About the Tanner Lecture Series

What does it mean to be an ethical citizen? What do the needs for public responsibility demand from us, whether we work in the private or the public sectors, and whether we are entry-level employees or top leaders? The Tanner Lecture Series on Ethics, Citizenship, and Public Responsibility provides a public forum for exploring these questions in provocative and challenging ways. Speakers are leaders in their fields who have wrestled with these questions and demonstrated—through their life and work—that generative efforts can enrich both our private and public lives. Collectively the lectures aim to stimulate audiences to re-envision their own responsibilities in different, and at times deliberately unsettling ways—not merely to inform, but to engage and provoke, and to leave a lasting impression that influences future behavior. The Tanner Lecture Series seeks to expand horizons and spark new conversations about the problems and opportunities we collectively face as citizens of nations and of the world.

The series has been generously endowed by Dr. W. Lynn Tanner, founder, CEO, and chairman of TEC Canada, a leadership development organization dedicated to accelerating the growth and development of outstanding twenty-first century leaders. Dr. Tanner received his Ph.D. from the Maxwell School in 1975, where his studies focused on organizational change and development in the public and private sectors.

Recent Event

Monday, February 26, 2018

Etan Thomas, Former SU Basketball and NBA Star

A published poet, author, and 11-year veteran of the NBA, Thomas has released a new book, "We Matter: Athletes and Activism," a collection of interviews by former NBA players that share their personal stories and opinions in an effort to encourage athletes to speak up. As this spring's Tanner Lecture speaker, Thomas shared his passion for mentoring, motivational speaking, and civic engagement.

Thomas' writings have appeared in The Washington Post, Huffington Post, CNN, ESPN, Hoopshype.com and Slamonline. He is a special correspondent for "Hot Topics" on MSNBC and co-hosts a weekly radio show, The Collision, where sports and politics collide. Thomas has been called an inspiration for young athletes, parents, and avid sports fans. He brings a positive message to all and uses his voice to address social justice. He was honored for his social justice advocacy with the 2010 National Basketball Players Association Community Contribution Award.