• Andrew Fiala, James Lawson and Veena Howard
  • Students asks question at James Lawson lecture.
  • James Lawson
  • Group at James Lawson lecture.
  • Hate crimes panel
  • Group from Religions of Peace event. Richard Johanson Ethical Leadership Award 2017

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Leon S. Peters Ethics Lecture Series

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Upcoming Events:

International Day of Conflict Resolution
Panel on Religion of Peace
Oct 16, 4:30-6:00 p.m. Alice Peters Auditorium UBC (PB 191)

  • Rabbi Rick Winner, Temple Beth Israel
  • Jim Grant, Social Justice Ministry, Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno
  • Irfan Ali, Co-Chair of Interfaith Alliance of Central California 

Managing Envy
Christopher Sterling
Oct. 17, 6-7 p.m.
  Alice Peters Auditorium UBC (PB 191)

 A discussion of the role of envy in the workplace by Christopher Sterling, a Fresno State professor in the Department of Management. Professor Sterling’s research focuses on the challenge of dealing with emotions at work, including disruptive emotions such as envy. 

Cosponsored by the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Reformation at 500
October 26, 3-5 PM North Gym 118

In 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church house door. The Protestant Reformation followed, along with development of secularism, the rise of modern nationstates, and the development of the idea of religious toleration. Discussing this 500 year legacy will be a diverse panel, including:

  • Douglas Schoelles, Pastor, Concordia Luther Church, Kingsburg
  • Maritere Lopez, Professor of History, Fresno State University
  • Darin Lenz, Professor of History, Fresno Pacific University
  • Robert Maldonado, Professor of Philosophy, Fresno State University
  • Anna Hamre, Professor Emerita of Music, Fresno State University

This event will be followed by a second panel from 7-9 PM (also Oct. 26) at Saint Paul Catholic Newman Center (1572 E Barstow Ave,), featuring clergy from diverse denominations. Also on Sunday, Oct. 29, there will be a Reformation inspired Festival of Music at Hope Lutheran Church (364 E. Barstow) sponsored by Hope Lutheran and the Fresno Community Chorus.

Event Co-Sponsors:
Fresno State College of Social Science
Fresno State Department of History
Saint Paul Catholic Newman Center
The Diocese of Fresno

The Color of Law
Richard Rothstein
Nov. 9, 7-9 p.m., North Gym 118

Richard Rothstein will speak about his recent book, The Color of Law, examining how segregation in America is the byproduct of explicit government policies at the local, state, and federal levels. He will speak about his book and his work on “the forgotten history of how government segregated America.” 

Rothstein works with the Economic Policy Institute, the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and is a professor at the UC Berkeley School of Law.  He is the author of many books and a former New York Times columnist.

Cosponsored with Central Valley Health Policy Institute and the Fresno Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability 

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

Past Lecturers: Visiting Scholars


  • Jim Boren, Executive Editor and Senior VP, Fresno Bee
  • Joe Moore, Director of Program Content, Valley Public Radio
  • Reverend James Lawson, Civil Rights Icon
  • Melissa Baucus Professor of Entrepreneurship, Texas State University
  • Richard Johanson, Chair Emeritus of the Fresno Business Council, founder Johanson Transportation
  • Rebecca DeYoung, Philosophy, Calvin College
  • Kent Dunnington, Philosophy, Biola University
  • Frank Beazley, Saint Agnes Hospital
  • Christopher Meyers, Director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics at CSU-Bakersfield
  • Tony Carr, President of Halloran Philanthropies
  • Robin Hoover, Immigration Activist
  • 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

Past Lecturers: Fresno State Scholars

  • Faith Sidlow, Media, Communications, and Journalism, College of Arts and Humanities
  • Jes Therkelsen,Media, Communications, and Journalism, College of Arts and Humanities
  • James Rocha, Philosophy, College of Arts and Humanities 
  • 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

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