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About the Series

Tate Lecture Series 2015-16

Endowed President’s Scholars Fund

In recognition of the Tate Lecture Series' silver anniversary season, in 2006-07, the University established the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series Endowed President's Scholars Fund. The fund benefits SMU's President's Scholars Program, the University's most prestigious merit-based scholarship award. The President's Scholars Program is so named because it represents the University's highest commitment to attract and serve high-achieving students. Founded in 1982, the President's Scholars Program has provided a world of opportunity to some of the nation's brightest students, who in turn enrich the University with their intellectual vitality, diverse talents, and campus involvement.

Since the Tate Series’ 25th anniversary season in 2006-07, 745 patrons have contributed almost $260,000 to the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series Endowed President’s Scholars Fund. These gifts, above and beyond the proceeds from the Series itself, provide scholarship support to the world changers of the future. We hope that you will consider a gift to this endowment when you renew your Tate season tickets or purchase single event tickets for the 34th Anniversary season in 2015-16.

Gifts in any amount support scholars by providing additional resources for independent research, international study and other academic programs. To make a gift or for information, please call 214-768-8283 or email us at tateseries@smu.edu.

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Lecture Schedule

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All lectures begin at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. Box office opens at 7 p.m.

September 30, 2015

David Gergen, Richard Haass, Condoleezza Rice

October 20, 2015

Robert Edsel

November 10, 2015

Shankar Vedantam

December 1, 2015

Ken Burns

January 26, 2016

Sarah Kay

February 23, 2016

Rob Lowe

March 29, 2016

Keith Alexander and Kevin Mandia

May 2, 2016

James Carville and Karl Rove