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The Tanner Lectures

The Tanner Lectures on Human Values is a multiversity lecture series in the humanities, founded on July 1, 1978, at Clare Hall, Cambridge University, by the American scholar Obert Clark Tanner. In founding the lecture, he defined their purpose as follows:

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 behavior 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.

It is considered one of the top lecture series among top universities, and being appointed a lectureship is a recognition of the scholar's "extra-ordinary achievement" in the field of human values.

# Episode Title Description People Date
8 Foreign Policy and Human Values Sir Laurie Bristow KCMG, President of Hughes Hall Cambridge and three times Ambassador for the United Kingdom, delivers the 2023 Tanner lecture Laurie Bristow 01 Jun 2023
7 Emotion, AI, and Human Values Professor Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D., FIEEE presents the 2022 Tanner Lecture. Rosalind W Picard 20 Jun 2022
6 A President for Dark Times: the Age of Reason Meets the Age of Trump An analysis of the phenomenon of Donald Trump’s presidency against the backdrop and contrast of the European Enlightenment’s influence on the Founders of the United States. Strobe Talbott 02 May 2019
5 Economics for the Human Race An argument that a deeper understanding of modern economics and its insights is essential for reclaiming that connection. Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo 10 May 2018
4 On the origin and nature of values One of the world's leading theorist in Cosmology, Professor Ellis delivers the 2017 Tanner Lecture on Human Values George Ellis 08 Jun 2017
3 Creative Commons The Value of Europe and European Values The Right Honourable Shirley Williams gave this, the 2016 Tanner Lecture on Human Values, just before the European Referendum where voters would be deciding whether to remain in the EU or Brexit. Shirley Williams 10 Jun 2016
2 From Moral Neutrality to Effective Altruism: The Changing Scope and Significance of Moral Philosophy . The third in the series of the Tanner Lectures which serve to advance and reflect upon the scholarly and scientific learning relating to human values Peter Singer 12 Jun 2015
1 Human Rights as Human Values Ms Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty and Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University delivers this lecture on Human Rights as part of the Tanner Lecture Series at the University Museum Oxford 15th May 2014 Shami Chakrabarti 18 Jun 2014