The Leon S. Peters Ethics Lecture Series begins its fall semester line-up at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4 in the Leon S. and Pete P. Peters Educational Center

(5010 N. Woodrow Ave. — west of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center) with a screening of the film “Sweet Dreams.”

The documentary follows a resilient group of Rwandan women as they emerge from the devastation of the Rwandan genocide to create a new future for themselves through music and ice cream. Director Lisa Fruchtman will lead a discussion following the film.

The screening is co-sponsored by the Fresno State CineCulture Club and Peace and Conflict Studies. All lecture series events are free and open to the public. Parking is free after 4 p.m. on Fridays.

The Fresno State 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.

Remaining lectures in the series this semester include:

  • Sept. 17 (9:30 a.m.-noon), Satellite Student Union: A discussion on “Constitution Day” and how it pertains to education in public schools. Among the speakers will be Honorable Rosendo Peña, Jr., Justice on the California Fifth District Court of Appeal. The event is co-sponsored by the Fresno State Political Science Department, Fresno County Office of Education and the Civic Learning Partnership of Fresno County.  (Full release to come).
  • Oct. 8 (5-6 p.m.), McLane Hall 121: A discussion, “How Not to Be a Vegan”, led by Dr. Robert C. Jones, associate professor of philosophy at Chico State, about how veganism is a commitment to minimize violence, objectification, domination and oppression. Jones’s worked on the moral significance of animal cognition.
  • Oct. 20 (5-6 p.m.), McLane Hall 121: Dr. Ethan Nadelman, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, will discuss “Why We Need to End the War on Drugs.” The discussion is co-sponsored by the Chicano and Latin American Studies program.
  • Nov. 4 (5-6:30 p.m.), Leon S. and Pete P. Peters Educational Center: A discussion about “Food Security and Climate Change,” linking climate change to global food supplies with Hilal Elver, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food with the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, and a research professor at the Orfalea Center at UC Santa Barbara. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Womack Fund.
  • Dec. 5 (time TBA), North Gym 118: A symposium, “Climate Change: People, Planet and the Valley,” that will feature panel discussion and workshops on climate change and water issues pertinent to the Central Valley. The keynote speaker will be Mark Arax, journalist and author from Fresno. Co-sponsored by the Human Rights Coalition of the Central Valley.

For more information contact Dr. Andrew Fiala, Ethics Center director, at or 559.278.2621.

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