2018 Ethics Bowl

FSU Anthropology placed 2nd in the Society for American Archaeology’s Ethics Bowl on April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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The FSU Ethics Bowl Team of John Sabin, Annalise Hollingshead, Nick Yarbrough and Cam Walker.

The Ethics Bowl is a debate competition for undergraduate and graduate students where teams from different universities compete by debating solutions to the ethical dilemmas archaeologists face in our day-to-day lives.  All rounds are held in front of live audiences during the SAA Annual Meeting.  Each year, hypothetical cases are developed using real-life experiences and suggestions from academic, CRM, and avocational archaeologists around the world.  Ethics Bowl teams then formulate and defend reactions and solutions to these ethical dilemmas using their academic knowledge of numerous ethical guidelines and laws, as well as their personal research and fieldwork experiences.  Judges regularly comment that Ethics Bowl contestants demonstrate stronger ethical decision making skills than many working archaeologists have sometimes shown.

FSU beat out two other teams (including the 2017 winner - UC San Diego/University of Puerto Rico) to make it to the final round, where they went head to head with Cornell. Unfortunately, they were not the winner, but they put up a good fight!

Just wait until next year.

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