Tate Lecture Series

In 1982, SMU inaugurated the Willis M. Tate Lecture Series. Since then, the Tate Lectures have become one of the premiere public lecture series in the United States. Tickets to lectures regularly sell out soon after the series lineup is announced.

The Hunt Leadership Scholars Program allows Hunt Scholars special opportunities to attend Tate Lectures.

First, each year, the Tate Series honors the Hunt Leadership Scholars by inviting all the Scholars to a Tate dinner and lecture selected by Ray and Nancy Ann Hunt.  Additionally, prior to the dinner, the Scholars and the Hunts take a group picture with the Tate speaker.

Second, for each Tate lecture throughout the year, ten tickets are given to the Hunt Scholars. 

Third, Hunt Scholars serve as ushers for several of the Tate forums, which are question and answer sessions with the speaker, usually on the afternoon of the evening’s lecture