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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. Now in its 33rd 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

Location and Time

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.

Season Subscriptions

The 2014-15 season ticket renewal period ended on Friday, June 6.

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Lecture Schedule

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

September 29, 2014

David Gergen, Colin L. Powell, Madeleine K. Albright

October 21, 2014

Peter Thiel

November 11, 2014

David Brooks

December 2, 2014


February 24, 2015

Doris Kearns Goodwin


Michio Kaku

April 7, 2015

Robin Roberts

May 5, 2015

Nate Silver

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