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Tate Lecture Series

SMU Tate Lecture Series

2016-17 Season

Tom Brokaw and Doris Kearns Goodwin with David Gergen

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

With election night seven weeks away, NBC Nightly News longtime host Tom Brokaw and renowned presidential historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin examine the historic 2016 election and how it will shape America's next four years. CNN political analyst David Gergen will serve as moderator in his 20th Tate appearance.

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Bryan Stevenson

Thursday, October 13, 2016
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

The success of recent podcasts and TV series has brought criminal justice reform further into the mainstream. Bryan Stevenson, a leading voice on the topic, was listed on the TIME 100 in 2015 as one of the world's most influential people and is a MacArthur Fellow. Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative, which aims to ensure proper legal representation for people who may have been denied a fair trial.

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Scott Kelly

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Scott Kelly holds the distinction of spending more time in space than any other American astronaut – a total of 382 days. Prior to retiring in April 2016, Kelly commanded the International Space Station for a year and wowed the world with photographs from space. Kelly is the second Tate speaker for the 35th season named to the 2015 TIME 100.

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David Leonhardt

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

A veteran of The New York Times since 1999, David Leonhardt will begin writing an op-ed column in 2016. He was previously The Times' Washington bureau chief, a staff writer for its Sunday magazine and the founding editor of The Upshot, a Times site that uses graphics and data to engage readers. In 2011, he won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

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Angela Duckworth

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

"Grit" is a trait attributed to coworkers, politicians and sports stars, among others. Angela Duckworth, professor and psychologist, is an expert on the topic who authored Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. She is the second MacArthur Fellow of Tate's 2016–17 season.

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Brandon Stanton

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Created first as a blog in 2010 and published as a New York Times bestseller in 2013, Humans of New York has swept the nation as a powerful examination of American life. The photographer behind the portraits, 32-year-old Brandon Stanton, has amassed a following of more than 17.4 million likes on Facebook and 5.1 million followers on Instagram.

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Indra Nooyi

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Consistently named among Forbes' The World's 100 Most Powerful Women, Indra Nooyi has transformed PepsiCo's business in the age of healthier eating. Nooyi's approach was a three-pronged one labeling products as "fun for you," "better for you" and "good for you." She has served as CEO of PepsiCo since 2006 and has seen the company's profits soar by nearly $4 billion under her watch.

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Alan Alda

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

The star of one of the highest-rated television shows of all time, Alan Alda's acting career has spanned more than six decades. Best known as Captain Hawkeye Pierce on M*A*S*H, for which he won six Golden Globes and five Emmy Awards, Alda also won an Emmy on The West Wing. Off screen, Alda has donated much of his time and money to scientific research.

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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