Tanner Lectures

The Tanner Lectures were established by the American scholar, industrialist and philanthropist, Obert Clark Tanner in 1978.  The purpose of the Tanner lectures is to advance and reflect upon the scholarly and scientific learning related to human values.

In creating the lectureships, Professor Tanner said, “I hope these lectures will contribute to the intellectual and moral life of mankind. I see them simply as a search for a better understanding of human behaviour and human values. This understanding may be pursued for its own intrinsic worth, but it may also eventually have practical consequences for the quality of personal and social life".

Appointment as a Tanner Lecturer is a recognition of uncommon achievement and outstanding abilities in the domain of human values. The lectureships are international and intercultural and transcend ethnic, national, religious and ideological distinctions.

Clare Hall Tanner Lectures 2018


5-6 November 2018

The Free Speech CenturyA Retrospective and a Guide

Professor Lee Bollinger (President of Columbia University) with:

  • Professor Rae Langton (the Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge)
  • Professor John Powell (Professor of Law and Professor of African American Studies and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley)
  • Fred Schauer (David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia)

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