Monday, November 16, 2015

QED: The Ethical Debaters Compete in Upper Midwest Ethics Bowl

On Saturday, November 14th, three members of IIT's student club, QED: The Ethical Debaters, took part in the Upper Midwest Regional Ethics Bowl at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL. The team debated eight different ethical scenarios with some of the top ethics bowl teams in the midwest, including Oakland University and Macalester College. Team members who participated were Alice Arnell, Todor Markov, and Reno Waswil. Congratulations to the QED Ethical Debaters!

Monday, October 19, 2015

IPRO Students Present at International Neuroethics Conference

On Friday, October 16, students Cara Karter (CECD, 4th year) and Lorenzo Washington (Psychology, 4th year) took part in the evening poster session of the International Neuroethics Conference at the Art Institute of Chicago. The students presented the findings of IPRO 497-308, Stimulants for Enhancement Purposes, which conducted a survey examining the attitudes, use, and perceptions about the non-medical use of prescription stimulants for enhancing mental or physical performance, such as taking Adderall or Ritalin for enhancing academic performance.  

Representing the IPRO team, Karter and Washington answered questions about the study from conference attendees, including leaders in the field of neuroethics. Results from this research are also being shared in a paper submitted to the undergraduate research journal, Modern Psychological Studies

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Robert Landenson, founder of Ethics Bowl, speaks at Roundtable on Brainstorming Ideas on Education and Deliberation

Earlier this month, emeritus professor Robert Ladenson was invited to speak at a roundtable discussion organized by the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues that focused on brainstorming ideas on education and deliberation. Dr. Ladenson discussed how the Ethics Bowl has been used around the country by high schools and universities to help students not only to learn about important ethical issues, but also deliberate and discuss these issues in the form of a competition.

You read the blog post about this event at

Friday, September 4, 2015

CSEP Bioethics Journal Club: Next Meeting Wednesday, September 16

The Ethics Center is holding its next  Bioethics Journal Club on Wednesday, September 16th at 12:50 in Hermann Hall Room 205.  

The next article we will be reading is "Beyond Point-and-Shoot Morality: Why Cognitive (Neuro)Science Matters for Ethics", by Joshua Green. 

The abstract of the article we will be reading  for this session can be found here:

The journal club will meet every two weeks for the rest of this semester. Participants are welcome to propose future articles for discussion.

Everybody interested in discussing bioethics issues is very welcome!

If you are interested in joining, please contact Elisabeth Hildt at

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Join CSEP's Bioethics Journal Club!

The Ethics Center is launching a Bioethics Journal Club that will meet regularly to discuss recent academic articles on a variety of topics. 

Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, September 2, at noon.

Everybody interested in discussing bioethics issues is very welcome!

The title and abstract of the article we will be reading  for the first session can be found here:

Participants are welcome to propose future articles for discussion.

If you are interested in joining, please contact Elisabeth Hildt at

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New Books at the CSEP Library

We have another round of new books ready to be checked out at the Ethics Center Library!

Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality
Patricia S. Churchland
Human Identity and Bioethics
David DeGrazia
Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking
Daniel C. Dennett
Bioethics: A Systematic Approach
Bernard Gert
Hard Luck: How Luck Undermines Free Will and Moral Responsibility
Neil Levy
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
John Locke
Reasons and Persons
Derek Parfit
Staying Alive: Personal Identity, Practical Concerns, and the Unity of a Life
Marya Schechtman
Moral Psychology: Free Will and Moral Responsibility
Walter Sinnott- Armstrong
Moral Psychology: The Cognitive Science of Morality: Intuition and Diversity
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity
Charles Taylor
Morality: An Introduction
Bernard Williams
The Variety of Values: Essays on Morality, Meaning, and Love,
Susan Wolf

Be a Judge at the 2015 IIT Tech Global Leaders Ethics Bowl!

The Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions invites faculty, staff and interested graduate students to participate as a judge or moderator in the Illinois Tech Global Leaders Ethics Bowl on Friday, July 10, 2015 from 2-5 p.m. on the Illinois Institute of Technology Main Campus.
The Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program brings 100 high-achieving, Chicago-area high school students together for a four-week, thematic program that introduces them to diverse science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) career fields and involves the students in searching for solutions to pressing world problems with significant technological and ethical aspects.
The Ethics Bowl competition will challenge the students to take what they have learned during the first weeks of the program a step further, asking them to work as a group to analyze and discuss a series of ethics cases concerning world problems such as issues surrounding emerging technologies, the environment, disease prevention, crime, and issues related to the current economy and job creation.
There will be a 45-minute training session for judges and moderators at 2 p.m., after which there will be one round of ethics bowl. The deadline to volunteer is Tuesday, June 30, 2015.
If you have questions or are interested in being a part of the competition, email Kelly Laas at