The Leon S. Peters Ethics Lecture Series begins its fall semester line-up at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, in North Gym 118 with a screening of the film “Waking in Oak Creek.”

The documentary follows the community of Oak Creek as residents unite with law enforcement officials to bring an end to hate following a deadly terrorist attack that resulted in the death of six innocent Sikh worshippers.

This first screening is sponsored by the College of Social Sciences and the Sikh Council of Central California. All lecture series events are free and open to the public. Parking is free after 4 p.m. on Fridays.

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. The center is supported by the College of Arts and Humanities and its lecture series is sponsored by a gift from the Leon S. Peters Foundation.Tet

Remaining lectures in the series this semester include:

  • 17 (9 a.m. to noon), Satellite Student Union: A discussion on “Constitution Day” to motivate and inspire political participation and informed voting. Local high school, community college and Fresno State students are invited to attend. The event is co-sponsored by The Ethics Center and Leon S. Peters Foundation.
  • 6 (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.), Alice Peters Auditorium: A panel discussion that will focus on “Anti-Muslim, Anti-Arab Discrimination, and Civil Rights.” Speakers from Fresno State Student Clubs, Palestine Freedom Project, Masjid Fresno, The California Middle Eastern Foundation, the Muslim Student Association and the New American Legal Clinic at San Joaquin College of Law will be present.
  • 25 (5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.), Satellite Student Union: “A Conversation on Ethics and Integrity In Leadership” will examine ethics and the importance of integrity in leadership. The event is co-sponsored with Student Affairs, the Center for Leadership and the Lyles Center.
  • 15 (5 p.m. to 6 p.m.), Alice Peters Auditorium: Stetson University’s Dr. Melinda Hall will present ideas from her upcoming book “The Bioethics of Enhancement: Transhumanism, Disability, and Biopolitics.” Hall will discuss the effects of biotechnological enhancements and consider its effects on disabled people.
  • 30 (5 p.m. to 6 p.m.), Engineering East 191: Tony Yamamoto from Valley Children’s Hospital will discuss “Medical Ethics: Lessons Learned” and talk about the lessons learned from his years of experience and through working with other medical ethics professionals.
  • 10 9 a.m. to noon), North Gym 118: A Human Rights Day discussion on the “The Refugee Crisis and Human Rights.” Panelists will discuss the refugee crisis as a human rights issue and address global challenges and local responses.

For more information contact Dr. Andrew Fiala, Ethics Center director, at or 559.278.2124.

(Jose Diaz, University Communications news assistant contributed to this report).

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