The 2020 Grace A. Tanner Lecture in Human Values has been postponed due to COVID-19. Emily Esfahani Smith will deliver the 2021 Grace A. Tanner Lecture in Human Values.


We are currently accepting submissions for the 2020 Student Story Project.


During the 2020-2021 academic year, the Tanner Center will focus on “Building Cultures of Meaning” as we prepare to celebrate the legacy of Grace A. Tanner, the wife of O.C. Tanner who established the Tanner Lectures. Grace Tanner traveled to many countries, attended plays in both New York and London, and loved to visit art galleries. She also valued time spent with family and overcame some significant personal challenges in her life. In what way do you feel connected to the arts? Do you play a musical instrument or perform in plays, write stories or poetry, or create visual art? Have you traveled to an international place? Or are you an international student attending Southern Utah University? Have you found a way to overcome a challenge? How have you worked to build meaning in your life?


All students of Southern Utah University are eligible to submit a personal story. Detailed instructions may be found here, or by emailing

Submissions based on the 2020 theme will be accepted until March 15, 2021.

Funded by O.C. Tanner and the Tanner Trust for Utah Universities through the generosity of the late Professor Obert C. and Mrs. Grace A. Tanner, the Center provides a focal point and physical setting for the annual Grace Adams Tanner Lecture in Human Values. 

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