Life Raft Debate

2021 Life Raft Debate

Date: Thursday, Jan 21, 2021
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Location:
Virtual Zoom event

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Space agencies have discovered an asteroid is on a collision course with planet Earth. In order to preserve humanity, a settlement has been developed on Mars.

Faculty debaters must put forth their proposal to the Interplanetary Council (the audience), to occupy the last seat on the last shuttle to Mars. Professors will each argue that their discipline is the one indispensable area of study that the new settlement will need to survive.

Each prof will argue that their discipline is the one indispensable area of study that the new settlement will need to survive — but it will be up to you to decide which one makes the best case. 

Presented by the Society of Scholars with support from alumni UBC and the UBCO Ice Cream Club.

Debaters

Dr. Lesley Cormack
History and Sociology

Dr. Sandy Hilton
Management

Dr. Ray Taheri
Engineering
2020 Defending Champion

Dr. Sally Stewart
Health and Social Development

Dr. Robin Young
Biology

Devil’s Advocate

Dr. Bryce Traister
English

Host

Dr. Stephen McNeil
Chemistry
2019 Champion

About the Life Raft Debate

In the annual UBCO Society of Scholars Life Raft Debate, we imagine that a catastrophic event has wiped out most of humanity and the survivors (the audience) must sail off to rebuild society.

Only one final seat remains on the life raft. Five professors will each argue that their discipline is the one indispensable area of study that the new civilization will need to survive.

Finally, one professor will take on the role of devil’s advocate and argue that the survivors should actually choose no one and that their new society will be better off without a professor aboard.

If you are interested in being a part of the Life Raft Debate or you have a suggestion for a debater for next year’s event, please contact us at scholars.ok@ubc.ca.

 


 

previous debates

2020 Life Raft Debate

Zombie Apocalypse Edition

Debaters

Dr. Deborah Buszard
University Administration

Dr. Greg duManoir
Human Kinetics

Dr. Stephen McNeil
Chemistry
2019 Defending Champion

Dr. Ray Taheri
Engineering

Dr. Bryce Traister
English

Devil’s Advocate

Dr. Jan Cioe
Psychology

Host

Dr. Peter Arthur
Education

Winner

2020 Champion: Dr. Ray Taheri

2019 Life Raft Debate

Debaters

Dr. Denise Kenney
Theatre

Dr. Stephen McNeil
Chemistry

Dr. Christine Schreyer
Anthropology

Dr. Ray Taheri
Engineering

Dr. Michael Woodworth
Psychology

Devil’s Advocate

Dr. Marianne Legault
Languages and World Literatures

Host

Dr. Peter Arthur
Education

2019 Champion: Dr. Stephen McNeil