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.
Patricia Sekaquaptewa, Chief Justice, Hopi Appellate Court, and Chair of the Board, The Nakwatsvewat Institute; Ethan Elkind, Director, Climate Program, Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment, UC Berkeley School of Law, and Executive Director, The Nakwatsvewat Institute; Justin B. Richland, Professor and Chair of Anthropology, Professor of Law, UC-Irvine, and Associate Justice, Hopi Appellate Court
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
Stuart Finder, Director, Center for Healthcare Ethics, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Erica Gies, climate journalist and author
Felicia Cohn, Clinical Professor of Bioethics, Department of Medicine, UC Irvine School of Medicine
Michael Kalichman, Director, Research Ethics Program, UC San Diego
Sarah Jaquette Ray, Professor and Program Leader, Environmental Studies, Humboldt State University
Robyn Thomas, Executive Director, Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Scott A. Scherr, M.D., Regional Medical Director, TeamHealth; Medical Director, Sunrise Hospital Emergency Department; Medical Director, Clark County Fire Department
Sara Wylie, Associate Professor, Departments of Sociology and Health Sciences, Northwestern University
Charis Thompson, Chancellor's Professor, UC Berkeley, and Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science
Robert Bullard, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University
Mark Schapiro, investigative journalist, and Lecturer in Earth Journalism, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley
California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and State Assemblymember Das Williams
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
Paul R. Abramson, Research Professor, Department of Psychology, UCLA
Stuart J. Youngner, M.D., Chair, Department of Bioethics, Susan E. Watson Professor, and Professor of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University
Rinaldo Brutoco, Founding President, World Business Academy, Santa Barbara, CA
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
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
Kathleen Sharp, award-winning investigative journalist
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"