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Tate Lecture Series

SMU Tate Lecture Series

Tate Lecture Series

For 100 years, SMU has shaped minds, explored frontiers of knowledge and nurtured intellectual entrepreneurship. The 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 and raises funds for academic scholarships and student programs.

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To manage your 2016-17 season tickets or print single event tickets, click the button above to log in to your account. Please call 214-768-8283 with any issues.

Single Event Tickets

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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.

New Patrons

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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.

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