2017-18 Tanner Talks Series
It's 500 years since Martin Luther's stand and 100 years since the Russian Revolution
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences has an informative and timely schedule of talks for the 2017-18 Tanner Talks series. CHaSS is very appreciative of the funding by the O.C. Tanner Foundation that allows us to invite scholars and writers from across the country to speak on campus and mix one-on-one with our students.
Dates still undetermined will be announced as they are finalized. The lectures are free and open to all. They will be held in the ballroom of the Taggart Student Center unless otherwise noted.
Civil rights activist and author
Oct. 5, 2017
Robert Zellner is a civil rights activist and original Freedom Rider. The Alabama-born son and grandson of Ku Klux Klan members, Zellner has devoted his life to building relationships across color lines. In 1963, he was a young organizer of the March on Washington, which gave us Martin Luther's King "I Have a Dream" speech. He describes his 50-plus year career in the memoir The Wrong Side of Murder Creek: A White Southerner in the Freedom Movement.
Historian and author
Nov. 9, 2017
Lecture title: "Martin Luther and the Invention of the Reformation"
This Oct. 30 will be the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s decision to post the 95 Theses on a church door -- changing the world in ways historian are still trying to untangle. Peter Marshall commemorates that event with a new book, 1517: Martin Luther and the Invention of the Reformation, to be released October 2017. Marshall, a history professor at the University of Warwick, is a preeminant scholar on Oliver Cromwell and the English Reformation.
Here's a wonderful blog post by Dr. Marshall on "The English Reformation: Was Henry VIII the Founder of Roman Catholicism?"
Historian and author
Lecture title: "The Russian Revolution – A Centennial"
2018 makes the centennial of the Bolshevik Resolution. What better way to commemorate this earth-shaking event than a conversation with an expert on Russia of the last century. Historian Karen Petrone, University of Kentucky history professor, will draw on her vast knowledge and research of the Soviet Union. Her most recent book is The Great War in Russian Memory (2016, Indiana University Press).
Poetry, the Stranger series:
Edward Hirsch and other poets
Various dates throughout the academic year
- Christina Karageorgou-Bastea, Oct. 30, 2017
- Daniel Aguirre, November 2017
- Leah Middlebrook, March 2017
- Edward Hirsch, April 12, 2018
For more about the annual Tanner Talk series,
which is supported by The O.C. Tanner Trust Foundation,
download this report.