From Friday June 30 to Sunday July 2, returning and prospective Ethics Bowl participants met at APPE’s 4th annual Ethics Bowl Summer Workshop. The event was hosted by San Jose State University and was attended by about 40 individuals, which included representatives from both the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl and the National High School Ethics Bowl.
The Ethics Bowl Summer Workshop was created with the goal of giving new participants an opportunity to train for Ethics Bowl, and to give returning participants the chance to hone their skills and collaborate on new ideas. Although workshop leaders develop a preliminary agenda, the topics for workshop sessions are decided on by the participants on the first morning of the workshop. This ensures that participants get the information they are most in need of coming in to the event.
This year, the workshop ran participant breakout sessions on the following eight topics:
- Research and Moral Frameworks
- Starting a High School Ethics Bowl Team
- Big Picture (organizing a large bowl and looking forward to future bowls)
- Recruitment of Team Members
- Collaboration/Coordination between the High School and College Bowls
- Managing Time
- Diversity and Community Outreach
In addition, more than half of the workshop participants attended our Friday afternoon special session for newcomers—the ABC’s of Ethics Bowl—which is an increase over previous years. There were also more participants interested in sessions on the High School Bowl than in the past. A copy of the full agenda can be found here.
The feedback from workshop participants was overwhelmingly positive, and we look forward to continuing to host these events in the years to come.