In collaboration with the Office of the President of Harvard University, the Mahindra Humanities Center hosts annual Tanner Lectures on Human Values. The purpose of the Tanner Lectures is the advancement of scholarly and scientific learning in the field of human values. That purpose embraces the entire range of moral, artistic, intellectual, and spiritual values, both individual and social -- the full register of values pertinent to the human condition, interest, behavior, and aspiration.

The Tanner Lectures on Human Values is a nonprofit corporation administered at the University of Utah. They are funded by an endowment and other gifts received by the University of Utah from Obert Clark Tanner and Grace Adams Tanner.

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The Tanner Lecturer in 2015 is Carlo Ginzburg.

Click here for more information about his lectures in April.

At the request of a Founding Trustee of the Tanner Lectures on Human Values, these lectures are dedicated to the memory of
Clarence Irving Lewis

  • A.B. Harvard 1906
  • Ph.D. (Philosophy)
  • Harvard 1910
  • Member of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
  • Lecturer 1920-21
  • Assistant Professor 1921-24
  • Associate Professor 1924-30
  • Professor of Philosophy 1930-46
  • Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy 1946-53
  • Edgar Pierce Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, 1953-64

Tanner Trustees and Consultants

Nicholas Dirks and Janaki Bakhle
University of California, Berkeley

Mary Sue and Kenneth Coleman
University of Michigan

Drew Gilpin Faust and Charles Rosenberg
Harvard University

John and Andrea Hennessy
Stanford University

Carolyn Tanner Irish and Frederick Quinn
O.C. Tanner Company

Stephen Tanner Irish
Hughes Hall College

Peter Salovey and Marta Moret
Yale University

David and Teri Petersen
O. C. Tanner Company

David Ibbetson
Clare Hall

Christopher Eisgruber and Lori Martin
Princeton University

David and Sandi Pershing
University of Utah

Mark Matheson and Jennifer Falk
Director, Tanner Lectures

Nick Brown and Roosa Leimu Brown
Linacre College

Leszek and Gwenllian Borysiewicz
University of Cambridge

Andrew and Jennifer Hamilton
University of Oxford

Harvard Tanner Committee

Homi K. Bhabha, Chair
Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities

Charles Fried
Beneficial Professor of Law

Stephen Greenblatt
John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities

Steven E. Hyman
Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School

Arthur Kleinman
Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology

Lawrence Lessig
Roy L. Furman Professor of Law

Elaine Scarry
Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value

Alison Simmons
Samuel H. Wolcott Professor of Philosophy

Elizabeth Spelke
Marshall L. Berkman Professor of Psychology