Stanford Practical Ethics Club and Ethics Bowl


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Photo of the 2020-2021 Ethics Bowl team. Pictured from left to right: JD Pruett, Natalie Feldman, Sarah Yribarren (Captain), Sajid Farook, and Cameron Loughney.

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).

Ethics Bowl

Each year, SPEC sends a team to the annual undergraduate Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.  Ethics Bowl is an intercollegiate 'debate' tournament where teams of 5 undergraduates from schools across the country present arguments about challenging ethical dilemmas to one another.

Tryouts for next year's team will be held the first week of Fall quarter.  Last year's team members were as follows: 

Sarah Yribarren, Captain
JD Pruett
Bhavya Shah
Cameron Loughney
Sajid Farook
Natalie Feldman

Those interested in learning more are warmly invited to email Collin Anthony Chen at canthony [at], and to subscribe to SPEC's mailing list.

For more information about the APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, visit