UW-Madison Will Host Upper Midwest Regional Ethics Bowl

Upper Midwest Regional Ethics Bowl will take place at the Pyle Center on the UW-Madison campus on Saturday, December 1, 2007. The regional ethics bowl is one of eight regional competitions taking place this fall as part of the national Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl (IEB).

Ethics Bowl is an academic competition for undergraduate students combining excitement and fun with an educationally valuable experience in the areas of practical and professional ethics. The ethics bowl competition is a way for undergraduates to fine tune their reasoning skills and enhance their awareness of ethical issues in every day life.

In the ethics bowl, a moderator poses questions to teams of three to five undergraduate students. Questions may address a wide array of subjects, such as academic ethics, business or professional ethics, ethical issues in personal relationships, or social and political ethics. Each team receives a set of mini-cases in advance of the competition, and questions posed to teams are taken from that set, explains Sarah Pfatteicher, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs and Services with the UW-College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, a major sponsor the Midwest ethics competition.

Panels of judges evaluate the teams’ answers based on four criteria:
clarity of argument, identification of critical issues, focus, and deliberative thoughtfulness. On February 21, 2008, the thirty-two top scoring teams in the eight regional ethics bowls will compete for the IEB national championship at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) in San Antonio, Texas.

To learn more about the IEB visit its web site:

Eleven teams are scheduled to compete at the upper Midwest event including teams from UW-Madison, Carleton College, University of Detroit-Mercy, Edgewood College, Harper College x2, Illinois Inst. Of Technology, Loyola University, Northeastern Illinois University, Oakland University, Ripon College, and Western Michigan University.

The public is welcome to attend the Upper Midwest Ethics Bowl. Welcome and a review of the competition format begins at 10:00 AM, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007 at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St. Madison, WI

For more information, contact: Sarah Pfatteicher, 608-262-3003,