SMU Tate Lecture Series

For 100 years, SMU has shaped minds, explored frontiers of knowledge and nurtured intellectual entrepreneurship. The Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series contributes to this mission by bringing thought-provoking and entertaining icons to the SMU campus and Dallas community.

Regarded as one of the country’s finest platforms for distinguished and engaging discussions, the Tate Lecture Series provides unique opportunities for student interaction, faculty discourse and community debate with world changers and raises funds for academic scholarships and student programs.

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Log in to your account to renew your 2023-24 tickets.

Please call 214-768-8283 or email tateseries@smu.edu with any questions.

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Single event tickets

Individual lecture tickets are now available. Purchase tickets online to individual lectures or call the Tate office at 214-768-8283.

SMU reserves the right to substitute speakers or to rearrange the order of the lectures without notice. Subscriptions are nonrefundable.

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New patrons

The Tate Lecture Series maintains an extensive waiting list for patrons interested in Tate season tickets. Requests for season tickets from new patrons will be placed on a waiting list and considered in the order in which they are received. To be added to the waiting list, complete your request online, download a form, or call the Tate office at 214-768-8283.

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Lecture Schedule

All lectures begin at 8 p.m.

James Stavridis and Fareed Zakaria with David Gergen
Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Chris Urmson interviewed by Andrew Card
Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Lisa Ling
Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Baratunde Thurston
Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Jimmy Chin
Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Lisa Genova
Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Ken Jennings
Tuesday, March 5, 2024

David Grann
Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Theresa May
Tuesday, May 7, 2024