Big Questions and Answers

Center for Ethics, Law and Society (CELS) Lecture Series Begins for the Fall
August 23, 2017
taxi drivers protesting uber

Sonoma State University’s Center of Ethics Law, and Society Forum addresses moral and legal issues that arise in the ever-modernizing world. This year's forum features lectures that answer questions from topics like free speech and immigration enforcement in the new political climate, the job insecurity of taxi drivers in an Uber world, to the vast change in the earth's oceans.

The lectures conclude with the presentations from the winners of the Warren Court Prize, an essay contest for students on matters of Ethics, Justice, or Constitutional Law winner on Nov. 28. Student essay submissions can start being turned in on Sept. 29 with the deadline for the contest ending on Oct. 24.

All lectures are on Tuesdays from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Stevenson 1002. This series of events is produced with the generous support of SSU Instructionally Related Activities. For more information call (707) 664-3280 or visit the CELS website. Each event is free and open to the public, parking is $5-$8 on campus.

Fall 2017 CELS Lecture Schedule

Aug. 29

Our Changing Oceans

Jennifer Stock, NOAA, Cordell Bank Marine Sanctuary


Sept. 12

Values and Fear in the Age of Trump Immigration Enforcement

Bill Hing, University of San Francisco School of Law


Sept. 19

Can Racial Inequality Be Fixed by Seeing Race as Fluid?

Aliya Saperstein, Stanford University, Sociology


Sept. 26

Free Speech in the Trump Era

Karl Olson, Cannata, O’Toole, Fickes and Almazan, LLP


Oct. 3

American Amnesia: How the Revolt against Government Endangers our Prosperity

Paul Pierson, UC Berkeley, Political Science


Oct. 17

Driven to Precarity: Workers in a Taxi to Uber Economy

Veena Dubal, UC Hastings College of Law


Oct. 24

Trust, Anger, Resentment: On Blame and its Assessment

R. Jay Wallace, UC Berkeley, Philosophy


Oct. 31

The Future of Cybersecurity

Betsy Cooper, UC Berkeley, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity


Nov. 7

The Baumgardt Memorial Lecture I: What Can We Be Grateful For?

Joshua Glasgow, SSU, Philosophy


Nov. 14

The Baumgardt Memorial Lecture II: Finding Goodness in Death

Joshua Glasgow, SSU, Philosophy


Nov. 28

Warren Court Prizewinner Presentations


This series is supported with the generous help of SSU Instructionally Related Activities

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