June 1, 2015
DALLAS (SMU) – High-level American diplomats, national security insiders, opposing political strategists, an Academy Award-winning documentarian, and an SMU alumnus working to recover World War II-era looted artworks are among the speakers for the 2015-16 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series at SMU. In its 34th season, the Tate Series provides a platform for leaders from wide-ranging fields to share their unique perspectives with area residents and students.
“I am continually impressed by the consistent quality of this outstanding speaker series,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “SMU and our neighbors throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth region are fortunate to have support for the Tate Lecture Series and the Student Forums. The programs bring conversations about important issues to our campus, providing us with key insights into our rapidly changing world. I look forward to each of them.”
Single tickets to lectures that are not sold out may be purchased online at smu.edu/tate or by calling 214-SMU-TATE (214-768-8283). The 2015-16 season will include:
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015
The Linda and Mitch Hart Lecture
Richard Haass: President, Council on Foreign Relations
Condoleezza Rice: 66th U.S. Secretary of State
David Gergen (moderator): CNN senior political analyst
Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 – 250th Tate Lecture
The Anita and Truman Arnold Lecture
Robert Edsel: The SMU alumnus (B.A. in finance, ’79) is founder/president of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, co-producer of the documentary “The Rape of Europa,” and author of three books — all of which focus on recovering artwork stolen during World War II. Edsel’s second book inspired the 2014 film The Monuments Men, directed by and starring George Clooney.
Tuesday, Nov. 10
The Jones Day Lecture
Shankar Vedantam: NPR science correspondent reporting on human behavior and social sciences; author of The Hidden Brain; former reporter/columnist for The Washington Post.
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015
The Oncor Lecture
Ken Burns: Academy Award-nominated director/producer of documentary films, including “Baseball,” “The War” and “The Roosevelts”; currently in production of “Vietnam,” scheduled for release in 2017.
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016
Sarah Kay: Spoken-word poet who began performing in New York at age 14; founder and co-director of Project VOICE, which uses poetry to entertain, educate and inspire young students; author of two books of poems, B and No Matter the Wreckage. Her 2011 TED Talk “If I Should Have a Daughter …” has been viewed more than 8 million times.
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016
The Tolleson Lecture
Rob Lowe: Longtime “brat pack” actor (“St. Elmo’s Fire,” “The West Wing”) who began performing for stage and screen at age 8; best-selling author of Stories I Only Tell My Friends and Love Life; activist for breast cancer awareness, having had his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother battle the disease.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The Omni Hotels Lecture
Keith Alexander: Former director of the National Security Agency; former commander, U.S. Cyber Command; CEO and president of IronNet Cybersecurity.
Kevin Mandia: President of FireEye Security with nearly 20 years in the cybersecurity private sector; former U.S. Air Force computer security officer.
Fred Chang (moderator): Bobby B. Lyle Centennial Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security and director of SMU’s Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security.
Monday, May 2, 2016
The Ebby Halliday Companies Lecture
James Carville: Democratic political strategist who led Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign; political commentator; author and professor.
Karl Rove: Republican political consultant credited for George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns; former White House Deputy Chief of Staff.
“This year’s lineup of compelling Tate Lectures promises to enlighten and entertain students and the Dallas community,” said Brad Cheves, SMU vice president for development and external affairs. “What’s more, the afternoon Forums created specifically for SMU students, area high school students and the University’s staff and faculty offer unparalleled access to world-renowned thinkers and doers. We are very grateful to the sponsors who help make this programming possible.”
The Tate Lecture Series is produced by SMU and is presented by The Dallas Morning News and co-sponsored by WFAA-TV Channel 8, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, and Turner Construction/and Wells Fargo. Additional support is provided by 570AM KLIF News and Information, Sewell Lexus, SMU Student Foundation, The Weitzman Group/Cencor Realty Services, and Frost Bank. The series returns more than $800,000 to SMU each year for academic scholarships and student programs. A primary beneficiary of these funds is the prestigious President’s Scholars Program, which provides full-tuition scholarships and study abroad opportunities.
For more information about individual lectures, follow the Tate Lecture Series on social media via Twitter @SMUtate and Instagram @smutate.
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