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5th Annual Ethics Bowl to be Hosted by University of Findlay

Jack Barger | Fri Jan 10, 2020

The 5th Annual Ohio Regional High School Ethics Bowl will take place on the second floor of University of Findlay’s College of Business and Student Life building on Saturday, January 11th, 2020. Roughly 20 teams, composed of eight different high schools, along with 30 judges and moderators from the UF community will be on hand for the competition.

The National High School Ethics Bowl and the regional ethics bowls it supports are competitive yet collaborative events in which students discuss real-life ethical issues. In each round of competition, teams take turns analyzing cases about complex ethical dilemmas and responding to questions and comments from the other team and from a panel of judges.

An ethics bowl differs from a debate competition in that students are not assigned opposing views; rather, they defend whichever position they think is correct, provide each other with constructive criticism, and win by demonstrating that they have thought rigorously and systematically about the cases and engaged respectfully and supportively with all participants.

According to UF professor of philosophy, Matthew Stolick, who has organized the event for the past four years, the event is for the whole state of Ohio and only UF has it here. “This is an extremely formative experience for lots of these students, many of whom come back year after year,” he said.

The general public and UF community are encouraged to attend, and in addition to the competition, there will be free t-shirts, awards, and a free pizza lunch.

With 40 regionals across the country, the winner of Ohio’s region will face the New York City winner for the chance to go to the national bowl at The University of North Carolina in April 2020. For further inquiry, contact Stolick at stolick@findlay.edu and at (419) 434-6998.

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