Grace A. Tanner Center

Roman Amphitheater in Amman, JordanLectures & Symposiums

The Tanner Center sponsors the Distinguished Faculty Honor Lecture in September and the Tanner Symposium in October of each year and provides a stipend or honorarium to the presenters. The faculty lecturer is selected by a committee established by the Faculty Senate. This year the Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, Bryce Christensen, delivered his lecture on September 4, 2014.

The Seventh Annual Tanner Symposium titled Democracy and Economics was held on Thursday and Friday, October 17 – 18, 2013 in the Hunter Conference Center. Presentations were given as follows: Pam Hood, San Francisco State University, The Occupy Movement and Financial Inequality; Jeremy Beer, American Philanthropic, Communio, Economics, and the Anthropology of Liberalism; Bryce Christensen, Southern Utah University, Closing America’s ‘Factory of Individual Character’: The Social and Political Consequences of a Bankrupt Home Economy; William Krieger, University of Rhode Island, Philosophy, Democracy and the Economics of Archaeology; and Peter McNamara, Utah State University, Business Schools: Why Do They Exist?. Kirk Fitzpatrick, the Director of the Tanner Center and Associate Professor of Philosophy, moderated the Symposium. Discussants included Lee Trepanier, Saginaw Valley State University and Tim Jankowiak, James Harrison, Emily Dean and David Lunt of Southern Utah Univeristy.

Obert C. Tanner was an educator (Professor of Philosophy at the University of Utah), industrialist and philanthropist.  Of all the gifts he has left to universities, the one he was proudest of is the Lectures on Human Values.  The Tanner Lecture on Human Values was formally established at the University of Cambridge, England on July 1, 1978.    In writing about the purpose of these lectures, Professor Tanner said, “I see them simply as a search for a better understanding of human behavior and human values."  To this end, the lecture provides a forum in which to promote scholarly and scientific learning in the field of human values while embracing moral, artistic, intellectual, and spiritual values—both individual and social—and advancing the full register of values pertinent to the human condition, interest, behavior, and aspiration. Accordingly, the lecture may involve the cultivation of ethical, aesthetic, and political theory and such matters as scientific research into the foundations of value behavior, whether in social, psychological, or natural sciences. The Tanner lecturers, therefore, may be drawn from philosophy, the sciences, the creative arts, and the various areas of statesmanship and leadership.