Patricia Nelson Limerick, an authority on the American West, will be the fifth Tanner Academy lecturer. She will address a meeting of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters in the Jewett Buildiing Auditorium, Westminster College, on Friday, May 10, 10 a.m.

The lecture is open to the public. Limerick, a native of Banning, Calif., will speak on "The Privileges and Perils of the Western Public Intellectual." She now is an associate professor of history at the University of Colorado and a columnist for USA Today. She has written several books about Western history, emphasizing the roles of Hispanics, Mormons, blacks, women and other minorities who sometimes are downplayed in recollections.The West did not develop through a succession of triumphs and conquests, she said, and that myth needs to be debunked. The region has, however, been a meeting ground for diverse cultures.

Other events during the academy's annual meeting will be presentation of awards and section meetings. A panel on funding of arts and humanities will be open to the public at 1:15 p.m. Panel members will be Phil Riesen, moderator; Joy Beech of Families Alert; Richard Sherlock, Utah State University; Carol Nixon, Utah Arts Council; Ray Kingston, former member of the national council for the National Endowment of the Arts; and Delmont Oswald, executive director, Utah Humanities Council.

A second panel on religion in schools will feature Frederick S. Buchanan, University of Utah, moderator; Raymond Briscoe, Davis District School Board; Ivan Cendese, prinicipal, Highland High School; Elizabeth Haglund, former U. director of public relations; Michael O'Brien, lawyer; and Frederick Wenger, rabbi of the Congregation Kol Ami.

An open discussion in social sciences will be led by Dean Collingwood, Weber State University, with Michael A. Toth, WSU, and Eberhard Lehnardt, Utah Valley Community College, as facilitators.

Lunch reservations must be made by May 1.