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Upcoming Lectures and Conversations


Our public outreach programs bring a broad constituency of campus and community members together for shared humanities experiences. We host artists, writers, scholars, filmmakers, public figures, community experts, and world leaders to investigate how humans relate to the self, to others, and to the world we share. Our speakers are diverse, renowned or emerging, and have include Nobel Laureates, National Book Award winners, Pulitzer Prize recipients, and MacArthur Foundation “Geniuses,” among others.

In the past five years alone, we have lead public conversations about antiracist practices, creativity and wellness, fiction and empathy, bias and discrimination in innovative technologies, environmental art, monuments and memory, women in leadership, the pressures and rewards of public service, and constitutional democracy and voting rights. Recent speakers have included Margaret Atwood, Ruha Benjamin, John Brennan, Sandra Cisneros, Michael Chabon, Anita Hill, Ibram X. Kendi, Martha Jones, Tony Kushner, Maya Lin, Safiya Noble, Stanley Nelson, Reshma Saujani, Andrew Solomon, Anna Deavere Smith, and Zadie Smith.


Danielle OldenAuthor Meets Readers with

Danielle Olden

Save the date: September 20, 2023

1 PM | The Obert C. & Grace A. Tanner Humanities Jewel Box

Author of  Racial Uncertainties:Mexican Americans, School Desegregation, and the Making of Race in Post-Civil Rights America

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Carmen Maria MachadoTanner Talk with

Carmen Maria Machado

Save the date: October 5, 2023

7 PM | Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Author of  In the Dream House and Her Body and Other Parties. 


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David Wallace-WellsThe Tanner Lecture on Human Values with

David Wallace-Wells

Save the date: October 24, 2023

12 PM | Marriott Library Gould Auditorium

Journalist and author of The Uninhabitable Earth. 

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Latoya Ruby FrazierDavid P. Gardner Lecture with

LaToya Ruby Frazier

Save the date: November 14, 2023

7 PM | Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Visual artist, photographer, advocate. 

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Min Jin LeeAuthor Meets Readers with

Min Jin Lee

Save the date: March 19, 2024

Author of Pachinko


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Robin Wall Kimmerer and Kyle WhyteTanner Talk with

Robin Wall Kimmerer & Kyle Whyte

Save the date: April 17, 2024

Robin is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants

Kyle is a Professor of Environment and Sustainability / George Willis Pack Professor at U-M. 

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Last Updated: 9/8/23