Congratulations go to our CSUB Ethics Team for their quarter final finish at the National Championship in Virginia. Dr. Debra Jackson reports the following:
Should states mandate or prohibit insurance companies from providing expensive assisted reproductive technologies? Should the water-intensive California almond industry be abolished or subsidized? Does the presence of military psychologists during interrogations of prisoners hinder or encourage torture? Should we praise or condone President Obama for using the word "thug" to describe rioters in Baltimore last year? These were just a few of the many timely questions considered during the Twentieth Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl (IEB) National Championship.
After winning the California Regional IEB competition on December 5, 2015, CSUB’s ethics bowl team--Erin Baker (senior, Philosophy), Josh Lofy (senior, Physics), Pedro Naveiras (senior, Philosophy and Political Science), and Travis Rosenlieb (senior, Philosophy)--qualified to compete in the National Championship.
Thirty-six teams from across the United States and Canada competed in the day-long tournament held on February 21, 2016, in Reston, VA. CSUB’s team performed well during the competition, making it to the quarterfinals (top 8). The team was also a finalist (out of five) for the Landenson Award, given to the team that best exemplified the event’s overarching spirit of engaged rational exploration of complex issues through civil discussion. The team prepared for nearly six months under the supervision of Associate Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Debra Jackson.
Support for the CSUB Ethics Team was provided by the Kegley Institute of Ethics, the Office of the Vice-President of Student Affairs, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of the President.