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Stephen L. Tanner to give Distinguished Faculty Lecture at BYU forum Oct. 26

University's highest faculty honor

Stephen L. Tanner, a professor of English, will deliver the 2004 Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecture during a forum assembly Tuesday, Oct. 26, 11:05 a.m. in Brigham Young University's Marriott Center.

Live broadcasts of the forum are on KBYU-TV (Channel 11), BYU-Television, KBYU-FM (89.1), BYU-Radio and at, as well as on campus in the Joseph Smith Building auditorium and the Varsity Theater.

Rebroadcasts will be Sunday, Oct. 31, on KBYU-TV at 6 a.m., BYU Television at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., KBYU-FM at 8 p.m., and BYU Radio at 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.. Audio archives are available at

His address is titled "What Are You Thinking?"

"In an age of sensory overload and an apparent flight from solitude, quiet pondering may actually be an endangered habit," Tanner said. "How can we replace self-indulgent day-dreaming or insipid mental screen saving with the richness of thoughtful reflection?"

Tanner received the university's highest teaching honor from President Cecil O. Samuelson in August during this year's Annual University Conference for faculty and staff. In 1995, Tanner was named the Ralph A. Britsch Humanities Professor of English.

The recipient of a P. A. Christensen Lectureship, a Phi Kappa Phi Scholar Award, four Fulbright Senior Lectureships and, in 1999, the Lionel Trilling Award, Tanner has been honored with some of his profession's highest honors.

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