Promoting Understanding and Research about Ethics and Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas

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Leon S. Peters Ethics Lecture Series

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Professional Ethics At Fresno State

Jacques Benninga, Kat Biacindo, Bhupinder Singh, Kara Zografos

April 13, 5-6 PM

Education, Room 140

Fresno State faculty will discuss the state of professional ethics education.  They will describe the importance of training in professional ethics.  They will report on their own research with regard to ethics apps, codes of ethics, and other tools designed to promote professional ethics.

Jacques Benninga is Professor of Education and Director of the Bonner Center for Character Education; Kat Biacindo is Associate Professor of Education; Bhupinder Singh is Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy; Kara Zografos is Associate Professor of Public Health

Rory Carroll, "Commandante: Inside Hugo Chavez's Venezuela"

A Special Event organized in Collaboration with Chicano and Latin American Studies, The Ethics Center, and the World Cultures and Globalization Cohort:

Wednesday, April 19, 4-5:30
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For more information contact Professor Annabella Espana-Najera:   

Who Speaks for Islam?

Irfan Ali, Vincent Biondo, Hamid Mavani

April 9, 5-7PM  McLane Hall, Room 121

 This panel discussion will consider the question of “Who speaks for Islam?”  Panelists will discuss issues related to diversity of opinion within the Muslim community and diversity of public opinion about Islam.

 Panelists include: Irfan Ali—Interfaith Alliance of Central California, Dr. Vincent Biondo—Associate Professor of Philosophy, Fresno State, and Dr. Hamid Mavani—Assistant Professor of Religion, Claremont Graduate University.  Co-Sponsored with the Interfaith Alliance of Central California and the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno.

Parking Code: 269515 

An Escalating Case for Professional Economic Ethics

George DeMartino

March 5, 5-6:30PM  Alice Peters Auditorium (UBC)

 For well over a century the economics profession has refused to explore systematically its ethical obligations to those it purports to serve, operating on the assumption that the ethical questions that arise in economics are obvious and trivial. That fundamental mistake has caused substantial harm, including extensive loss of life. It’s time that the profession corrects this historic error by embracing professional economic ethics.

 George DeMartino, Ph.D. is an economist at University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies.  He has published widely on ethics for economists including The Economist’s Oath: On the Need for and Content of Professional Economic Ethics (OUP, 2011).  Co-Sponsored with the Department of Economics.

Parking Code:269512

Preparing Students to Thrive:Cultivating a Growth Mindset for Moral and Performance Character

Eduardo Briceño

March 13, 3-4 PM  Education, Room 140

Are personal qualities fixed or malleable?  Our answer to this question can have a big impact on our moral values and competence.  This talk will discuss key research into education and the idea of “growth mindset.”  It will consider the implications that the growth mindset has for moral and character education.

Eduardo Briceño is CEO of Mindset Works.  Eduardo helps schools build learner capacity and success through practices that instill growth mindset beliefs and foundational learning skills in students, teachers and the broader community.  Briceño has MBA and M.A. degrees from Stanford University.  Co-Sponsored with the Bonner Center for Character Education.

Parking Code: 269514

Social Media Ethics

A workshop held in conjunction with the Bonner Center Character Education conference, featuring: 

Andrew Fiala, Otto Benavides, Libbi Miller and Jacques Benninga

Saturday, March 14 8:30-1:30

Kremen Education Building, Room 140

Contact Susan Schlievert for more information:  


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

 Charles Haynes at Fresno State April 13 2013

Charles Haynes speaking at Fresno State, April 13, 2013

ICCF Award Night

Ethics Center Board Members with Congressman Jim Costa at the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno's "Spirit of Abraham" award night July 2012 (Fiala, Benninga, Costa, Avalos)

Andrew Fiala receiving Spirit of Abraham award at Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno July 2012 (with Imam Seyed Ali Ghazvini)

Fiala at ICCF



Past Speakers Include:

Invited Speakers 

  • Cheyney Ryan, University of Oregon and Oxford University
  • Abby Ginzburg, Filmmaker--cosponsored with Cineculture and Jewish Studies
  • Sarah Tyson, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Simran Kaur, Sikh Coalition
  • Angela Davis, UCLA--cosponsored with Cineculture
  • 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

  • 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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