About the Competition
Bioethics Bowl and Ethics Bowl are debate-style competitions for undergraduate students. Universities and colleges from all over the country participate. These events provide opportunities for students to learn more about contentious cases and moral quandaries.
Bioethics Bowl takes place every spring at the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference, which means students have the benefit of being able to reflect on the topics in the richer context of an academic conference program. Bioethics Bowl is focused on ethical issues within medicine and public health policy.
Ethics Bowl has regional competitions followed by nationals, hosted by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. Ethics Bowl cases cover a wide variety of contemporary issues that are morally problematic for professionals and the public at large.
About the Teammates and Coaches
Our teams are comprised of students from Georgetown University. Georgetown formed teams and competed for the first time in Spring 2011.
During Fall 2014, this team is organized and led by undergraduates from a variety of disciplines with the support of faculty and graduate students in the Philosophy Department and Kennedy Institute of Ethics.
During Spring 2015, Bioethics Bowl will be part of a for-credit course, Ethics: Debates in Bioethics. Check course listings.
In the Fall and Spring semesters, we open our doors to new undergraduates who wish to contribute to our teams. To see which students participated in past competitions, look here.
Previous Coaches and Assistants:
Michael Barnes (Fall 2012, Fall 2013)
Andy Blitzer (Spring 2012-Fall 2012, Fall 2013)
Laura Guidry-Grimes (Fall 2010-Spring 2014)
Cassie Herbert (Fall 2010-Spring 2012)
Colin Hickey (Fall 2012-Spring 2014)
Anne Jeffrey (Fall 2010-Spring 2012, Fall 2013-Sp. 2014)
Lauren Lefebvre (Fall 2011-Fall 2013)
Nabina Liebow (Fall 2012)
Tony Manela (Fall 2012)
Paddy McShane (Fall 2010-Spring 2012)
We are honored to have the support of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and GU Philosophy Department, which have generously provided funds for our travel every semester since we started competing!
We are extremely grateful to the following individuals and offices at Georgetown for making it possible for us to travel to competitions with generous financial contributions:
Provost Jim O'Donnell
Wayne Davis, Philosophy Department
Maggie Little, Kennedy Institute of Ethics
Dean Chester Gillis, GU College
Todd Olson, Student Affairs
Dean Gerry Mara, Graduate School
Dean Iguchi, School of Nursing & Health Studies
Dean Julie DeLoia, School of Nursing and Health Studies
We are also indebted to the following individuals for supporting our team:
Dr. Tom Beauchamp
Dr. Laura Bishop
Dr. Alisa Carse
Mr. David Cylkowski
Ms. Anne Walsh
Ms. Anne Haney
Mr. Randolph Pelzer