Sept. 17: The Linda and Mitch Hart Lecture is sold out. It will feature Robert Gates, U.S. secretary of defense from 2006 to 2011, and Leon Panetta, secretary of defense from 2011 to 2013. David Gergen, CNN senior political commentator and former presidential adviser, will moderate.
Oct. 29: The Anita and Truman Arnold Lecture: JFK 50 Years Later with Robert Caro, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of the four-volume Lyndon Baines Johnson biography.
Nov. 19: Sir Ken Robinson, an expert on creativity, innovation and human resources. He has been named one of the top 50 business thinkers in the world.
Dec. 3: The Omni Hotels Lecture featuring the co-founders of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson.
Feb. 11: The Tolleson Lecture with Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns and the recently released And the Mountains Echoed.
March 4: The Ebby Halliday Cos. Lecture with Garry Kasparov, world chess champion, global human rights activist and author of How Life Imitates Chess.
April 1: The Oncor Lecture with A.J. Jacobs, Esquire editor at large, human guinea pig and author of The Year of Living Biblically, Drop Dead Healthy and The Know-It-All.
May 5: The Jones Day Lecture is sold out. It will feature the Founding Mothers of National Public Radio: Cokie Roberts, NPR senior news analyst; Susan Stamberg, NPR special correspondent; Nina Totenberg, NPR legal affairs correspondent; and Linda Wertheimer, NPR senior national correspondent.
“The SMU Tate lecture series provides a special stage for prominent global leaders to share their thoughts on current issues and the future,” said Brad Cheves, SMU’s vice president for development and external affairs.
“In addition to the lectures, the accompanying student forums make these recognized speakers available to SMU students and area high school students as well as the university’s faculty and staff.”
The lecture series is produced by SMU and presented by The Dallas Morning News. It is sponsored by WFAA-TV (Channel 8), Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and Turner Construction/Wells Fargo. Other support comes from KLIF-AM (570), Sewell Automotive Cos., Ducky-Bob’s Event Specialists, the SMU Student Foundation, The Weitzman Group and Cencor Realty Services.
The series returns more than $800,000 to SMU each year. Much of that money goes to the President’s Scholars Program, which provides full-tuition scholarships and study abroad opportunities.
Tickets to individual lectures may be ordered online at smu.edu/tate or by calling 214-768-8283.