U of U Research Awards
2007 Rosenblatt Prize Awarded to Professor Robert A. Goldberg, Director of the Obert C. and Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center
Robert A. Goldberg, Ph. D. is a noted historian. Goldberg serves as director of the Tanner Humanities Center, where he is responsible for planning over 30 public programs annually including lectures, conferences, readings, discussion panels and educational workshops for school teachers. Founded in 1988 by the College of Humanities, the Center was renamed in 1996 in honor of philosophy Professor emeritus Obert C. Tanner and his wife Grace Adams Tanner.
Goldberg received his bachelor of arts in 1971 from Arizona State University and his master of arts and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1972 and 1977, respectively. A faculty member at the University of Utah since 1980, Goldberg has served on the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate, the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee, the Teaching Committee, the Undergraduate Council and the Committee for the Tanner Lectures on Human Values.
He is the author of eight books, including: Hooded Empire, which concerns the rise and fall of the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado during the 1920s; Back to the Soil: The Jewish Farmers of Clarion, Utah and their World, which traces a group of 200 Jewish immigrant families from Russia, through the eastern ghettos of America, to a socialist farm colony founded in the Utah desert in 1911; and Grassroots Resistance: Social Movements in Twentieth Century America which considers such groups as the Industrial Workers of the World, the Communist Party, the John Birch Society, the Berkeley Free Speech Movement and the National Organization for Women. In 1995 Goldberg completed Barry Goldwater, a biography of the Arizona senator and republican presidential candidate and in 2001, published Enemies Within: The Culture of Conspiracy in Modern America, which analyzes the saturation of popular culture and cyberspace with conspiracy theories.
Recognized for his teaching and academic work, Goldberg has received several awards throughout his career, beginning in 1987 with the Ramona Cannon Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities. He has also received: the University of Utah Distinguished Teaching Award in 1991; the University of Utah Presidential Teaching Scholar Award in 1993; and the Honors Program Teaching Award in 1994. He was awarded the University of Utah's Hatch Prize for Excellence in Teaching and the history department's graduate students Virgil Award for Mentoring in 1994, 1997 and 2005. In 2003, he was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden and most recently, was recognized by the Mormon History Association as one of the premier defenders of religious tolerance at the University of Utah, awarding him the 2007 Thomas L. Kane Award.
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