Public Lectures and Videos

Fiala lectures widely and provides workshops on ethics and other topics.

To invite Fiala:

Lecture Powerpoint slides archive

Ethical Leadership and Professional Life (Welty Ed Leadership, Oct. 2023)

Osher Lifelong Learning Class: Hope, Spring 2023

“Pragmatic Nonviolence,” (with Andrew Fitz-Gibbon) SUNY Distinguished Academy, Spring 2023

Osher Lifelong Learning Class: “Ethical Issues in the News 2022”

Welty Center 2022: Ethical Leadership and Professional Life

“Is God a Tyrant?” Dublin, Ireland, May 13, 2022

Fiala on Tyranny (WBAI radio, Spring 2022)

Fiala on Tyranny (KPFA radio, Spring 2022) (also on Youtube:

Fiala on Tyranny and Nonviolence (Northern Spirit Radio, Spring 2022)

Osher Lifelong Learning Class: “Tyranny and Democracy”

Osher Lifelong Learning Class: “Religion and Philosophy”

Osher Lifelong Learning Class: “Compassion”

Pandemic Philosophy Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Fall 2020
Fiala Cupertino Nov 2019
Fiala Lecture Bakersfield 2018
Fiala at Property Tax Symposium 2017

Lecture Powerpoints Here

  1. Nonviolence: A Quick Immersion at Baldwin Wallace University, Fall 2021
  2. Podcasts on “The Meaning of Peace and Pacifism:
    Part One:
    Part Two:
  3. Compassion” Osher LifelongLearning, April 2021
  4. Compassion: Ethics, Religion, and Philosophy,” Smittcamp Colloquium, April 2021
  5. Future of Democracy, March 2021, Oakhurst Democratic Club
  6. Fiala Ethical Leadership and Professional Life Welty Center Conference, February 2021: Video here:
  7. Critical Thinking Contentious Times, San Joaquin Gardens January 2021
  8. Pandemic Philosophy, Osher Lifelong Learning, September 2020
  9. “Religion and Covid-19” on Freedom From Religion Foundation, May 27, 2020
  10. “Pacifism and Nonviolence” Bethel Lutheran Church, Cupertino, CA, November 2019
  11. “Ethical Leadership and Professional Life” Welty Center Educational Leadership Conference, October 2019
  12. “American Values and Philosophy” Osher Lifelong Learning, October 2019
  13. “Ethical Leadership” Camp Royal Youth Leadership Camp (Rotary), Sequoia Lake, CA, June 10, 2019
  14. “Ethics and Civic Education” Democratic Women in Action, Fresno, CA:, June 3, 2019
  15. “Peace, Pacifism, and Nonviolence” Westhope Presbyterian Church, Saratoga, CA, May 26, 2019
  16. “The Lifeboat is Not Full: Also It’s not a Lifeboat” Immigration Podcast with Nathan Brown:, May 2019 (recorded April 29, 2019)
  17. “Teaching Moral Conflict and Civil Discourse” Bonner Center Character and Civic Education Conference, April 5, 2019
  18. “Bioethics” Osher Lifelong Learning, April 2019
  19. “Pacifism as Normative Theory” at Association for Practical and Professional Ethic, Baltimore, MD, February/March 2019.
  20. “Ethics and Civic Education” at Fig Garden Women’s Club, February 2019
  21. “Crisis in Democracy and Solutions” Yosemite Democratic Club, February 2019
  22. “Civic Education and Education for Democracy” at Fresno Rotary, December 2018
  23. “Secularism and Religious Diversity” at California State University, Bakersfield, November 2018
  24. “Making Ethical Decisions” for Fresno High School International Baccalaureate Program, November 2018 (video)
  25. “Peace, Pluralism, Religion, and Secularism” at Parliament of the World’s Religions, Toronto, Canada, November 2018
  26. “The Global Ethic Applied to Refugees and Immigrants” at Parliament of the World’s Religions, Toronto, Canada, November 2018
  27. “Pacific Commerce and the Capitalist Peace” at Concerned Philosophers for Peace, Boulder, CO, October 2018
  28. “Peace as a Way of Life” Via de Cristo Christian Community, Scottsdale, AZ September 2018.
  29. “Peace and Medical Ethics” at Estrella Mountain College, Phoenix, AZ, September 2018.
  30. “Ethics and Economic Development” for California Association of Local Economic Development, October 2018
  31. “From Empathy to Justice and Back Again” at Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno, July 2018
  32. “On Thinking Globally and Acting Locally:” at International Society for Universal Dialogue, Lima, Peru, July 2018
  33. “Ethics for Youth Leaders” at Rotary Youth Leadership Camp, Sequoia Lakes, CA, June 2018
  34. “Capitalism and Ethics” for Reedley Peace Center retreat, Saint Nicholas Ranch, Squaw Valley, CA, March 2018
  35. “The Philosophy of War and Peace” at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, February-March 2018
  36. “Pacifism: For and Against” an Invited Symposium, 2018 American Philosophical Association Central Division, Chicago, February 2018.
  37. “Free Speech and the First Amendment” at Free Speech Forum, Fresno State University, October 2017
  38. “Political Violence in the Trump Era” at Fresno County Kennedy Club, September 2017
  39. “Character” at University High School Character and Honor Code Assembly October 2017
  40. “Wisdom and the Good Life” at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, November-December 2017
  41. “Ethics is Good Business: Why Morality Matters and What to Do About It” at Institute for Tax Professionals, Indian Wells, CA, November 2017
  42. “Peace in the Trump Era” at SUNY Cortland, April 2017.
  43.  “Seven Deadly Sins, Vainglory, and Humility” at Fresno Pacific University, March 2017
  44. “The Ethical State of the Union” Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, March 2017.
  45.  “The Five Freedoms of the First Amendment” Symposium on the First Amendment, November 2016.
  46. “Philosophy, Democracy, and Utopia” Osher Lifelong Learning Institute October 2016
  47. “Whose God? Which Religion” at Centenary College of Louisiana, Forum, Shreveport Louisiana, February 2016


Fiala at Camp Royal (Rotary Youth Leadership, Sequoia, CA) 2019

Fiala in Warsaw, July 2016

Contemporary Conflicts of Morals

Osher Lectures on Love