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Upcoming Events-

 Thursday, April 13, 2017 

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Charon Asetoyer is a member of the Comanche Nation and a lifelong Native American women's health advocate and activist. She is the Executive Director & Founder of the Native American Community Board started in 1985 on the Yankton Sioux Reservation. Charon supports body sovereignty and works to prevent violence against Native women.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

7:00PM-The City Library
210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City

Tanner Center for Human Rights in Collaboration with the Utah Film Center Film Screening of STEP


Directed by Amanda Lipitz
83 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated

*Post-film Q&A with Geri McIntyre (film subject, step coach) & Maisha Graves (film subject, mother of step team member).

The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women opened in 2009 with a mandate to send every student to college, despite the barriers that their home lives and community might present. Now, as the first class enters its senior year, the stakes are high to achieve that purpose. The film follows three irrepressible seniors and their “Lethal Ladies” step dance team as they navigate a nerve-wracking college application process and strive to elevate the creative outlet that keeps them united and fighting to reach their goals.

STEP hones in on the trials and triumphs of these tenacious young women, as well as their relationships with the women who champion and challenge them: their mothers, an unstoppable college counselor, and a no-nonsense step coach. These mentors are never far, doing all that they can to enable achievement, often with the odds stacked against them. This founding class is wrestling with life at the brink of their independence, always to a contagious beat that is haunting and universal.

Winner: U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking–2017 Sundance Film Festival


Thursday, March 23, 2017

1:00pm- University of Utah
Hinckley Caucus Room (Building 73 Room 110)
332 S. 1400 East, Salt Lake City

Panel Discussion-Women’s status via Policy and Political Leadership

Nicole M. Bauer, Assistant Professor, Political Science Department, University of Alabama
Sharon Mastracci, Associate Professor, Political Science Department,


Monday, March 27, 2017

7:00PM – University of Utah
Rice Eccles Stadium and Tower, Scholarship Room
451 S 1400 E, Salt Lake City

Keynote Address- Sheryl WuDunn


Past Events-

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Noon – Hinckley Caucus Room

Pizza & Politics (PAC)

Could U.S./NATO Conflicts with Russia Trigger WWIII?

Reiner Braun, Co-president of the International Peace Bureau; a leader of the International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms


7:00PM-Thursday, February 16, 2017
Marmalade Library
280 West 500 North Salt Lake City


Click the image below to see Dr. Garang speak about the crisis in South Sudan.


Thank you to all the students who stopped by during the week of finals to write a letter for Amnesty International's global letter-writing campaign. We were able to pass along 107 letters to help free prisoners of conscience! 
to learn more about the campaign go to WRITE FOR RIGHTS


write for rights


The Tanner Center for Human Rights  is proud to be a co-sponsor of this upcoming event. Join us on October 20th! 

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September 15, 7:00PM

Salt Lake City Main Library, Main Auditorium, 210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City

Join the Tanner Center and the Peace Advocacy Coalition (PAC) in collaboration  with the City Library



September 7, 7:00PM



FREE workshop, FREE lunch, FREE materials on a FREE flash drive, and FREE parking – best re-licensure opportunity this summer


The Tanner Human Rights Center at the University of Utah has once again teamed with the American Red Cross to bring the Exploring Humanitarian Law workshop at no cost to teachers. 


This workshop will provide incredible resources and employs participative and interactive modules for teaching students about the challenges people and places face that are brought about by war and civil unrest. All teaching modules are high quality, hands on and push students to engage in critical thinking.  Each module is complete with all the resources you need to implement it.  The course is FREE and so are the materials, which can easily be integrated into existing curriculum.  Modules are designed for secondary students, but can be modified for elementary grades.

The learning materials are based on real-life situations and show how IHL aims to protect life and human dignity during armed conflict and to prevent or reduce the suffering and the devastation caused by war. By studying situations involving actual people – their behavior and the dilemmas that they often have to face – participants develop a new perspective and begin to understand the need for rules during war as well as the complexity of their application. By enhancing life skills and by building on concepts such as ‘human dignity’ and ‘humanitarian act,’ it helps to foster the development of a humanitarian perspective.

To register and for more information, go to OnTrack  through USOE and register for Course # 63915.  Please put the course number in the search bar and scroll down to find the workshop.



Sunday, May 22, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

Utahns for a Just Peace in the Holy Land and the Wasatch Coalition for Peace and Justiceinvite you to  a very special upcoming event.

Challenging Zionist Myths:

The North American Nakba Tour


Exiled Palestinians

…living in Lebanon refugee camps

When: Sunday, May 22, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

Where: First Unitarian Church

569 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah


Mariam’s Story of the Nakba and Living in Exile

Come and listen to Mariam’s first-hand account of the 1948 Nakba, the catastrophe that killed or expelled more than half of all Palestinians.

  • On May 14, 1948, Mariam Fathalla and her husband were forced to leave their home.
  • Mariam, now 86, has raised three generations in the crowded, makeshift refugee camps of Lebanon.
  • Mariam has seen five Israeli invasions of Lebanon, and the 1976 Telal-Zaatar camp massacre that killed more than 2000 refugees.
  • Israel will not allow them to return. Lebanon does not want them.
  • They have a different perspective, a different message.

 Sponsored by Utahns for a Just Peace in the Holy Land ( and Wasatch Coalition for Peace and Justice (, in cooperation with the Free Palestine Movement (, International Solidarity Movement-Northern California (, and Al-Awda Palestine Right to Return Coalition (


Alice Walker 

Alice Walker is coming

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alice program

Thanks to our sponsors for this year’s program:

O.C. Tanner Company
College of Social and Behavioral Science, University of Utah
Honors College, University of Utah
Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Utah
Tanner Humanities Center, University of Utah
S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah
Office of the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Salt Lake Community College
Utah Film Center
Kathryn Lindquist and Jim Moore


April 20 -21 Alice Walker

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March 24 - Barbara Lee






The Tanner Human Rights Center welcomes Alice Walker

April 20 -21, 2016

Alice Walker was born on February 9, 1944, in Eatonton, Georgia. She worked as a social worker, teacher and lecturer, and took part in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. Walker won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her 1982 novel, The Color Purple, and is also an acclaimed poet and essayist.

Alice Walker - Pursuing Civil Rights

More information to come...






In a world wracked by hostility and violence, the Tanner Center is dedicated to providing University of Utah students, faculty and the broader community with the inspiration and education needed to become advocates for peace, nonviolence, and human rights. The center seeks to provide avenues for the open discussion of important issues dividing the community, the nation, and the world.


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