Students, Faculty, and Staff Attend Tanner 2021: “It’s good to be back.”

Four students stand arm in arm with one holding a Tanner sign in front of her.
Image credit: Shawyuan Hsu ’23
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During Wednesday’s Tanner Picnic—the kickoff event for the Tanner Conference—students, faculty, and staff enjoyed beautiful fall weather as they attended a community lunch on Alumnae Hall lawn. Anna Mervosh ’22 used the time to prepare for her Tanner presentation, called “Taking Flight: Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Ambitious Climate Action.” It was her second presentation, but the first one delivered in person. “Virtual was easier because I could have my notes in front of me,” she said. “In person is going to be a little different.” Her friend Udita Baja ’22, another Tanner presenter, offered her advice on public speaking, which included making eye contact with the audience. “She’s great,” Mervosh said about Baja’s guidance.

“One of the most wonderful elements of the Tanner Conference is the chance it gives us all to gather together,” said Elizabeth Mandeville ’04, director of exploration and experiential learning. “Between Wednesday's picnic and the sessions held through the week, there has been a sense of energy, camaraderie, and community that just can't be replicated online. It’s good to be back!”