SMU Facts

SMU Facts

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Distinguished  Speakers

SMU brings to the campus national and international leaders and dignitaries through the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series, Hart Global Leaders Forum, John G. Tower Center Medal of Freedom and other University programs. Distinguished visitors have included:

  • U.S. Presidents Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama
  • U.S. First Ladies Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush
  • U.S. Vice Presidents Al Gore and Dick Cheney
  • U.S. Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice
  • U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Sandra Day O’Connor
  • U.S. Senators Bob Dole, John McCain and Kay Bailey Hutchison
  • U.S. Army Generals Norman Schwarzkopf and Tommy Franks; Air Force General Brent Scowcroft
  • British Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Tony Blair
  • President of Mexico Vicente Fox
  • King Juan Carlos of Spain
  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • Archbishop Desmond Tut
  • Archbishop of Canterbury George L. Carey
  • Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Anthropologist and primatologist Jane Goodall
  • Historian and author David McCullough
  • Documentary film producer Ken Burns
  • Physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking

Internationally Renowned Museum

The Meadows Museum houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside Spain, with works dating from the 10th to the 21st century by such artists as El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Picasso and Miró. The museum presents outstanding special exhibitions and educational programming. A partnership with Madrid’s Prado Museum includes the loan of major paintings from the Prado and an internship exchange.

George W. Bush Presidential Center

SMU is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Center, housing the Library and Museum and independent Institute. The Bush Center is a valuable source of research materials and offers programs for scholars, students and visitors. The Bush Institute sponsors programs that promote economic growth, education reform, global health and human freedom.