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March Newsletter: 2nd Michigan High School Ethics Bowl

The 2nd Michigan High School Ethics Bowl showcased the philosophical talents of students from six area schools. 

After an all-day cogitating olympiad featuring teams from Ypsilanti, Washtenaw Technical Middle College, Saline, Huron, and Greenhills, the thinkers from Ann Arbor Pioneer High School earned the laurels and the trophy. The team will proudly represent Michigan at the upcoming National Bowl in North Carolina. Known by their competition name--The Communist Partay--the team will not be spending their spring break on the North Carolina beaches at a clambake. Instead, they will be collectively contemplating  ethical quandaries and case studies with their comrades, the state and regional bowl champions from California, Texas, New York--and Winnipeg, Manitoba.  

So, give the Pioneer Partay an ovation and a shout as the Michigan champions put on their own symposium at the National Bowl. Please feel free to send them a note of support. Better yet, be a fan and set up your RV in the Dean Smith Arena parking lot at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on April 9-11th to cheer on the Pioneer Ethics Bowl Team. The Final Four will be over by then. What's more--basketball is just a game. Ethics is for life. 
 
 
Arbor Hospice Slammers Take The Fifth!

The Ethics Team from Arbor Hospice took home the philosopher's hat AND The People's Choice Award at the Fifth Big Ethical Question Slam. They must be charmed. We are thrilled to have this team the American standard bearer in the first ever International Slam-off with the winning slammers from the Manitoba Association for Rights & Liberties

Save the date: Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 6:30pm to 9pm at Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub. 
Public Health, Personal Choice, Parental Rights.

You 
don't have to go to Disneyland to learn about the ethical issues and political controversy swirling around the recent measles outbreak. 

See you at: The annual Bishop Lecture in Bioethics and Research Colloquium on March 17, 2015 sponsored by our friends at the U-M Center for Bioethics & Social Sciences in Medicine. The keynoter this year is Professor Lawrence Gostin discussing: "Law, Ethics, and Public Health in the Vaccination Debates: Politics of the Measles Outbreak." 

 
 
A salute to the U-M Ethics Bowl Team on their stellar showing at the National Intercollegiate Bowl in Costa Mesa, California. The team just missed the top 8 elimination round--a very respectable record--don't you think? A special nod to the seniors: we wish them the best as they graduate and continue their journeys.