Raft Debate - A W&M Tradition

March 19, 2020
6:30pm - 8pm
Location
Sadler Center, Chesapeake ABC
200 Stadium Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Access & Features
  • Open to the public
2019 raft debate poster

The 2020 Raft Debate will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sadler Center's Chesapeake ABC and seating is limited to first 550 people. The event is free and open to the public. Described as a "delicate balance of comedy and lecture," the annual Raft Debate features four W&M faculty members from diverse disciplines, stranded on a desolate island with only a one-person life raft for escape to civilization. Which faculty member should survive for the sake of humanity? Based on the volume of applause, the audience chooses the sole survivor as the professors cajole, plead, pontificate and resort shamelessly to props and costumes. The quirky event originated in the mid-1900s and was revived during the 2000s by the Graduate Center, the A&S Office of Graduate Studies and Research, and the A&S Graduate Student Association. The 2020 participants will be announced in the Fall. 


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