Debate panel on stage

Political Science

Great Debates

The Great Debates: Power, Politics, and People series brings experts from academia, government and politics, industry, and the media to the Rose State College campus to offer their perspectives on topics of concern to students and citizens. Rose State Political Science professor Dr. Emily Stacey coordinates the series and works with experts across Oklahoma to engage with our students, faculty, and community on issues confronting our state and nation.

These events are free and open to the public. They are held in the special events area of the second floor in the Learning Resources Center. Students, faculty and staff, as well as interested members of the community, are invited to attend.

This series is sponsored by the Social Sciences Division of Rose State College, and funding is provided by the Institute for Humane Studies. McGraw-Hill Education also graciously provides refreshments for these events. For more information on the upcoming semester’s events, see the descriptions below.

February 28, 2019 – Is That a Robot Doing Your Job?

While the problems of the working economy are typically blamed on such factors as immigration, this panel explored the impacts of automation, artificial intelligence, and robotics on the workforce in the United States and beyond.  Our experts explored the ethical, political, and even religious implications of this next global wave of economic development, as it is being used to replace human workers in occupations ranging from professional to low-skill positions. The discussion amongst the panelists and moderator spanned from the technological to the political to Battlestar Galatica and provided our audience with a deeper knowledge and understanding of what is to come.

Panelists for this event include:

  • Dr. Wayne Jones, Dean, Engineering and Science Division, Rose State College
  • Dr. Brett Sharp, Professor of Political Science, University of Central Oklahoma
  • Matt Williamson, CEO of Clevyr, an Application Development and Custom Software Company

You can view the recording of this presentation through the Great Debates: Power, Politics, and People Facebook page.   

In each panel, Dr. Stacey will present an argument on the topic and the invited panelists will respond to that argument. Members of the audience will also have an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists. Those watching via our live stream will be able to submit questions as well. We invite you to be a part of the conversation with each semester’s panel.  Follow the Great Debates: Power, Politics, and People Facebook page to stay informed of upcoming discussion panel events.

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