Life Raft Social MediaWhat knowledge is worth carrying forward when society resets?

Students will decide that question at the second annual University of Arkansas “Life Raft Debate.”

The debate begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Old Main’s Giffels Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Five faculty members from Fulbright College argue for a seat on a life raft in this post-apocalyptic challenge. Each faculty member must justify why their academic field is crucial to civilization.

Students will choose which field provides the most value to their lives.

Faculty contenders present prepared arguments and respond to questions from their fellow competitors and students.

Mack Ivey, Associate Professor of Biology, emerged victorious in the inaugural Life Raft Debate held in October 2014.

There is a new line-up this year.

The Contenders

Lopez Szwydky is University Housing’s faculty in residence. She helped organize the event.

“This debate is a playful and smart way to introduce the deep value of a liberal arts education,” she said.

Students are encouraged to share their thoughts about the discussion using the hashtag #UALifeRaft15.

Students, faculty and staff must present valid University ID for entrance. Admission is contingent upon seating availability and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Contact University Housing at or call 479-575-3951 for special accommodations.

The Life Raft Debate is sponsored by University Housing and the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.