Renowned sociologist Dr. Robert N. Bellah, the Elliott Professor of Sociology emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley, will present the Leon S. Peters Ethics Lecture at Fresno State at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 10.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be at the Leon S. and Pete P. Peters Educational Center in the Student Recreation Center.

Bellah served for 30 years as professor of sociology at Cal. In 2000, President Clinton awarded him the National Humanities Medal. In 2007, he received the American Academy of Religion Martin E. Marty Award for public understanding of religion.

It took Bellah 13 years to write his latest book, “Religion in Human Evolution: From the Paleolithic to the Axial Age,” published in September 2011.

The campus lecture is sponsored by the Ethics Center at Fresno State with support from the Leon S. Peters Foundation.

Free parking is available by entering code 17090012 at campus parking permit dispensers.

For more information, contact Dr. Vincent Biondo at or Ethics Center’s website