annual Kenan Moral Purpose Award is given for the best undergraduate student essay on the role a liberal arts education plays in students’ exploration of the personal and social purposes by which to orient their future and the intellectual, emotional, and moral commitments that make for a full life. Established in honor of the Institute’s 15th anniversary at Duke and subsequently expanded, the award represents a partnership with the Parr Center for Ethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with one winner selected from each school.

 


2018 AWARD WINNERS

The winners of the 2018 Kenan Moral Purpose Award essay competition are Catherine Ward (Duke) and Keegan Barnes (UNC). Catherine (T’18) is a resident of New Bern and will graduate with an English major, an Education minor, and a certificate in Ethics & Society. Keegan (’19) is a Durham native double-majoring in Physics and Philosophy.
“Duke has given me opportunities to see the world and study oppression occurring at home and abroad…We need to take the time, after problematizing everything, to build things back up.”  — Catherine Ward, Duke ’18
“If we were both settled in our views, why spend the time engaging at all? …I pieced together why I found such meaning in these discussions. Usually, they weren’t centered on what, but how… Morality, which we both took so seriously, was somewhat of a bridge between our two very different world views.”  — Keegan Barnes, UNC ’19
Read their 2018 winning essays:
Catherine Ward (Duke ’18): “Building It Back Up” and Keegan Barnes (UNC ’19): “Plastic Pitchfork
Announcement written by Gautam Chebrolu, alum of the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

Kenan Moral Purpose Award Essay Competition 2019

February 27, 2019
Students can now apply for the Kenan Moral Purpose Award, an annual essay 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 March 22nd at noon by emailing a PDF document to Sallybm@live.unc.edu
For additional information and past winners, visit the award website.

New video: Watch some favorite moments from the NHSEB 2018 Nationals!

May 14, 2018

Peek in on the 2018 NHSEB Nationals in the wonderful video above! Many thanks to videographer Robert Kinlaw. And while you’re at it, watch the final round in full: Kent Place School (NJ) vs. Stanford Online High School (CA) discuss the Electoral College and felon disenfranchisement right HERE.

Parr Center Faculty Fellow, Kim Strom-Gottfried, featured in the University Gazette!

March 20, 2018

“Carolina is dedicated to fostering a campus community that upholds the highest standards of ethics and integrity.

That commitment was affirmed in summer 2017 when Chancellor Carol L. Folt established the Office of Ethics Education and Policy Management and named Kim Strom-Gottfried to serve as the University’s director of ethics education and policy management. Strom-Gottfried remains the Smith P. Theimann Jr. Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Professional Practice in the School of Social Work.

For the past two years, Strom-Gottfried has met with an array of campus groups to explore

the challenges in upholding the highest standards of integrity and affirming the shared responsibility to do so. Now, she wants everyone to know more about the newly improved anonymous hotline they can use to meet that obligation.

It’s called the Carolina Ethics Line and while an earlier version was adopted at Carolina in 2005, the office has expanded the scope and visibility of the website with new reporting software to make it even easier for people to find and use.”

Continue reading HERE!

 

The Daily Tar Heel covers Ethics of Self-Care event!

March 2, 2018

February 28, 2018, the Carolina Forum for Ethics (UNC’s first and only student-led organization dedicated to ethical exploration and discussion) held their first large event, The Ethics of Self-Care. This event was comprised of a panel discussion about when, how, and if we should prioritize individual needs over the needs of others. After the panel was a Self-Care Fair where organizations from around campus came to share their resources on self-care. Read The Daily Tar Heel coverage here!

 

Acceptance of Graduate Fellows

March 2, 2018

The Parr Center would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest graduate fellows listed below. These UNC graduate students are committed to incorporating ethics into their classes and personal research. Additionally, they frequently volunteer as speakers, panelists, judges, organizers, and much more to help extend the mission of the Parr Center. To learn more about this program and our newest fellows click here!

 

Chris Blake-Turner

Joshua Blanchard

Alex Campbell

Ian Cruise

Bryan Dougan

Matt Hernandez

Minji Jang

Daniel Kokotajlo

Joanna Lawson

Pavel Nitchovski

Mark Ortiz

Michael Prinzing

Keshav Singh

Lauren Townsend

Matthew Young

Undergraduate Kenan Moral Purpose Award Essay Contest

February 26, 2018
Students can now apply for the Kenan Moral Purpose Award, an annual essay 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 March 16th by emailing a PDF document to Sallybm@live.unc.edu
For additional information and past winners, visit the award website.

 

NCSSM wins the 6th annual North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl!

January 22, 2018

On Saturday, January 20th, despite the last remnants of snow and ice, the Parr Center for Ethics hosted the 6th annual North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The event centered on developing thoughtful and respectful discussions on topics such as breed specific legislation, hate speech, BIID, driverless cars, anti-smoking hiring policies, and more. 16 high schools from across the Triangle Area, Winston-Salem, High Point, Burgaw, and beyond, as well as Mouth of Wilson, VA, created a field of 22 teams–the largest and most diverse 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 national competition in 2017 as well.

The top four teams:

  1. North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Unicorns 1
  2. North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Unicorns 2
  3. East Chapel Hill High School Apples
  4. Eastern Alamance High School Gold

The recipient of the Spirit of the Ethics Bowl as voted by the student participants was East Chapel Hill High School, with Hillside High School and the School for Creative Studies as close runners-up!

Congratulations to all the teams that competed in this year’s event! The judges and spectators have noted the outstanding presentations, the respectful and serious conversations, and the friendly and fun atmosphere.

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics will now advance to the National High School Ethics Bowl on April 21-22, 2018 .

Thank you to all our many volunteers–judges and moderators–for supporting a unique learning experience in civil discourse for over 150 students. Without you, it would not be possible to make this event such a success!

Undergraduate Fellow Update

December 18, 2017

It is our great pleasure to announce the acceptance of our three newest undergraduate fellows! Mitchell Brady, Guido Chiriboga, and Michael Quint will begin their work with the Parr Center January 10, 2018 and we could not be more excited!

Additionally, four of our current undergraduate fellows will spend Spring 2018 away from the Parr Center. Their plans are listed below. We wish safe travels and all the best to these great fellows!

  • Aliza Bridge and Drushti Patel – Study abroad in Singapore
  • Sarah Green – Study abroad in France
  • Ying He – Internship in Washington D.C.