Grace A. Tanner Center

Roman Amphitheater in Amman, JordanLectures & Symposiums

The Tanner Center sponsors the Distinguished Faculty Honor Lecture. The faculty lecturer is selected by a committee established by the Faculty Senate. In spring semester, 2017, the Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, Andrew Marvick, delivered his lecture on February 2, 2017, on "Un-Selfies: The Dissolution of Identity in 20th and 21st Century Art."

A symposium on Ecology, Place, and Human Values will occur during the month of October and will feature a panel discussion with the SUU Biology Department on Ecosystems and Human Values, a conference on poetry and ecology, a panel by contributors to the book, Edge of Morning: Native Voices Speak for the Bears Ears, and an exhibit in the Tanner Center in partnership with the Frehner Museum of Natural History.

The Tanner Center also sponsors a monthly Dinner and Dialogue, an opportunity for students to discuss topics pertaining to human values with regional guest scholars and faculty experts. Dinner and Dialogue is free and open to all students through a registration link.

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.