The Quest for a Just Society

Would you sell your kidney on the black market if it meant making enough money to support yourself and your family?

Answer this and other hard hitting questions as part of the University’s common theme: The Quest for a Just Society. Kicking off the academic year earlier this week was the Convocation keynote address from Harvard professor and bestselling author Michael J. Sandel, who spoke on what it means to be just and live in a just society.

In an effort to promote and integrate the academic theme within the Pace Community, the Office for Student Success has developed a series of questions that seek to open the lines of communication between faculty, staff, and students. In the coming months, be on the lookout for thought-provoking questions about justice posted within various Pace publications, such as Opportunitas, The Pulse, and on Pace’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. We’ve launched the first justice poll in this issue of Opportunitas as a pop-up in the lower right hand corner of your browser. Cast your vote and see the running totals.

If push came to shove, would your colleagues resort to cannibalism? How do students feel about mail-order brides and grooms? At the beginning of the spring 2013 semester, Opportunitas will announce the polling totals that have been gathered throughout the fall semester. Stay tuned, stay engaged, and find out what others are saying.

In addition to the polling, the Office for Student Success has also set up a discussion board that can be used by faculty, staff, and students to discuss, debate, and ponder what justice means and why we feel that way.

For more information on the University’s academic theme and for the polls and discussion board, visit