Skip to Local Navigation
Skip to Content
California State University, Long Beach
Print this pageAdd this page to your favoritesSelect a font sizeSelect a small fontSelect a medium fontSelect a large font

Applied Ethics Forum

The Applied Ethics Forum (née ‘Center for Applied Ethics’) is housed in the Department of Philosophy at Cal State Long Beach. Its mission is to foster interdisciplinary work in practical and applied ethics among faculty and students and all other members of the CSULB community, to promote awareness of ethical issues in practical settings, and to create an expanded array of educational offerings in applied ethics at CSULB.

The Applied Ethics Forum is funded by a generous grant from the Andre Family Foundation, and sponsors a variety of speakers, conferences, and projects on various topics in applied ethics. Many of our events are co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts. For more information, please contact the Forum’s director, Jason Raibley.


Current Events


Erin Frykholm (University of Kansas) • tba •  22 Mar 2018

Guy Fletcher (University of Edinburgh) • tba • 10 Apr 2018

Eden Lin (Ohio State University) • tba • 26 Apr 2018


Previous Events


Kristina Meshelski (Cal State Northridge) • ‘Calexit from a Social Contract Perspective’ • 23 Feb 2017

Molly Gardner (Bowling Green State University) • ‘Doing Right By Future Generations’ • 9 Mar 2017

Justin Klocksiem (New Mexico State University) • ‘Epistocracy: A Wolf in Wolf’s Clothing’ • 6 April 2017


No events


Megs Gendreau (Cal Poly Pomona) ‘Relocation, Climate Migration, and Justification’ • 26 Feb 2015

Meghan Masto (Lafayette College) ‘Empathy, Autism, Psychopathy, and Right Action’ • 5 Mar 2015

Dale Dorsey (University of Kansas) ‘A Good Death’ • 9 Apr 2015


John Corvino (Wayne State University) ‘The Definition of Marriage’ • 6 Feb 2014

Russ Shafer-Landau (University of Wisconsin Madison) ‘The Morality of the Death Penalty’ • 6 Mar 2014

Alida Liberman (USC) ‘A Promise-Acceptance Model of Organ Donation’ • 8 Apr 2014


Harriet E. Baber (University of San Diego) ‘Freedom that Matters’ • 11 Apr 2012

Maria Svedberg (Stockholm University / UC Riverside) ‘Free Will and Determinism: David Lewis’s Local Miracle Compatibilism’  • 26 Apr 2012

David M. Adams (Cal Poly Pomona) ‘Fairness, Experimental Research, and the Desperately Ill’ • 10 May 2012


Steven Luper (Trinity University, San Antonio) ‘Retroactive Harm’ • 17 Feb 2011

Mohammed Abed (Cal State Los Angeles) ‘What is Genocide?’ • 24 Feb 2011

Julie Tannenbaum (Pomona College) ‘The Promise and Peril of the Pharmacological Enhancer Modafinil’ • 14 Apr 2011 


Michael Cholbi (Cal Poly Pomona) ‘A Direct Kantian Duty to Animals’ • 13 Apr 2010

Noell Birondo (Claremont McKenna) ‘Environmental Ethics and the End of Nature’ • 22 Apr 2010

Jens Johansson (Uppsala University, Sweden) ‘The Philosophy of Death’ • 13 May 2010


Conference: ‘Ethical and Social Scientific Perspectives on Well-being’ • 5-7 Mar 2009

Neera Badhwar (University of Oklahoma & George Mason University)

Daniel Haybron (St. Louis University)

Valerie Tiberius (University of Minnesota)

Randy Larsen (Washington University in St. Louis)

J. D. Trout (Loyola University Chicago)

Erik Angner (University of Alabama Birmingham)

Georg Northoff (University of Magdeburg, Germany)

Golnaz Tabibnia (Carnegie Mellon)

Michael Bishop (Florida State University)

Irving Biederman (USC)


Chris Heathwood (University of Colorado Boulder) ‘Personal Identity and Abortion’ • 21 Feb 2008

Martin Gunderson (Macalester College) ‘Enhancing Human Rights: How the Use of Human Rights Treaties to Prohibit Genetic Engineering Weakens Human Rights’ • 13 Mar 2008

Laurie Shrage (Cal Poly Pomona) “Pro-Choice or No-Choice’ … and Other Alternatives’ • 8 Nov 2007

Matt Zwolinski (University of San Diego) ‘The Ethics of Price Gouging’, with comments by Kathleen Lacey (Cal State Long Beach School of Business) • 14 Nov 2007


Edward Stein (Yeshiva Cardozo School of Law) ‘Etiology, Mutability, and the Law: A Critique of Biological and Psychological Arguments Concerning Lesbian and Gay Rights’ • 10 May 2007

Matt Zwolinski (University of San Diego) ‘Good Folk Gone Bad: The Moral Psychology of Unethical Behavior at Work’ • 2 Nov 2006


Clare Palmer (Washington University in St. Louis) ‘Animals, Environmental Ethics, and the Importance of Context’ • 4 May 2006

Dale Jamieson (New York University) ‘The Heart of Environmentalism’ • 4 Apr 2006

Conference: ‘Environmental Ethics, Aesthetics, and Education’

Jen Everett (Carleton College)

Phil Cafaro (Colorado State University)

Ted Toadvine (University of Oregon)

Brian Treanor (Loyola Marymount University)


J. Angelo Corlett (San Diego State University) ‘Was 9/11 Morally Justified?’ • 10 Mar 2005

Amy Coplan (Cal State Fullerton) ‘Caring About Characters: Four Determinants of Emotional Engagement (Or, Why I Care More About President Bartlett than President Bush)’ • 20 Apr 2005


Conference: ‘Race, Social Justice, and the Professions’ • 19 Feb 2004

Naomi Zack (University of Oregon)

Jorge L. A. Garcia (Boston College)

Howard McGary (Rutgers University)

David Kim (University of San Francisco)


Conference: ‘The Ethics of Stem Cell Research and Human Cloning’ • 5 Apr 2003

Carol Itatani (Cal State Long Beach, Department of Biology)

Mary Mahowald (University of Chicago)

Radhika Rao (Hastings College of Law)

Bonnie Steinbock (SUNY Albany)


Conference: ‘Challenging Democracy: Religious Diversity and Political Institutions on a Global Scale’ • 8 Mar 2002

M. A. Muqtedar Khan (Adrian College, Department of Political Science)

Matthius Lutz-Bachmann (Goethe Universitat)

Andrew Wallace (Sonoma State University)


Conference: ‘Sequencing the Future: Ethical Issues Arising from the Human Genome Project’ • 21 Apr 2001 

Troy Duster (University of California Berkeley)

Erik Parens (Hastings Center)

Anita Silvers (San Francisco State University)

Conference: ‘Philosophy and Ethics in Children’s Literature’ • 21 Jun 2001

Gareth Matthews (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Claudia Mills (University of Colorado – Boulder)

David Shapiro (University of Washington)

Dale Turner (Cal Poly Pomona)

Michael Pritchard (Western Michigan University) ‘Perception and Imagination in Engineering Ethics’ • 26 Nov 2001

Xinyan Jiang (University of Redlands) ‘Rational Beings and Moral Agency in Xunzi’ • 16 Jun 2001

Ann Davis (Pomona College) ‘Running Faster but Moving Slower: Information, Technology, and the Ambiguity of Progress’ • 12 Apr 2000