Events and Projects

"THE MORAL IS..." Ethics commentaries on Valley Public Radio

Concerned Philosophers for Peace Annual Conference in Yosemite, CA: October 24-27, 2013

National Endowment for the Humanities Logo"Ethics, Religion, and Civil Discourse in California Project " Conference and Workshop



The mission of the Ethics Center is to understand and promote ethical leadership across the curriculum and within communities. We are committed to the preparation of students for personal and professional integrity, citizenship, and ethical leadership. It is a mission committed to excellence, engagement, innovation, and responsiveness.


The Ethics Center will serve as the university's hub of research, evaluation, and practice for the ethical behaviors and thinking skills that students need as they enter their chosen professions. The university-wide Ethics Center will provide a forum for the promotion of ethics education and character development on the Fresno State campus and beyond.



Promoting Understanding and Research about Ethics and Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas


Leon S. Peters Ethics Lecture Series

Spring 2014 (printable flier here)

May 6, 5:30-6:30PM, Alice Peters Auditorium (UBC)--Parking 269414

What ethical issues arise from possible applications of neuroscience to sport?  What light might neuroscience shed on ethical issues in sport?  What challenges might neuroscience and the neuroscientific worldview pose to cherished views about sport?  These and other issues will be explored.

 Fry is a philosopher from Ball State University whose research focuses on the philosophy of sport and the ethics of coaching.

Society Without God?

April 2, 5-6PM, Alice Peters Auditorium (UBC)--Parking 269412

Is religion a necessary foundation for a successful society? Successful societies often tend to be less religious. By comparing foreign countries as well as states, and counties within the United States, the relationship between religion, secularism, and societal success will be explored and widely held assumptions will be challenged.

Zuckerman is professor of Sociology at Pitzer College and author of Faith No More (Oxford, 2011), Society without God (NYU, 2008), and Living the Secular Life (Penguin).

  • Ethical Issues in Reporting in Latin America
    Randy Archibold

    March 19, 5-6PM, Alice Peters Auditorium (UBC)--Parking: 269411

    Randy Archibold has written on police reform, drug and criminal violence in Mexico and Central America.  Before beginning his assignment in Mexico in August 2010, he was a national correspondent based in Los Angeles, where he wrote about border and immigration issues.  Mr. Archibold will discuss ethical issues arising in reporting in Latin America.

    Randy Archibold is New York Times bureau chief for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, based in Mexico City.

    Cosponsored by the Chicano and Latin American Studies Program. 

  • Professional Ethics for Educators Workshop
    Jack Benninga, Steve Johnson, and Andrew Fiala

    March 29 8:30am-2pm, Residence Dining Hall

    This workshop will address ethical issues that arise in the field of education, with a special emphasis on the professional obligations of educators.

    Benninga is Director of the Bonner Center for Character Education at Fresno State; Johnson is Director of Character Education at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara; Fiala is Director of the Ethics Center at Fresno State

    For registration information contact Dr. Susan Schlievert:

    Co-sponsored by the Bonner Center for Character Education

Fresno State Faculty will engage in a conversation with students about the social, psychological, spiritual, and ethical implications of virtual reality. 

 Faculty participants include: Dr. TwoTrees (Philosophy), Dr. Lorin Lachs (Psychology), and Dr. Andrew Jones (Sociology).  

This panel discussion is organized by Michael Blanchard in support of a new T.E.C.H. club at Fresno State.  

T.E.C.H Club Facebook Page
T.E.C.H Club Google+ Page

Facebook event page: Blending Realities Event Page


Special Event with Angela Davis

"Free Angela & All the Political Prisoners" a film screening and discussion

May 2, 2014, 5PM in the Satellite Student Union 
(relaxed parking after 4PM on Friday)

Co-sponsored with Cineculture, Beth Ann Harnish Lecture Series, Prentice Womack Fund, College of Arts & Humanities, and The African American Edge Initiative.

For more information contact Dr. Mary Hussain:


 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

Media Responsibility Panelists

Panelists at "Media Responsibliity, Ethics, and Civility" October 2011 (photo Howard Watkins)

Photo of Healing Power of Religion Panel Oct 2010

Panelists at "Healing Power of Religion"

October 2010( Photo by Josh Stein)

Chris Hedges photo

Chris Hedges at Fresno State, October 2010; Photo Josh Stein


Past Speakers Include:

Invited Speakers

  • 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

  • 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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