Stanford Practical Ethics Club and Ethics Bowl
Photo of the 2019-2020 Ethics Bowl team in Atlanta, GA where they were quarterfinalists. Pictured from left to right: Collin Anthony (coach), Evan Wisner, Sarah Yribarren, Nitish Vaidyanathan (captain), JD Pruett, and Amanda Orbuch.
The Stanford Practical Ethics Club (SPEC) was founded in 2017 to promote in-depth discussion of real-world ethical issues, to help students engage with ethical theory and ethical practice, and to facilitate participation in intercollegiate ethics events. The ethical concerns SPEC considers—from the right to data privacy to the moral value of art—are inherently interdisciplinary, and this is reflected in the variety of majors represented by the club's members, including Philosophy, English, International Relations, Economics, Public Policy, STS (Science, Technology, and Society), and Earth Systems. SPEC welcomes anyone and everyone to join, whether for a single conversation or for a full four years.
You can typically find SPEC students passionately engaged in discussion and debate in the dining halls of FloMo during their weekly gatherings over dinner (and, more recently, over their online Discord channel to keep connected during these challenging times).
One of SPEC's signature activities is their involvement in Ethics Bowl, an intercollegiate debate tournament that pits teams of 5 undergraduates against one another in discussing challenging ethical dilemmas. Each year, SPEC sends a team to the annual undergraduate Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. During the 2019-2020 season, they were quarterfinalists in the National tournmanet in Atlanta, GA.
The current team members are as follows:
Nitish Vaidyanathan, Captain (Senior)
Sajid Farook (Freshmen)
Sarah Yribarren (Sophomore)
Jasmine Bilir (Freshmen)
Cameron Loughney (Freshmen)