Ethics Bowl is an event inspired by the nationally televised College Bowl. It began in 1995 as an intercollegiate competition developed by faculty at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Marian University has sponsored the Central States Regional Ethics Bowl since 1999.
In this multidisciplinary event, teams of up to five college students exercise their moral reasoning skills in a friendly and competitive atmosphere. The Central States Regional Ethics Bowl is open to all undergraduate majors and interests.
In an Ethics Bowl match, a moderator will question two teams, one defending team and one opposing team, on each case. Teams will receive a set of cases prior to the match. However, they will not know in advance which case they will be asked to discuss or the question that they will be asked. After the defending team has answered the question, the opposing team will comment on the defending team’s answer. The defending team then responds to the opposing team’s commentary. After the judges evaluate both teams on their performance, the teams reverse roles for the next round and the next case. Rules for regional competitions are established by the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl and are available at the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl website and at the link above.