Newsletter for the Tanner Humanities Center now available online | The Fountain 2016-2017

In this issue!

 

v    2016-2017 Fellowships

v    Mormon Studies Initiative

v    2016-2017 Lecture Series

v    2015-2016 Highlights

v    Applause, applause!

v    Donors & Supporters

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In this issue!

 

v    2016-2017 Fellowships

v    Mormon Studies Initiative

v    2016-2017 Lecture Series

v    2015-2016 Highlights

v    Applause, applause!

v    Donors & Supporters

 

 

 

 

Director's Message

 

  When I became Director of the Tanner Humanities Center ten years ago, I proposed a threefold agenda: I wanted to raise the profile of the Humanities on campus in the face of the great stress on STEM teaching and research. This meant finding and distributing resources to encourage interdisciplinary conversations and partnerships among the Humanities disciplines and with all parts of the university. I also believed that the Humanities could serve to inform discussion beyond the campus and draw community members into the life of the university. This led us to explore opportunities for outreach and develop means to solicit feedback. Finally, the work of the Humanities had to encompass more than specialized research and teaching. Our mission expanded to fostering diversity, nurturing tolerance, and building understanding between campus and community and across the university itself.

 

  We have made progress on all of these goals. Our effort has been very diverse:  scholarly fellowships for faculty and graduate students, the British National Theatre, Professors Off Campus Program, Gateway to Learning Teacher Workshops, the Mormon Studies Initiative, Artists in Residence, the Marlin Jensen Scholar in Residence Program, and four different lecture series – World Leaders Lecture Forum, Tanner Lecture in Human Values, David P. Gardner Lecture in the Humanities and Arts, and the Sterling McMurrin Lecture in Religion and Culture. With these tools, we have built bridges that support the unique contributions of the Humanities in our lives, both academic and public.

 

  But, if progress is apparent, we still have much to do. Humbled by the task before us, yet eager to accept the challenge, I agreed to Humanities College Dean Dianne Harris’ request that I take on the Center’s directorship for a final three-year term.

 

  We pledge to build upon this strong foundation. Our hope is not only to “keep on, keepin’ on,” but to role model “Tanner Humanities” to national and even international audiences. The challenge is great, but your support and enthusiasm have helped us develop new ways to tell the Humanities story. Please join me on this next three-year adventure!

 

 

 

 

 

Robert A. Goldberg, Professor of History

Director, Tanner Humanities Center

 

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Tanner Humanities Center

Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building

215 S. Central Campus Drive, Room 110

Salt Lake City, UT  84112

801/581-7989 – office

801/585-3510 – fax

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