The fall 2018 Leon S. Peters Ethics Lecture series begins with “Constitution Day: Dialogue for Democracy” on Sept. 15 and a panel discussion on “Hate Crimes and the Impact on the Minority Communities” on Sept. 19. Other topics in the series include Restorative Justice and the School to Prison Pipeline, Ethical Leadership with Jim Boren, and The Rights of Children.

All events are free and open to the public thanks to the sponsorship of the Leon S. Peters Foundation and Fresno State’s College of Arts and Humanities.

Constitution Day: Dialogue for Democracy

Saturday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m.-noon, North Gym 118

A dialogue about the Constitution and the state of our democracy with table conversations, a mock ballot, and expert panels. Topics include immigration and the judicial branch.

Speakers and Panelists include:

  • Federal Magistrate Judge Erica Grosjean
  • Fresno County Superior Court Judge Mark Cullers
  • California Appellate Court Judge Mark Snauffer
  • Michael Smith, Attorney Lozano Smith Law
  • Daniel Jamison, Attorney Dowling Aaron Law
  • John Minkler, Civic Learning Partnership
  • Moira Harada, CART teacher
  • Others TBA

Co-sponsored with Fresno County Civic Learning Partnership and other community partners.

Panel Discussion: Hate Crimes and the Impact on Minority Communities

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 5-6:15 p.m.,  Leon S. and Pete P. Peters Ed Center Auditorium (in the Student Recreation Center)

Panelists will discuss issues related to hate crimes at federal and local levels, and from faith and community perspectives.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Matthew Jendian, Sociology Department, Fresno State
  • Kirk E. Sherriff, U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • Rev. Akiko Miyake-Stoner, United Japanese Christian Church  

Co-sponsored with the Interfaith Alliance of Central California

Panel Discussion: Restorative Justice and the School to Prison Pipeline 

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 6 p.m., Peters Ed Center Auditorium (in the Student Rec Center)

Co-sponsored with Department of Criminology, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Mediator Mentors. 

Panelists TBA

Ethical Leadership with Jim Boren

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., Peters Business 191 (University Business Center)      

In this lecture, Jim Boren, former executive editor of The Fresno Bee, will offer words of wisdom about ethical leadership based on his experience in covering leaders though our community and the world. Boren was honored in May 2018 with an award for Ethical Leadership by the Fresno State Ethics Center and the Lyles Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He is the executive director of Fresno State’s new Institute for Media and Public Trust.

Human Rights Day: The Rights of Children

Saturday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-noon, North Gym 118

In celebration of the United Nations annual “Human Rights Day” commemoration, panelists will focus on the rights of children. Co-sponsored with the Human Rights Coalition of Central California.

Panelists TBA

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