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Tate Lecture Series

2017-18 Season

Richard Haass and Fareed Zakaria with David Gergen

The Linda and Mitch Hart Lecture
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

As geopolitical issues around the globe make news headlines, president of the Council on Foreign Relations Richard Haass and CNN international affairs expert Fareed Zakaria break down the emerging threats to the United States. David Gergen moderates the conversation.

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Amanda Lindhout

The Tate Lecture
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

After early aspirations to become a model, Amanda Lindhout ultimately opted to travel the world as a freelance journalist – a career that put her in some of the world’s most troubled locales. After traveling to Afghanistan and Iraq, Lindhout went on assignment to Somalia, where she was kidnapped and spent 460 days in captivity. After her release, Lindhout created the Global Enrichment Foundation to aid the war-torn and famished country and wrote the bestselling book A House in the Sky: A Memoir.

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Sarah Parcak

The Baird Lecture
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Each year, the world’s leading thinkers gather at TED to deliver speeches and presentations in a wide array of fields and interests. On the line is a $1 million TED prize and a “wish to change the world.” Sarah Parcak is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious TED prize. Parcak is an archeologist and anthropologist renowned for her use of satellite imagery to locate archeological sites. Her TED prize was used to fund GlobalXplorer, an online portal for the crowdsourcing of satellite imagery analyzation.

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Ian Bremmer

The Tolleson Family Lecture
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

When a country, corporation or governmental organization makes a major policy decision, it must weigh political risk. Ian Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, the world’s largest political risk consultancy firm. Along with advising banking executives, diplomats and heads of state, Bremmer has written books, taught classes and made media appearances as the world’s leading expert on the subject.

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Darren Walker

The Oncor Lecture
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Darren Walker is President of the Ford Foundation, one of the world’s largest private nonprofit foundations. With a mission to advance human welfare, the Ford Foundation has an endowment of $12.4 billion. Walker led the efforts to save the Detroit Institute of Arts and city employees’ pensions during Detroit’s bankruptcy process. Prior to joining the Ford Foundation in 2010, Walker oversaw foundation initiatives at the Rockefeller Foundation and led a recovery program in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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David Petraeus

The Jones Day Lecture
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

One of the most-decorated military officers in U.S. history, General David Petraeus served for 37 years in the U.S. Army. During his military career, Gen. Petraeus rose to the level of four-star general with assignments that included commanding coalition forces during the Iraq War and commander of United States Central Command. After retiring from the military, Gen. Petraeus was the director of the CIA.

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Shawn Achor

The Ebby Halliday Companies Lecture
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

A native Texan, Shawn Achor is a bestselling author noted for his research on happiness and the promotion of positive psychology. Achor has discovered research exhibiting how changing mindsets about stress alters the physical effects of stress. In 2007, he founded GoodThink, a company that offers coaching services and seminars focused on positive psychology to improve workplace performance. Achor is the author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness.

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Jeff Bridges

The Anita and Truman Arnold Lecture
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

A seven-time Academy Award nominee and Oscar winner, Jeff Bridges has been active in Hollywood since 1970. His Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role came from his performance in the 2009 film Crazy Heart. His most recent Academy Award nomination was for the 2016 film Hell or High Water, based in west Texas. Outside of the big screen, Bridges is the founder of the End Hunger Network and national spokesman for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

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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 26, 2017

Richard Haass and Fareed Zakaria with David Gergen

October 24, 2017

Amanda Lindhout

November 28, 2017

Sarah Parcak

January 30, 2018

Ian Bremmer

February 27, 2018

Darren Walker

March 20, 2018

David Petraeus

April 10, 2018

Shawn Achor

May 1, 2018

Jeff Bridges