The IU Ethics Bowl team members, with the help of their coach, research and reflect on ethically vexing, real-world cases. The aim is to devise a thoughtful, principled, and evidence-based stance on the case at hand and then to debate it with other teams in a fun, competitive format. Since 2016, the team has been housed in the PACE program with generous support from the Office of the Provost, the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of Philosophy, the Hutton Honors College, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Business Law and Ethics in the Kelley School of Business.
In line with PACE’s mission to prepare students to be effective participants in American public life, Ethics Bowl requires participants to think through complex, contentious, and often ambiguous issues in order to develop informed opinions so that they can responsibly fulfill the duties of citizenship in a democratic society. Ethics Bowl is also an exercise in teamwork, careful listening, and effective communication skills.
The team attracts some of IU’s most promising future leaders. As Ethics Bowl alumni join the working world, one common theme among their testimonies about their experiences with Ethics Bowl is that the program instilled in them a commitment to ethical leadership.
Indiana University has fielded an Ethics Bowl team since 2001; in the fifteen years since IU’s team was founded, we have won two national championships (2004 and 2009) and three Central States regional championships (2007, 2011 and 2014). In addition to their success in competition, our Ethics Bowlers have become successful in a wide variety of careers, including law, academia, public policy, education, medicine and business.
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