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

Fall 2014 (Printable Flier Click Here)

Sarah Tyson, "Can We be Safe? Sex Crime and Safety"
Thursday, Nov. 13, 5-6 PM
Alice Peters Auditorium (UBC)

Parking Code: 269506

Sex offender registries have given way to residency restrictions for people convicted of sex crimes.  This talk explores why such restrictions often fail and considers the work of Generation FIVE, an organization that seeks to eliminate child sexual abuse in five generations.
Dr. Sarah Tyson is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado at Denver.  She is the co-editor of Philosophy Imprisoned: The Love of Wisdom in the Age of Mass Incarceration (Lexington, 2014).   

FILM: Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa
Friday, Sept. 19, 5:30 pm 
Peter’s Education Auditorium (Student Rec Center)

This documentary focuses on Albie Sachs, a Jewish South African who was injured in the fight against apartheid and lived to help create the post-apartheid government.
Discussant: Director Abby Ginzburg
Co-sponsored with Jewish Studies and Cineculture

Al Evans, "Religious Liberty and the Hobby Lobby Case"
Thursday, Sept. 25, 5-6PM
Alice Peters Auditorium (UBC)

The U.S. Supreme Court decided that corporations such as Hobby Lobby are entitled to a religious liberty exemption regarding contraception. Professor Evans will discuss the implications for the American idea of religious liberty  
Dr. Alfred Evans is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Fresno State.  He is a board member of the Interfaith Alliance of Central California. 

Cheyney Ryan, "On Pacifism(s)"

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 5-6 PM
Alice Peters Auditorium (UBC)

Pacifists oppose war.  But what about personal self-defense and other cases of justified violence—including just war?  Cheyney Ryan will discuss the ethics of pacifism and the question of justified violence.
Dr. Cheyney Ryan is a Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict and Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law at the University of Oregon, where he founded the Master’s Degree in Conflict Studies. 

FILM: Waking in Oak Creek 
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 6-7:30
Alice Peters Auditorium (UBC)

This documentary examines community healing in the wake of the hate crime shootings at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin on August 5, 2012 by a white supremacist.

Discussant: Simran Kaur, Western Region Director of The Sikh Coalition.


SYMPOSIUM: Affirmative Action

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6:30-8:00
North Gym 118

Do you think you know what affirmative action is—or whether it can be justified? Join the debate about affirmative action with faculty scholars who will discuss the legal and moral justification of affirmative action programs. 
Speakers include Professors Matthew Jendian (Sociology), Daniel Cady (History) and Bruce Thornton (Classics and Humanities).Organized by Travis Webb in coordination with the Student Philosophy Club.



 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

  • 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

  • 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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