Youtube and Vimeo Accounts Now Live

November 16, 2017

It is with great pleasure that we present our Parr Center Youtube and Vimeo accounts. These accounts will provide event recaps, livestream videos, and promotional materials for our upcoming events throughout the year. They will also act as an archive for past events. What are you waiting for? Come see what we’ve been up to this semester!



Also, a special thanks to all of our videographers who have helped us cover these important topics and events.

NC and National High School Ethics Bowl registrations open and cases released!

September 6, 2017

The 2017-2018 NHSEB Regional Case Set is here! Check them out! The accompanying study questions are meant to prompt thinking about important issues and do not necessarily match the questions you will see in your regional competition. We’re looking forward to hearing your thoughts as the season goes on!

And high schools can now register with the NHSEB for 2017-2018. Please register here. Don’t forget to reach out to your regional organizer to find out specific details about your regional bowl! Click here for a list of regionals and their organizers to find one nearest you.

To register for the North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl, please click here. We’re excited to see you on January 20th!

If you have any questions please email

Journalist Search

August 29, 2017


We are currently in need of a photographer and a videographer for each of our events this Spring semester:


If you are interested please fill out the information below.

For more information email:


Sally Moore joins the Parr Center

August 14, 2017

We are delighted to welcome Sally Moore as the new Administrator of the Parr Center. Sally brings a strong background in philosophy in her position as well as extensive experience working as a volunteer with the Parr Center over the last few years. Her skills as a coxswain — from her time on the rowing team — will certainly be of use as the Parr Center kicks into gear in the new year.

Official date set for the 2018 North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl!

July 6, 2017

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!

A Letter from the Director

May 30, 2017

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,



Russ Shafer-Landau 

Official date set for 2018 National High School Ethics Bowl

May 5, 2017

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.

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics wins National High School Ethics Bowl!

April 12, 2017

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 →

Undergraduates: enter Kenan Moral Purpose Award essay contest

March 23, 2017

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

For additional information and past winners, visit the award website.

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Missed the Ethics of Boycotts debate? Watch it now on Youtube!

February 20, 2017

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.