Tate Lecture Series

Tate Lecture Series 2019-20

2019-20 Season

General James Mattis with David Gergen

General James Mattis
with David Gergen

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The Linda and Mitch Hart Lecture
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Political commentator David Gergen returns to the Tate stage for a conversation with Gen. James Mattis, the 26th Secretary of Defense. The outspoken Mattis’ storied career unfolded over more than four decades, from Marine recruit to commander of a quarter-million troops across the Middle East. A voracious reader, Mattis has described "a real understanding of history" as a powerful strategic weapon.

Shiza Shahid

Shiza Shahid

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The Ebby Halliday Foundation Lecture
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Shiza Shahid is changing the world, one mission-driven start-up at a time. In 2013, she co-founded the Malala Fund with her friend, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, to break down education barriers for more than 130 million girls around the globe. Since then, she launched NOW Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on seed funding for new companies committed to improving lives. She also hosts the cross-platform show, ASPIREist, which inspires millennials to take action on the issues that matter most.

Raj Chetty

Raj Chetty

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The Baird Lecture
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Raj Chetty studies some of our society’s most complex issues – equality, education and government policy – through the powerful lens of economics. A MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship recipient, he has been described as “the single most influential economist in the world today.” As director of Harvard University's Opportunity Insights, he brings together researchers and policy analysts and optimizes big data to develop scalable solutions that will empower families throughout the U.S. to rise out of poverty and achieve better life outcomes.

David Rubenstein

David Rubenstein

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The Tolleson Family Lecture
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

A billionaire with a generous heart, David Rubenstein is the co-founder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms, and, as an original signer of the Giving Pledge, has committed the majority of his wealth to philanthropy. The thread of public service winds throughout his career, starting with a stint in the Carter administration and continuing now as the chair of the Smithsonian Institution, the Council on Foreign Relations and other boards.

Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland

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The Oncor Lecture
Monday, January 27, 2020
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Misty Copeland dances between the worlds of pop icon and prima ballerina with style and grace. As the first African-American woman to be promoted to principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, she shattered stereotypes and reshaped the future of her profession. Copeland continues to change the face of ballet through mentorship of other dancers and work around the globe with disadvantaged youth. She’s also the best-selling author of the memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina.

Brian Grazer

Brian Grazer

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The Anita and Truman Arnold Lecture
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

What do the movie A Beautiful Mind and the television shows 24 and Empire have in common? They’re infused with the energy and creative acumen of Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer. One of the few producers with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grazer serves as chairman of Imagine Entertainment, which he co-founded with Ron Howard. He’s also the best-selling author of A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life, an entertaining exploration of the profound effects of curiosity.

Zanny Minton Beddoes

Zanny Minton Beddoes

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The Gaedeke Group Lecture
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Named one of the “Most Powerful Women in the World” by Forbes, Zanny Minton Beddoes is editor-in-chief of The Economist. A renowned global economics expert, Beddoes adeptly interprets the impact of new developments in business and industry in the broader context of world events, from emerging markets and the E.U. to corporate America and U.S. politics. The first female editor in The Economist's 170+ year history, she is the recipient of two Loeb Awards for distinguished business and financial journalism.

David Axelrod and Karl Rove

David Axelrod and Karl Rove

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The Jones Day Lecture
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

The master strategists reach across the aisle to demystify the political campaign process and discuss the issues, just six months before the 2020 U.S. presidential election. David Axelrod served as senior advisor to President Barack Obama and hosts The Axe Files podcast. Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor under President George W. Bush, writes a weekly column for The Wall Street Journal. Together, they share a deep commitment to the democratic process.

Lecture Schedule

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

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

General James Mattis
with David Gergen

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Shiza Shahid

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Raj Chetty

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

David Rubenstein

Monday, January 27, 2020

Misty Copeland

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Brian Grazer

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Zanny Minton Beddoes

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

David Axelrod and Karl Rove