in the Department of Philosophy and Religion

Dialogue Initiative: The Great Debate 2019

Dialogue Initiative: The Great Debate

April 4th

Bryant Hall, Rm. 209

5:30 pm with reception to follow in the Bryant Gallery at 7:00 pm

Each year, students from the UM Ethics Bowl Team address a difficult question and debate the issues for an audience of students, faculty, staff, and all members of the community. Given the number of high profile scandals recently surrounding the discovery of blackface and sexual assault allegations leveled at politicians in Virginia, the students chose this year’s topic to address the question:  “Should prior actions, once discovered, disqualify an individual from holding a position of moral leadership?”

The two teams of students present an array of arguments addressing the resolution question. After Judges’ questions and a Q and A and discussion from the audience, everyone is invited to a catered reception to continue the conversation informally. Through the clear presentation of claims and civil dialogue, we demonstrate how to make progress on thorny ethical and political questions in our society.


2019 UM Ethics Bowl team students:

Joshua Hall

Alexandra Kotter

Bria Mazique

Kenechukwu Okoye

Mimi Shufelt

Justice Strickland

Sarah Szopinski

Dakota Warren


Sponsored By:

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hume Bryant Chair of Ethics

The Department of Philosophy and Religion

SOPHIA: The Society for Philosophers in America, dedicated to promoting public discourse and civility