In June 2019, Linacre College had the great honour of hosting the annual meeting of the members of the Tanner Lectures Board. Members who joined the meeting were:

  • President Lawrence Bacow, Harvard University
  • Principal Nick Brown and Dr Roosa Leimu-Brown, Linacre College, Oxford
  • Chancellor Carol Christ, University of California, Berkeley
  • President Christopher Eisgruber and Lori Martin, Princeton University
  • President David Ibbetson, Clare Hall, Cambridge
  • Beth James, Tanner Lectures Board
  • Director Mark Matheson and Jennifer Falk, Tanner Lectures Board
  • CEO David Petersen and Teri Petersen, OC Tanner Company
  • Vice Chancellor Louise Richardson and Dr Thomas Jevon, University of Oxford
  • President Peter Salovey and Marta Moret, Yale University
  • President Mark Schlissel and Monica Schwebs, University of Michigan
  • Dr Stephen Tanner Irish, OC Tanner Board
  • President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Mary Hynes, Stanford University
  • Vice Chancellor Stephen Toope and Paula Rosen, University of Cambridge
  • President Ruth Watkins and Robert Young, University of Utah 

On Monday 24th June, a dinner in their honour was held in College; the board members had the opportunity to meet with some Linacre Fellows and students, and listen to a live performance of A Linacre Grace recently composed by Dr Toby Young.

The Tanner Lectures on Human Values were established by Obert Clark Tanner―an American scholar, industrialist and philanthropist―who was a great friend of Linacre College; his daughter, Carolyn Tanner Irish, is an Old Member and Honorary Fellow; and also a member of the Tanner Lectures Board. In the creation of the lectureships, Professor Tanner envisioned the lectures to be a contribution to the intellectual and moral life of humankind.

From 2013, Linacre College has been the base for the annual Tanner Lecture held in Oxford. The most recent Lecture, A President for Dark Times: the Age of Reason Meets the Age of Trump, was delivered by Strobe Talbott on 2 May 2019.

Photos from the gala dinner can be found here