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Leon S. Peters Ethics Lecture Series
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The Refugee Crisis and Human Rights

Human Rights Day Celebration

Saturday, Dec. 10, 8:30AM-1PM
North Gym 118

According to the UN, there are 21.3 million refugees and 65.3 million forcibly displaced people in the world today.  Panelists will discuss the refugee crisis as a human rights issue, with a focus on global challenges and local responses.  There will be a Keynote Address (at 9AM) by Dr. Robert Sellers, President of the Parliament of the World’s Religions


Medical Ethics: Lessons Learned
Tony Yamamoto, Valley Children’s Hospital 

November 30, 5-6 PM, EE 191

Tony Yamamoto was Director of Social Services and Interpreter Services at Valley Children’s Hospital, as well as a lecturer at Fresno State and Fresno City College. He worked on medical ethics at Valley Children’s and collaborated with medical ethics professionals working at hospitals across the Central Valley and the state. In this talk Yamamoto will reflect on his career in medical ethics.

Transhumanism, Disability, and Bioethics
Melinda Hall, Ph.D.

Tuesday, November 15, 5-6 PM 
Alice Peters Auditorium (UBC)

Transhumanists imagine a new world of human possibility through biotechnological enhancement. But what are the implications for disabled people and for bioethics? Dr. Melinda Hall will present ideas from her forthcoming book, The Bioethics of Enhancement: Transhumanism, Disability, and Biopolitics

Melinda Hall, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Stetson University

A Conversation on Ethics and Integrity In Leadership

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 5:30-7PM, Satellite Student Union

Co-sponsored with Student Affairs, the Center for Leadership, and the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

Leadership without ethics is mere management and control. This panel will discuss leadership ethics and the importance of integrity in leadership. Inspirational words and cautionary tales will be provided by campus and community leaders:

  • Darius Assemi, President of Granville Homes
  • Honora Chapman, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities
  • Larry Powell, Former Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
  • Tim Ryan, ASI President

International Day of Conflict Resolution

Panel Discussion and Mediator Mentors awards

Thursday Oct 20, North Gym 118

4:30-5:00 pm Awards for Peer Mediators

5:00- 6:30 pm Panel discussion


  • Sabrina D. Ashjian, Deputy District Attorney, Consumer Fraud &
    Environmental Protection Unit, Fresno County District Attorney's Office

    Kevin Assemi, Attorney at Law, Waterford Foundation & Granville Homes

Leadership is Stewardship
For Fresno and the Future
Tuesday, October 11, 6-7:30
Lyles Center (Student Rec Center 2nd Floor) 

This interactive workshop will offer insights learned through the California Stewardship Network regarding the Triple Bottom Line, recognizing the importance of financial, social, and environmental outcomes. Presenters will provide inspiring stories, take-away lessons, and tips for creating a better future in Fresno and beyond.

Featured Guests:

  • Edgar Blunt, Career Pillar/IMAGO
  • Lori Morton, Fresno County Office of Education, Career Technical Education
  • Ismael Herrera, Fresno State Office of Community & Economic Development
  • Deb Nankivell, CEO of the Fresno Business Council

"Waking in Oak Creek" Film and Panel Discussion

September 14, 2016, 6-8PM
North Gym 118

 In August, 2012, Oak Creek Wisconsin was rocked by hate when six worshipers at a local Sikh Temple were killed by a white supremacist. “Waking in Oak Creek” tells the inspiring story of how the community responded to one of the deadliest hate crimes in recent U.S. history,

Join in a discussion of Oak Creek’s empowering response and ways in which law enforcement and the community can work together to create a united front against hate. Discussants will include representatives from the United States Attorney’s Office, Sikh Council of Central California, Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, Fresno Police Department, Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, Fresno County District Attorney’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Constitution Day "Vote for Democracy Event"
September 17, 2016, 9am - Noon 
Satellite Student Union

Students from local High Schools, Community Colleges, and Fresno State are invited to engage in a Dialogue for Democracy on Constitution Day. This event will motivate and inspire political participation, informed voting, and service. Topics include issues and concerns for youth in the November election.  Students will have opportunities for discussion, activities, and participation.

Anti-Muslim, Anti-Arab Discrimination and Civil Rights
Thursday, October 6, 6-8 PM 
Alice Peters Auditorium (UBC)

This panel discussion will focus on civil rights and discrimination aimed at Arab-Americans and Muslim-Americans. Panelists will include speakers from

  • Masjid Fresno
  • The California Middle Eastern Foundation
  • Fresno State Student Clubs including Palestine Freedom Project and the Muslim Student Association.

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 

  • 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

  • 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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