Lecture Schedule

Michael Beschloss and Jon Meacham with David Gergen  

Michael Beschloss and Jon Meacham with David Gergen

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The Hart Lecture
Monday, September 21, 2020
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Political analyst David Gergen leads a timely discussion with two award-winning historians. Michael Beschloss’ new book, Presidents of War, is an epic study of power, leadership and human nature. Jon Meacham’s No. 1 bestseller, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, examines the present by looking back at critical times when hope overcame division and fear.

Spike Lee

Spike Lee

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Spike Lee, award-winning writer, director, actor and producer, revolutionized the film industry. His essential perspective and independent spirit have inspired a generation of artists. With more than 50 movies to his credit, he won the 2019 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman. He also has earned accolades for his documentaries, sports programs and commercial work. Lee has published six titles on his career and co-authored three children's books with his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee.

Arthur C. Brooks

Arthur C. Brooks

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November TBD, 2020
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Classical French horn player, conservative policy theorist and professor of the practice of public leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, Arthur C. Brooks defies easy categorization. Culture, economics and politics meet in his research on leveraging business techniques to solve social problems. He is the author of 11 books, a columnist for The Atlantic and host of the podcast The Art of Happiness with Arthur Brooks. The intrepid economist is the subject of the documentary The Pursuit.

Tammie Jo Shults

Tammie Jo Shults

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Tammie Jo Shults gained national attention in 2018 when she saved 148 lives by successfully landing a plummeting Southwest Airlines Boeing 737. After an engine exploded at high altitude, she guided the plane to safety in Philadelphia. The unflappable airline captain developed her aviation expertise as one of the first female F/A-18 Hornet pilots in the U.S. Navy. She’s the author of Nerves of Steel: How I Followed My Dreams, Earned My Wings, and Faced My Greatest Challenge.

Kara Swisher

Kara Swisher

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Award-winning journalist Kara Swisher chronicles the growing impact of technology on every aspect of our world. She is the host of the Pivot podcast and executive producer of the Code Conference, a legendary event made famous by her unscripted Red Chair interviews with tech titans. She also is a contributing writer to The New York Times opinion section and appears weekly on NBC. 

Bob Costas

Bob Costas

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Triple-threat Bob Costas is the only person to have won Emmy Awards for sports, news and entertainment. Over the past three decades, he has played a prominent role in coverage of every major sport. Costas first came to national attention with Major League Baseball’s Game of the Week in the 1980s and later became an iconic presence during his coverage of 12 Olympic Games. In 2012, he was elected to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.

Adm. William H. McRaven

Adm. William H. McRaven

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Drawing from his extraordinary experiences, retired U.S. Navy Adm. William McRaven imparts wisdom about teamwork, personal accountability, resilience and leadership. A Navy SEAL who oversaw the Osama bin Laden raid in 2011, he has advised former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama on defense issues. As chancellor of the University of Texas System, he oversaw 14 institutions that educated 220,000 students. His leadership and service have garnered numerous national honors.

May Lecture TBD