Right, Wrong, or Different

RSVP today for the March 21, 2019 program (free pizza!). Please click this link: Right, Wrong, or Different

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 diversity, values 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 Sonya Henry, Associate Director for Internationalization and Outreach, International Programs and Services at shenry12@gmu.edu

Spring 2019 Program Details

  • Date: Thursday, March 21st
  • Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • Location: Merten Hall, 1204
  • Topic: Patriotism, Nationalism and Terrorism: Identity in a time of polarization
    • Patriotism and nationalism are different aspects of national identity - the first of which refers to "attachment to one's country," and the other to "the tendency to favor one's own country over others" (Levine & Hogg, 2010).  How does one determine the line between patriotism and nationalism?  And do these definitions bias who is defined as a terrorist? How does the increased visibility of nationalist parties and platforms around the world affect the ability for people to live freely?  Should your patriotism be questioned if you don't believe in a nationalist agenda?   Does one's identification with one's own country translate into the relative devaluation or derogation of other countries and their members?  What role does plurality have in a time of increased polarization?
  • RSVP: Right, Wrong, or Different


Past Programs

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).
Time: 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: HUB Building Ballroom

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Topic: “What Does Your Country Teach About Its History?” with Professor Jenice View, PhD
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Research Hall, Room 163

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Topic: “Global Perspectives on Free Speech” with Professor Emeritus Don Boileau, PhD
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Merten Hall, Room 1201

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Topic: “New World Disorder: Journalism, Ethics and the Fake News Battle” with Professor Beth Jannery
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Merten Hall, Room 1201

Tuesday, November 2, 2016
“Global Perspectives on Healthy Relationships” with Nancy Xiong
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Research Hall, Room 163

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Topic: “Poverty and Economic Justice: Is Equal Opportunity Really Equal?” with Dr. Paul Gorski
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Merten Hall, Room 1202

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Topic: “Displaced Populations Taking Refuge, What is the Right Thing to Do?” with Dr. Al Fuertes
Time: 5:30-7:15 p.m.
Location: Research Hall, Room 163

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Topic: “In the Name of the Law: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Police Intervention” with Dr. Richard Craig
Time: 5:30-7:15 p.m.
Location: LEAD Office, The Hub

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Topic: “Values, Religion and Faith: How Do We Develop an Ethical Lens?” with Dr. LaShonda Anthony
Time: 5:30-7:15 p.m.
Location: LEAD Office, The Hub

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Topic: “Ethical Dilemmas about Substance Addiction: Global Cultural Practices” with Dr. Eric Shiraev
Time: 5:30-7:15 p.m.
Location: LEAD Office, The Hub

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Topic: “Ethical Dilemmas and Gender: Inequality or Cultural practices?” with Dr. Angela Hattery
Time: 5:30-7:15 p.m.
Location: LEAD Office, The Hub


Note: This program meets one of the requirements for the Patriot Experience Program.  For more information about the Patriot Experience program, visit patriotexperience.gmu.edu.