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Tate Lecture Series

Tate Lecture Series 2015-16

2015-16 Season

David Gergen with Richard Haass and Condoleezza Rice

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
The Linda and Mitch Hart Lecture
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium
SMU campus

David Gergen
CNN senior political analyst
Biography

Richard Haass
President, Council on Foreign Relations
Biography

Condoleezza Rice
66th U.S. Secretary of State
Biography

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Robert Edsel

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The 250th Tate Lecture
The Anita and Truman Arnold Lecture
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

SMU alumnus; founder and president of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art; author of three books, all of which center on the recovery of stolen artwork during World War II; his second book was the inspiration for The Monuments Men, a 2014 film directed by and starring George Clooney
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Shankar Vedantam

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
The Jones Day Lecture
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

NPR science correspondent reporting on human behavior and social sciences; author of The Hidden Brain; former reporter and columnist for The Washington Post
Biography

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Ken Burns

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
The Oncor Lecture
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Renowned director and producer of documentary films, including Baseball, The War and The Roosevelts; currently producing Vietnam, scheduled for release in 2017
Biography

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Sarah Kay

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Spoken-word poet who began performing in New York at age 14; founder and co-director of Project VOICE, which uses spoken-word poetry to entertain, educate and inspire young students; author of two books of poems, B and No Matter the Wreckage
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Rob Lowe

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
The Tolleson Lecture
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Longtime actor and best-selling author of two books; activist for breast cancer awareness
Biography

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Keith Alexander and Kevin Mandia, moderated by Fred Chang

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The Omni Hotels Lecture
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Keith Alexander
Former Director of the National Security Agency; former Commander, U.S. Cyber Command; CEO and President of IronNet Cybersecurity
Biography

Kevin Mandia
President of FireEye Security with nearly 20 years in the cybersecurity private sector; former computer security officer with the U.S. Air Force
Biography

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James Carville and Karl Rove, moderated by Jim Lehrer

Monday, May 2, 2016
The Ebby Halliday Companies Lecture
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

James Carville
Democratic political strategist who led Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign; political commentator; author and professor
Biography

Karl Rove
Republican political consultant credited for George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns; former White House Deputy Chief of Staff
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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