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The Society for American Archaeology’s Committee on Ethics Presents

The 15th Annual Ethics Bowl
April 11, 2019

Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to organize a team of 3 to 5 participants with a faculty mentor to take part in the next year's event during the 84th Annual Meeting of the SAA, April 10-14, 2019, in Albuquerque, NM.

If your university* is interested in participating in the event, please contact us at saaethicsbowl@gmail.com by January 31, 2019. To register for this event, send an email to the organizing committee with the names and email addresses of the 3-5 members of your team and your faculty mentor. Please designate a chief contact person (team member or faculty mentor) to receive emails and instructions on behalf of the team.

About the Ethics Bowl

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. 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 drawn from professional and eminent archaeologists grade the teams on their responses, throw them curveball questions that extend or change key components of the cases, and decide which teams advance to the final round and compete for prizes. It’s an awesome experience and a great opportunity to practice ethical decision making before being placed in a hard situation in real life. Judges regularly comment that Ethics Bowl contestants demonstrate stronger ethical decision making skills than many working archaeologists have sometimes shown.

All rounds are held in front of live audiences during the SAA Annual Meeting.

*Note: Teams made up of more than one institution are allowed. All team members must be registered for the 84th Annual Meeting in order to participate


Congratulations to the past Ethics Bowl winners

2018 - Cornell University

2017 - University of Puerto Rico/University of California, San Diego

2016 - University of Georgia

2014 - University of California, Berkeley

2013 - University of California, Berkeley

2012 - Northern Arizona University

2011 - University of California, Santa Barbara
2010 - Brown University
2009 - Texas A&M University
2008 – University of California, Berkeley
2007 - Brown University
2006 - San Diego State University
2005 - University of Arizona
2004 - Indiana University/University of Nevada-Reno

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