The Tanner Lectures are a collection of educational and scientific discussions relating to human values. Conducted by leaders in their fields, the lectures are presented at:

  • Linacre College, Oxford University
  • Clare Hall, Cambridge University
  • Harvard University
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Utah
  • Yale University
  • and other educational facilities around the world

2015-16 Lectures 

University of California, Berkeley
Didier Fassin, Institute for
Advanced Study
"The Will to Punish"
April 12-14, 2016
Clare Hall, Cambridge
Derek Gregory
University of British Columbia
"Reach for the Sky: Aerial Violence and the Everywhere War"
January 13, 2016
Harvard University
No Lecture in 2015-16
Linacre College, Oxford
Right Honourable Shirley Williams
"The Value of Europe and European Values"
June 9, 2016
University of Michigan
Abhijit Banerjee, MIT
"What Do Economists Do?" 
March 10, 2016
Princeton University
Robert Boyd, Arizona State
"The Roots of Human Uniqueness"
April 6-7, 2016
Stanford University
Andrew Bacevich, Writer
"The American Military Encounters Islam"
October 7-9, 2015
University of Utah
Siddhartha Mukherjee, Author
March 22-23, 2016
Yale University
Judith Butler
"Interpreting Non-Violence"
March 30-31, 2016

Ochanomizu University
Dame Carol Black
"Women: Education, Biology, Power, and Leadership"
May 18, 2016

Former Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
 Atsuko Toyama
"To Our Leaders of Tomorrow"
May 18, 2016



This site lists all lectures with their lecture titles and offers easy access to all the lectures published in annual volumes. Unpublished lectures are not available.

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