Upcoming Events



Dr. Sahar Amer, University of Sydney, "What Is Veiling?"

Tuesday, April 14, 7:30pm, Schroeder Hall (Green Music Center)

Co-sponsored with the School of Arts & Humanities, Dept. of Modern Languages


Most Tuesdays, 1pm-2pm, Carson 56: Women of Philosophy, Pre-Law, and Ethics (WOPPLE)

Most Thursdays, Noon-1pm, Carson 56: Philosophy Club



Past events



Paula Moya, Stanford University, "Reading Race: From Ferguson, Missouri to Morrison’s A Mercy and Back Again" - Click here for video

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2-4pm, Student Center Ballroom B

Co-sponsored with the SSU Philosophy Club


Melissa Farley, Prostitution Education and Research, "Prostitution, Human Rights Violations, and the Ethics of Research Neutrality"

Monday, Feb. 23, 10:30am-noon, Student Center Ballroom B

Co-sponsored with the Sonoma Freedom Project





Ron Sundstrom, Ph.D., University of San Francisco, "Multiracial Belonging and Betrayal"

Wednesday, April 16, 2-3:30, Student Center Ballroom B

Co-hosted by CELS and the SSU Philosophy Club


"Imagine Yourself," A Dialogue and Symposium

Chief Justice of California, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye

with Angelica Quirarte, Jonathan Gomez, and Doug Bosco

Friday, April 11, 9-noon, Weill Hall

Presented by 10,000 Degrees Sonoma County and CELS


September 2, Eric Sinrod, Duane Morris LLP, "Risks and Liabilities in Cyberspace" - Click here for video


September 9, Brock Dolman, Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, "A Reverential Rehydration Revolution" - Click here for video


September 16, Andy Wallace, SSU Philosophy, "Compassion and Happiness" - Click here for video


September 23, Ian Haney- López, Boalt Hall and Demos, "Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class" - Click here for video


September 30, Cindy Cohn, Electronic Frontier Foundation, "NSA Spying, the Constitution, and You" - Click here for video


October 14, Irene Klaver, University of North Texas, Philosophy of Water Use Technology - Click here for video


October 28, Michael Carver and Jennifer Stock, Cordell Bank Marine Sanctuary (NOAA), "Whale Aware: How Industry, Government, and NGOs are Working Together to Reduce Strikes to Whales by Large Boats" - Click here for video


November 18, Robert Train, SSU Modern Languages, "The Right to Speak Our MInds and Our Languages: Toward an Ethics of Multilingualism in School and Society"- Click here for video


December 2, Warren Court Prize Presentations - click here for video





Mary Burke, Executive Director, The Project to End Human Trafficking and Director, Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology, Carlow University

Tuesday, November 19, Noon-1pm, Carson Hall 56



Click here for the paper

Click here for the slides

Teed Rockwell, SSU Philosophy Department

Wednesday, October 30, 2-3:30, Cooperage 2



Ed Stein, Vice Dean, Professor of Law, and Director of the Gertrud Mainzer Program in Family Law, Policy, and Bioethics at Cardozo Law

Wednesday, September 25, 12-1pm, Darwin 103



Thursday, April 11: Manuel Vargas, University of San Francisco, Philosophy and Law School


Location: Schulz 3001, 1:30-3:00


Friday, April 5: Frank Wu, Chancellor and Dean, Hastings School of Law

2-3 PM: Q & A about law school with Frank Wu, the Dean and Chancellor of Hastings. Co-sponsored by CELS and the Pre-Law Society. Carson 56

Dean Wu will also lead a discussion of the film, Who Killed Vincent Chin?, at 7 PM. Click here for more information.


Wednesday, March 27: Title IX events

Gender Equity Concerns Workshop for Students and Community Members, 4:30-6 pm in the Cooperage. 

Donna Lopiano “Gender Equity and Title 9: It Isn’t Just About Sports," 7:30 pm The Cooperage

  • Dr. Lopiano has served for 18 years as the University of Texas at Austin Director of Women’s Athletics and is a past-president of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. During her tenure at Texas, she constructed what many believed to be the premiere women’s athletics program in the country; twice earning the top program in the nation award. Recognized as one of the foremost national experts on gender equity in sport, Dr. Lopiano has testified about Title IX and gender equity before three Congressional committees and served as a consultant to the U.S. Office for Civil Rights Department of Health, Education and Welfare Title IX Task Force. The Sporting News has repeatedly listed her as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Sports.”

Gender Equity Issues Workshop for Faculty, Staff, Coaches and Administrators, 10-11:30 am in Schulz 3001


Wednesday, February 6, 4 PM: The Center for Ethics, Law, and Society Inaugural Lecture

Judge Brad Seligman: Big Law, Small Law: Old and New Civil Rights in the 21st Century

Come join us hear Judge Seligman, SSU alum and accomplished class action civil rights lawyer, speak about civil rights! Judge Seligman's talk will help us officially open the Center. Wine and cheese reception to follow.

Location: Ives 101 (Warren Auditorium).