Tickets are AVAILABLE! Tickets available by phone (617.496.2222) and online (for a fee) before 2:00pm. After 2:00pm, tickets will be available in person at Paine Hall.

Please note outside photography is not permitted.

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 2019 is

Masha Gessen

Masha Gessen is the author of the National Book Award-winning The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia as well as The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, and several other books. A staff writer at the New Yorker and the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Carnegie Fellowship, Gessen teaches at Amherst College, and lives in New York City.

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How Do We Talk About Migration?

Our current ways of thinking, telling stories, and creating policy are inadequate for the task of addressing the current worldwide crisis of human displacement. What assumptions need to be questioned, and what questions need to be reframed to make possible a meaningful and productive conversation about migration.

Wednesday, April 3—Thursday, April 4, 2019
Lecture 1. How We Think About Migration
Lecture 2. Some Ideas for Talking About Migration

Each lecture will begin at 3:30pm in Paine Hall, Music Building, 3 Oxford St, Cambridge.

Admission is free. Tickets required. Limit of 2 tickets per person. Tickets valid until 3:15PM. Tickets available by phone and online (for a fee) and in person at the Harvard Box Office – Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge beginning Wednesday, March 27th. A limited number of same-day tickets may become available. They will be distributed on a first come, first-served to those waiting on line outside Paine Hall at the Music Building, 3 Oxford Street, immediately prior to the lecture.

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 Board Members

Principal Nick Brown and Roosa Leimu-Brown
Linacre College, Oxford

Vice Chancellor Stephen Toope and Paula Rosen
University of Cambridge

Chancellor Carol Christ
University of California, Berkeley

President Christopher Eisgruber and Lori Martin
Princeton University

President Lawrence Bacow and Adele Bacow
Harvard University

President David Ibbetson
Clare Hall, Cambridge

Rt. Reverend Carolyn Tanner Irish (Ret.) And Rev. Dr. Frederick Quinn
Chair, O.C. Tanner Board of Directors

Mark Matheson and Jennifer Falk
Director, Tanner Lectures on Human Values

President Ruth Watkins, Chair, and Robert Young
University of Utah

David A. and Teri L. Petersen
CEO, O. C. Tanner

Vice Chancellor Louise Richardson and Thomas Jevon
University of Oxford

President Peter Salovey and Marta Moret
Yale University

President Mark Schlissel and Monica Schwebs
University of Michigan

Stephen Tanner Irish
O.C. Tanner Board of Directors

President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Mary Hynes
Stanford University

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
Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology

Arthur Kleinman
Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology

Lawrence Lessig
Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership

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