Tickets sold out and required for admission.

If you weren’t able to get tickets, there will be a standby line to fill empty seats. We suggest patrons arrive around 3:15pm for the standby line. First come, first served. Admission is not guaranteed, however we will admit as many people as possible just prior to the start of the event. The line will form outside First Parish in Cambridge on Church Street.

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 2017 is

Bryan Stevenson
Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, author of Just Mercy


"Social Justice Action: How We Change the World"


Wednesday, December 6, 2017
First Parish in Cambridge, 1446 Massachusetts Ave


Drew G. Faust
President, Harvard University

Homi K. Bhabha
Director, Mahindra Humanities Center


Nancy Gertner
Senior Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School; U.S. District Judge (Retired)

Tommie Shelby
Caldwell Titcomb Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies and the Department of Philosophy, Harvard University

Carol S. Steiker
Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law, Harvard Law School


4pm: Lecture
5:30pm: Break
5:45pm: Panel discussion

For more details, see the event page.

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

Principal Nick Brown and Roosa Leimu Brown
Linacre College

Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz and Lady Gwenllian Borysiewicz
University of Cambridge

Chancellor Carol Christ
University of California, Berkeley Office

President Christopher Eisgruber and Lori Martin
Princeton University

President Drew G. Faust and Charles Rosenberg
Harvard University

Principal David Ibbetson
Clare Hall, Cambridge

The Rt. Rev. Carolyn T. Irish And Rev. Dr. Frederick Quinn
O.C. Tanner Company

Director Mark Matheson and Jennifer Falk
Tanner Lecture on Human Values

President David Pershing and Sandi Pershing
University of Utah

David and Teri Petersen
O. C. Tanner Company

Vice Chancellor Louise Richardson and Dr. 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 Company

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
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
Harvard College Professor, Samuel H. Wolcott Professor of Philosophy

Elizabeth Spelke
Marshall L. Berkman Professor of Psychology