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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.


2017 Tanner Day at the Maxwell School

The Future of Citizenship and Public Service
 In Partnership with the National Academy of Public Administration
October 4, 2017, Wednesday

The Honorable Christine Todd Whitman, former EPA Administrator (2001 – 2003) and former New Jersey Governor, delivered the keynote address at Tanner Day at Maxwell, a series of lectures and panel discussions focused on the "Future of Citizenship and Public Service."

The one-day, highly interactive symposium will bring together thought leaders, practitioners, and academics from across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address some of the big challenges facing our local, state, national governments and nonprofits.

View video clips of the keynote address and full-length video of the panel sessions and closing remarks.