The Arthur N. Rupe Great Debate Series
The Arthur N. Rupe Foundation has made a major grant to establish
a series of debates that will bring great minds from a variety
of fields and disciplines to UCSB and the Santa Barbara community.
The Arthur N. Rupe Great Debate Series will explore contemporary
societal issues of national and international significance
through the presentation of eminent figures who hold divergent
“Let us bring the greatest minds of our time together
at UCSB,” explains Arthur N. Rupe, “and provide
a forum to discuss and debate the nation’s and world’s
vital questions. Let us seek out from around the globe eminent
scholars in diverse fields, and challenge them and each other.
Let and relevant issues, grapple with the facts, and create
The format is a roundtable discussion in which the moderator
establishes a framework for the topic, poses questions to
the panelists, and facilitates a discussion among them. The
moderator also invites members of the audience to ask questions
of the panelists. The Rupe Distinguished Great Debate Series
is presented by the College of Letters and Science and the
Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.
In 2001-2002, the Series featured three debates. The inaugural
one, entitled "The Impact of the Media on American Life,"
took place in June of 2001. It included three eminent panelists
and moderator drawn from the print, broadcast, and electronic
media discussing the effects of mass communication upon contemporary
American society. Moderated by
Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication,
at the University of Pennsylvania, the panel included CNN
senior analyst and Emmy Award-winner Jeff Greenfield, Pulitzer
Prize-winning commentator William Safire, as well as Richard
Rodriguez, Peabody Award-winning broadcast essayist for The
Newshour with Jim Lehrer.
"National Security vs. Personal Liberty" was the
topic of the second Rupe Debate which featured a discussion
of these issues in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September
11 upon our country. It included Judge William Webster, former
Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central
Intelligence Agency, and Nadine Strossen, President of the
American Civil Liberties Union and Professor of Law at New
York Law School in March of 2002. The moderator was Daniel
Linz, who teaches in the Department of Communication and the
Law and Society Program at UCSB.
The next event in the Rupe Debate Series involved Senator
George J. Mitchell, former Chairman of the Peace Negotiations
in Northern Ireland, and Samuel P. Huntington, Albert J. Weatherhead
III University Professor at Harvard University discussing
"The Conflict of Civilizations?" in April of 2002.
The panelists explored the question of whether conflicts between
the world's major cultures in the post-Cold War era are inevitable.
This event was moderated by Benjamin Cohen, Louis G. Lancaster
Professor of International Political Economy at UCSB.
In 2002-2003, the Rupe Series hosted a debate on the question,
“Should the U.S. Ban Human Cloning and Genetic Engineering?”
featuring Dr. Gregory Stock, Director of the Program on Medicine,
Technology, and Society UCLA School of Public Health and George
J. Annas, Edward R. Utley Professor of Health Law, Bioethics
& Human Rights and Chair of the Health Law Department
at the School of Public Health, Boston University in May of
2003 in UCSB Campbell Hall. It was moderated by James B. Cooper,
Associate Dean, Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences
"Should the U.S. Ban Human Cloning and Genetic
Gregory Stock & George J. Annas
"The Conflict of Civilizations?"
Senator George J. Mitchell & Samuel P. Huntington
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"National Security vs. Personal Liberty"
Judge William Webster & Nadine Strossen
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"The Impact of the Media on American Life"
with Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Jeff Greenfield, William Safire,
& Richard Rodriguez
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