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Tate Lecture Series

Tate Lecture Series 2015-16

Tate Lecture Series

For 100 years, SMU has shaped minds, explored frontiers of knowledge and nurtured intellectual entrepreneurship. Now in its 34th season, SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series contributes to this mission by bringing thought-provoking and entertaining icons 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.

Each year the Tate Lecture Series raises more than $800,000 for academic scholarships and student programs at SMU, including the President's Scholars Program. The next generation of academically gifted world changers receive full-tuition scholarships and opportunities to study abroad. Click here to learn more about the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series Endowed President’s Scholars Fund.

Special Thanks

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
  • Oncor
  • The Tolleson Family

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Season Subscriptions

The 2015-16 season ticket renewal period ends on Friday, June 5. Requests for upgrades, additional tickets and/or any changes to subscriptions from current patrons will be considered based on seniority in July. You can renew online with your user name and password, fill out the form and return it to the Tate office or call us at 214-768-8283.

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Single Event Tickets

Purchase tickets online to individual lectures 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.

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New Patrons

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.

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Lecture Schedule

All lectures begin at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium

September 30, 2015 (SOLD OUT)

David Gergen, Richard Haass, Condoleezza Rice

October 20, 2015

Robert Edsel

November 10, 2015 (SOLD OUT)

Shankar Vedantam

December 1, 2015 (SOLD OUT)

Ken Burns

January 26, 2016

Sarah Kay

February 23, 2016 (SOLD OUT)

Rob Lowe

March 29, 2016

Keith Alexander and Kevin Mandia

May 2, 2016 (SOLD OUT)

James Carville and Karl Rove

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