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Pictured with Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee from left: John Boyack, Beth James, Susan Anderson, Director Bob Goldberg


goldbergBob Goldberg is the Director of the Tanner Humanities Center and Professor of History. He is the author of eight books with his last two, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Barry Goldwater and Enemies Within: The Culture of Conspiracy in Modern America, published by Yale University Press. Recently, with Jackson Newell and Linda Newell, he edited Faith and Reason, Conscience and Conflict: The Paths of Lowell Bennion, Sterling McMurrin, and Obert Tanner (forthcoming). Goldberg has won twelve teaching honors, including the Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Distinguished Mentor Award, Distinguished Honors Professor Award, Presidential Teaching Scholar Award, and University of Utah Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2003, he held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the Swedish Institute for North American Studies, Uppsala University. He received the University of Utah’s most prestigious award, the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, in 2008. Goldberg oversees all areas of the Tanner Humanities Center, including programs, operations, workshops and activities for fellows, development, marketing and communications, and staff relations.

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Beth James received bachelor’s degrees in English and Psychology from Boston University. She has worked at the Tanner Humanities Center since 2003 and was appointed Associate Director in 2015. James is responsible for handling budgets, accounts, payroll, and contracts; processing fellowship applications; researching potential speakers for future events; managing travel and venue logistics for visiting speakers; and assuring compliance with accounting, human resource, and development policies and procedures. She coordinates with Tanner Humanities Center Advisory Boards, University of Utah partners and faculty, and community organizations. She also administers the multi-university Tanner Lectures program, organizes annual meetings for the Tanner Board of Trustees, and oversees our Gateway to Learning Educator Workshops.

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John Boyack received bachelor’s degrees in English and Political Science from the University of Utah and began working at the Tanner Humanities Center in 2013. Boyack is responsible for marketing and communications duties for the Center including assessing, targeting, and connecting various constituencies; researching and maintaining media contacts; designing and developing promotional materials for TV, radio, print, and electronic media; and assuring Univerisity of Utah compliance. He manages the Center's website, databases, programs registration, and social media presence. Handles audio, video, and photo logistics and production. He directs the Center's National Theatre Live program and community and secondary school outreach efforts in Salt Lake City and Park City. He directs the Center's documentary film series "The Human Experience in Documentary Films," served on the College of Humanities Staff Council (2014-2016), and advocated on behalf of the National Humanities Alliance in Washington D.C. in 2015.

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Susan Anderson earned her bachelor’s degree in English and Education and her master’s degree in English from Marquette University and received graduate training in English with an emphasis in American Studies and poetry at the University of Utah. She has taught courses in writing and literature and worked as an editor, writer, and grant writer. She also has taught poetry to elementary students in Salt Lake City and currently conducts a book group for Art Access, a local nonprofit arts organization that targets underserved populations. Anderson began working at the Tanner Humanities Center in 2015. She is responsible for establishing fundraising priorities; exploring local, state, and national funding opportunities; writing and managing grants and other development documents; and researching, cultivating, stewarding, and tracking donors. She also communicates and coordinates funding efforts with development staff in the College of Humanities and assures compliance with the University of Utah’s Central Development Office’s and Office of Sponsored Projects’ development policies and procedures.

CONTACT (O) 801/581-8862 |


Christal Hazelton is currently working on bachelor’s degrees in Entertainment Arts & Engineering and Peace & Conflict Studies at the University of Utah. She previously served as Student Manager and Resident Advisor of the Honors Social Justice House for University of Utah Housing and as a volunteer for the Center for Grieving Children in Ogden. She began working as a Student Office Assistant for the Tanner Humanities Center in fall 2016. In this role, she helps design promotional materials for TV, radio, print, and electronic media; greets visitors and guests; and assists with events and programs. She also works as a Graphics Contributor for KUTE radio.

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
Groucho Marx

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