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Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
The competition this weekend will involve knowledge and wits at the Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl. On Nov. 11-12, a team from Dartmouth will be at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., to test their reasoning skills against teams from schools around the northeast. The winners of this weekend's will go on to the national Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl next February, which is held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association of Practical and Professional Ethics in Cleveland.
"The Ethics Bowl provides students with an opportunity to gather together in a less formal way than a classroom setting to discuss and debate issues of great importance in the world today," says Aine Donovan, the executive director of Dartmouth's Ethics Institute and the advisor to the Dartmouth team. "It helps develop moral reasoning skills."
The team began preparation at the beginning of the term. Some of the cases that the group has practiced on involve eminent domain, free speech, vaccinations for attending public school, looting during times of crisis, and television producers who mislead audiences.
According to the Ethics Institute website, Dartmouth students competed in the Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl last February, and they placed fourth in the semi-final rounds.
"The current team is very diverse in their political views, making for very interesting - and long - sessions," says Donovan. "Sometime the only thing they will agree on is the type of pizza I should provide."
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