Promoting Understanding and Research about Ethics and Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas

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Leon S. Peters Ethics Lecture Series

Fall 2015 (Printable Flier Click Here) 

Parking Code: 269605

How Not To Be a Vegan

Robert C. Jones
Thursday, Oct. 8, 5-6 pm, McLane 121 

Jones argues that those of us in consumer culture living under late capitalism are obligated to adopt a form of veganism.  The argument is based upon a commitment to minimize violence, objectification, domination, and oppression. 

Dr. Robert C. Jones is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Chico State.  Jones has a Ph.D. from Stanford, where he worked on the moral significance of animal cognition.

Why We Need to End the War on Drugs

Ethan Nadelmann
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 5-6 pm, McLane 121 

Nadelmann argues that it is time to end the war on drugs.  This argument connects to a range of issues including: crime and incarceration rates, the power of drug cartels, and the basic human desire to alter consciousness.

Ethan Nadelmann is founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.  He has a J.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Co-sponsored with Chicano and Latin American Studies

Food Security and Climate Change

Hilal Elver
Wed., Nov. 4, 5-6:30 pm, Peters Education Auditorium (Student Rec Center)

Climate change will have significant impacts on food supplies.  This lecture will provide food for thought with regard to food security, with a global perspective. 

Hilal Elver is the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food with the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights and a Research Professor at the Orfalea Center at UC-Santa Barbara.

Co-sponsored with the Womack Fund

Climate Change: People, Planet, & The Valley

Featuring Mark Arax
Saturday, Dec. 5, North Gym 118 (time TBA)

This event will feature panel discussions and workshops on climate change and water issues in the central valley, including impacts on local industries, people, and ecosystems.  Keynote Speaker Mark Arax is journalist and author from Fresno.

Co-sponsored with the Human Rights Coalition of The Central Valley

FILM: Sweet Dreams

Friday, Sept. 4, 5:30 pm Peters Education Auditorium (Student Rec Center) 

Sweet Dreams follows a remarkable group of Rwandan women as they emerge from the devastation of the Rwandan genocide to create a new future for themselves through music and ice cream.

Discussant: Director Lisa Fruchtman
Co-sponsored with Cineculture and Peace and Conflict Studies

Constitution Day

Thursday, Sept. 17, 9:30 AM- Noon, Satellite Student Union

This event will focus on the Constitution and education.  How can public schools prepare the next generation to commit to democratic principles, engage in civic service, and sustain our Constitutional republic?

Speakers will include: Juan Arambula, Esmeralda Z. Soria, Rosendo Peña, Jr., Lorenzo Rios, Ismail Ali, John Minkler, and Deb Nankivell

Co-Sponsored with Fresno State Political Science Department, Fresno County Office of Education, and the Civic Learning Partnership of Fresno County

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 

  • 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

  • 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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