Tate Lecture Series

Tate Lecture Series 2019-20

2019-20 Season

General James Mattis with David Gergen

General James Mattis
with David Gergen

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The Linda and Mitch Hart Lecture
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Political commentator David Gergen returns to the Tate stage for a conversation with Gen. James Mattis, the 26th Secretary of Defense. Gen. Mattis began his military career at age 18 and rose through the ranks during more than four decades in uniform. He commanded Marines at all levels and led U.S. Joint Forces Command and NATO's Supreme Allied Command for Transformation. At U.S. Central Command, he directed military operations of more than 200,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen, Marines and allied forces across the Middle East.

Shiza Shahid

Shiza Shahid

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Co-founder of The Malala Fund, Shiza Shahid led the organization as founding CEO, focusing on access to high-quality education for children around the world. An entrepreneur, investor and activist, she was named among TIME's 30 under 30 People Changing the World and Forbes 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs. Shahid hosts the cross-platform show, ASPIREist, which inspires millennials to take action on the issues that matter most.

Raj Chetty

Raj Chetty

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Raj Chetty studies some of our society's most complex issues – equality, education and government policy – through the powerful lens of economics. A MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship recipient, he has been described as “the single most influential economist in the world today.” By optimizing big data, he is reshaping the study and understanding of issues surrounding social mobility. He is professor of economics at Harvard University, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the recent recipient of the John Bates Clark Medal for best American economist under 40.

David Rubenstein

David Rubenstein

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

David Rubenstein is a co-founder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group, a global private equity investment firm. As the host of The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations on Bloomberg TV and PBS, he interviews the top executives of some of the world's most influential companies about what makes a great leader. The award-winning philanthropist pledged to donate the majority of his wealth to philanthropic causes as an original signer of The Giving Pledge. His serves as chairman of the boards of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland

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Monday, January 27, 2020
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Misty Copeland is the first African-American woman to be promoted to principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. She continues to change the face of ballet through mentorship of other dancers and work around the globe with at-risk youth. Named among TIME magazine's 100 Most Influential People, she also has been recognized as an Impact 25 Influencer by ESPN and as one of “the most fascinating people of the year” by Barbara Walters. Copeland is also a bestselling author, telling the story of her journey in her memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina. 

Brian Grazer

Brian Grazer

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer has been making movies and television programs for more than 25 years, including Best Picture Oscar-winner, A Beautiful Mind. One of the few producers with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grazer has infused his energy into some of the most popular entertainment in the world, including such movies as Apollo 13 and the television series Friday Night Lights, 24 and Empire. He serves as chairman of Imagine Entertainment, which he co-founded in 1985 with his longtime friend and business partner, Ron Howard.

Zanny Minton Beddoes

Zanny Minton Beddoes

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Named one of the “Most Powerful Women in the World” by Forbes, Zanny Minton Beddoes is editor-in-chief of The Economist. A renowned global economics expert, Beddoes adeptly interprets the impact of new developments in business and industry in the broader context of world events, from emerging markets and the E.U. to corporate America and U.S. politics. The first female editor in The Economist's 170+ year history, Beddoes is the recipient of two Loeb Awards for distinguished business and financial journalism.

David Axelrod and Karl Rove

David Axelrod and Karl Rove

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Two of America's leading political strategists reach across the aisle to demystify the campaign process and discuss the issues, just six months before the 2020 U.S. presidential election. David Axelrod, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, serves as the founding director of the University of Chicago's nonpartisan Institute of Politics and hosts the top-rated podcast, The Ax Files. Karl Rove, who served as deputy chief of staff and senior advisor under President George W. Bush, writes a weekly column for The Wall Street Journal and is a Fox News contributor.

Lecture Schedule

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

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

General James Mattis
with David Gergen

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Shiza Shahid

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Raj Chetty

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

David Rubenstein

Monday, January 27, 2020

Misty Copeland

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Brian Grazer

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Zanny Minton Beddoes

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

David Axelrod and Karl Rove