Seawolf Debate: 'UAA should prioritize workforce development over a liberal arts education'

2015-11-20 by News, Sports, and Art

Recorded November 12, 2015.

The Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence, Difficult Dialogues Initiative and Seawolf Debate Program hosted a public debate, faculty forum and discussion: “UAA should prioritize workforce development over a liberal arts education.”

The media contains numerous reports of U.S. jobs going unfilled, or being outsourced to distant lands, because too few American workers have the requisite skills to perform them well. In Alaska, with the fiscal crisis expected to last into the foreseeable future, and with student debt rising, the pressure on students to have highly marketable skills is on the increase. More than two dozen universities in Japan are reducing or eliminating academic programs in the humanities and social sciences, following a dictum from Tokyo to focus on disciplines that “better meet society’s needs.” But don’t we need citizens capable of navigating their way through the complex social and political challenges we face, using skills and perspectives provided by a well-rounded liberal arts education? Join us for this important discussion.

Featuring the award-winning UAA Seawolf Debate Program, a faculty response panel and a facilitated public discussion.

With UAA faculty panelists:
• Dan Kline, English
• LuAnn Piccard, Engineering
• Landry Signe, Political Science
• Kyle Hampton, Economics

This event is part of a series sponsored by the UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence since 2003 to offer the UAA and Anchorage communities access to university resources as a basis for discussions of policies and issues affecting its future.

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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 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