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Media personalities, former Colombian president headline 2012-2013 SMU Tate Lecture Series

June 5, 2012

The Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series at Southern Methodist UniversityDALLAS (SMU) — Regis Philbin, Álvaro Uribe, Sanjay Gupta and Chris Matthews are among the speakers for the 2012-2013 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series at SMU.

In its 31st year, the Tate Series will once again bring illustrious leaders from numerous fields to share their unique perspectives and ideas with area residents and students.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012 (Sold Out) — The Linda and Mitch Hart Lecture

William Bennett
CNN political commentator; host of the syndicated radio program “Bill Bennett’s Morning in America”

Chris Matthews
Host of MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show”

David Gergen
CNN senior political analyst; former presidential adviser

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 — The Tolleson Lecture

Regis Philbin
Legendary media personality; actor and singer; host of talk and game shows for more than 50 years

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 — The Oncor Lecture

Jane McGonigal
Visionary game designer and futurist who emphasizes the power of games to solve problems; named by The New York Times as one of 10 scientists with the best vision for what is coming next, and by Oprah Winfrey as one of the 20 most inspiring women in the world; best-selling author of Reality is Broken

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 — The Jones Day Lecture

Sanjay Gupta
Practicing neurosurgeon; CNN chief medical correspondent; host of “Sanjay Gupta, M.D.”

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 — The Anita and Truman Arnold Lecture

Michael Beschloss
NBC News presidential historian; commentator, “PBS NewsHour”

Douglas Brinkley
Historian focused on American events and leaders of the 20th and 21st centuries

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

M.K. Asante
Award-winning author, filmmaker and professor; CNN called him “a master storyteller and major creative force”; recipient of the Langston Hughes Award; director and co-writer with Maya Angelou of the film “The Black Candle”; author of essays on art, technology and culture featured in national news publications

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 — The Omni Hotels Lecture

Niall Ferguson
British financial and economic historian; Newsweek columnist and Bloomberg TV contributing editor; best-selling author of The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World (later made into an Emmy Award-winning documentary) and Civilization: The West and the Rest; currently working on the official biography of Henry Kissinger

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Álvaro Uribe
President of Colombia, 2002-10


“We are pleased to offer such a wide variety of talented innovators and leaders during this season’s Tate Lecture Series,” said Lucy Billingsley, chair of the Tate Lecture Series Board of Directors. “This year’s series promises to be enlightening and entertaining as we welcome panelists that will provide engaging dialogue and dynamic viewpoints.”

“The SMU Tate Lecture Series continues to offer the SMU and Dallas-Fort Worth communities a rare opportunity to hear the thoughts and opinions of globally recognized leaders,” said Brad Cheves, SMU's vice president for development and external affairs. “In addition to the lecture, the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum provides high school students, SMU students, faculty and staff with opportunity to listen and engage with some the most influential leaders of our time.”

The Tate Lecture Series is produced by SMU and is presented by The Dallas Morning News and sponsored by WFAA-TV Channel 8, American Airlines, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Turner Construction/Wells Fargo, supported by 570AM KLIF, Sewell Lexus, SMU Student Foundation and The Weitzman Group & Cencor Realty Services. The series annually returns more than $700,000 to SMU each year. A primary beneficiary of these funds is the prestigious President's Scholars Program.

Tickets to individual lectures may be ordered online at or by calling 214/SMU-TATE (214-768-8283).