Grace A. Tanner Center

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.” This certificate is an institutional certificate that does not offer credit but will show upon the transcript.

The Certificate is offered jointly through the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the School of Integrated and Engaged Learning.

Fall 2019 - Spring 2020


  • One of the following TED Talks on the topic of Self, Community, and Human Values: "A Love Story about the Power of Art as Organizing," by Aja Monet and Philip Agnew, or "Connected, But Alone" by Sherry Turkle


  • 2019 Tanner Lecture on Human Values by Vijay Gupta, October 3rd at 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 or live presentation at the Festival of Excellence

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 enrolled in the Certificate are eligible to be considered for a half-tuition Tanner Student Fellowship. Students who complete the Certificate may apply for the full-tuition Tanner Scholarship.