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Tanner Humanities Center receives federal grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

The Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah will lead summer workshops for national and local school teachers at historic landmarks in Northern Utah

Aug. 16, 2018 — The Obert C. and Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah has received a $169,999 award from the National Endowment for the Humanities for Landmarks of American Culture and History: Workshops for School Teachers. The workshops will be held in the summer of 2019 and will be co-directed by U professors of History Bob Goldberg and Paul Reeve.  This is the second NEH grant award secured by the Tanner Humanities Center since 2016.

Titled, “Manifest Destiny Reconsidered: The Utah Experience,” the workshop aims to enrich the curriculum of teachers nationwide by helping them develop a nuanced understanding of western expansion. Under the direction of a diverse team of national and local scholars, teachers will investigate ways religion, race, gender and class impacted the Utah migration and challenged standard interpretations of Manifest Destiny and American citizenship. The workshop will also provide teachers with a historical framework for analyzing current conflicts over freedom of religion, equality, immigration and federal vs. state rights.

“We are honored to be the only organization in the state of Utah to receive NEH funding during this grant cycle,” said Goldberg, director of the Tanner Humanities Center. “The workshop provides a wonderful opportunity to bring teachers from across the nation to Utah to understand its place in the story of the American West. It also enables local teachers to expand their knowledge base and introduce new techniques to make that story come alive for their students. Our state’s and our country’s past is our opening to its present and future. Without knowing who we were, we will never learn who we are or all that we can accomplish.”

About the Tanner Humanities Center

Since 1988, the Tanner Humanities Center has promoted humanities inquiry and engagement by supporting innovative scholarly projects and creating opportunities for interaction among scholars, students and lifelong learners. The center offers twenty programs in three major areas: research support, public lectures and programs, and faculty outreach. These activities reflect a vision of the humanities as not only relevant, stimulating and cutting-edge, but also essential for developing critical thinking, tolerance and respect at the University of Utah and in the community. More information is available at

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at


Tanner Humanities Center
Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building
215 S. Central Campus Drive, Room 110, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
801-581-7989  fax: 585-3510

Last Updated: 6/1/21