Raft Debate - A W&M Tradition

March 15, 2018
6:30pm - 8pm
Sadler Center, Commonwealth Auditorium
200 Stadium Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location

The 2018 Raft Debate will be held on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in Commonwealth Auditorium. 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.

Participants will be announced in spring 2018.

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.

Date changed from October 09, 2017