Seawolf Debate and public discussion: 'Should the State of Alaska lower taxes on the oil industry to encourage new exploration and development in the state?

2013-03-01 by

The Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE) and the UAA/APU Difficult Dialogues Initiative sponsored this public event, a debate by the Seawolf Debate team, comment from faculty and a public discussion over the question:

“Should the State of Alaska lower taxes on the oil industry to encourage new exploration and development in the state?”

Arguing for the proposition were Andrew Kerofsky and Matt Fox.
Arguing in opposition were Wiley Cason and Brittany Bennett.

Members of the faculty making comment included economists Matt Berman and Mouhsine Guettabi from the Institute of Social and Economic Research; Willie Hensley, a visiting distinguished professor with the College of Business and Public Policy; and Mike Doogan, former journalist, legislator and current Atwood Chair with the UAA Department of Journalism and Public Communication.

An audience of about 100 people attended this debate and discussion, including many Alaskans with deep knowledge of the state’s history and oil development background.

This event was recorded in Library Room 307 on Feb. 28, 2013.

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Difficult Dialogues
Matt Berman, Mouhsine Guettabi
ISER faculty page
Willie Hensley
Mike Doogan
Atwood Chair page, JPC website
Seawolf Debate

Race-based University admissions, Part 1: Seawolf Debate Team takes both sides

2010-09-21 by

Nearly 100 people gathered to debate and discuss race-based preference for University admissions. The Seawolf Speech and Debate Team opened the event with a debate in the British Parliamentary format that presented both sides of the issue.

Colin Haughey and Michaela Hernandez voiced the proposition that race-based preference for admissions should end.  They argued that a focus on socioeconomic status would guarantee an equal chance for a college education.

The opposition team, comprised of Drew Cason and Brett Frazer, argued that the university needs a race-based preference to advocate for diversity. Listeners enter the debate a few moments after it began, with Colin Haughey speaking.

This podcast was recorded Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010 in Library 307.

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Seawolf Debate Team website
Description of programs and debate competitions
Debate announcement
Green & Gold event announcement

Race-based University admissions, Part II: Faculty Discussion, Public Q & A

2010-09-21 by

In Part Two of this debate over race-based admissions to University campuses, four UAA faculty members discuss aspects of the debate. They include Dr. Diane Hirshberg, ISER and Education; Dr. Cheryl Easley, Dean of the College of Health and Social Welfare; Dr. Robert Boeckmann, associate professor of Psychology; and Jason Brandeis of the Justice department.

Their remarks appear at approximately these times:
—Hirshberg: .54 seconds
—Brandeis: 7:52
—Easley: 12:53
—Boeckmann: 19:02
—Audience Q & A: 26:24

This event is sponsored by the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE) and the UAA/APU Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogues. It was recorded on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010 in Library 307.

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Debate and discussion announcement
Green & Gold announcement for the debate
Difficult Dialogues website
Description of program
CAFE website
Description and programs promoting faculty excellence

Terry Tempest Williams, Kathleen Dean Moore and Charles Wohlforth discuss higher education's responsibility to address climate change

2010-09-14 by News, Sports, and Art

In this one-hour panel and audience Q and A, noted authors Terry Tempest Williams from the University of Utah, Kathleen Dean Moore from Oregon State University and Alaska writer Charles Wohlforth tackle the ethical responsibilities of higher education to address climate change and other critical environmental challenges.

This podcast was recorded on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010 in the UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307.

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Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE)
Details on workshops, forums and other assistance to faculty in teaching excellence
Terry Tempest Williams: Coyote Clan
Details on her work
OSU's Moore edits book on climate change
Details on Moore's recently released book, “Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril”
Charles Wohlforth website
Details on Wohlforth's two books, "The Whale and the Supercomputer" and "The Fate of Nature"

Public Policy Debate: The State of Alaska should not be involved in the institution of marriage

2010-03-25 by News, Sports, and Art

Hear the award-winning UAA Speech and Debate Team lay out the issues on this important topic, followed by a panel of faculty respondents and facilitated public discussion. The faculty respondents are Deborah Periman, Justice; Gale Smoke, Sociology; and Kristin Hanson, Philosophy.

This event is part of a series of debates sponsored by CAFE since 2003 to offer the Anchorage community the resources of the university as a basis for discussions of policies and issues affecting their future.

This podcast was recorded on March 18, 2010.

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