That evening, three survivors of a fictional shipwreck must debate who deserves to be saved from the deserted island: the scientist, the social scientist, or the humanist. Played by various members of the William & Mary faculty, and rounded out by a judge and a devil's advocate, the cast of the Raft Debate will use reason, rhetoric and humor in an attempt to settle, once and for all, the question of whose discipline reigns supreme.
The three fields will be represented by Richard Palmer of the department of theatre, speech and dance, Lee Kirkpatrick of the psychology department, and Lisa Landino of the chemistry department. This year's judge will be Laurie Sanderson, dean of graduate studies and research for Arts & Sciences. Arguing against the rescue of any of the contestants will be Law Professor Scott Dodson, as the devil's advocate.
This year's poster for the event was created by art major Rachel Follis '11. The art surrounding the event has become a tradition in its own right over the years, and the latest work to caricature the raft debate's newest contestants should be appearing on campus within the next week.
The Raft Debate, sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, the Graduate Center, and the A&S Graduate Student Association, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Tidewater A room of the Sadler Center.