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Leon S. Peters Ethics Lecture Series

Spring 2017 Flier (pdf)

Parking Code for Spring 2017 Ethics Center Events: 269707

Religion and Peace: A Panel Discussion

April 24, 2 PM, Alice Peters Auditorium (PB191) 

Coordinated with members of Fresno's Interfaith Community, this panel will bring together religious leaders to talk about peace from their faith traditions.  

Co-sponsored with Peace and Conflict Studies Program


Journalism, Fake News, 
And The First Amendment
A Panel Discussion

February 9, 6-8 PM Alice Peters Auditorium (UBC)

Fake news is in the news and the news media are under assault.  Panelists will discuss the state of journalism in 2017. 

Panelists will include:

  • Faith Sidlow, Professor of Media, Communications, and Journalism
  • Jes Therkelsen, Professor of Media, Communications, and Journalism
  • Jim Boren,  Executive Editor & Senior V.P ofThe Fresno Bee.
  • Joe Moore, Director of Program Content for Valley Public Radio


Nonviolence Then and Now
Dr. James Lawson, Jr.

February 23, 6-7:30 PM North Gym 118

Reverend James Lawson is widely regarded as the pioneer of nonviolent tactics in the American Civil Rights Movement.  Martin Luther King, Jr. described him as “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world.” 

Also: James Lawson Documentary and Discussion:
February 22, 5:30-8:00 PM, Alice Peters Auditorium (UBC)

Cosponsored by The Henry Madden Library, The Womack Fund; Ethics Center; College of Arts and Humanities; Peace and Conflict Studies Program; Philosophy Department; the President’s Commission on Human Relations and Equity; Cross Cultural and Gender Center; United Hindu Coalition of Central California; Africana Studies; Harnish Fund; Gandhi Memorial Education Fund.

Entrepreneurs on the Dark Side

Ethical Challenges and Ponzi Schemes

Dr. Melissa Baucus

March 14, 6-7 PM Alice Peters Auditorium (UBC)

Entrepreneurs often tell a good story to their investors.  Sometimes things get out of control and ethical challenges arise.  Melissa Baucus will discuss Ponzi Schemes and other tales from the dark side of entrepreneurial ethics.

Dr. Melissa Baucus is Professor of Entrepreneurship, Texas State University

Cosponsored with Lyles Center for Entrepreneurship

A Lifetime of Ethical Stewardship

Richard A. Johanson

March 15, 11-11:45 AM, Kremen Education, Room 140

Richard Johanson is chair emeritus of the Fresno Business Council and founder of Johanson Transportation.  The Ethics Center and Lyles Center are celebrating his life and work with a lecture by Richard Johanson.  Johanson embodies the spirit of ethical stewardship.  He will discuss his entrepreneurial work in business and in community activism, offering insights from the Greatest Generation about ethics, service, and life.

Cosponsored with Lyles Center for Entrepreneurship


A Discussion of Vice and Virtue

Mar. 22 & 23, 4:30-6:30pm, Fresno Pacific University, NOH 123 (Chapel)

A two-day discussion of vices and virtues such as vainglory and humility.  This collaboration between Fresno State and Fresno Pacific University will provide a robust conversation at the intersection of theology and philosophy. 

Speakers include:

  • Rebecca DeYoung (Calvin College)
  • Kent Dunnington (Biola University)
  • Andrew Fiala (Fresno State).

Human Well-Being: The Untold Global Story

Tony Carr

March 28, 6-7 PM Alice Peters Auditorium (UBC)

The human race has made remarkable progress in pursuit of well-being. Quality of life has significantly improved across the globe.  This talk will review the evidence and provide insight into the global pursuit of human well-being.

Tony Carr is President of Halloran Philanthropies and former CEO of Fresno Heart Hospital

Rev. Robin Hoover, Report from the Border

Thursday, March 30 6-8 PM in ED 140


Robert Hoover, Ph.D. is a human rights activist whose work and experience include: border ministry, border research, public policy, and public discourse. He is recipient of Mexico's National Human Rights Award.  

This event is co-sponsored with Fresno State's Chicano and Latin American Studies Program and Department of Political Science.


The Role of the Clinical Ethicist


Dr. Christopher Meyers


April 5, 5-7 PM Engineering East 191


Christopher Meyers will share his insights into biomedical ethics work. 


He will be joined by respondents:


  • James Rocha (Fresno State, Dept. of Philosophy)
  • Frank Beazley (St. Agnes Hospital)


Christopher Meyers is Director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics at CSU-Bakersfield.


Cosponsored with Saint Agnes Hospital 


Youtube archive of previous lectures here:



 Lucius Outlaw at Fresno State

Lucius Outlaw Speaking on "Bio-cultural Groups, Social Ontology, Political Philosophy" March 11, 2016

 Ethan Nadelmann speaking at Fresno State Oct 2015

Ethan Nadelmann Speaking on the War on Drugs
October 20, 2015

Constitution Day Sept 2015\

Constitution Day Panel Fall 2015

Juan ArambulaEsmeralda Z. SoriaRosendo Peña, Jr.Lorenzo RiosIsmail Ali 

Al Evans Speaks at Ethics Center at Fresno State

Professor Al Evans speaking on the
Hobby Lobby Case for an Ethics Center Lecture, Fall 2014


Past Speakers Include:

Invited Speakers 

  • Robert Sellers, President of the Parliament of the World’s Religions
  • Tony Yamamoto, Former Director of Social Services and Interpreter Services at Valley Children’s Hospital
  • Melinda Hall, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Stetson University
  • Darius Assemi, President Granville Homes
  • Larry Powell, Former Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
  • Tim Ryan, Associated Students President, Fresno State
  • Sabrina D. Ashjian, Deputy District Attorney, Fresno County
  • Kevin Assemi, Attorney with Waterford Foundation and Granville Homes
  • Edgar Blunt, Career Pillar/IMAGO
  • Lori Morton, Fresno County Office of Education
  • Ismael Herrera, Fresno State Office of Community and Economic Development
  • David Brooks, New York Times and PBS
  • Lucius Outlaw, Vanderbilt University
  • Andreas Borgeas, Fresno County Supervisor
  • Rick Winer, Rabbi Temple Beth Israel, Fresno
  • Mark Arax, Journalist
  • Hilal Elver, UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Food 
  • Ethan Nadelmann, Drug Policy Alliance
  • Robert C. Jones, California State University, Chico
  • Juan Arambula, CA Assemblyman
  • Esmeralda Z. Soria, Fresno City Council
  • Rosendo Peña, Jr., Justice, California Fifth District Court of Appeals
  • Lorenzo Rios, Clovis Veteran's Memorial
  • John Minkler, Educator
  • Lisa Fruchtman, Filmmaker 
  • Rory Carroll, The Guardian
  • Irfan Ali, Interfaith Alliance of Central California,
  • Hamid Mavani, Claremont Graduate University.
  • George DeMartino, University of Denver
  • Eduardo Briceño, CEO of Mindset Works
  • Cheyney Ryan, University of Oregon and Oxford University
  • Abby Ginzburg, Filmmaker
  • Sarah Tyson, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Simran Kaur, Sikh Coalition
  • Angela Davis, UCLA
  • Phil Zuckerman, Pitzer College
  • Randy Archibold, New York Times
  • Steve Johnson, Markulla Center for Ethics at Santa Clara University
  • Jeffrey P. Fry, Ball State University
  • John Tehranian, Southwestern Law School
  • Doug Noll, San Joaquin School of Law
  • Debra Nankivell, Fresno Business Council
  • Gihan Abou Zeid, Egyptian Journalist
  • Justin Atkinson, San Joaquin School of Law
  • Jessica Smith-Bobadilla,San Joaquin School of Law
  • J. Jeremy Wisnewski, Hartwick College
  • Alejandro Santana,University of Portland
  • Charles Haynes, First Amendment Center
  • Marcia Beauchamp, Tony Blair Faith Foundation
  • John Minkler, Academy for Civic and Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Debora Brown, Madera County Teacher of the Year
  • Lori Grace, Hoover High School
  • Will Kymlicka, Queen's University
  • Sue Donaldson, Author/playwright
  • Trudy Conway, Mount St. Mary's University
  • James Sterba, Notre Dame University
  • Darren Sherkat, University of Southern Illinois
  • Letitia Meynell, Dalhousie University
  • Robert Bellah, UC Berkeley
  • Diane Moore, Harvard University
  • Amir Hussain, Loyola Marymount University
  • Ruben Martinez, Loyola Marymount University
  • Jedd Medefind, Christian Alliance for Orphans
  • Carlos Sanchez, San Jose State University
  • John Zerzan, Anarchist Author/Activist
  • Les Kimber , Founding Editor, California Advocate
  • Juan Esparza Loera Editor, Vida en el Valle
  • Betsy Lumbye , Executive Editor, Fresno Bee
  • Faith Sidlow , Channel 24 News, MCJ Facult
  • Thomas Knowles, Former Special Agent FBI
  • Kamal Abu-Shamsieh, Director of the Islamic Cultural
    Center of Fresno
  • Marvin W. Berkowitz, University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • Bruce Grelle, California State University, Chico
  • Shelley Wilcox, San Francisco State University
  • Lloyd Steffen, Lehigh University
  • Rob Caughlan, Environmental Activist
  • Betsy Rosenberg, Environmental Journalist
  • Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist
  • Nel Noddings, Stanford University
  • Ovadia Ezra, Tel Aviv University
  • Jacquelyn Kegley, California State University, Bakersfield
  • John Lachs, Vanderbilt University
  • Ted Peters, Graduate Theological Union
  • David K. Chan, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
  • Jose-Antonio Orosco, Oregon State University
  • Robert Metcalf, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Edie Jessup, Community Activist

Fresno State Faculty Speakers

  • Honora Chapman, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Humanities
  • Gyanesh Lama, College of Health and Human Services
  • Jacques Benninga, Bonner Center for Character Education in the Kremen School of Education
  • Kat Biacindo, Kremen School of Education
  • Bhupinder Singh, College of Health and Human Services
  • Kara Zografos, College of Health and Human Services
  • Otto Benavides, Kremen School of Education
  • Libbi Miller, Kremen School of Education
  • Al Evans, College of Social Sciences
  • Matthew Jendian, College of Social Sciences
  • Daniel Cady, College of Social Sciences
  • Bruce Thornton, College of Arts and Humanities
  • Twotrees (Matthew Haar Farris), College of Arts and Humanities
  • Lorin Lachs, College of Science and Mathematics
  • Yishaiya Abosch, College of Social Sciences
  • Michael Becker, College of Social Sciences
  • Lori Clune, College of Social Sciences
  • Karen Bell, College of Arts and Humanities
  • Jacques Benninga, Kremen School of Education
  • Vincent Biondo, College of Arts and Humanities
  • Jason Bush, College of Science and Mathematics
  • Andrew Jones, College of Social Sciences
  • Ida Jones, Craig School of Business
  • Maddhu Katti, College of Science and Mathematics
  • Barbara LaBossiere, College of Arts and Humanities
  • Robert Maldonado, College of Arts and Humanities
  • Bernadette Muscat, College of Social Sciences
  • Leonard Olson, College of Arts and Humanities
  • Jim Prince, College of Science and Mathematics
  • David Schecter, College of Social Sciences
  • Malik Simba, College of Social Sciences
  • Peter Vanderwater, College of Science and Mathematic
  • Steven Walker, College of Social Sciences

Ethics Lectures made possible by the generous support of the Leon S. Peters Foundation

Contact Information

Dr. Andrew Fiala, Ethics Center Director

Dr. Andrew Fiala
Ethics Center Director

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