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In 2010, the Tanner Humanities Center launched an initiative to support the study of Mormonism on campus and in the wider community. This initiative encourages vibrant, intellectual exploration of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its people, values, history, culture, and institutions. To learn more, click here.


"It is the work of many minds, hearts, and hands. It is work that raises us all."
- Bob Goldberg, Professor of History
Director, Tanner Humanities Center









Symposium on Teaching and Learning: Faculty as Designers of Student Success

Thursday, September 29 - Friday, September 30, 2016
Marriott Library - J. Willard (M LIB)

Registration Deadline: September 26th September 29: 11:30 A.M. – 4:45 P.M. September 30: 8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Come be a part of the transformation in teaching and learning here at the U! This symposium will bring together our most innovative and dedicated teaching faculty to explore new possibilities and take undergraduate education and the role of faculty to the next level.  Four speakers from around the country will join us in the conversation as we define new directions to guide our local practices within the areas of inclusivity, technology, and goals for our students.  This is your opportunity to reinvigorate learning within your own classroom as well as broaden our impact on student success. Are you ready to ask a new set of questions of our teaching mission? Let’s not rehabilitate. Let us elevate!

"Downwinders" Film Screening

Monday, October 3, 2016, 6 - 8:30pm
Marriott Library - J. Willard (M LIB)

No Tickets are Required for the Viewing. --- "The questionable things our government will do in the name of "national security" is not something new. It started a long time ago." Come see the free screening of director Tim Skousen's "Downwinders" at the Gould Auditorium! A panel will follow the film with panelists: Jim Matheson, former Congressman Mary Dickson, advocate, playwrite (Exposed) Tim Skousen, director J. Truman, Downwinders advocate with moderator Fred Esplin, Vice President of University Relations.

"Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections) - The 2016 Sterling M. McMurrin Lecture by author Stephen Prothero

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 7 - 9pm
Salt Lake City Public Library

Author Stephen Prothero will deliver the 2016 Sterling M. McMurrin Lecture on Religion & Culture
Prothero will discuss themes from his new book titled “Why Liberals Win The Culture Wars: (Even When They Lose Elections)” The Obert C. and Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah proudly presents the 2016 Sterling M. McMurrin Lecture on Religion & Culture by Stephen Prothero at 7 PM on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at the Salt Lake City Public Library’s Nancy Tessman Auditorium (map) downtown. The lecture is free and open to the public, tickets are not required. Stephen Prothero is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Boston University. A skilled researcher and celebrated historian of religion, Prothero’s published books include: God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World – and Why Their Differences Matter, and the New York Times bestseller Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know – and Doesn’t. In his lecture, he will address themes from his latest book Why Liberals Win The Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections). “Stephen Prothero’s lecture on the liberal-conservative culture wars is particularly timely.”  Taking the long view, he offers context to understand the ongoing presidential campaign and a reasoned perspective on the stakes of the contest,” said professor of History and Tanner Center director Bob Goldberg. Prothero has appeared on National Public Radio on CNN, NBC, MSNBC, FOX, and PBS. He was also a guest on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, "The Colbert Report" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show." A regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, he has also written for the New York Times, Slate, Salon, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe. Prothero’s lecture will be followed by a brief Q&A and a book signing hosted by The King's English Bookshop. Held in conjuction with the Utah Humanities Book Festival, these events are supported by Utah Humanities, the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business and Salt Lake City Public Library.

World Leaders Lecture Forum with Blake Mycoskie, Founder of TOMS Shoes

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 3 - 4pm
Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA)

TOMS' humble beginnings happened unintentionally: While traveling in Argentina in 2006, Blake witnessed the hardships faced by children growing up without shoes. His solution to the problem was simple, yet revolutionary: to create a for-profit business that was sustainable and not reliant on donations. Blake's vision soon turned into the One for One business model - providing the powerful foundation for TOMS. Over the course of its first five years, TOMS provided millions of new shoes to children through humanitarian organizations. But Blake recognized other vital needs during his travels and saw that One for One could be applied to more than shoes. In 2011, he developed TOMS Eyewear, helping restore sight to a person in need with every pair purchased. As he learned more about international development, Blake saw the opportunity to address two vital needs in underserved communities; jobs and clean water. In 2014, Blake launched TOMS Roasting Co., a direct-trade, premium coffee line that helps provide clean water to communities in need. To date, TOMS Shoes has given over 35 million pairs of new shoes to children in need since 2006. TOMS Eyewear has helped to restore sight to over 250,000 people in need since its launch in 2011. With TOMS Roasting Company, every bag of coffee purchased will provide 140 liters of clean water to someone in need. In the fall of 2011, Blake released his first book, Start Something That Matters, offering his own story of inspiration and the power of incorporating giving into business. The book became a New York Times best-seller. More importantly, it is Blake's hope that Start Something That Matters inspires others to turn their passion and dreams into a reality. Blake is an avid reader and traveler. He is passionate about inspiring young people to help make a better tomorrow, encouraging them to include giving in everything they do. His hope is to see a future full of social-minded businesses and consumers. Blake's unique approach to business has awarded him with numerous accolades. In 2009, Blake received the Secretary of State's 2009 Award of Corporate Excellence (ACE). At the Clinton Global Initiative University plenary session, former President Clinton introduced Blake to the audience as "one of the most interesting entrepreneurs (I've) ever met." People featured Blake in its "Heroes Among Us" section, and TOMS Shoes was featured in the Bill Gates Time article "How to Fix Capitalism." In 2011, Blake was named on Fortune's "40 Under 40" list, recognizing him as one of the top young businessmen in the world. USA Today also named him one of the five best communicators in the world earlier this year.

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