Honors Bulletin Board

U-M Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Team

"Should humans create super-intelligent computers?”
“What are ethical implications of driverless cars?”
“How should we manage the competing interests of culture and science?”

Every year, the University of Michigan Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl team tackles question like these head-on.  Using dialectic, we develop rigorous answers to challenging problems in practical ethics.  Then we compete against other universities from around the region and nation to test our ability to civilly and critically reason through the dilemmas these issues pose.

If this sounds like something you would enjoy doing, then we encourage you to consider joining us for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Neither public speaking experience nor training in philosophy are required, just a willingness to work hard, think critically, and practice regularly.  The range of topics covered in a typical tournament vary widely, and we therefore seek out students with a wide range of academic and professional interests in our recruiting.  We also value a diversity of perspectives in our dialectical process, so students of all genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, religions, (dis)abilities, nationalities, and socioeconomic statuses are encouraged to apply.  Because sustainable membership and leadership are governing principles of our organization, current first-year and second-year students will be given preference. If you are interested or have any questions, email Cullen O’Keefe at ccokeefe@umich.edu as soon as possible.

This year, we advanced to the APPE National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl for the second time in our brief history.  We are also expanding our mission to include the promotion of ethical discourse on our campus.  This is an exciting time for the University of Michigan Ethics Bowl team, but we have a lot of work ahead of us.  I hope you will consider joining us in our effort to courageously and honestly explore the big questions facing us all today.

Apps open through the end of May 2015.