About the Series

Tate Lecture Series

Frequently Asked Questions

I am an SMU student. How do I attend lectures?

SMU students are eligible for free admission to Tate Lectures. Student tickets are distributed in the basement of McFarlin Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. on the evening of the lecture. Tickets are distributed on a first-come-first-served basis, and students must show a valid SMU ID to claim a ticket.

Where are Tate Lectures held?

Tate Lectures are held in McFarlin Auditorium on the SMU campus. Click here for more details.

What time do lectures begin and end?

All lectures begin by 8 p.m. and end by 9:15 p.m.

Can I upgrade my tickets?

When available, tickets may be upgraded by calling the Tate office at 214-768-8283 or coming to the McFarlin lobby box office on the evening of the lecture.

I can’t attend the lecture; how can I donate my seats? Are tickets refundable?

In the event that you are unable to attend a particular lecture, please notify the Tate office by noon on the day of the lecture, and you will receive a tax receipt for your donation. You may complete the ticket return form, e-mail tateseries@smu.edu or call 214-768-8283 to release your seats. Tate tickets are non-refundable.

How do I purchase tickets for an individual lecture?

Single event tickets are sold for each lecture. Click here for more information.

How do I get season tickets?

The 2012-13 season ticket renewal period ends Wednesday, June 6. Each year, requests for upgrades, additional tickets, and/or any change to subscriptions from current patrons are considered, based on seniority, in late June and July. Requests for season tickets from new patrons will be placed on a waiting list and considered in the order in which they are received.

How do I know where my seat is in the Auditorium?

Click here to view a seating chart for McFarlin Auditorium.

What is the Student Forum and how can I attend?

The Tate Lecture Series Student Forum is a question-and-answer session for SMU students, faculty and staff, and area high school students with the featured Tate speaker. Click here for more information.

Are transcripts/recordings of Tate Lectures available?

Unfortunately, transcripts/recording are not available for Tate Lectures.

Where do I park for the lectures?

Click here for parking information.

I have a handicapped parking decal. Where do I park? What entrance do I use?

Disabled parking is available immediately north, west and south of the Umphrey Lee Center. An entrance ramp for disabled access is located at the southeast corner of McFarlin Auditorium, and special auditorium seating is available. Click here for parking information.

Who selects the speakers?

Speakers for the Series are recommended by the Tate Series Board of Directors.