2015–16 Tanner Talks

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences presents the 2015–16 Tanner Talks, a series of cross-disciplinary events.

DOUGLAS JOHNSTON

Tuesday, October 13, 4:30pm, TSC Auditorium

Faith-based Diplomacy as a Counter to Violent Extremism

Douglas Johnston, a scholar, diplomat, peacemaker, and the youngest officer in the Navy to qualify for command of a nuclear submarine, will present the inaugural lecture for our series.

Dr. Johnston is founder and president of the Washington DC based “International Center for Religious Diplomacy.” He and his team work in areas of extreme religious and political conflict where they have used “faith-based” diplomacy, which emphasizes principles of interfaith understanding, to free hostages, to end civil wars, and to reform madrasa curricula to inspire greater adherence to the principles of religious tolerance and human rights. He has worked in some of the world’s most dangerous religious “hot-spots” like Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Sudan and Kashmir. He has produced seminal books on the topics of religion, politics, and peach-making including Religion: the Missing Dimension of Statecraft, Religion, Terror, and Error; U.S. Foreign Policy and the Challenge of Spiritual Engagement (winner of the 2011 Book of the Year awards by Foreward Reviews, the rating agency for universities and independent publishers).

The 2015–16 Tanner Talks, a series of cross-disciplinary events are a presentation of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Join us at this free public lecture.

SHERMAN ALEXIE

Thursday, October 29, 7:30pm, Caine Performance Hall

Sherman Alexie is a major voice in contemporary American literature. He is the author of twenty books including Reservation Blues and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. The award-winning, and widely banned, young adult novel, The Absolutely True Autobiography of a Part-Time Indian won him the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Described by Men’s Journal as “the worlds first fast-talking, wisecracking, mediagenic American-Indian superstar,” Alexie is a gifted orator, telling tales of contemporary American Indian life with razor sharp humor, unsettling candor, and biting wit.

The 2015–16 Tanner Talks, a series of cross-disciplinary events are a presentation of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Don’t miss the book signing and reception at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art after the performance.


THE KITCHEN SISTERS

Monday, April 4, 7:00pm, Caine Performance Hall

Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva are producers of the duPont-Columbia Award-winning NPR series Hidden Kitchens, and two Peabody Award-winning NPR series, Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project, with Jay Allison. They are also the producers of the Hidden World of Girls and the Hidden Kitchens heard on NPR Morning Edition. The series inspired their first book, Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes, and More from NPR's The Kitchen Sisters, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 2005 and nominated for a James Beard Award for Best Writing on Food. For more information on the Kitchen Sisters is available on their website. Free and open to the public, tickets are required.

The 2015–16 Tanner Talks, a series of cross-disciplinary events are a presentation of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.


DR. FAREED ZAKARIA

Tuesday, April 5, 4:00pm, Caine Performance Hall
Celebrating a Liberal Education

Thank you for your interest in the April 5 Fareed Zakaria talk, “Celebrating a Liberal Education.” This event is sold-out. 

 While there is no guarantee that seats will be available, at 10 minutes prior to the beginning of Dr. Zakaria’s talk, all unoccupied seats will be released for walk-up guests. We encourage you to consider joining us and hopefully being able to find an available seat.

 Dr. Fareed Zakaria, renowned Global Thinker, Columnist and Host of CNN's Fareed Zakaria's GPS. Dr. Zakaria will talk about his most recent book “In Defense of a Liberal Education”. He will eloquently expound on the virtues of a liberal arts education - how it teaches you to write clearly, how to express yourself convincingly, and how to think analytically. A skills-based education is great, but to be truly successful and a citizen of the world, we need value-added skills such as creativity, lateral thinking, design, communication, storytelling, and more than anything, the ability to continually learn and enjoy learning - all of which are precisely the gifts of a liberal arts education. Following the talk, Dr. Zakaria will be in the Performance Hall foyer to sign books (which may be purchased at the event).

The lecture is free but tickets are required.  Tickets can be reserved at www.usu.edu/fareedzakaria. Due to the anticipated interest in this event, please be aware that any confirmed seats not claimed 10 minutes prior to the lecture, will be released for general admission.

Listen to lecture here.

The 2015–16 Tanner Talks, a series of cross-disciplinary events are a presentation of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.