SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series brings a broad range of intellectual and entertaining voices to the SMU campus and Dallas community. Regarded as one of the country’s finest platforms for distinguished and engaging discussions, the Tate Lecture Series provides unique opportunities for student interaction, faculty discourse and community debate with world changers.
The Tate Lecture Series returns more than $700,000 to SMU each year. A primary beneficiary of these funds is the prestigious President's Scholars Program. A portion of the proceeds from the 2013-14 season will support the next generation of leaders by providing full-tuition scholarships and study abroad opportunities for approximately 20 percent of the current President's Scholars. The program's alumni have shaped the intellectual landscape of the SMU community and beyond. Click here to learn more about the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series Endowed President’s Scholars Fund.
SMU extends heartfelt thanks to our generous title sponsors for supporting the Tate Lecture Series and the President’s Scholars Program.
- Anita and Truman Arnold
- Ebby Halliday Companies
- Linda and Mitch Hart
- Jones Day
- Omni Hotels
- The Tolleson Family
Current season patrons: You may renew your season subscription online by pressing the button below, then logging in with your username and password, or download a form. The 2013-14 season ticket renewal period ends Friday, June 7.
Single Event Tickets
Purchase tickets online to individual lectures, download a form and either mail it to us or fax it to our office at 214-768-3570, or call the Tate office at 214-768-8283.
SMU reserves the right to substitute speakers or to rearrange the order of the lectures without notice. Subscriptions are nonrefundable.
The Tate Lecture Series maintains an extensive waiting list for patrons interested in Tate season tickets. Requests for season tickets from new patrons will be placed on a waiting list and considered in the order in which they are received. To be added to the waiting list, complete your request online, download a form, or call the Tate office at 214-768-8283.
Location and Time
- McFarlin Auditorium on the SMU campus
- Box office opens at 7 p.m.
- Lectures begin at 8 p.m.