Several times each year, the Capps Forum on Ethics and Public Policy brings to the campus and the community distinguished speakers who address major social and ethical issues. The purpose of the forum is to engage students, faculty, and local residents in conversation about public concerns important to the nation and the world. Originally called the Capps Forum on Ethics, in 2010 the series became the Capps Forum on Ethics and Public Policy and began to coordinate public lectures to coincide with the Capps Center's undergraduate courses in ethics. The forum series programs quarterly lectures on environmental ethics, biomedical ethics, and the ethics of diversity and social justice. These events are free and open to the public.
Panelists: erin Khuê Ninh, Associate Professor and Chair, Asian American Studies, UCSB; Ariana Alvarez, Director & Title IX Officer, Office of Title IX and Sexual Harassment Policy Compliance, UCSB; Cierra Sorin, PhD candidate, Sociology, UCSB; Leila Loose, Co-Chair, Students Against Sexual Assault (SASA), UCSB; and Briana Conway, Director, Campus Advocacy, Resources, & Education (CARE), UCSB
"Ending Sexual Violence on Campus: A Holistic Approach"
Stuart Finder, Director, Center for Healthcare Ethics, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
"Grounding Ethics in Clinical Practice: What Matters to Patients, Families, and Health Providers"
Erica Gies, climate journalist and author
"Water Always Wins: Thriving in an Age of Drought and Deluge"
Felicia Cohn, Clinical Professor of Bioethics, Department of Medicine, UC Irvine School of Medicine
"Death, Dying, and Medical Ethics in the Time of COVID"
Michael Kalichman, Director, Research Ethics Program, UC San Diego
"Research Ethics: Uncertainty, Reproducibility, and Truth in Science"
Sarah Jaquette Ray, Professor and Program Leader, Environmental Studies, Humboldt State University
"Coming of Age at the End of the World: An Existential Toolkit for the Climate Generation"
Robyn Thomas, Executive Director, Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
"How to Win the Fight against Gun Violence in America"
Scott A. Scherr, M.D., Regional Medical Director, TeamHealth; Medical Director, Sunrise Hospital Emergency Department; Medical Director, Clark County Fire Department
"Active Shooter Preparedness and Response Training"
Sara Wylie, Associate Professor, Departments of Sociology and Health Sciences, Northwestern University
"Fractivism: Corporate Bodies and Chemical Bonds"
Charis Thompson, Chancellor's Professor, UC Berkeley, and Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science
"Strategies for Surviving Negative Emotions in a Time of Augmentation and Polarization"
Robert Bullard, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University
"Environmental Justice for All: Why Equity Matters"
Mark Schapiro, investigative journalist, and Lecturer in Earth Journalism, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley
"Carbon Shock: Seeking Equilibrium in the Climate-Disrupted Economy"
California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and State Assemblymember Das Williams
"Sexual Assault on College Campuses"
Anna Lappé, bestselling author of Diet for a Hot Planet and Grub, and co-founder of the Small Planet Institute
Peter Barnes, entrepreneur, journalist, and author
"Fixing Capitalism's Deepest Flaws"
Paul R. Abramson, Research Professor, Department of Psychology, UCLA
"Sex, Sex, and More Sex: Ensuring Sexual Rights While Preventing Sexual Harm"
Stuart J. Youngner, M.D., Chair, Department of Bioethics, Susan E. Watson Professor, and Professor of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University
"Decisions at the End of Life: The Illusion of Control and Sense of Responsibility"
Rinaldo Brutoco, Founding President, World Business Academy, Santa Barbara, CA
"Nuclear Power: A Mistake in Search of a Mission"
Eboo Patel, Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) in Chicago, Illinois
"Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America"
Stefan Timmermans, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, UCLA
"Saving Babies? The Consequences of Newborn Genetic Screening"
Peter Gleick, Co-founder and President, Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland, CA
"The Science and Ethics of 21st Century Climate and Water Challenges"
Linda Gordon, Florence Kelley Professor of History and University Professor of the Humanities, New York University
"Contraception at the Tea Party: The Politics of Women's Health"
Kathleen Sharp, award-winning investigative journalist
"Blood Feud: The Man Who Blew the Whistle on One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever"
Daniel Hirsch, Lecturer on Nuclear Policy, UC Santa Cruz, and former Director of its Adlai Stevenson Program on Nuclear Policy
"Nuclear Power: Ethical and Policy Implications"
Kevin R. Johnson, Dean, School of Law, UC Davis
“Opening the Floodgates: Why America Needs to Rethink Its Borders and Immigration Laws”
Dr. David Gollaher, Chief Executive Officer and President, California Healthcare Institute
"Life in the Balance: Perspectives on Stem Cell Research"
Holly Lohuis, Education/Research Associate, Ocean Futures Society
"BP’s Oil Spill in the Gulf"