All of the2018 Leon S. Peters Ethics Lecture series 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.

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 through 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.


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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

For additional information, please contact Andrew Fiala: afiala@csufresno.edu; http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/ethicscenter


Past Events

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)

The interdisciplinary panel members include:

  • Professor Tinneke Van Camp, Department of Criminology
  • Chief Joe Garza, Reedley Police Department
  • Lieutenant Marc Ediger, Reedley Police Department
  • Jake Harder, West Coast Mennonite Central Committee and Reedley Peace Building Initiative
  • Erica Hassenbeck, Restorative Practices Manager, Department of Prevention and Intervention at Fresno Unified
  • Professor Marcus Shaw, Department of Criminology
  • Arnold Trevino, Fresno State Masters in Social Work student and Project Rebound student assistant.

Parking is $4 in lots P3, P2, or P5.

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

Panelists TBA


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