The Hiram College Ethics Bowl Team competed in the Upper Midwest Regional Ethics Bowl at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Ill. on Nov. 14, 2015. Students Mackenzie Barry ’16 (English and Spanish) of Twinsburg, Heather Brant ’17 (philosophy and political science) of Dorset, Alan Fink ’17 (management) of Andover, Marti Pilon ’18 (philosophy) of West Farmington and Macey Hickman ’19 (philosophy and political science) of Windham, and advisors Colin Anderson, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy, and Megan Altman, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy attended the competition.
Dr. Anderson said the team spent the six-hour drive discussing ethical issues and developing and critiquing arguments, providing students with an excellent impromptu and informal learning opportunity. They competed against teams from Loyola University Chicago, Oakland University, Ripon College and University of Wisconsin, Madison. Among the ethical debate topics were the issues of free speech, human rights, freedom of religion and more.
“As an educational experience it was as strong as it always is,” said Dr. Anderson.
The Ethics Bowl is an intercollegiate debate competition focusing on case studies in ethics that is sponsored each year by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE). Ten regional Ethics Bowl competitions will take place throughout the United States between Nov. 14 and Dec. 5 and the 32 teams with the top scores will qualify for the 20th Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Championship which takes place on Feb. 21, 2016 in Reston, Virginia.