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Author Meets Readers

Launched in Fall 2020, our Author Meets Readers series connects humanities scholars or writers and their research with lifelong readers and learners. Individual sessions run for one hour, are facilitated by the Tanner Humanities Center Director or campus and community experts, and feature insights into the research and writing process, the impact of humanities scholarship on culture and society, and an audience discussion.

Previous Author Meets Readers sessions featured Annie Fukushima, Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the US; Martha Jones, Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All; Heather Houser, Infowhelm: Environmental Art and Literature in an Age of Data; and Paisley Rekdal, Appropriate: A Provocation.

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2023-2024 Author Meets Readers Lectures

Min Jin Lee

Author Meets Readers

March 19, 2023 | 7:00 p.m. | UMFA 

Min Jin Lee is the author of the novels Free Food for Millionaires and Pachinko, a finalist for the National Book Award, and runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
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Danielle Endres

Author Meets Readers

Feburary 21, 2023 | 1:00 p.m. | CTIHB Jewel Box 

Danielle Endres is Professor of Communication and Director of the Environmental Humanities Program at the University of Utah. She is the author of Participatory Critical Rhetoric: Theoretical and Methodological Foundations of Studying Rhetoric in Situ.
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Danielle Olden

Author Meets Readers

September 20, 2023 | 1:00 p.m. | CTIHB Jewel Box 

Danielle Olden is an Associate Professor in the Department of History. She is the author of Racial Uncertainties: Mexican Americans, School Desegregation, and the Making of Race in Post-Civil Rights America.

2022-2023 Author Meets Readers Lectures

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Britt Wray

Author Meets Readers

March 2, 2023 | 7:00 p.m. | UMFA

Joy Harjo is an American poet, musician, playwright, and author. She served as the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold that honor. She was also only the second Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to have served three terms.

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Naomi Oreskes

Author Meets Readers

February 13 , 2023 | 7:00 p.m. | S.J. Quinney College of Law

Naomi Oreskes is Henry Charles Lea Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. Her new book, with Erik Conway, is The Big Myth: How American Business Taught Us to Loathe Government and Love the Free Market. 



 Joy Harjo

Author Meets Readers

October 6, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. | Kingsbury Hall  

Joy Harjo is an American poet, musician, playwright, and author. She served as the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold that honor. She was also only the second Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to have served three terms.

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C. Thi Nguyen

Author Meets Readers

September 7, 2022 | 1:00 p.m. | CTIHB Jewel Box

Professor C. Thi Nguyen, Department of Philosophy, writes about trust, art, games, and communities. He is interested in ways that social structures and technologies shape how we think and what we value. His first book, Games: Agency as Art, was awarded the American Philosophical Association's 2021 Book Prize. 

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2022-2023 Book Talks


Gretchen E. Henderson

FOrmer FEllow Book Talk

April 18, 2023 | 2:00 p.m. | CTIHB 

Gretchen Ernster Henderson writes across environmental arts, cultural humanities, integrated sciences, and embodied social practices with a current focus on watersheds of the American West entangled with the wider world. Her fifth book, Life in the Tar Seeps: A Spiraling Ecology from a Dying Sea (released in 2023), is just starting to seep into Dear Body of Water: a poetic water-harvesting project inviting people to write postcard-sized love letters to bodies of water to grow a chorus of care for watersheds across the globe.


Dan Medwed

FOrmer FEllow Book Talk

February 23, 2023 | noon | CTIHB Jewel Box

Daniel Medwed is the University Distinguished Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. His latest book, Barred: Why the Innocent Can’t Get Out of Prison, explores the range of procedural barriers that so often prevent innocent prisoners from obtaining exoneration. Professor Medwed is a founding member of the board of directors of the Innocence Network, a consortium of innocence projects throughout the world. He currently serves on the board of the New England Innocence Project. Professor Medwed was a Tanner Humanities Center Faculty Research Fellow in 2010-11.


Nathan Wainstein Aboutness: ‘Death Stranding’ and Labor 

Book Talk

November 3, 2022 | noon | CTIHB Jewel Box

Nathan Wainstein is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Utah. He completed his PhD in English at Stanford University in 2020. Wainstein writes about modernism, video games, and the history of literary interpretation. Aboutness: ‘Death Stranding’ and Labor 


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