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Chicago Regional High School Ethics Bowl


January 20, 2018
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Event co-hosted by the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions at Illinos Tech and the University of Chicago's Civic Knowledge Project.

Looking to incorporate creative thinking and discussions about complex topics in your high school? Do you have an existing debate team that is looking for something different? Then think about joining the Chicago Regional High School Ethics Bowl!

We are currently recruiting teams who are interested in being a part of the 2017 Chicago area regional competition which will be held at the  Illinois Institute of Technology's main campus on January 20, 2018. The event is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions at Illinois Tech and Winning Words, a public ethics program of the University of Chicago's Civic Knowledge Project. 

The National High School Ethics Bowl gives combines the excitement and fun of a competition with an educationally valuable experience in the areas of practical and professional ethics. The competition focuses on a wide range of disciplines and issues, including emerging technologies, social justice, environmental ethics, and bioethics, just to name a few. Student teams demonstrate their ability to articulate the facts and ethical principles involved in the case and then present an effective argument on how the case should be resolved. 

All rounds of the Chicago Regional High School Competition will be held in the Stuart Building on Illinois Tech's main campus. A schedule of events will be posted in early December.

To Register:
All schools wishing to compete in the Chicago High School Regional Competition must register with the National High School Ethics Bowl (NHSEB). The registration fee is $75.00, and goes to help support the NHSEB.  After registration, coaches should send a email to Kelly Laas letting her know how many teams a school plans on bringing, and to be added to the mailing list for the competition.  

Cases in Play for the 2017 Chicago Regional Competition

Competition Rules

Judges Scoring Criteria 

Further Resources:

National High School Ethics Bowl 
Sponsored by the Parr Center for Ethics. Also includes information about regional competitions.

Frequenty Asked Questions 
Put together by the Parr Center for Ethics, this page gives a concise overview of what the ethics bowl is and why high schools might wish to participate in an ethics bowl competition. 

Ethics Bowl Overview 
A brief history of the development of the ethics bowl, its format, and its educational value.

The Educational Significance of the Ethics Bowl" Teaching Ethics 1.1 (2001): 63-78. 
This is an excellent article written by ethics bowl founder Robert Ladenson discussing in detail the development of the ethics bowl and what students take away from participating in an ethics bowl competition.

Resources for New Teams 
An excellent collection of resources for coaches and teams new to the Ethics Bowl. 


Thanks to the many organizations that help to make this event possible.