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Tanner Talks

Launched in Spring 2020, our Tanner Talks bring interdisciplinary scholars, writers, and public figures together with campus and community members for unscripted conversations about contemporary challenges. Each event consists of a one-hour discussion between Director Erika George, our invited speaker, and audience members.

Previous Tanner Talk speakers include Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist; Ruha Benjamin, Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code; and Safiya Noble, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism.

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2023-2024 Tanner Talks

Robin Wall Kimmerer & Kyle Whyte 

Tanner Talks

April 17, 2024 | 7:00 p.m. | Moot Courtroom

Robin Wall Kimmerer is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants. Kyle Whyte is a Professor of Environment and Sustainability and George Willis Pack Professor at University of Michigan. Video recording is private, please email for access. 

Carmen Maria Machado

Tanner Talks

October 5, 2023 | 7:00 p.m. | UMFA

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of the bestselling memoir In the Dream House, the graphic novel The Low, Low Woods, and the award-winning short story collection Her Body and Other Parties. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction.

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2022-2023 Tanner Talks

Azar Nafisi

Tanner Talks

September 22, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. | UMFA

Azar Nafisi is the critically acclaimed author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, a New York Times bestseller that is published in thirty-two languages. Nafisi is also known for her other works including, Things I’ve Been Silent About, Republic of Imagination, and That Other World: Nabokov and the Puzzle of Exile. She has held various teaching posts across the world including at Johns Hopkins University, Oxford University, and Free Islamic University and Allameh Tabatabai. She now resides in Washington D.C.


Last Updated: 5/23/24