Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

November 9, 2006

Whitworth to Host Fifth Annual Northwest Regional Ethics Bowl Nov. 11

Eight teams from colleges and universities in Washington and Montana will gather at Whitworth College on Saturday, Nov. 11, to take part in the fifth annual Northwest Regional Ethics Bowl. Matches will take place throughout the day in Weyerhaeuser Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

During the competition, teams will analyze ethically complex cases selected by ethics-bowl judges Edward Carr of The Boeing Company, Mike Ingram of Whitworth College, and Cathy Yu of the University of Washington. Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession will serve as one of the judges for the final match. The participating schools are Eastern Washington University, Montana State University, Peninsula College, Seattle University, University of Washington, Washington State University, and Whitworth.

Case topics will range from college-newspaper advertisements about emergency contraception and college dual-credit programs for high-school students, to laws against anti-gay protests at military funerals and laws against juvenile sex offenders. Prior to the competition, students research the cases and prepare to debate the topics. During each round of competition, the judges will pose a question about a topic and the teams will prepare responses using reasoning, application of ethical theories, and cogent-policy analysis. The teams will also give short presentations on their responses and then field questions from the judges.

Following is Saturday's schedule of ethics-bowl matches, which will take place in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth:

  • 9:30-10:40 a.m. First pair of matches – Rooms 203, 204, 303, 304

  • 10:50 a.m.-Noon Second pair of matches – Rooms 203, 204, 303, 304

  • 1-2:10 p.m. Third pair of matches – Rooms 203, 204, 303, 304

  • 2:40-4 p.m. Semi-final matches – Rooms 203 and 303

  • 4:15-5:30 p.m. Final match – Room 203

  • 5:45 p.m. Trophy presentation – Room 203

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college, which has an enrollment of 2,500 students, offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Keith Wyma, associate professor of philosophy, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4772 or kwyma@whitworth.edu.

Mike Ingram, associate professor of communication studies and associate dean for faculty development and scholarship, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4428 or mingram@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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