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  Tanner Talks | 2018-19 schedule

An annual lecture series generously endowed by the O.C. Tanner Foundation, free and open to the public 


Krista Tippett
 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018
Eccles Conference Center Auditorium
'Mystery and the Art of Living'

Krista Tippetts

Creator and host of the public radio program and podcast, "On Being," a Peabody Award-winning program (as heard at Utah Public Radio, Tippett was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama for "thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence." Her book, Einstein's God (2010), was a New York Times bestseller

Tippett appearance schedule:

7 p.m.: Keynote lecture on "Mystery and the Art of Living," followed by 15-20 minutes of audience Q&A.
8:30 p.m.: Reception and book signing (with PIE!) Books will be available for purchase.

Co-sponsors: Utah Humanities and the USU Department of English

God and Smog: Religion and Environmentalism
Oct. 10, 2018, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Philip Barlow

Perry Pavilion, Jon Huntsman School of Business building

A day-long panel discussion featuring four Religious Studies scholars in the morning hours and discussions by religious leaders in the afternoon.

Panel discussion led by Philip Barlow, history professor and Arrington chair of Mormon Studies.

Global Renaissance series

Scholars of literature in an array of cultures and historical periods to present their research.
All lectures are free and open to the public.

Read more about organizer Felipe Valencia, an assistant professor of Spanish and director of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies program in the Department of Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies, and his philosophy behind the series' choices for speakers

Ayesha Ramachandra
Feb. 4, 2019
4:30 p.m., David B. Haight Alumni House

Ayesha Ramachandra

Assistant professor of Comparative Literature at Yale. Ramachandra is a literary critic and cultural historian of early modern Europe. Author of The Worldmakers  (University of Chicago Press, 2015), her research focuses on Europe's relations with the expanding world of the 15th to 18th centuries.

Paul Losensky
Feb. 22, 2019
4:30 p.m., David B. Haight Alumni House

Paul Losensky

Professor of Central Eurasian Studies at the School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University Bloomington. Losensky is a foremost authority on Persian literature and literary history, in particular the literature and poetry of the 16th and 17th centuries in Iran, India and Central Asia.

Christina Lee
April 5, 2019 
4:30 p.m., David B. Haight Alumni House

Christina Lee

Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Forbes College, Princeton University. An expert in early Spanish contact with Japan, Lee also focuses on the religious cultures of the Spanish Philippines.


Merry Wiesner-Hanks

Oct. 4, 2018

Merry Weisner-Hanks

Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, as well as senior editor of The Sixteenth Century Journal: The Journal of Early Modern Studies. Wiesner-Hanks describes herself as wearing "... two hats, one as a historian of early modern Europe and the other as a world/global historian, with a primary focus on women, gender, and sexuality within these."