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Tate Lecture Series

Tate Lecture Series 2015-16

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.

Season Subscriptions

 Renew Online

The 2015-16 season ticket renewal period ended on Friday, June 5, 2015. Requests for upgrades, additional tickets and/or any changes to subscriptions from current patrons are considered based on seniority in July. You can renew online with your user name and password, fill out the form and return it to the Tate office or call us at 214-768-8283.

Single Event Tickets

 Buy Tickets

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.

New Patrons

 Join Waiting List

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.

Lecture Schedule

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

September 30, 2015

David Gergen, Richard Haass, Condoleezza Rice

October 20, 2015

Robert Edsel

November 10, 2015

Shankar Vedantam

December 1, 2015

Ken Burns

January 26, 2016

Sarah Kay

February 23, 2016

Rob Lowe

March 29, 2016

Keith Alexander and Kevin Mandia

May 2, 2016

James Carville and Karl Rove