Dilemmas, including ethical dilemmas, form part of daily life, and college students from the Washington region and beyond will compete in Baltimore on Saturday in finding solutions.
At the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ethics Bowl, held at the University of Baltimore, teams from at least 15 schools will be challenged with questions on a range of ethical issues related to cases sent out earlier for study.
After one team responds in the head-to-head competition, opponents must swiftly dissect the response. “That’s where the team effort comes in,” said Georgetown’s captain, Elizabeth Bakacs, a pre-med senior and math major.
Top teams from today’s regional event will go to the 2012 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Cincinnati.
The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics sponsors the competition. The association said the concept grew from a growing conviction about the need for “practical ethical discourse” in civic and professional life.
Weeks of preparation will culminate in Saturday’s performance.
“I’m definitely looking forward to it,” Bakacs said. It has been a valuable experience, she said, particularly for an aspiring physician. Teams must “evaluate the ethical dilemma” and decide what is right, she said. “It teaches you how to think.”