20th annual Life Raft Debate
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The 20th annual Life Raft Debate will be held Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at Palmer Hall. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2gqiVmJ The Life Raft Debate is an annual event at the University of Montevallo. Sponsored by the Philosophy Club, the Debate has occurred each Fall semester since 1998, making it the longest continually-held debate of its type. The debate occurs on the second Thursday in October during the university’s Founders’ Day commemoration. In the Life Raft Debate, we imagine that there has been a nuclear war, and the survivors (the audience) are setting sail to rebuild society from the ground up. There is a group of academic-types vying to win the coveted Oar and get on the raft, and only one seat is left. Each professor has to argue that his or her discipline is the one indispensable area of study that the new civilization will need to flourish.
At the end of the debating, the audience votes and the lucky winner claims the Oar and climbs aboard, waving goodbye to the others. Each professor gets to give an introductory account of his or her discipline, then give a brief rebuttal to the others, and, finally, the audience votes all but one panelist off.
Will it be simulcast again this year?
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