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Events for the Florida Blue Center for Ethics

2023-2024 Events

September 2023: Jacksonville Ted(x) Talk on Ethics and Artificial Intelligence

September 26th: "How Good Can We Be? Moral Decisions and Courage in the Workplace," Lecture and Roundtable discussion by Dr. Mitch Haney for the Jacksonville CFO Leadership Council (private event)

November 2023: John C. Maraldo Lecture in Comparative Philosophy and Religion with Dr. Brian Bruya

November 2023: UNF Team participates in Southeast Regional Collegiate Ethics Bowl Competition

February 2024: First Coast High School Ethics Bowl

April 2024: International Conference on Inquiry

Summer 2024: Ethics and Energy Humanities Conference

Please also check out related events sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies here

Ethics Bowl at UNF

Ethics Bowl team debating

The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) Ethics Bowl combines the excitement and fun of a competitive tournament with a valuable educational experience for undergraduate students. Recognized widely by educators, the Ethics Bowl has received special commendation for excellence and innovation from the American Philosophical Association, and received the 2006 American Philosophical Association/Philosophy Documentation Center's 2006 prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs. The format, rules, and procedures of the Ethics Bowl all have been developed to model widely acknowledged best methods of reasoning in practical and professional ethics.

In the Ethics Bowl, a moderator poses questions to teams of three to five students. Questions may concern ethical problems on wide ranging topics, such as the classroom (e.g. cheating or plagiarism), personal relationships (e.g. dating or friendship), professional ethics (e.g. engineering, law, medicine), or social and political ethics (e.g. free speech, gun control, etc.) Each team receives a set of ethical issues in advance of the competition, and questions posed to teams at the competition are taken from that set. A panel of judges evaluates answers; rating criteria are intelligibility, focus on ethically relevant considerations, avoidance of ethical irrelevance, and deliberative thoughtfulness.

The Florida Blue Center for Ethics is a sponsor of three areas related to Ethics Bowl: The UNF Ethics Bowl Team, the First Coast Ethics Bowl, and the UNF Ethics Academy

North Florida Philosophy Slams

Mihana speaking at a philosophy slam

Philosophy Slams are facilitated communal ponderings on philosophical issues related to life. They are held once a month during the academic year, from 6:30-8pm on the patio of Sahara Cafe & Bar (10771 Beach Blvd. Ste 110, Jacksonville, FL). Each slam begins with a short (roughly 15 minute) presentation followed by an informal open discussion (about 1 hour). Philosophy Slams are open to the public.

Spring 2024 Philosophy Slam Lineup

  • Jan. 17
    • "Technology and Evil" led by Jennifer Lieberman
  • Feb. 21
    • "Should Religion be Allowed in the Workplace?" led by Dennis LoRusso
  • Mar. 6
    • "First Ammendment and Hate Speech: Freedom from the Thought we Hate" led by John Reis
  • Apr. 3
    • "Altruism: Mission Impossible" led by Heather Pease



The Justice Sessions: A Sseries of Webinars featuring Speakers from Jacksonville and the UNF Community

Events co-sponsored by the Florida Blue Center for Ethics and the Department of English.

The Justice Sessions