Pizza and Perspectives

pandpUniversity Life Arlington sponsors this periodic series of academic discussions for members of the Arlington Campus community. The goal of Pizza & Perspectives is to involve students, faculty, and alumni across disciplines in meaningful and rational dialogue on relevant topics. University Life provides pizza and soda.

All sessions take place in the Founders Hall Multipurpose Room (Room 126) from 6-7:15 pm.

 

Upcoming Events:

 


POSTPONED: November 30, 2017
The Politics of Food: Legal and Ethical Considerations of GMOs
Moderator and Panelists:
José Andrés, Chef & Owner, ThinkFoodGroup & minibar by José Andrés
Kelliann Blazek, Adjunct Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
Bonnie Stabile, Director, Master of Public Policy Program, Research Assistant Professor, George Mason University


 

Past Events:

November 9, 2017
North Korea: A Maturing Threat?
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Panelists Included:
Dr. James M. Acton, Co-Director, Nuclear Policy Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Ellen Laipson, Director, International Security Program, and Center for Security Policy Studies, George Mason University
Dr. Adam Mount, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

October 4, 2017
Seeking Truth in the Era of Fake News
Moderator and Panelists Included:
Michael Sandler, Director, Strategic Communications, George Mason University
Alex Wayne, White House Team Leader, Bloomberg News
Dr. Jeremy Mayer, Professor of Public Policy, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University


April 3, 2017
Contemporary Challenges to LGBTQ Civil Rights
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Moderator and Panelists Included:
Bob Witeck, President, Witeck Communications, Inc.; Member, Board of Visitors, George Mason University
Brian Moulton, Counsel, Office of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin; Adjunct Faculty, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
Sarah Warbelow, Legal Director, Human Rights Campaign; Adjunct Faculty, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University


February 6, 2017
The Meaning of Brexit and a Trump Presidency
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Panelists Included:
Dr. Desmond Dinan, Professor of Public Policy, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University
Timothy J. Feighery, Adjunct Faculty, Antonin Scalia Law School and Partner with Arent Fox, LLP
Kenneth Propp, Director of Policy, BSA: The Software Alliance


November 16, 2016
2016 Post-Election Analysis and Discussion
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Panelists Included:
Dr. Jeremy Mayer, Associate Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University
Dr. Toni-Michelle Travis, Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University
Dr. David Rehr, Senior Associate Dean & Professor, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University


September 21, 2016
The Corporatization of America’s Higher Education: Implications of a Growing Business Model on Campus
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Panelists Included:
Dr. Peter Stearns, Provost Emeritus and Professor of History and Art History, George Mason University
Dr. Paul Smith, Professor of Cultural Studies, George Mason University
Dr. Judith Wilde, Chief Operating Officer and Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University


April 5, 2016
Look Mom, No Hands! Driverless Cars, the Road Ahead
Panelists Included:
Bill Schultheiss, Vice President, Toole Design Group
Virginia Stouffer, Engineer & Manager, LMI Government Consulting
Matt Lesh, Senior Analyst, Mobility and Transportation Systems at Noblis


February 4, 2016
Protecting Students vs. Protecting Free Speech: How Can We Create Safe Spaces in Higher Education?
Panelists Included:
Dr. Peter Stearns, Provost Emeritus and Professor of History and Art History, George Mason University
Dr. Todd Zywicki, Professor, Executive Director, Law and Economics Center, George Mason School of Law
Julian Williams, Vice President for Compliance, Diversity and Ethics, George Mason University


November 10, 2015
Equality vs. Equity: The Effects of Title IX on Campus Sexual Assault
Panelists Included:
Barbara Favola, Virginia State Senator
Herbertia Gilmore, Interim Title IX  Coordinator, George Mason University
LeiLani R. Hamilton, Assistant Director, Victim/Wellness Program


October 6, 2015
Shaping the Urban Environment Through Multimodal Transportation
Panelists Included:
Fionnuala Quinn, Director, The Bureau of Good Roads LLC, Fairfax, VA
Peter Norton, Associate Professor, Department of Engineering and Society, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Chris Conklin, Principal, VHB Inc., Vienna, VA


April 8, 2015
Is Big Brother Really Watching? Debunking Myths of the Intelligence Community
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Panelists Include:
General Michael V. Hayden
Robert L. Deitz


February 3, 2015
Weeding Through the Legalization Debate
Panelists Included:
Will Jones III, Founder, Two Is Enough DC
Malik Burnett, M.D., M.B.A., Policy Manager, Drug Policy Alliance


November 5, 2014
Fighting Ebola or Fighting Fear?

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Panelists Included:
Treniese Polk, MS-HSM, Center for Health Policy Research & Ethics, George Mason University
Salim Habayeb, MD, Director, Health and Medical Policy, School of Policy, Government and International Affairs, George Mason University
Agnieszka Paczynska, PhD., Associate Professor, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University


October 8, 2014
Locked Up: Mass Incarceration in the Land of the Free
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Panelists Included:
Arthur Romano, PhD., Assistant Professor, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
Thena Robinson-Mock, Esq., Project Director of Advancement Project’s Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track Campaign
Beth Arthur, Arlington County Sheriff


September 8, 2014
Power of the News: Media narratives in shaping public perception and political leanings
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Panelists Included:
Tom Jackman, Reporter, Washington Post
Lisa Dejardins, Freelance Political Reporter, Former Capitol Hill Correspondent, CNNRadio
Solon Simmons, Interim Vice President, Office for Global Strategy, Associate Professor, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University


March 4, 2014
Transgender People, Cisgender System: Policies & Perspectives
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Panelists Included:
Shaan Michael Wade, Current  Student, Howard University, Workshop Trainer on trans and gender issues
Cody Vander Clute, Mason Graduate, former trainer in Mason’s LGBTQ Safe Zone program and the TQ Mason student organization
Alyssa Evers, Current Mason Student, volunteer with National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)


February 5, 2014
Not for Sale: Human Trafficking and Organized Violence
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Panelists Included:
Deepa Patel, Director of the Gang Intervention, Multicultural Clinical Center
Dr. Louise Shelley, Director, Terrorism, Transnational Crime, and Corruption Center, George Mason University
Dr. Barbara Stolz, Criminologist


November 13, 2013
Freedom to Blaspheme: The Intersection of Art, Religion, Politics, and the Law
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Panelists Included:
Haris Tarin, Director, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
Jeremy Mayer, Associate Professor, Mason School of Public Policy
Edward Knippers, Artist 


October 10, 2013
Affordable Housing: Bridging the Gap between Public and Political Will
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Panelists Included:
David Versel, Senior Research Associate, Mason’s Center for Regional Analysis
Michelle Krocker, Executive Director, Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance
Maureen Markham, Housing Development Specialist, Arlington County Department of Community Planning Housing & Development


September 11, 2013
Guns in America: Policy and Politics
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Panelists Included:
Richard E. Rubenstein, Professor, Mason’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Joyce Lee Malcolm, Professor, Mason’s School of Law, Law school chair in Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment
Peter Ambler, Strategy Director, Americans for Responsible Solutions


April 9, 2013
Earth, Wind, and Fire: The State of Renewable Energy Policy in 2013
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Panelists Included:
Tom Kimbis, VP Strategy & External Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association
Noah Ginsburg, Communications Associate, American Council on Renewable Energy
Matthew Nocella, Assistant Manager of Strategic Communications, National Hydropower Association


March 5, 2013
Where Has All the Civility Gone?: Examining Discourse in American Politics and Working Across Party Lines
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Panelists Included:
Richard Rubenstein, Professor, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
Solon Simmons, Associate Professor, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
Sandra Cheldelin, Professor, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University


February 6, 2013
Fixing America’s Broken Healthcare System: Striking the Balance between Affordability, Equality, and Liberty
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Panelists Included:
Len Nichols, Director, Health Policy Research & Ethics Center, College of Health & Human Services, George Mason University
Barry Clendenin, Adjunct, School of Public Policy, George Mason University
Dr. Joseph Antos, Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute


November 13, 2012
Election 2012 One Week Later: An Analysis by Mason Faculty
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Also check out C-SPAN’s coverage of the event
Panelists Included:
Richard Norton Smith, Scholar in Residence, History & Art History
Jeremy Mayer, Associate Professor/Dir, Masters of Public Policy, School of Public Policy, George Mason University
Toni-Michelle Travis, Associate Professor, Public & International Affairs, George Mason University


October 22, 2012 (Special Election Event)
The Obama Doctrine vs. The Romney Doctrine: A Pre-Debate Panel Discussion
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Moderator: Shane Smith, Executive Editor of MasonVotes
Panelists Included:
Marc Gopin, Professor/Director, Center for World Religions, School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, George Mason University
Colin Dueck, Professor/Political Science Director, Public & International Affairs, George Mason University


October 11, 2012
The Role of Religion in a Presidential Election
Panelists Included:
John Farina, Associate Professor, Religious Studies, George Mason University
Mark J. Rozell, Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University
Greg Smith, Senior Research, Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life


September 10, 2012
From Pupusas to Microbrews: Gentrification & Columbia Pike
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Panelists Included:
Takis Karantonis, Executive Director of CPRO; the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization
Chris Zimmerman, Arlington County Board member
Nina Janopaul, President of APAH (Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing)
Christian Dorsey, Community Activist, Political Commentator & Pike Resident


April 4, 2012
Clean Water and Human Rights
Panelists Included:
Karin Krchnak, Senior Advisor, International Water Policy – The Nature Conservancy
Ashley Milton, Doctoral Student, George Mason University, Environmental Science and Public Policy
Dann Sklarew, Associate Professor of Applied Ecology and Sustainability, Associate Director of Potomac Environment Research and Education Center, and Fellow of Sustainability Studies at George Mason University


March 7, 2012
Philanthropy & Public Policy: What’s the Connection?
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Panelists Included:
Dr. Alan Abramson, Director, Mason’s Center for Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, and Policy
Dr. Zoltan Acs , Director, Mason’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Public Policy
Mr. Aaron Dorfman, Executive Director, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Dr. Benjamin Soskis, Fellow, Mason’s Center for Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, and Policy


February 9, 2012
The Arab Uprisings: A Year Later
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Panelists Included:
Mustapha Hadji, Graduate Student, George Mason University School of Public Policy
Aziz Abu Sarah, Co-Executive Director, Middle East Projects, CRDC, School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, George Mason University


November 9, 2011
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Discussing Transportation Infrastructure, Financing, and the Future
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Panelists Included:
Dr. Joshua Schank, President & CEO, Eno Transportation Foundation
Mr. Nick Donahue, Policy Director, Transportation for America
Mr. Alan Pisarski, Influential Transportation Policy Consultant
Dr. Jonathan Gifford, Professor & Associate Dean, School of Public Policy, George Mason University


October 13, 2011
Social Entrepreneurship: More Bang for Your Buck
Panelists Included:
Dr. Phillip Auerswald, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy, George Mason University
Nick Martin, Co-Founder and President, TechChange
Harrison Miller, Co-Founder of Deals for Deeds


September 14, 2011
Sex, Lies and Politicians: Examining a Wave of Sex Scandals in Politics
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Panelists Included:
Dr. Jeremy Mayer, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy, George Mason University
Mr. Mark Tooley, President, Institute on Religion and Democracy
Dr. William Schneider, Omer L. & Nancy Hirst Endowed Chair, School of Public Policy, George Mason University
Mr. David Mark, Senior Editor, Politico


April 20, 2011
The Politics of Climate Change
Panelists Included:
Dr. Andrew Light, Associate Professor, Philosophy & Director of the Center for Global Ethics, George Mason University
Dr. Robert Ehrlich, Professor, Physics & Astronomy, George Mason University
Jonathan Wisbey, Policy Associate, Climate Communities


March 22, 2011
Same-Sex Marriage in the U.S.: Legislative, Cultural, and Practical Implications
Panelists Included:
Gabriel Hudson, PhD Student in Public and International Affairs, George Mason University
Brian Moulton, JD, Chief Legislative Counsel, Human Rights Campaign
Cathryn Oakley, President, GALLA (LGBTQ Student Alliance) George Mason School of Law


February 21, 2011
Fear in American Society and Politics
Panelists Included:
Dr. Peter N. Stearns, Provost and University Professor, George Mason University
Dr. Susan J. Tolchin, University Professor, George Mason University School of Public Policy
David Schleicher, JD, Assistant Professor, George Mason University School of Law


November 8, 2010
Uncle Sam Wants YOUR Money!: Tax Reform and the Coming Era of Higher Taxes
Panelists Included:
Joseph D. Henchman, Tax Counsel & Director of State Projects, Tax Foundation
Dr. Lloyd Cohen, Professor, George Mason University School of Law
Dr. John Petersen, Professor, George Mason University School of Public Policy


October 12, 2010
Fox vs. MSNBC: The New American Civil War?: Discussion on Media and Politics in the 21st Century
Panelists Included:
Dr. Bill Schneider, Omer L. and Nancy Hirst, Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University
Dr. Jeremy Mayer, Associate Professor, George Mason University
Jamie Weinstein, Deputy Editor, The Daily Caller
Lisa De Pasquale, Conservation Political Action Conference


September 13, 2010
Effectively Communicating Your Perspective: Tools for Achieving Success in Business, Law, Policy, and Mediation
Panelists Included:
Kenneth Fung/My Hoang, Toastmasters
Mark Valentini, Toastmasters & George Mason University School of Public Policy Alumnus
Stacy O’Mara, Booz Allen & George Mason University School of Public Policy Alumnus
Dr. A. Lee Fritschler, Professor, George Mason University


April 5, 2010
Legalization of Marijuana?
Panelists Included:
Jeremy Mayer, Professor, George Mason University
Mr. Conn Carroll, Alumnus, George Mason University Law School
Mr. Ryan Hoskin, Alumnus, George Mason University School of Public Policy


March 15, 2010
“Aimee’s Law”: How One Mason Student was a Catalyst for a Federal Law
Panelist Included:
Connie Kirkland, Director of Sexual Assault Services, George Mason University


February 8, 2010 (Rescheduled to February 15 due to snow day)
Is Our Food Safe? Food Safety & Security
Panelists Included:
Todd M. La Porte, Professor, George Mason University
Ms. Michelle Ranville, PhD candidate, School of Public Policy, George Mason University
Ms. Aubrey Cote, Student Services, School of Public Policy, George Mason University