Fall 2010: Deep-Water Oil Drilling

Resolution:Given the current technological constraints, it is morally right for the federal government to maintain a moratorium on deep-water offshore oil drilling in US territorial waters.


Fall 2010 Course

Fall 2009 marks the sixth consecutive year of the Moral Forum course (University Honors 101), and 69 students enrolled in six sections of the course.


Our guest lecturers included:

•  Dr. Mark Nelson, Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs. Dr. Nelson spoke on the art and mechanics of public speech.
•  Dr. Chase Wrenn, Associate Professor, Philosophy. Dr. Wrenn lectured on the elements of successful moral argumentation.
•  Dr. Phillip Johnson, Associate Professor, Civil Construction, and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Johnson discussed technological, regulatory, and operational failures that contributed to the Macondo Well disaster.


View the Moral Forum 2010 Syllabus for more course details.


Sixth Annual Moral Forum Tournament

The three-week Fifth Annual Moral Forum Tournament was held in the School of Law, the Ferguson Center, and ten Hoor with the support of 60 volunteer judges including law students, graduate and undergraduate students, and faculty from across campus.

In front of a Morgan Auditorium audience of more than 300, a total of $11,000 in Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility scholarships were distributed on the final night.  Marlan Golden and Sean Dave argued in favor of a moratorium on off-shore drilling, and the winning team, Forrest Williams and Mark Penner, argued against it.  Perry Tate, Amanda Buxton, Mary Sellers Shaw, and Tyler Valeska were recognized for their achievements as semifinalists. Christopher Acree was also recognized as the outstanding individual debater and Perry Tate was recognized for his outstanding written case.