Fourth Annual Life Raft Debate on Oct. 4
You've survived the apocalypse. Now it's time to rebuild.
Rebuilding society requires specialized skills. But what types of skills, knowledge or leadership styles are most crucial to humanity's survival?
Join University Housing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the Union Theatre for the annual Life Raft Debate. Listen to a panel of professors debate what field of knowledge deserves the top spot in rebuilding the new world.
Then vote for yourself.
Attendees can win survival-themed prizes. After the event, there will be a reception with the professors. Light refreshments will be served.
This year's Life Raft Debate will feature the following faculty:
- Kate Chapman, psychological science
- Kate Shoulders, agriculture education, communications and technology
- Noah Bilig, landscape architecture
- Matthew Patitz, computer science and computer engineering
Professors will be asked to defend the merits of their own disciplines while showing how their disciplines contribute to society at large.
There will be several rounds of debate, and students vote for who should advance to the next round. The debate will offer a unique intellectual experience that challenges students to consider the impact that academic life has on society.
"Life Raft" debates started almost 20 years ago at the University of Montevallo in Alabama. Since then, several universities including Cornell University, University of Buffalo, the College of William and Mary, and University College Dublin have started their own annual traditions. The goal of the event is to help students see the value of their academic training in a much broader context.
About @Home. Life Raft Debate is a part of University Housing's @Home series. The @Home series includes 14 events throughout the 2017-2018 academic year designed to promote the three primary tenants of academic success, personal development and multicultural education.
Meredith Baltz, coordinator for residence education
Asmita Singh, a doctoral student in food science, will have results of her research published in the March issue of the peer-reviewed journal Food Quality and Preference.
Weston Waldo has been named venture development program manager in the Office of Technology Ventures. Waldo, whose name is 王卫地 in Chinese, began his appointment on Oct. 1.
The Northwest Arkansas Council released a study and recommendations by The Sustainability Consortium based on the movement of recyclable materials.
The U of A supports these transferring students with scholarship opportunities like the Arkansas Transfer Achievement Scholarship, as well as guides to course equivalencies and transfer planning.
This program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher from any discipline and includes a paid, 12-week assignment with a host organization. Apply by Friday, Nov. 13.