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About the Series

SMU Tate Lecture Series

Endowed President’s Scholars Fund

In recognition of the Tate Lecture Series' silver anniversary season, in 2006-07, the University established the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series Endowed President's Scholars Fund. The fund benefits SMU's President's Scholars Program, the University's most prestigious merit-based scholarship award. The President's Scholars Program is so named because it represents the University's highest commitment to attract and serve high-achieving students. Founded in 1982, the President's Scholars Program has provided a world of opportunity to some of the nation's brightest students, who in turn enrich the University with their intellectual vitality, diverse talents, and campus involvement.

Since the Tate Series’ 25th anniversary season in 2006-07, 745 patrons have contributed almost $260,000 to the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series Endowed President’s Scholars Fund. These gifts, above and beyond the proceeds from the Series itself, provide scholarship support to the world changers of the future. We hope that you will consider a gift to this endowment when you renew your Tate season tickets or purchase single event tickets for the 34th Anniversary season in 2015-16.

Gifts in any amount support scholars by providing additional resources for independent research, international study and other academic programs. To make a gift or for information, please call 214-768-8283 or email us at tateseries@smu.edu.

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Lecture Schedule

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All lectures begin at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. Box office opens at 7 p.m.

September 20, 2016

Tom Brokaw and Doris Kearns Goodwin with David Gergen

October 13, 2016

Bryan Stevenson

November 1, 2016

Scott Kelly

November 29, 2016

David Leonhardt

January 31, 2017

Angela Duckworth

March 7, 2017

Brandon Stanton

April 4, 2017

Indra Nooyi

May 2, 2017

Alan Alda