October 2, 2023

Life Raft Debate Comes to UMW!

In celebration of Founders Day, we will convene the first ever “Raft Debate” on Monday, March 14, at 4 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium.  All members of the University community are invited to attend and participate. This entertaining program will feature three members of the UMW faculty arguing that their disciplinary perspective should be given the last seat on the life raft. The event will be moderated by Provost Jonathan Levin and will include:

  • Randall Reif, Assistant Professor of Chemistry (representing the natural sciences)
  • Leslie Martin, Associate Professor of Sociology (representing the social sciences)
  • Gary Richards, Associate Professor of English (representing the humanities)

Popular on many liberal arts campuses, “raft debates” are an engaging way to approach discussions about disciplinary pathways. UMW’s event is timed to coincide with spring semester advising and major declaration.