We chatted with Elton Li, UM Ethics Bowl founder and longtime A2Ethics collaborator, about his passion for applied ethics. Elton is currently studying medicine at Michigan State University. He discussed his most compelling case from his time with Michigan Ethics Bowl: "Freedom to Burn the Qur'an" (case #2 from fall 2011). We also talk about ethics education in medicine, and the importance of Ethics Bowl as an institution.

In this podcast, UM Ethics Bowl alumna Kate Leary discusses her favorite case from her time with the team: "Bodily Identity Integrity Disorder," a case from the 2016 Regional Bowl that explores the boundaries of medicine. Kate also discusses studying philosophy abroad, her current labwork at the University of Michigan, and majoring in Philosophy while preparing to study medicine.

A2Ethics is thrilled to kick off our "Authors Talk" interview series—in which we chat with past Michigan High School Ethics Bowl case study authors—with Michael Szporluk, who authored the 2017 case "Persons with Disabilities in Institutions." 

Matt Reardon, rising 3L at Harvard Law School and former Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl participant, discusses his most compelling case with us: how a faculty hiring committee should deal with a prospective professor whom students rate lower because he is unattractive. Along the way, Matt discusses his primary extracurricular pursuit: leading Effective Altruism at Harvard.

Matt Deaton talks to us about each of the hats he wears in the ethics sphere — professor, author and former Ethics Bowl Outreach Director— and what he's taken away from his experiences. 

Zoë Johnson-King, a principal founder of the University of Michigan Department of Philosophy Outreach Program, A2Ethics' partner in the Michigan Ethics Bowl, talks to us about her research into the impact of philosophy education. As she tells us on the podcast, this is a topic she knows firsthand, starting with a neon green philosophy handbook she found in her middle school library and, several twists and turns later, ultimately fulfilling her goal of studying philosophy in college.  

Cullen O'Keefe, former co-lead of the University of Michigan Ethics Bowl team and 2016 U of M graduate, walks us through his 'most compelling case' on transgender civil rights. He also discusses how an Ethics Bowl works and what it's like to be on the U of M Ethics Bowl team. 

Robin Zheng, a 2015 PhD graduate of the University of Michigan's Department of Philosophy, former Ethics Bowl volunteer and current assistant philosophy professor at the Singapore Yale-NUS school, discusses her fascinating work on implicit bias and responsibility with us.

A2Ethics talks the ethical benefits and pitfalls of participatory budgeting across the world with Ana Paula Pimental Walker, a professor of urban planning at the University of Michigan who specializes in PB. 

Karen Lancaster, finance director for the city of Ann Arbor, discusses the annual budgeting process for the city with us in what you could call a ‘Budget 101’. Walking through the stages of the budget process and different city funds, Karen suggests several ways citizens can be more informed and influential on their local budgets, such as coming to City Council meetings early on in the process, tracking funding allocations online or signing up for email updates.

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