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  • Andrew Fiala, James Lawson and Veena Howard
  • James Lawson
  • Group at James Lawson lecture.
  • Ethical Leadership Luncheon 2019
  • Constitution Day 2018
  • Group from Religions of Peace event.
  • Richard Johanson in ethical leadership lecture
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  • Luis Santana Ethical Leadership Award 2019
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  • Ethics Democracy Students
  • Ethnic Studies Zoom

Promoting Understanding and Research about Ethics and Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas


Leon S. Peters Ethics Lecture Series 

In light of Covid-19 restrictions, the Ethics Center will be providing content in a virtual format on:

 The Ethics Center Youtube Channel (

This includes interviews, discussion panels, and past presentations.  


Upcoming Events

Violence Against Asian Americans
And Pacific Islanders

May 4, 5pm

Moderator: Zara Arboleda, Communications Director and Former Journalist


  • BoNhia Lee, Former Journalist and Communications Specialist for University Communications at Fresno State
  • Brynn Saito, MFA, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing —Poetry, Department of English; Co-Founder, Yonsei Memory Project
  • Davorn Sisavath, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies in the Department of Anthropology/Asian American Studies Program and Faculty Adviser for the Asian Pacific Review
  • Varaxy Yi, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration and Leadership; President of the Asian Faculty and Staff Association

Register Here:

Cosponsored with: 

  • College of Arts and Humanities
  • Institute for Media and the Public Trust
  • Department of Media, Communications and Journalism
  • Asian American Studies Program
  • Asian Faculty and Staff Association


Youth Dialogue on Racism

ZOOM link:

Thursday, April 22, 3:30-4:45 PM

  • Elizabeth Rocha Zuniga, ASI President
  • Belle Vang, Fresno State Alum
  • Anthony Utterback, Fresno State Alum
  • Ayanna Moore, Fresno High School
  • Odessa Marcos, Visalia Charter School
  • Moderated by Brandon Gridiron, Equity and Access Administrator at VUSD

Co-sponsored with the Civic Education Center

Islam and Nonviolence
Thursday, April 22, 9:00-10:00 AM


  • Dr. Tom Woerner-Powell, University of Manchester
  • Dr. Veena Howard, Fresno State
  • Dr. Amine Tais, Fresno State

Islam and Nonviolence


Global Health, Development, and the Pandemic:
A Panel Featuring Fresno State's UN Compact March 18, 4-5pm


  • Julie Olson-Buchanan, the Dean of the Craig School of Business
  • Antonio Avalos, Department of Economics
  • Gyanesh Lama, Department of Social Work
  • Miguel Perez, Department of Public Health
  • Nancy Van Leuven, Mass Communication and Journalism

Pandemic and Global Health

Interfaith Scholar Weekend: Bearing Witness from Fresno’s Mason-Dixon Line

Fresno's Interfaith Scholar Weekend invites you to join us for interfaith Zoom conversations, when we will consider what it means to “Bear Witness” to Fresno’s history of racism and redlining. All sessions are free!

Registration (free tickets) here: 

ISW 2021

Book Study: “Bearing Witness with James Baldwin”

Contemplative reading of Eddie S. Glaude Jr.’s book, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own (2020). In four weekly Zoom sessions beginning on Monday, February 22nd and ending March 15th, we offer  moderated interfaith conversations engaging Professor Glaude’s masterful reading of James Baldwin.

ISW Local Panels 2021

March 22, 2021, 4:00-5:30 pm: Closing Roundtable with panelists and scholar/discussants


Melodies of Peace in Sikhism:
Guru Nanak's Vision of Universal Love
March 12, 9AM



January 29-30, Concerned Philosophers for Peace (Conference)

Since its inception in 1981, Concerned Philosophers for Peace [CPP] has become the largest, most active organization of professional philosophers in North America involved in the analysis of the causes of war and prospects for peace. 

  • January 29, 4-5pm (Central): Keynote Address by Barry Gan (St. Bonaventure University), "Peace and Hope in Dark Times" 


Health Crisis and Human Rights

December 10, 4-5:30pm


  • Dr. Rais Vohra, Interim Fresno Country Public Health Director

  • Ivonne Der Torosian, V.P. Community Health and Well-Being, Saint Agnes Medical Center

  • Dr. Denise Seabert, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, Fresno State

Cosponsored with the Human Rights Coalition of the Central Valley in Commemoration of Human Rights Day


Women's Rights Past, Present, and Future

"In Celebration of the 19th Amendment"

Panel Discussion, November 12, 4-5pm

Women's Rights Panel

  • Dr. Loretta Kensinger, Women's Studies Professor, Fresno State

  • Dezie Woods-Jones, State President/CEO of Black Women Organized for Political Action

  • Sheriff Margaret Mims, Fresno County Sheriff

  • Alejandra Salazar, Student Stanford University

  • Moderated by Lindsay Callahan, President and CEO of United Way Fresno and Madera Counties

Participate on Zoom:

Livestream on Facebook:

November 17-19, Web-Dialogue

Interactive dialogue for all members of the community

To Register:


For more info: 



Ethical Issues in Conflict Resolution
October 15, 4-5pm

  • Dr. Pam Lane-Garon, Professor Emeritus Fresno State

  • Dr. Negin Tahvildary, Director of Fresno State's Mediator Mentors program

Click Here for Zoom:


Ethics and Ethnic Studies
October 19, 4-5pm

  • Dr. Leece Lee-Oliver,  Professor of Women's Studies & Director of American Indian Studies

  • Dr. Luis Fernando Macías, Chicano and Latin American Studies

  • Professor Thomas Ellis, M.F.A., Program Coordinator, Africana Studies 

Click Here for Zoom:


Celebration of Ethics
Ethical Leadership Award and Doumanian Student Ethics Awards 

September 12, 7PM, 
Channel 47

(Collaboration with the Better Business Bureau and Channel 47)


Democracy and Ethics:
A Discussion with Student Leaders

September 15, 4-5pm

With Elizabeth Rocha Zuñiga and Hisham Qutob


Constitution Day
Elections, Trust, and Democracy

September 17, 2020, 11AM - Noon

Lisa Bryant, Professor of Political Science, Fresno State
Brandi L. Orth, Fresno County Clerk/Registrar of Voters
Paul Gronke, Director of the Early Voting Information Center, Reed College

Meeting ID: 934 3104 6819 

Co-sponsored with the Department of Political Science


Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki






Ethics Lectures made possible by the generous support of the Leon S. Peters Foundation


Past Lecturers: Visiting Scholars

  • Chief José Garza, Reedley Police Department 
  • Lieutenant Marc Ediger, Reedley Police Department
  • Jake Harder, West Coast Mennonite Central Committee  Director of the Reedley Peace Building Initiative (RPBI)
  • Christina Cassinerio-Wilson, Restorative Practitioner Teacher/Coach/Consultant, Fresno Unified
  • Judge Erica Grosjean, Federal Magistrate
  • Judge Mark Cullers, Fresno County Superior Court 
  • Judge Mark Snauffer, California Appellate Court 
  • Michael Smith, Attorney Lozano Smith Law
  • Daniel Jamison, Attorney Dowling Aaron Law
  • John Minkler, Civic Learning Partnership
  • Moira Harada, CART teacher
  • Kirk E. Sherriff, U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • Rev. Akiko Miyake-Stoner, United Japanese Christian Church
  • Richard Rothstein, Journalist and Fellow at Haas Institute
  • Selena Farnesi, Deputy District Attorney, Fresno
  • H Spees; Director of Strategic Initiatives, City of Fresno
  • Joaquin Arambula, Assemblyman for CA 31st District
  • Michael Clayton, BBB “Ambassador for Trust"
  • Catharyn Baird, CEO and Founder of EthicsGame
  • Hal Urban, author of Lessons from the Classroom 
  • Douglas Allen, Professor of philosophy at the University of Maine 
  • Mohammad Pournik, U.N. Development Program (retired)
  • Jim Boren, Executive Editor and Senior VP, Fresno Bee
  • Joe Moore, Director of Program Content, Valley Public Radio
  • Reverend James Lawson, Civil Rights Icon
  • Melissa Baucus Professor of Entrepreneurship, Texas State University
  • Richard Johanson, Chair Emeritus of the Fresno Business Council, founder Johanson Transportation
  • Rebecca DeYoung, Philosophy, Calvin College
  • Kent Dunnington, Philosophy, Biola University
  • Frank Beazley, Saint Agnes Hospital
  • Christopher Meyers, Director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics at CSU-Bakersfield
  • Tony Carr, President of Halloran Philanthropies
  • Robin Hoover, Immigration Activist
  • Robert Sellers, President of the Parliament of the World’s Religions
  • Tony Yamamoto, Former Director of Social Services and Interpreter Services at Valley Children’s Hospital
  • Melinda Hall, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Stetson University
  • Darius Assemi, President Granville Homes
  • Larry Powell, Former Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
  • Tim Ryan, Associated Students President, Fresno State
  • Sabrina D. Ashjian, Deputy District Attorney, Fresno County
  • Kevin Assemi, Attorney with Waterford Foundation and Granville Homes
  • Edgar Blunt, Career Pillar/IMAGO
  • Lori Morton, Fresno County Office of Education
  • Ismael Herrera, Fresno State Office of Community and Economic Development
  • 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


Past Lecturers: Fresno State Scholars

  • Marcus Shaw,  Department of Criminology, College of Social Sciences
  • Tinneke Van Camp, Department of Criminology, College of Social Sciences
  • Matthew Jendian, Department or Sociology, College of Social Sciences
  • Faith Sidlow, Media, Communications, and Journalism, College of Arts and Humanities
  • Ruth Griffin, Dance/Theater, College of Arts and Humanities
  • Lisa Bryant, Political Science, College of Social Sciences
  • Christopher Sterlin, Department of Management, Craig School of Business
  • Jes Therkelsen,Media, Communications, and Journalism, College of Arts and Humanities
  • James Rocha, Philosophy, College of Arts and Humanities 
  • Honora Chapman, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Humanities
  • 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




Contact Information

Dr. Andrew Fiala, Ethics Center Director

Dr. Andrew Fiala
Ethics Center Director

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