SMU's 2011-2012 Tate Series features journalists and innovators

The 2011-12 Tate Lecture Series will feature speakers renowned for their talents and innovations.

The Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series

The Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture SeriesDALLAS (SMU) – Award-winning journalists, an innovative CEO and a renowned astrophysicist are among the speakers for the 2011-2012 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series at SMU.

In its 30th year, the Tate Series will once again bring distinguished leaders from various fields to share their unique views with area residents and students.

The lectures include:

Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 -The Linda and Mitch Hart Lecture (sold out)

  • James A. Baker III - Senior statesman; former secretary of state
  • Fareed Zakaria - Editor-at-large of Time; host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS”
  • David Gergen, moderator - CNN senior political commentator; former presidential adviser

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 -The Omni Hotels Lecture

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 - The Jones Day Lecture

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 - The Tolleson Lecture (sold out)

  • Katie Couric - Award-winning journalist and renowned broadcaster; best-selling author; activist for colorectal cancer research

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 - The Anita and Truman Arnold Lecture

  • Dambisa Moyo - International economist; best-selling author of How the West Was Lost and Dead Aid

Thursday, March 1, 2012 -The Oncor Lecture

  • Michael Pollan - Best-selling author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma; contributor to the 2008 Academy Award-nominated documentary Food, Inc.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - The Lacerte Family Lecture

  • Walter Isaacson - President and CEO, The Aspen Institute; current chair, Teach for America; noted biographer

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - The Gregg and Molly Engles Lecture  (sold out)

  • Charles Krauthammer - Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist; commentator for Fox’s “Special Report”
  • Bill Moyers - Award-winning journalist and commentator; former press secretary for Lyndon B. Johnson

“We are excited about the compelling and diverse speakers offered during this season’s Tate Lecture Series,” said Lucy Billingsley, chair of the Tate Lecture Series Board of Directors. “This season promises to provide a continued tradition of engaging and thought-provoking leaders, and we look forward to hearing insightful messages from speakers.”

“The SMU Tate Lecture Series offers the SMU and Dallas-Fort Worth communities a unique opportunity to hear the viewpoints of globally prominent leaders,” said Brad Cheves, SMU's vice president for development and external affairs. “In addition to the lecture, the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Forum makes these globally recognized speakers available to area high school students, SMU students, faculty and staff. This year’s lineup promises to be one of the most captivating yet.”

The Tate Lecture Series is produced by SMU and is presented by The Dallas Morning News and sponsored by WFAA-TV Channel 8, American Airlines, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Turner Construction/Wells Fargo, supported by 570AM KLIF, Sewell Lexus, SMU Student Foundation and The Weitzman Group & Cencor Realty Services.

The series annually returns over $700,000 to SMU. A primary beneficiary of these funds is the prestigious President's Scholars Program.

Tickets to individual lectures may be ordered online at or by calling 214-SMU-TATE (214-768-8283).