Ethics Bowl Team Takes Second at Regionals, Advances to Nationals
November 22, 2011
On Saturday, November 19, Georgetown's Ethics Bowl team faced off against teams from around the Mid-Atlantic region in a debate-style competition sponsored by the the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE). APPE's Ethics Bowl is a debate-style tournament in which teams are asked to analyze, in advance of the competition, a set of cases imbued with ethical problems according to the best methods of reasoning in practical ethics. In each round, a moderator reads a case from the set and presents the teams with a question pertaining to the case; a group of qualified judges assesses the responses on the basis of ethical relevance, deliberative thoughtfulness, and intelligibility. For instance, the 2011 National Championship competition featured a case on the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" practice in the military; students were asked questions about the morality and constitutionality of this practice in competition.
With expectations raised by a Washington Post interview with team captain Elizabeth Bakacs, the Georgetown team --- consisting of Michael Vu (C'14), Corrine Schmidt (SFS'14), Tandice Ossareh (C'12), Joelle Rebeiz (SFS'14), Maggie Cleary (SFS'14), and Charlotte Iupe (C'14) --- went on to defeat all three opponents to advance to the semi-finals — and earn one of just four spots in the National competition, which will take place in March 2012.
You can read more about the stiff competition they faced in the Regionals here.
The Department wishes to congratulate the coaches and members of the Ethics Bowl team and looks forward to supporting their efforts at Nationals.