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NHSEB Launches 2022-2023 Season
The Parr Center's award-winning National High School Ethics Bowl program has launched its 2022-2023 season, and will be celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.14/09/22NHSEB Launches 2022-2023 Season
The Parr Center’s award-winning National High School Ethics Bowl program has launched its 2022-2023 season, and will be celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. The season begins with a bra … Continued
All Call for UNC Undergrads: Become a Parr Heel!
UNC Undergraduates interested in ethics - this is for you!10/08/22Become a Parr Heel 2022
Undergraduate Programs Ethics Recruits Ethics Fellows Ethics Scholars The Parr Center will provide in-person, undergraduate-focused programs for full-time UNC students during the 2022 – 2023 academic … Continued
Undergraduate End of Year Celebration
Ethics Recruits, Fellows, and Scholars wrapped up another successful year!07/07/22Parr Heel Wrap Up (2021 – 2022)
This year, 85+ intellectually curious, highly motivated students served as Parr Heels, conducting original research and creating opportunities for others to join their exploration in ethics. Students … Continued
Vazquez on Stoicism & its Legacies
A Distinguished Scholar Seminar featuring Michael Vazquez06/06/22Vazquez partners with Carolina Public Humanities to talk Stoicism
The philosophical and ethical themes of ancient Stoic thinkers have attracted renewed attention in recent decades as people struggle to cope with public events that are far beyond anyone’s personal co … Continued
Sarah Stroud on the Ethics of Lying
Announcing the third video in the Parr Center Ethical Dilemma Series with TED-Ed!06/06/22Announcing the third video in the Ethical Dilemma Series with TED-Ed!
We are delighted to share the latest installment of the Parr Center’s Ethical Dilemma series with TED-Ed, this time on the ethics of lying with Center Director and UNC philosopher, Professor Sarah Str … Continued
NHSEB 10: A New Look for the Program
This year, for its 10th Anniversary, the National High School Ethics Bowl will get an exciting new look and feel.03/06/22NHSEB 10: A New Look for the Program
It’s been ten years since the National High School Ethics Bowl’s founding in 2012. In that time, the program has grown by leaps and bounds. As we approach our tenth anniversary season in 2022-2 … Continued
New Book on Deliberative Pedagogy and Ethics Bowl
NHSEB Director Alex Richardson and Outreach Director Michael Vazquez are both featured in a new volume from Rowman and Littlefield.31/05/22New Book on Deliberative Pedagogy and Ethics Bowl
NHSEB Director Alex Richardson and Outreach Director Michael Vazquez are both featured in a new volume from Rowman and Littlefield, designed to introduce the Ethics Bowl activity and the dialogical pe … Continued
Carolina Engagement Week Webinar
The Power of the Humanities in Prison and Juvenile Justice Education06/05/22Carolina Engagement Week Webinar
Learn about the ways the Philosophy Department and other departments at UNC are working with the Friday Center and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety to bring humanistic inquiry and educat … Continued
Richardson Elected to APPE Board of Directors
Our own Director of the National High School Ethics Bowl, Dr. Alex Richardson, has been elected to a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE).19/04/22Richardson Elected to APPE Board of Directors
Our own Director of the National High School Ethics Bowl, Dr. Alex Richardson, has been elected to a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the Association for Practical and Professional E … Continued
Philosophical Dialogue and Reflective Practice for Juvenile Education Services
Upcoming Outreach event! Contact Dr. Michael Vazquez (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.18/04/22Philosophical Dialogue and Reflective Practice for Juvenile Education Services
Philosophical Dialogue and Reflective Practice for Juvenile Education Services May 2nd, 9 am – 6 pm This professional development program will introduce participants to philosophical frameworks, conce … Continued
New TED-Ed collaboration video!
Announcing the second video in the Ethical Dilemma Series with TED-Ed!13/04/22Announcing the second video in the Ethical Dilemma Series with TED-Ed!
We are incredibly excited to share the second video in our Ethical Dilemma Series with TED-Ed. UNC philosopher, Alex Worsnip, invites us to ponder the ethics of belief with a gripping new dilemma, and … Continued
Michael Vazquez's APA Blog piece
Learn about our service-learning course!23/03/22Michael Vazquez’s APA Blog piece
We are excited to share this APA Blog piece by UNC philosopher Michael Vazquez on the design and thinking behind his experiential education course, “Ethics Bowl & Democratic Deliberation.” Learn h … Continued
Better Together: NHSEB 2022
Ethics Bowl is better together. Join us in Chapel Hill, April 8-10, 2022.04/03/22Better Together: NHSEB 2022
Ethics Bowl is better together. After a long winter, and NHSEB largest and most competitive Regional Competition season yet, we are thrilled to announce that the the 2022 National High S … Continued
Announcing the launch of the Parr Center’s new video series with TED-Ed!
TED-Ed and the Parr Center are collaborating on a series of videos analyzing ethical dilemmas. The first one, scripted by UNC’s Doug MacKay, is now live and already has over a million views!07/01/22Announcing the launch of the Parr Center’s new video series with TED-Ed!
You can view the TED-Ed video here. “You are the captain of an interstellar cargo transport headed to port when you receive two distress calls. The first is from a labor ship, whose passengers are run … Continued
NHSEB wins American Philosophical Association Prize for Excellence and Innovation
Join us to congratulate NHSEB!15/12/21NHSEB wins American Philosophical Association Prize for Excellence and Innovation
NHSEB wins APA/PDC Prize for Excellence and Innovation We are thrilled to announce that The National High School Ethics Bowl is the winner of the 2021 APA/PDC Prize for Excellence and Innovation in Ph … Continued
Luc Bovens' New Book!
Our former Interim Director has published a new philosophy text!02/12/21Luc Bovens’ New Book!
Coping: A Philosophical Guide Coping is a collection of philosophical essays on how we deal with life’s challenges. We hope for better times, but what is hope, and is it a good thing to hope? How do w … Continued
Ethics Fellow, Justin Hadad, named Rhodes Scholar
Find out more about this accomplishment here!23/11/21Ethics Fellow, Justin Hadad, named Rhodes Scholar
Congratulations, Justin! We are pleased to share that former Ethics Fellow, Justin Hadad, has been named a member of the Rhodes Scholar Class of 2022. Justin served two years with the Parr Center, wor … Continued
Philosphy Across the Lifespan
Get info about PHIL 294, a new service-learning course designed and taught by Prof. Michael Vazquez!11/11/21New Philosophy Service-Learning Course!
New Philosophy Service-Learning Course! Michael Vazquez (Teaching Assistant Professor & Director of Outreach) is teaching a brand-new service-learning course this Spring. Philosophy Across the Lif … Continued
Please help us welcome our new Administrator, Juliana!08/10/21Welcome Juliana!
New Team Member The Parr Center is happy to welcome Juliana Hemela as our new Administrator! She has been an active member in the Undergraduate fellowship and now gets to continue her work with the Pa … Continued
Ethics Fellow Induction
Watch our 2021 - 2022 Ethics Fellow Induction Ceremony!15/09/21Ethics Fellow Induction Ceremony
Meet the Fellows! Watch the Video!
Coming Soon: NHSEB 2021-2022
Join us on September 10 for the launch of NHSEB’s 2021-2022 Season.30/08/21Coming Soon: NHSEB 2021-2022
Join us on September 10 for the launch of NHSEB’s 2021-2022 Season. We’ll see you soon!
Become a Parr Heel!
Are you a UNC undergraduate who would like to study ethics? Learn about our suite of programming and become a Parr Heel today!17/08/21Become a Parr Heel!
This year, the Parr Center is pleased to announce a new programming suite for UNC students. Our newly branded Parr Heel Programming allows students to choose a level of engagement that best fits their … Continued
Work Study Positions
UNC Undergraduates: We have posted a Federal Work-Study (FWS) position! Students awarded FWS can apply on JobX using Job ID 5013. Apply today!27/07/21Federal Work Study Student Position
Federal Work-Study Position for Spring 2022 UNC Undergraduates who have qualified for Federal Work-Study awards are eligible to apply through the JobX portal. Ethics Fellow – Program Assistant Job ID: … Continued
From our Outgoing Philosophy Department Chair
Our outgoing Department Chair, Marc Lange, has written a letter to the UNC Board of Trustees setting out the issues of university governance at stake in their decision not to appoint Nikole Hannah-Jones with tenure.28/06/21From our Outgoing Philosophy Department Chair
Our outgoing Department Chair, Marc Lange, has written a letter to the UNC Board of Trustees setting out the issues of university governance at stake in their decision not to appoint Nikole Hannah-Jon … Continued
Fellowship Wrap Up!
The Undergraduate Fellowship wraps up for the 2020-2021 academic year. Learn about our seniors, award-winners, team projects, and newest ethics scholars!02/06/21Fellowship Wrap Up
The Celebration This academic year, sixty intellectually curious, highly motivated students served as Parr Center Undergraduate Fellows, conducting original research and creating opportunities for oth … Continued
WCHL Highlights NHSEB
NHSEB Director Alex Richardson sits down with Aaron Keck of WCHL/Chapelboro's "This Morning" to chat about the National High School Ethics Bowl, its educational impact, the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic during this season, and NHSEB's response plan for 2020-2021 and beyond.17/02/21WCHL Highlights NHSEB
On February 16, NHSEB Director Alex Richardson sat down with Aaron Keck of WCHL/Chapelboro’s “This Morning” to chat about the National High School Ethics Bowl, its educational impact, the challenges o … Continued
The National High School Ethics Bowl launches its new competition platform for 2020-2021 and beyond, NHSEBOne. The platform was developed in partnership with EnableEducation with the support of the Marc Sanders Foundation, the Squire Family Foundation, and other NHSEB partners and sponsors.09/02/21Introducing NHSEBOne
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to present unprecedented challenges to schools, universities, and other institutions around the country and the world. The National High School Ethi … Continued
NHSEBBridge, a new initiative from the Parr Center for Ethics, will bring the Center’s celebrated National High School Ethics Bowl program to new areas of the country, with a focus on under-resourced schools and underserved communities.05/10/20Introducing NHSEBBridge
In the 2020-2021 school year, NHSEBBridge, a new initiative from the Parr Center for Ethics, will bring the Center’s celebrated National High School Ethics Bowl program to new areas of the coun … Continued
Our 2020-2021 Fellows are here!01/10/20Welcome Fellows!
We’re excited to have you! This year we have accepted our largest cohorts of undergraduate and graduate fellows to the Parr Center. We are thrilled to welcome all of our students, new and old! Student … Continued
Ethics Bowl is back.
The Parr Center launches its 2020-2021 Ethics Bowl season, both regionally and nationally.14/09/20Ethics Bowl is back at the Parr Center.
The Parr Center for Ethics is proud to launch the 2020-2021 season of the National High School Ethics Bowl, as well as opening registration for our own North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl. T … Continued
Ethics Scholar Program
UNC undergraduates who complete significant work within ethics can now receive university recognition on their official transcript!05/08/20Ethics Scholar Program
As of 2020, the Parr Center is pleased to be able to offer a structured program for Carolina undergraduates from all fields of study who are interested in ethics. Students who participate in the progr … Continued
Join our Fellowship!
Our Application Portal is now open for UNC undergraduate students!16/07/20Undergraduate Fellowship Application
The Parr Center Undergraduate Fellowship is a selective co-curricular program for which students are chosen on the basis of a written application and a personal interview with Parr Center staff. Crite … Continued
New Outreach Director
Help us welcome Michael Vazquez, our newest team member!16/06/20Outreach Director Michael Vazquez
We are very excited to welcome Michael Vazquez as the Parr Center’s new Outreach Director!
Pandemic Ethics Dashboard
Check out UNC Public Health Professor Jim Thomas's updated Pandemic Ethics Dashboard.16/06/20Pandemic Ethics Dashboard
We were lucky to get a preview of Dr. Jim Thomas’s (UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health) Pandemic Ethics Dashboard at his virtual Ethics Around the Table conversation in April, but we’re even … Continued
2020 Celebration & Poster Show
Watch our new video!22/04/202020 Celebration & Poster Show
Celebration & Poster Show Each Spring, the Parr Center recognizes and bids farewell to Graduating Seniors and International Students. On Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 at 5:30PM EDT the Parr Center he … Continued
Meet the newest member of the Parr Center team, Marina Greenfeld, our new Administrator!15/01/20Welcome our New Administrator, Marina Greenfeld
We are more than excited to usher 2020 in with Marina Greenfeld as our new Administrator. Marina is a graduating senior at UNC, a Parr Center Fellow, and an all around great addition to our team! She … Continued
Sally's New Position
Sally is the new Director of Undergraduate Programming15/01/20New Director of Undergraduate Programming, Sally Moore
Due to the increasing demand from Undergraduate students at UNC to become more involved with the Parr Center for Ethics we have had the pleasure of creating a new staff position, Director of Undergrad … Continued
Steve is Leaving
We will miss you Steve!15/01/20Outreach Director, Steven Swartzer, to Fordham University
Our longstanding Outreach Director, Steven Swatzer, will be transitioning into a new role staring January 2020. He will serve as the Associate Director for Academic Programs and Strategic Initiatives … Continued
Check out our redesign!15/01/20Parr Center Rebranding Project
Recently, the Parr Center for Ethics has worked with UNC Creative on a rebranding project to refresh the Parr Center’s look. As you’ll see in our new social media posts and poster designs we have a be … Continued
Staff Retreat15/01/20Staff Retreat
The Parr Center Staff took to the garden for their second annual Beginning of the Year Staff Retreat. We traveled to UNC’s Botanical Gardens which inspired ideas and strategic plans for growth within … Continued
Thankful for our Parr Center Fellows!15/01/20Fellow Thanksgiving
Undergrads and Grad Fellows gathered in Caldwell Hall library and mailroom to celebrate friendship and their hard work. We are grateful for all of our Fellows! The meal was a collection of homemade tr … Continued
Creepy Crawlin' Caldwell15/01/20Spooktacular Event
The Carolina Forum for Ethics, UNC’s first and only Undergradaute club dedicated to exploring and discussing Ethics, were inspired by the age and innate creepiness of Caldwell Hall and decided to deco … Continued
A look back at the Fellow Retreat15/01/202019-2020 Fellow Retreat
The 2019-2020 members of the Parr Center Fellowship went on a retreat with the UNC Ropes Course for a time of team building, on-boarding, and plenty of fun! The on-boarding included a portion w … Continued
Carolina Forum for Ethics 2nd Event15/01/20Eating Ethically
Carolina Forum for Ethics held their Second Event of the Year titled “Eating Ethically”directly before the Thanksgiving holiday. Speakers included UNC Philosophy PhD students: Brielle Balance, Frances … Continued
Scooby-Doo where are you?15/01/20Halloween Shenanigans
The Parr Center was in rare form this Halloween as the staff dressed up as Scooby Doo characters. By the end of the day, we produced a spoof of the Scooby Doo Theme Song. Click here to watch the video … Continued
Pumpkin Carving Contest
See this year's winners of the Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest!15/01/20Pumpkin Carving Contest
Given the theme “Ghastly”, each Undergraduate Fellow team was tasked in carving a pumpkin they believe most embodied this word. The Philosophy department voted and the top three pumpkins were announce … Continued
2019-2020 Parr Center Graduate Fellows
The newest Parr Center Graduate Fellows!15/01/202019-2020 Graduate Fellows
This year there were new requirements to become a Parr Center Graduate Fellow, yet this year the program experienced more growth than ever before! The Parr Center is proud to induct these students int … Continued
2019-2020 Parr Center Undergraduate Fellows
The Parr Center's Newest Additions to the Undergraduate Fellowship!15/01/202019-2020 Parr Center Undergraduate Fellows
With a pool of many accomplished applicants, this year’s selection process was tough. After much deliberation and careful thought, we are proud to induct these 40 students as this year’s Parr Center U … Continued
Undergraduate Reading Groups!
Want to join in on the discussion while enjoying catered food? Apply today!14/01/20Reading Groups, Spring 2020
What is a reading group? This Parr Center is thrilled to announce our inaugural suite of Reading Groups in Ethics! Reading groups meet, with a leader, over dinner to discuss a book relevant to ethics. … Continued
Director, Sarah Stroud, on Chapelboro Radio Station!
Want to hear about how our Director is making a difference at UNC?16/12/19Director, Sarah Stroud, on Chapelboro Radio Station!
Parr Center Director, Prof. Sarah Stroud, is a featured professor in the Focus Carolina series (which profiles UNC academics who are making a difference). Beginning the week of December 16, 2019, tune … Continued
Apply to be a Graduate Fellow!
Are you a UNC Graduate Student interested in Ethics?04/09/19Apply to be a Graduate Fellow!
Parr Center Graduate Fellows manage a dedicated pool of money reserved for collective activities of their choosing they might choose, e.g., simply to dine together and discuss work several times per y … Continued
Apply to be an Undergrad Fellow!
Looking to apply to our Undergraduate Fellowship program?04/09/19Apply to be an Undergrad Fellow!
What is an Undergraduate Fellow? Parr Center Undergraduate Fellows are a key component of the Center’s team. The fellows work to help develop, design, and promote events and programs for their peers a … Continued
Undergrad Fellow Recruitment 2019
What has the Parr Center been up to in the first weeks of the semester?04/09/19Undergrad Fellow Recruitment 2019
During the first few weeks of class the Parr Center tabled at Fall Fest and held three events to gain undergrad interest for our Fellowship. This was our largest recruitment yet! Parr Center at … Continued
Welcome to the Team!
Over the summer the Parr Center hired two fantastic staff members!04/09/19Welcome to the Team!
The Parr Center for Ethics is very excited to announce and welcome our two new new staff members: Event Coordinator, Jordan Lifer and NHSEB Director, Alex Richardson! Jordan received a BA in Economics … Continued
2019 Fellow Celebration and Posters
Want a tiny snippet of our first annual Parr Center Undergraduate Fellow End of the Year Celebration? We thoroughly enjoyed sending off our graduating seniors and exchange students with a touching evening of laughter, smiles...03/05/19Fellow Celebration and Poster Show
Want a tiny snippet of our first annual Parr Center Undergraduate Fellow End of the Year Celebration? We thoroughly enjoyed sending off our graduating seniors and exchange students with a touching eve … Continued
Kenan Moral Purpose Award Essay Contest Winners!
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...03/05/19Kenan Moral Purpose Award Essay Contest Winners!
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 es … Continued
E.A.T. with Karolyn Tyson
On March 7th, we held our first Ethics Around the Table (EAT) of the year featuring Karolyn Tyson, UNC Professor of Sociology. She discussed her work “Trust in Time of Crisis and Change: Black Parents...03/05/19Ethics Around the Table: Karolyn Tyson
On March 7th, we held our first Ethics Around the Table (EAT) of the year featuring Karolyn Tyson, UNC Professor of Sociology. She discussed her work “Trust in Time of Crisis and Change: Black Parents … Continued
Moral Obligations to Returning Veterans
The Carolina Forum for Ethics is UNC’s first and only undergraduate club dedicated to discussing and exploring ethical matters. Their first event of the 2018-2019 academic year...03/05/19Moral Obligations to Returning Veterans
The Carolina Forum for Ethics is UNC’s first and only undergraduate club dedicated to discussing and exploring ethical matters. Their first event of the 2018-2019 academic year was titled “Moral Oblig … Continued
Our New Director, Sarah Stroud
Sarah Stroud joined the Parr Center in 2018. She was previously Professor of Philosophy at McGill University, where she taught from 1993 to 2018. She holds degrees from Harvard (A.B.) and Princeton (Ph.D.). She works across...08/02/19Our New Director, Sarah Stroud
Sarah Stroud joined the Parr Center in 2018. She was previously Professor of Philosophy at McGill University, where she taught from 1993 to 2018. She holds degrees from Harvard (A.B.) and Princeton (P … Continued
Our NEW Undergraduate Blog: Parr Heels
Beginning in the 2018-2019 year, this will be a space for blog posts by the Undergraduate Fellows at the Parr Center for Ethics, UNC’s home for ethical inquiry. The Undergraduate Fellows are involved in every...08/02/19Parr Heels: Undergraduate Blog
Welcome to the Parr Heels Blog! Beginning in the 2018-2019 year, this will be a space for blog posts by the Undergraduate Fellows at the Parr Center for Ethics, UNC’s home for ethical inquiry. The Und … Continued
Ethics Across the Disciplines: Paula McAvoy
On February 25th, we hosted our first ever Ethics Across the Disciplines event. This is a new initiative by Director, Sarah Stroud to connect ethics to different departments across UNC’s campus. Our guest speaker was ...08/02/19Ethics Across the Disciplines: Paula McAvoy
On February 25th, we hosted our first ever Ethics Across the Disciplines event. This is a new initiative by Director, Sarah Stroud to connect ethics to different departments across UNC’s campus. Our g … Continued
NC High School Ethics Bowl
On Saturday, January 26th students from all across North Carolina came to UNC’s campus to compete in this year’s North Carolina Regional High School Ethics Bowl. The UNC’s University Communications ...08/02/192019 North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl
On Saturday, January 26th students from all across North Carolina came to UNC’s campus to compete in this year’s North Carolina Regional High School Ethics Bowl. The UNC’s University Communications fe … Continued
National High School Ethics Bowl Winners!
Students from across the United States came to UNC-CH to discuss complex and timely ethical dilemmas in the 7th annual event! ...08/02/192019 National High School Ethics Bowl Winners!
Students from across the United States came to UNC-CH to discuss complex and timely ethical dilemmas in the 7th annual event! Visit the National High School Ethics Bowl and Parr Center for Ethics Face … Continued