The Arthur N. Rupe Debate Series

“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 us address relevant issues, grapple with the facts, and create inspiring dialogue."

Since 2001, the Arthur N. Rupe Great Debate Series, established by the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation, has explored contemporary societal issues of national and international significance via presentations by eminent figures who hold divergent viewpoints. The Rupe Great Debate Series is presented by the College of Letters and Science and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.

Upcoming Arthur N. Rupe Debate - "Is ISIS an Existential Threat to the U.S.?"

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Campbell Hall 

Moderator: Mark Juergensmeyer, UCSB professor of global and international studies 

Participants: Monica Duffy Toft, Tufts University and Marc Gopin, George Mason University  

The question of whether ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) poses an existential threat to the United States and to countries in the Middle East remains a security issue of national and international consequence. Monica Duffy Toft and Marc Gopin will engage in an informed debate about the extent and nature of the threat ISIS poses and how the US should respond.

The Rupe Great Debate Series is presented by the UCSB College of Letters and Science. It is co-presented by Arts and Lectures and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.