WMU News

Ethics Bowl features medical and communication issues

Nov. 8, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Eight Western Michigan University students will attempt to solve several ethical dilemmas from the fields of medicine and communications in the 1999 WMU Ethics Bowl Wednesday, Nov. 10.

The WMU Ethics Bowl, modeled after television's popular "College Bowl," will see two teams of four students from WMU's Departments of Philosophy and Communication engage in the ethical analysis of scenarios that present various ethical quandaries. The free public event will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Lee Honors College.

Dr. Insoo Hyun, assistant professor of philosophy and associate director of the WMU Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, says the ethics bowl participants will analyze four cases and then answer questions posed by a team of jurors who will evaluate their analyses.

"Unfortunately I can't go into the details of the cases because they're suppose to be somewhat of a surprise to them," Hyun said. "All I can say is two of the cases are going to be medical ethics related and the other two are going to be communication ethics related."

The 1999 WMU Ethics Bowl is organized by WMU's Center for the Study of Ethics in Society to demonstrate how an intercollegiate ethics game is played and discuss its educational merits.

For the past three years, WMU has sent teams to compete in the national Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. WMU captured third place among 18 national teams in the fourth annual intercollegiate bowl in Dallas last February. Information and applications for the 2000 WMU intercollegiate team will be available at the 1999 WMU Ethics Bowl.

For more information, contact Hyun at (616) 387-3113.

Media contact: Pauline Oo, 616 387-8400, pauline.oo@wmich.edu

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