The spring 2016 Leon S. Peters Ethics Lecture Series begins with a panel discussion on Islam, ISIS and American Politics at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2 in McLane Hall 121.

The panel features Imam Seyed Ali Ghazvini, Imam of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno; Fresno State alumnae Sumaya Attia, an online journalist for who, in 2014, lived in Egypt for thirteen months to document the progress of the country in a post-revolution light; Dr. Vincent Biondo, professor of Religious Studies; Andreas Borgeas, member of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors; and Rabbi Rick Winer of Temple Beth Israel in Fresno.

They will discuss the on-going issues and dialogue revolving around the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Islam in American politics.

The event is presented by the Fresno State Ethics Center and co-sponsored by the San Joaquin College of Law.

The Ethics Center serves 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. Its mission is to understand and promote ethical leadership across the curriculum and within communities, said Dr. Andrew Fiala, Ethics Center director and chair of the Department of Philosophy.

Remaining lectures in the series this semester include “Nepal’s Earthquake and Development Ethics” from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 at the Alice Peters Auditorium in the Peters Business Building (5245 N. Backer Ave.).

Additional events will be announced when they are finalized.

For more information, contact Fiala at or 559.278.2621.

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