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The Tanner Lectures and Citizenship

February 14, 2018

From Maxwell Perspective...

The Tanner Lectures and Citizenship

Even as Maxwell prepares to launch its undergraduate major in citizenship and civic engagement, another new program invites diverse perspectives on citizenship and civic responsibility into the life of the School.

The Tanner Lecture Series on Ethics, Citizenship, and Public Responsibility was created with a founding gift by W. Lynn Tanner '75 PhD (PA), founder, CEO, and chairman of TEC Canada, a leadership development organization.

Michael Sandel giving the Tanner Lecture in Maxwell auditorium
Michael Sandel, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, gave the second Tanner Lecture, in October

The series is intended to introduce "outside voices of consequence," Tanner says, to the School's broadest exploration of the meaning of citizenship. Speakers are to consider such questions as "What does it mean to be an ethical citizen?" and "What does the need for public responsibility demand from us, whether we work in the private or the public sectors?"

Each of the first two speakers in the series possessed impeccable credentials on citizenship, hailing from the worlds of politics (former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley) and academe (Harvard faculty member Michael Sandel, an expert on social justice). Going forward, Tanner is especially interested in the private sector. He expects the series will feature leaders and thinkers from the world of business, as well.

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"It's important for students to realize these aren't just ideas in a classroom," says Tanner. "The values of citizenship inform really difficult questions we face throughout our lives, in every aspect of society."

— Dana Cooke  

Dana Cooke is the Maxwell School’s publications manager and editor of Maxwell Perspective.
This article appeared in the fall 2012 print edition of Maxwell Perspective; © 2012 Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

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