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Coming Events:
August 26, 2016
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Fiscal Policy Study Group
ANCHORAGE, Morris Communications

September 19, 2016
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Finance Committee
ANCHORAGE, Commonwealth North Offices

September 21, 2016
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Program Committee
ANCHORAGE, Commonwealth North Offices

September 21, 2016
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Executive Committee
ANCHORAGE, Commonwealth North Offices

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CWN Hosts UAA Debate Team
Add to Calendar October 12, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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UAA SeawolfCommonwealth North is proud to once again host the internationally award winning University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolf Debate Team on Wednesday, October 12th, from 12pm-1pm at the Dena'ina Center. In past years, the Seawolf debate team has performed engaging and upbeat debates before the Commonwealth North membership and we are pleased to welcome the team back again this year to address another important public policy topic.

On October 12th, the team will debate whether "Investing in the University of Alaska offers more economic promise for Alaska's future than investing in a gas pipeline."

In the traditional debate style, the audience will be invited to join in with the energy of the debate by cheering for the arguments that are particularly clever and effective. We will also poll the audience before and after the debate to gauge how the team's arguments can sway public opinion. Please join Commonwealth North and the UAA debate team for a rousing and fun afternoon of discussion and well-reasoned arguments.

Commonwealth north has long been an advocate of debate and public dialogue to address the vital public policy issues facing our state. Regularly hosting the University of Alaska Anchorage debate team is one way we encourage public policy discussions and also showcase the talent of some of Alaska's future leaders.

The Seawolf Debate Program houses the internationally-competitive Seawolf Debate team. The team competes in the international intercollegiate format of debating as utilized by the World Universities Debating Championships. Intercollegiate athletic teams are frequently divided on the basis of school size or type of institution. In intercollegiate debate, however, there are no divisions of this nature. Consequently, UAA's debate teams face competition from some of the most prestigious schools in the world. Professor Steve Johnson has been the coach of the Seawolf debate team for nearly 20 years and believes fervently in the power of academic debating to change people's lives. Seawolf Debate's success is built on a few simple principles: they genuinely value opportunities to engage in reasoned discourse, understand world events and the context in which they occur, and they work exceptionally hard. 

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What's New

08/26/16 - Fiscal Study Group w/ Rep. Seaton

08/18/16 - Fiscal Study Group with Angela Rodell

08/12/16 - Fiscal Study Group, "Budget Info 101"

07/22/16 - OMB Director Pat Pitney Speaks at CWN Fiscal Study Group

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