The Tanner Lectures are a distinguished multi-university scholarly
lecture series on the subject of human values.
The Tanner lectures are presented annually at each of nine universities
including Cambridge, Harvard, Michigan, Oxford, Princeton, Stanford,
Utah, Yale, and the University of California, Berkeley.
Appointment as a Tanner lecturer is recognition for uncommon achievement
and outstanding abilities in the field of human values. The lecturers
may be elicited from philosophy, religion, the humanities, the sciences,
the creative arts, and learned professions, or from leadership in public
or private affairs. The lectureships are international and intercultural
and transcend ethnic, national, religious, and ideological distinctions.
The purpose of the Tanner Lectures is to advance and reflect upon the
scholarly and scientific learning related to human values. This intention
embraces the entire range of values pertinent to the human condition,
interest, behavior, and aspiration. The lectures delivered at all nine
universities are published in an annual volume. In addition, a series
of books based on the Berkeley Tanner Lectures is published by the Oxford
American scholar, industrialist, and philanthropist Obert Clark Tanner
founded the Tanner Lectures in 1978. In creating the lectureships, Professor
Tanner said: "I hope these lectures will contribute to the intellectual
and moral life of mankind. I see them simply as a search for a better
understanding of human behavior and human values. This understanding
may be pursued for its own intrinsic worth, but it may also eventually
have practical consequences for the quality of personal and social life."
The Tanner Lectures Committee at the University of California, Berkeley
Robert J. Birgeneau
Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley
Martin E. Jay
Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor, Department of History
Associate Professor, Department of English
Professor, Departmemt of Philosophy
Assistant Professor, Department of Law and Political Science
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program
R. Jay Wallace
Department of Philosophy
Tanner Foundation to learn more.