Grace A. Tanner Center

Grace A. Tanner Lecture in Human Values

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.

The Grace A. Tanner Center was pleased to host the 2017 Grace Adams Tanner Lecture in Human Values delivered by distinguished guest speaker, Maria Hinojosa on October 19th 2017.

Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning journalist known for her exploration of overlooked stories and examination of underrepresented communities. In her more than 30 years as a journalist Hinojosa has reported on many human rights issues related to poverty, violence, and immigration. She was among the first to report on the youth violence that plagues urban communities, and has received particular attention for her report “Lost in Detention” for Frontline which explored abuse in immigrant detention facilities. Hinojosa is the recipient of four Emmys; the 2012 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism; Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged; the Studs Terkel Community Media Award; the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club for best documentary for her groundbreaking “Child Brides: Stolen Lives.” She is currently the anchor and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award winning show Latino USA,and of the PBS show America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa.

Maria Hinjosa

A recording of Maria Hinojosa's lecture "Narrative as Witness: America's Untold Stories" is available here.


The 2018 Grace A. Tanner Lecture in Human Values guest speaker will be Dr. Sarah Lewis