Established in 1969 by friends and associates of Al Gartner upon his retirement from the Zale Corporation to honor his exemplary service, the Al and Sadye Gartner Honors Lecture series consistently brings noted authorities in the humanities and sciences to the SMU campus. In 1999, the Series established a partnership with the University Honors Program to continue the practice of bringing noted academics, business leaders, civic figures, authors, and cultural experts to SMU. This practice invites the University community, as well as the general public, to interact with the lecturers in a variety of forms: public lectures, classroom visits, shared meals, and small, informal gatherings in which lecturers and the community may talk freely of wide-ranging issues.
The Gartner Honors Lectures series has featured the following speakers in the past:
2018-2019 Lecture Series
2017-2018 Lecture Series
2016-2017 Lecture Series
2015-2016 Lecture Series