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.

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

Constitution Day: Dialogue for Democracy

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

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

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

Panel Discussion: Hate Crimes and the Impact on Minority Communities

Panelists will discuss issues related to hate crimes at federal and local levels, and from faith and community perspectives. Co-sponsored with the Interfaith Alliance of Central California.

Panelists include:

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

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

Panel Discussion: Restorative Justice and the School to Prison Pipeline

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

Panelists TBA 

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

Ethical Leadership with Jim Boren

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.

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

Panel Discussion: Human Rights Day: The Rights of Children

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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