Tanner Center Certificate in Human Values

The Certificate in Human Values is a two-semester program that recognizes participation in the Grace A. Tanner Center’s interdisciplinary programs that promote dialogue on ideas which best exemplify the human condition and the values which help to define it. Activities for fulfilling the certificate include the Tanner Lecture, Tanner Center Talks, Dinner and Dialogue, and a Community Engagement Center “mini-break.” 

The Certificate is offered through the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Fall 2020 - Spring 2021


  • One of the following TED Talks on the topic of Building Cultures of Meaning: "The lies our culture tells us about what matters—and a better way to live," by David Brooks, or "The new American Dream" by Courtney E. Martin


  • 2020 Tanner Lecture on Human Values by Emily Esfahani Smith, October 8 that 11:30 am
  • Three Lectures and two Dinner and Dialogues each semester
  • One Tanner Center sponsored film each semester
  • One "mini-break," or five volunteer hours with an approved community non-profit


  • Reflective pieces on the Ted Talk and the Tanner Lecture (2)
  • Reflective pieces on the Lectures (3 each semester)
  • Reflective pieces on the Dinner Dialogues (2 each semester)
  • Reflective piece on the volunteer work (1)
  • Three-page synthesis paper (due at the end of second semester)

Reflective pieces are one-page, double-spaced


  • Poster at the Festival of Excellence or presentation for the Student Story Project

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world through a general study of the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages, and the arts
  • Written Communication
  • Civic Knowledge and Engagement
Students who complete the Certificate are eligible to apply for the full-tuition Tanner Scholarship or one of two half-tuition Tanner Fellowships.