Previous Tanner Forum Events

2020 Tanner Forum

Deconstructing Pandemic News:
Award-winning science journalist Ed Yong

Tuesday October 13, 2020
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Video Livestream Format

Q&A with Ed Yong

Ed Yong in The Atlantic

7:00 PM: Lecture and Q&A

This year’s Tanner Forum will take place in an online, livestream format.

Ed Yong is a science journalist who reports for The Atlantic and is based in Washington, DC. His work has featured in National Geographic, The New Yorker, Wired, and more. He has won a variety of awards, including the National Academies Keck Science Communication Award. I Contain Multitudes, his first book, became a New York Times bestseller and inspired an online film series, an anthology of plays, and a clue on Jeopardy. He has a Chatham Island black robin named after him.

* Tanner Forum is made possible in part by generous support of the O.C. Tanner Company.

For ADA Accommodations please contact Julie Smith at 801-957-4854 or Julie.Smith@slcc.edu.

TALITHIA WILLIAMS

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
7:00 – 8:30 PM
The Grand Theatre
SLCC South City Campus
1575 S. State St., SLC

TICKET RSVP

7:00 PM: Lecture and Q&A

Free tickets available starting September 9, 2019

Seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Please note in the event of a sell-out, we have a first-come, first-served standby line, and we predict most attendees will be admitted.

Dr. Talithia Williams is a groundbreaking professor, popular TED speaker, inspiring author, passionate STEM/STEAM advocate and host of the PBS series, NOVA Wonders. Dr. Williams’ work with NOVA has been praised by The Los Angeles Times for sending the message “that scientists come in a range of ages, genders, colors and hairstyles.” As the Associate Dean for Research and Experiential Learning and Associate Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, Dr. Williams focuses on STEM outreach and develops statistical models that emphasize the spatial and temporal structure of data and applies them to real-world problems. She is the first African-American woman to achieve tenure at the college. Her popular TED Talk, “Own Your Body’s Data,” advocates for us to deploy data as a way to take charge of our own health. Applying the data-driven approach made famous in her TED talk to a range of subjects, she takes sophisticated numerical concepts and makes them understandable to a wide audience, debunking perceptions with an energizing call to “show me the data!”

Dr. Williams believes scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians will play a vital role in transforming our future, and her life’s work is to get people of all ages and backgrounds excited about the bold possibilities of a STEM education and to “STEMpower” women and minorities to enter these professions. Her latest book, Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics reflects Williams’ passion to re-brand the field of mathematics as anything but dry, technical or male-dominated.

* Tanner Forum is made possible in part by generous support of the O.C. Tanner Company.

For ADA Accommodations please contact Jill Tew at 801-957-4722 or Jill.Tew@slcc.edu

2018 Tanner Forum on Social Ethics

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Van Jones

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
7:00 – 8:30 PM
The Grand Theatre
SLCC South City Campus
1575 S. State St., SLC


7:00 PM: Speech and Q&A

8:30 PM: Book Signing

Free tickets available starting September 9.

Seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6 PM

Please note that although all of our tickets are reserved, we still anticipate having plenty of seating available. We will have a first-come, first-served standby line, and we predict most attendees, if not all, will be admitted. Please arrive by 6:40 to ensure you get a seat.

Van Jones is a CNN political contributor and host of CNN’s “The Van Jones Show.” A graduate of the University of Tennessee and Yale Law School, he was a special adviser to the Obama White House and is author of three New York Times best-sellers. Jones founded the social justice accelerator the Dream Corps and has led numerous social and environmental justice enterprises, including The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change and Green For All. Jones was honored in Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” Rolling Stone’s “12 Leaders Who Get Things Done” and was designated a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum. He lives with his wife and two children in the Los Angeles area.

The Tanner Forum on Social Ethics is made possible in part by generous support of the O.C. Tanner Company. If you need accommodations, please call 801-957-4659.

AA/EO INSTITUTION

2017 TANNER FORUM ON SOCIAL ETHICS PRESENTS:
MARA Liasson

Grand Theatre SLCC South City Campus 1575 S. State Street, SLC
Wednesday, November 8

Addressing the changing face of journalism, Mara Liasson, national political correspondent for NPR, heard on “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition,” and a contributor at Fox News Channel, will investigate how people currently consume news, the concept of freedom of the press and the recent successes and failures of media.

The Tanner Forum, supported in part by the O.C. Tanner Company, enhances Salt Lake Community College’s mission as a community-based learning institution by providing opportunities for students, staff, faculty and the broader community to gather for thoughtful examination of critical issues in contemporary social ethics. The event is free and open to the public.

Seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6 p.m.
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. 45-minute presentation 45-minute Q+A

If you need accommodations, please call 801-957-4659

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2016 Tanner Forum on Social Ethics presents:
Robert Reich

Grand Theatre SLCC South City Campus 1575 S. State Street, SLC
Wednesday, October 19

Tickets for the Tanner Forum with Robert Reich are sold out, but there will be a non-ticketed line at the event for any seats available immediately before the lecture. There will also be an overflow room with limited seating, showing a live broadcast of the event. The overflow room will open once the Grand Theatre is full. Seats filled on a first come, first served basis.

Seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6 p.m.
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. 45-minute presentation 45-minute Q+A
8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Book Signing (Grand Theatre Foyer)

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Robert B. Reich is one of the world’s leading thinkers about work and the economy. Now Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, he has served under three national administrations, most recently as Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton. He also served on President Barack Obama’s economic transition advisory board. In 2008, TIME magazine named him one of the ten most successful cabinet secretaries of the past century.
The Wall Street Journal has named him one of the nation’s top ten thought leaders.

Naomi Klein

The 2015 Tanner Forum on Social Ethics features award-winning journalist & author Naomi Klein

The Tanner Forum is free and open to the public.
No tickets are required.

Event Details

Tuesday, November 10
7:00 pm


The Grand Theatre
Salt Lake Community College
South City Campus
1575 South State Street

Schedule Details

7 – 8:30pm
45-minute presentation
45-minute Q+A

8:30pm – 9:30pm
Book signing (Grand Theatre Foyer)

this changes everything

Please join us on November 17,18, or 19 at 6:30pm for a free screening of the film, This Changes Everything.

Seating is limited. Seat reservations are required in advance.

Screenings are full.

Naomi Klein Biography

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the New York Times and #1 international bestseller, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Published worldwide in 2007, The Shock Doctrine is being published in 30 languages and has over a million copies in print. It appeared on multiple ‘best of year’ lists, including as a New York Times Critics’ Pick of the Year. Rachel Maddow called The Shock Doctrine, "The only book of the last few years in American publishing that I would describe as a mandatory must-read.”

In 2004, her reporting from Iraq for Harper’s won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Additionally, her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, The Globe and Mail, El Pais, L’Espresso and The New Statesman, among many other publications.

A powerful and provocative voice, Klein translates the power of her pen into highly engaging keynotes, addressing issues from climate change to megabrand influences on culture and government to free trade and resource privatization.

About This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
Observer Book of the Year
New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of the Year

Her critically acclaimed new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, is the 2014 winner of the prestigious Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. An instant bestseller when published in September, it debuted at #5 on the New York Times list and is at the top of multiple bestseller lists in the US, UK and Canada.

About the Tanner Forum

The Tanner Forum on Social Ethics brings nationally and internationally recognized speakers in the area of social ethics to Salt Lake Community College annually. The Tanner Forum enhances the College’s mission as a community-based learning institution by providing opportunities for the students, faculty, staff and wider community to come together for the thoughtful examination of critical issues in contemporary social ethics. The Tanner Forum on Social Ethics is made possible in part by the Tanner Charitable Trust.