Right, Wrong, or Different?

Spring 2020 Program Details

Date: Thursday, February 20th

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Location: Research Hall, Room 163

Topic: Rapid Global Climate Change: Threat and/or Opportunity?
Is there a moral responsibility to prevent Climate Change at all costs? If so, whose responsibility is it? Should those who have contributed the most so far (e.g. USA and Western Europe) take more responsibility? What about those who are currently contributing the most (e.g. China and India)? What about smaller countries? Is it enough to focus on solutions that lead to a positive return on investment? Should we respect others rights to emit greenhouse gas pollution? Should there be restitution and/or compensation for damages within and/or across nations? What about impacts beyond individual countries (the air, ocean, Antarctica)? What can a college student do to address the problem? Attend this highly engaging and interactive program to discuss these questions and more.increased polarization?

Food: Food provided for those who register and attend! Please keep your commitment to attend so we do not waste food.


We invite all Mason students to apply to join the interactive dialogue with other Mason students and faculty, to explore how culture—our own and others’—affects how we perceive, interact, and lead. Each semester since fall 2013 the LEAD Office and International Programs and Services have co-hosted the co-curricular event "Right, Wrong or Different?" This program is designed to bring together international and domestic students for conversations across difference.

Do we all share certain values no matter where we come from? Does our culture determine right and wrong or do values cut across cultural differences? Are you sure where you stand, or does it depend? “Right, Wrong or Different?” is a co-curricular experience that allows for international and domestic students to participate in a discussion with Mason faculty members and other students about whether or not there are universal values/ethics. The program is designed to be interactive and engaging for students as they interact with one another and faculty members around extremely important global topics. Students will have an opportunity to participate in dialogue and discussion around diversityvalues and ethics. Students will have an opportunity to discover something new about themselves and others by challenging their own thought processes and beliefs.

Our "Right, Wrong or Different?" program has gained national attention and has been selected as one of 14 programs from across the country to be a "best practice" for integrating international and domestic students, see: http://global.umn.edu/icc/documents/14_integration_best_practices_overall.pdf.

All Mason students are encouraged to apply, however please note that space is limited. If necessary, students will be selected with the goal of achieving a wide diversity of cultural perspectives. This program is FREE and those selected to attend will receive a PIZZA DINNER as part of the program. For more information please contact Nick Lennon, Director of the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Office at nlennon@gmu.edu or Brandon Quiles, Associate Director of Internationalization and Outreach, International Programs and Services at bquiles@gmu.edu

Past Programs

Thursday, March 21st, 2019
Topic: "Patriotism, Nationalism and Terrorism: Identity in a Time of Polarization" with Professor Supriya Baily, PhD

Monday, October 22, 2018
Topic: “Political Depolarization” in conjunction with the national non-profit Better Angels. Better Angels is an organization uniting those who are conservative and/or Republican-leaning with those who are progressive/Democratic-leaning in a working alliance to depolarize America (www.better-angels.org).

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Topic: “What Does Your Country Teach About Its History?” with Professor Jenice View, PhD

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Topic: “Global Perspectives on Free Speech” with Professor Emeritus Don Boileau, PhD

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Topic: “New World Disorder: Journalism, Ethics and the Fake News Battle” with Professor Beth Jannery

Tuesday, November 2, 2016
“Global Perspectives on Healthy Relationships” with Nancy Xiong

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Topic: “Poverty and Economic Justice: Is Equal Opportunity Really Equal?” with Professor Paul Gorski, PhD

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Topic: “Displaced Populations Taking Refuge, What is the Right Thing to Do?” with Professor Al Fuertes, PhD

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Topic: “In the Name of the Law: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Police Intervention” with Professor Richard Craig, PhD

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Topic: “Values, Religion and Faith: How Do We Develop an Ethical Lens?” with LaShonda Anthony, PhD

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Topic: “Ethical Dilemmas about Substance Addiction: Global Cultural Practices” with Professor Eric Shiraev, PhD

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Topic: “Ethical Dilemmas and Gender: Inequality or Cultural practices?” with Professor Angela Hattery, PhD