Public Debate

The Seawolf Debate Program, housed in the Department of Communication and Discourse Studies, is a co-curricular program dedicated to promoting public discourse for UAA students and its larger Alaskan community.  The program is guided by its commitment to two goals: excellence in competitive intercollegiate debating and the promotion of public discourse.

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Please join us for a Public Debate on Alaska Ballot Measure 1
Given the centrality of the oil industry to Alaska's economy, there is no more important economic question facing Alaskan voters this fall than whether to repeal the newly-implemented tax regime passed into law by the Alaska Legislature this spring. The decision by the state legislature to scrap ACES and replace it with the Make Alaska Productive (MAP) Act, also known as SB 21, was very controversial, sparking accusations of a $2 billion dollar "giveaway" by the legislature and a successful effort to have the plan reconsidered in a public referendum. MAP supporters claim that the plan is crucial to encouraging further oil development and securing Alaska's fiscal future.

The Motion: "Alaskans should vote to repeal SB 21."

The Pro Side: Chancy Croft, former Alaska Senator and Gubernatorial Candidate & Bill Wielechowski, State Senator
The Con Side: Mark Hamilton, President Emeritus of the University of Alaska & Doug Smith, CEO of Little Red Services

When: August 12, 2014. 5:30 - 7:00 P.M.
Where: Bear Tooth Theater
Tickets: $15, available at the Bear Tooth box office or online at


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