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Ethics Bowl is back.

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.


The 2021 North Carolina High School Ethics Bowl is scheduled for January 30, 2021. In order to safeguard the health and safety of our students, coaches, and volunteers while ensuring that the opportunity to participate remains, this year’s bowl will be administered virtually (via video conference) using a new and dedicated online platform being developed for just this purpose at the Parr Center. More details and instructions for platform use will be released later this Fall.




From NHSEB Director, Alex Richardson:


“The 2020-2021 season of the National High School Ethics Bowl will be, in many ways, an unprecedented one. Our organization and activity must rise to meet a moment which demands the very skills, values, and habits of mind NHSEB aims to foster. As you know, we live in a society characterized by disagreement over not just the substance of our politics, but some of our most fundamental beliefs, judgments, and values. In order for a democratic society to function well, its citizens must be able to reflect on, discuss, and, yes, vigorously disagree about these values in a way that is respectful, civil, and productive. As our politics grow more partisan and polarizing, this is a tall order in a normal year. The first half of 2020, however, has revealed even deeper challenges to our democracy and way of life in the forms of the destabilizing COVID-19 pandemic, accompanying economic and social crises, and a national moral reckoning around questions of racial identity, equity, and belonging. Now, perhaps more than ever, it is crucial for us to think, discuss, and get to work together on the issues that confront us all. The show, as they say, must go on…”


Read the full launch letter.