PUBLIC LECTURES & PROGRAMS / COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT / FACULTY OUTREACH

Our commitment to the humanities reaches beyond the University of Utah campus. Each year we host multiple free or low-cost public lectures, events, and programs that give lifelong learners access to national and international speakers and research-driven conversations. Audience sizes range from 250 to over 2,000 attendees, and we broadcast lectures via public radio, live stream, and post them on our website. We have hosted Nobel Laureates, National Book Award winners, Pulitzer Prize recipients, Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize winners, Dayton Literary Peace Prize recipients, and MacArthur Foundation “Geniuses.” We will continue to pursue prestigious speakers and artists in the coming years to help demonstrate the impact of humanities knowledge and methods upon other fields, our community, state, region, nation, and world. We currently offer the following:

PUBLIC LECTURES & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMS

TANNER LECTURES ON HUMAN VALUES | Est. 1978
The Tanner Lectures on Human Values initiates educational and scientific discussions relating to human values. Distinct Tanner Lectures are delivered annually at Oxford University, Cambridge University, Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California - Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of Utah, Yale University, and other educational facilities around the world. Since 2006, we have hosted Isabel Allende, Spike Lee, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Margaret Atwood, and Siddhartha Mukherjee, among others.

1) Tanner Lectures on Human Values @TheU: click here
2) Tanner Lectures on Human Values Official Website: click here

DAVID P. GARDNER LECTURES IN THE HUMANITIES & FINE ARTS| est. 1984

Features scholars and artists from the humanities and the fine arts in alternating years. Since 2006, we have hosted Suzan-Lori Parks, Richard Bushman, Anna Deavere Smith, and Aaron David Miller, among others. more info

STERLING M. McMURRIN LECTURES ON RELIGION & CULTURE | est. 1992

Supports the serious and knowledgeable study of religion. Since 2006, we have hosted Krista Tippets, Akbar Ahmed, Reza Aslan, Thupten Jinpa, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, and Lester Bush, Jr., among others. more info

WORLD LEADERS LECTURE FORUM | est. 2006

Brings influential individuals of international stature and global impact to Utah to discuss world events. Since establishing this program in 2007, we have hosted Ehud Barak, former Prime Minister of Israel; Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia; and Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former Secretary General of NATO and Prime Minister of Denmark, among others. more info

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE | est. 2010

In partnership with Salt Lake Film Society and Park City Film Series, screenings of classic and contemporary dramas performed by London’s acclaimed National Theatre. more info

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE | est. 2012

Bringing artists and musicians to Utah to lecture, teach, and give culturally significant performances. Since establishing this program in 2013, we have hosted Al-Andalus, Anna Deavere Smith, Tony Kushner, and Suzan-Lori Parks. more info

THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE IN DOCUMETNARY FILMS | est. 2015

Using the medium of film and community dialogue with filmmakers to explore the critical issues that face us both as individuals and as a community. Since establishing this program in 2015, we have screened the Sundance-award winning The Case Against 8 and hosted Ryan White, one of the film’s directors, for a community discussion. more info

TALKS AT THE TANNER

Talks at the Tanner give visiting and University of Utah faculty an opportunity to present the latest work on their current research projects and receive feedback in a casual setting from students, faculty, staff, and community. Talks are held throughout the year in the Jewel Box, Room 143 of the Tanner Humanities. Open to the public, limited seating, lunch provided. more info

WORK IN PROGRESS TALKS

Work in Progress Talks (WIPTs) give Tanner Humanities Center fellows an opportunity to present the latest work on their current research and receive feedback in a casual setting from students, faculty, staff, and community. WIPTS are held each Spring semester in the Jewel Box, Room 143 of the Tanner Humanities. Open to the public, limited seating, lunch provided. more info

FACULTY OUTREACH

PROFESSORS OFF CAMPUS | est. 2010

Helps selected faculty create collaborative links with local organizations to host meaningful public service programs. more info

GATEWAY TO LEARNING EDUCATOR WORKSHOPS | est. 1990

Offers K-12 teachers rigorous, affordable professional development opportunities and continuing education courses under the direction of University of Utah faculty. more info

 

Last Updated: 3/14/17