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 and Executive 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.

The Tanner Lecture Series is administered through the Campbell Public Affairs Institute. The starting times for these events will vary so please check back frequently. For in-person lectures, a reception will immediately follow. Communications Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be provided. These events are recorded with Closed Captioning, unless otherwise noted. For additional information, please contact Jackie Nocevski at 315.443.5850 or 443-9707 or jjnocevs@syr.edu.

Recent and Upcoming Events

Phil Klay: "Citizenship in an Age of Perpetual Conflict"

Friday, October 8, 2021 | 4 PM EDT | Location: National Veterans Resource Center, Daniel and Gayle D'Aniello Building, K.G. Tan Auditorium (NVRC)

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Phil Klay, Dartmouth College graduate and United States Marine Corps Veteran, is the author of Redeployment, winner of the 2014 National Book Award. Klay's work provides a powerful collection of stories that takes readers to the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His newly released novel, Missionaries, offers a meticulously researched bird’s-eye depiction of the remote yet interconnected ways that American-sponsored wars are waged across the globe. Among its many early accolades, it was named a "favorite book" by former President Barack Obama. For more information on the speaker, please visit www.prhspeakers.com.

If you have any issues or questions, email Jackie Nocevski at jjnocevs@syr.edu or call 315.443.5850/9707.

Klay Missionaries Book from Penguin HouseAmerican war today is in a strange place. On the one hand, America just withdrew its last ground troops from Afghanistan, seemingly bringing a twenty-year war to an end. But even as he announced the withdrawal, President Biden promised that we’d keep killing American enemies there, using “over-the-horizon” strike capabilities. This creates a strange situation for Americans, largely protected from the harsh consequences of war, and yet citizens of a country using lethal force across the globe. We generally find out about the extent of our involvement only when US soldiers die, resulting in a bizarre circumstance for Americans trying to understand their citizenship, and their humanity, in relation to the killing done in our name. What does it mean to be a citizen of a country that is not at peace, but doesn’t seem to believe it’s at war? Klay’s speech will try to offer some answers to that question. 

Photo_Klay_Deployment_Cover_100821A live stream link will be available here on the day of the event. Recording of the event is not allowed. A book signing will follow the lecture.

This lecture series is coordinated by the Campbell Public Affairs Institute, and co-sponsored by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), and SU Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA). Communications Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be provided. Parking is available for a small fee in the University Avenue Garage (UAG), on the corner of East Adams St. and University Ave., with Trolley service to the NVRC. For additional accommodations and information, contact jjnocevs@syr.edu or call 315.443.5850 or 9707.

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