SUU Explores Human Values in Tanner Center Fall Events

Published: September 12, 2017 | Author: Kaden Mcbride | Read Time: 2 minutes

Human Values Tanner Center LogoThe Grace A. Tanner Center for Human Values at Southern Utah University will be sponsoring several events this fall that explore questions of human values in a variety of disciplines. This year the Tanner Center will focus on the theme of “The Danger of a Single Story,” based on a Ted Talk by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The Tanner Center will provide opportunities to discuss how shared stories give insight to the human condition and how bringing less visible stories to light enhances an understanding of human values.

On Tuesday, September 12, Dr. Noel Voltz will discuss the screening of “The Danger of a Single Story” at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Center Theater. Professor Voltz is a scholar of African American and African Diasporic History and an assistant professor at the University of Utah.

Tuesday October 3, the Associate Dean of Brigham Young University’s College of Humanities, Dr. George Handley, will host a panel discussion at 11:30 a.m. The discussion will take place in the Student Center Theater and highlight “Ecosystems and Human Values: Exploring our connections with natural landscapes.”

Arthur Sze, celebrated poet and recipient of the Lannan Literary Award, will perform a poetry reading at 5:30 p.m. in the SUU Alumni House on October 12.

Maria Hinojosa, Senior Correspondent of the PBS show NOW, will speak on “Narrative as Witness (America’s Untold Stories).” Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning news anchor and reporter who hosts and produces the Peabody Award winning show Latino USA. This will take place on Thursday, October 19, at 11:30 a.m. in the Hunter Conference Center Great Hall.

On October 26, a panel discussion will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Hunter Conference Center Great Hall on the topic, “Edge of Morning: Native Voices Speak for the Bears’ Ears.” The panel will be moderated by Kirsten Johanna Allen of Torrey House Press and will feature Luci Tapahonso, Lyle Balenquah, Jaqueline Keeler, Heid E. Erdich.

In addition to these events the Tanner Center will sponsor a month-long symposium in October on “Ecology, Place, and Human Values” in partnership with the SUU Biology Department and Native American History Week.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Tanner Center website or contact the Tanner Center director, Dr. Danielle Dubrasky at

The Tanner Center was created through an endowment provided by the Tanner Trust for Utah Universities by Obert C. Tanner, Professor Emeritus of philosophy at the University of Utah. The goal of the center is to encourage maximum exposure of students, faculty, and the larger community to the ideas which best exemplify the human condition and the values which help to define it.

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