UAA vs. Hart House Debate: ‘Consumers have a duty to buy locally’

April 21, 2016

UAA vs. Hart House Debate April 21, 2016

The UAA Seawolf Debate Program takes on the University of Toronto’s top-ranked Hart House Debating Union for a debate about whether we have a moral obligation to support local businesses – or not.

The motion for debate: “Consumers have a duty to buy locally.”

Watch the action Thursday, April 21, starting at 7 p.m. in the Discovery Theatre (Alaska Center for the Performing Arts – 621 West 6th Avenue). The event will be followed by an optional VIP post-event reception.

General admission starts at $20. Tickets available at or by calling 263-ARTS.

University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolf Debaters:
Sam Erickson & Sarah Elton
Sam & Sarah were most recently named one of the Top 8 debate teams in the U.S. at the 2016 national championship when they placed as Semifinalists, and champions of the 2016 Western Regional Championship.

Hart House (University of Toronto) Debaters:
Aislin Flynn & Alexandra Sundarsingh
Aislin & Alexandra were recently recognized as one of the Top 16 teams in the world when they played as Quarterfinalists at the 2016 World Universities Debating Championship Quarterfinalists.

With commentary from guest judges:
Mayor Ethan Berkowitz (Anchorage)
Dr. Stephanie Bauer (UAA Philosophy Professor)
Dr. Kyle Hampton (UAA Economics Professor)

The UAA Seawolf Debate Program hosts an exhibition debate each spring, in conjunction with a local business, to bring Anchorage an opportunity to see the UAA Seawolf Debate team in action on an issue of significant community interest. This year’s teams, UAA and the University of Toronto, represent two of the Top 20 debate programs in the entire world. This event is a fundraiser for the UAA Seawolf Debate Program and is sponsored by Kaladi Brothers Coffee. Attendees can enhance their experience by joining us for the post-event reception to meet the debaters in a more intimate setting and revel in this year’s accomplishments of the UAA Seawolf Debate Program.

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