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 Kelley Coleman at 315.443.9707 or kgcolema@syr.edu or Jackie Nocevski at 315.443.5850 or jjnocevs@syr.edu.


Upcoming Event

"Citizenship in an Age of Perpetual Conflict"

Phil Klay, Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps

Friday, October 8, 2021 | 4 PM EST | Institute for Veterans and Military Families Auditorium (IVMF)

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Phil Klay is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. His short story collection Redeployment won the 2014 National Book Award for Fiction and the National Book Critics' Circle John Leonard Prize for best debut work in any genre, and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by The New York Times. His nonfiction work won the George W. Hunt, S.J., Prize for Journalism, Arts & Letters in the category of Cultural & Historical Criticism in 2018. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and the Brookings Institution's Brookings Essay series. He is on the Board of Arts in the Armed Forces and he currently teaches fiction at Fairfield University. His debut novel, Missionaries, was released in October 2020 with Penguin Press. Photo by Hannah Dunphy.

Registration for this event coming soon.

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