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  Tanner Talks | 2018-19 Global Renaissance series

An annual lecture series generously endowed by the O.C. Tanner Foundation. 

In this series, scholars of literature in an array of cultures and historical periods 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

Our final speaker for 2019

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

Christina Lee

Associate Professor of Spanish at Princeton University. An expert in early modern Iberian contact with Asia, Dr. Lee focuses on the religious cultures of the Spanish Philippines.

Her publications include: The Anxiety of Sameness in Early Modern Spain (Manchester University Press, 2015) and the collection of essays Western Visions of Far East in a Transpacific Age (Routledge 2012).She is also the co-editor of the global history book series Connected Histories in Early Modern Europe (with Julia Schleck), at Arch Humanities Press. Dr. Lee’s current book project, Saints of Resistance: Transpacific Devotions in the Spanish Philippines (under contract), sheds light on how early modern Catholic devotions were shaped by the socio-cultural convergences and the fraught entanglements among the indigenous, Chinese, and Spaniards in the Philippines, yielding unique religious practices that reflect the merging of Eastern and Western cultures.


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

Ayesha Ramachandra

Associate professor of Comparative Literature at Yale. Dr. Ramachandran is a literary critic and cultural historian of early modern Europe. Her research focuses on Europe's relations with the expanding world of the 15th to 18th centuries.

A literary and cultural historian of early modern Europe, she pursues interdisciplinary research on literature, philosophy, cartography, visual culture and the history of science, focusing on the long histories of globalization and modernity.

Her prizewinning book The Worldmakers (University of Chicago Press, 2015) provides a cultural and intellectual history of “the world,” showing how it emerged as a cultural keyword in early modernity. She has also published on postcolonial drama and on the histories of religious fundamentalism and cosmopolitanism. Her current projects range from new research on early modern and contemporary South Asia to comparative philology, cartography, oral history, and lyric studies.


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

Paul Losensky

Professor of Central Eurasian Studies and Comparative Languages at Indiana University Bloomington. Dr. Losensky is a foremost authority on Persian language and literature in primarily Iran, India and Central Asia. His research focuses on Persian literary historiography, biographical writing, and the Fresh-Style poetry of the 16th and 17th centuries. Among the topics he teaches are comparative studies of Western and Middle Eastern literature, as well as translation studies.

His publications include Farid ad-Din Attār's Memorial of God's Friends: Lives and Sayings of Sufis 2009 and In the Bazaar of Love: Selected Poems of Amir Khusrau (2013). He has authored numerous articles on Persian literature for journals such as Iranian Studies and is a frequent contributor to Encyclopedia of Islam and Encyclopaedia Iranica. He is a former fellow at the National Humanties Center.


God and Smog: Religion and Environmentalism
Oct. 10, 2018

Philip Barlow

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.

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."

Krista Tippett
Nov. 7, 2018
'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