About the Center

The Obert C. and Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center fosters innovative humanistic inquiry and scholarship. The Center's public programs create opportunities for lively dialogue among scholars, students, and citizens on issues (from ancient to contemporary) pertaining to human condition.

Founded in 1988 in the College of Humanities as the University of Utah Humanities Center, the Center was endowed and renamed in 1995 through a generous gift from the family foundation of Obert C. Tanner, renowned entrepreneur, philanthropist, and late professor emeritus of philosophy.

"In his moving biography One Man's Journey, Obert C. Tanner discusses his love for the adventure of learning sustained by the values of freedom, beauty, and kindness. Proceeding with Obert's assumption that the Humanities constitute the foundational core of education, the Obert C. and Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center is the jewel in the University of Utah's crown. The Center facilitates innovative scholarly, pedagogical, and community initiatives. It is the heart of a bold effort to advance the influence of the Humanities in contemporary education and culture." - Robert Newman, President and Director, National Humanities Center.