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2016–17 Tanner Talks

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences has wrapped up its successful 2016–17 Tanner Talks, a series of cross-disciplinary events.

Our speakers were:

Cheryl Strayed quote: Art isn't anecdote. It's the consciousness we bring to bear in our lives."CHERYL STRAYED

Thursday, April 6, 2017

 Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Her other books include the bestselling advice essay collection Tiny Beautiful Things and the novel Torch. A reception and book signing followed the lecture. The event was completely sold out, and overflow visitors watched a lifestream in nearby rooms.

Quote by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich: Well behaved women seldom make history

March 15, 2017
“ 'What a Life of Wandering’: Insights from the Diary of Caroline Crosby”

The Ulrich event is part of the college’s Tanner Talks series and is free and open to the public; book signing to follow. She’ll be speaking about her new book, A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870 (Knopf). As arguably the most popular mainstream historian, Ulrich is the author of the acclaimed A Midwife's Tale. She is the 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard University and past president of the American Historical Association. As a MacArthur Fellow, Ulrich worked on the PBS documentary based on A Midwife's Tale. Her work is also featured on an award-winning website called She is immediate past president of the Mormon History Association. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Ulrich's lecture, which salutes Women's History Month, focuses on the diaries of Mormon pioneer Caroline Barnes Crosby. The diaries were originally transcribed and edited by George Ellsworth, former USU professor, alongside other editors. Some of the historical photographs to be used in the lecture are from the USU Merrill-Cazier Library’s Special Collections.

Pix of Cynthia Moe-Lobeda

Monday, April 10, 2017
Moe-Lobeda, a professor of Christian ethics, is the author of the 2013 book, Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation (Fortress Press). She has lectured or consulted in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and many parts of North America in theology and matters of climate justice, economic justice, environmental racism, economic globalization, moral agency, public church, and eco-feminist theology. She teaches at the Graduate Theological Union, an ecumenical and interreligious foundation that offers graduate work in building bridges among Christian denominations and other faith traditions, and dedicated to educating students for teaching, research, ministry, and service. Previously, she taught Christian ethics at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry and in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.  She is the author of Healing a Broken World (Fortress Press, 2002) and, most recently, Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation (Fortress Press, 2013).

Image of title page, Tanner Talks 2016 reportFor more about the annual Tanner Talk series,
which is supported by The O.C. Tanner Trust Foundation,
download this report.