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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Immigration in Alaska

2014-10-10 by

The Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence, Difficult Dialogues Initiative & Seawolf Debate Program debate issues related to Immigration in Alaska.

A bill recently passed by the Alaska legislature changes the duration of an Alaska driver’s license to match the expiration date of a resident immigrant’s documentation. Questions have been raised as to the role of the state in enforcing federal immigration laws, and the costs to the state of doing so. Join us as we debate this new law, and discuss several other immigration issues in Alaska.

This event was 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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UAA Seawolf Debate vs. Yale Debate, March 20, 2014

2014-03-25 by

This is a recording of the March 20, 2014 UAA YALE Debate.

With cuts to public school funding looming in several big Alaska school districts, the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolf Debate team took on Yale University’s team to debate this statement: “No public funds should go to support competitive athletics in public education.”

Representing UAA were seniors Brittany Bennett and Matthew Stinson. Representing Yale were Sam Ward-Packard and Sesenu Woldemariam.

Debate coach Steve Johnson called the debate for Yale because that team managed to move audience opinion during the debate. Those who came to agree with Yale that no funding should be spent on competitive athletics in public education grew from 36 percent to 42 percent. Johnson defined the winner as the team that could move the audience’s viewpoints. Those who agreed with the UAA team that held funding should continue for competitive athletics remained a solid 53 percent before and after the debate.

This debate was recorded March 20, 2014 in the East High Auditorium.



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Public Policy Debate: "UAA Should be a Smoke-Free Campus"

2014-03-17 by

Recorded February 20, 2014.

Featuring the award-winning UAA Speech and Debate Team, a faculty response panel, and a facilitated discussion. This event is part of a series of debates and discussions sponsored by the UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence since 2003 to offer the Anchorage community access to university resources as a basis for discussions of policies and issues affecting their future.



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UAA vs. Harvard Debate: 'This House would repeal the Second Amendment'

2013-04-26 by News, Sports, and Art

The UAA Seawolf Debate Program goes up against Harvard University debaters to address the motion “This House would repeal the Second Amendment.”

Recorded on April 25, 2013.
Hosted by the Bear Tooth Theatrepub.
Sponsored by UAA, The Alaska Humanities Forum and Alaska Airlines.



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