Tate Lecture Series

Tate Lecture Series 2018-19

2018-19 Season

James Baker, III and Leon Panetta with David Gergen

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The Linda and Mitch Hart Lecture
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Two senior statesmen – James Baker, III, former Secretary of State, and Leon Panetta, former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director – lend their unparalleled perspective on national affairs as the mid-term elections approach. David Gergen moderates the conversation.

Jon Meacham

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The Tolleson Family Lecture
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Renowned presidential historian and best-selling author Jon Meacham received a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House. His latest work, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, will be released in May 2018 and helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear.

Thomas Friedman

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The Gaedeke Group Lecture
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

An acclaimed global thinker, Thomas Friedman has covered monumental stories from around the globe for The New York Times for over 35 years. Known for his direct reporting and sophisticated analysis of complex issues facing the world, Friedman is a three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the author of six best-selling books, including The World Is Flat, That Used to Be Us and, most recently, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations.

Siddhartha Mukherjee

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The Baird Lecture
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

A cancer physician and researcher, Siddhartha Mukherjee was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for his book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, which TIME named as one of the top 100 books of the past 100 years and was the basis for Ken Burns’ 2015 documentary Cancer. His latest work, The Gene: An Intimate History, describes the quest to decipher the master-code of instructions that makes and defines humans, governs our form, function, and fate, and determines the future of our children.

Bill Browder

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The Jones Day Lecture
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Hermitage Capital Management was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005, when founder and CEO Bill Browder was denied entry to the country and deemed a threat to national security by the Russian government. Since then, Browder has focused his efforts on exposing individual human rights abusers and fraud in the Kremlin. He tells his story in his best-selling book, Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man’s Fight for Justice.

Lisa Randall

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The Oncor Lecture
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Lisa Randall's studies involve the most fundamental questions about the nature of matter, space and the universe. Her research into extra dimensions of space, particle physics and cosmology has made her one of the most important and cited theoretical physicists in the world. Randall, a Harvard professor, has the great ability to connect abstract scientific ideas to more familiar contexts and applications. Named as one of TIME’s Most Influential People, Randall’s best-selling books include Warped Passages, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs and Knocking on Heaven’s Door.

Amy Cuddy

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The Ebby Halliday Companies Lecture
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

Named one of 50 Women Who Are Changing the World by Business Insider, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and a Game Changer by TIME, Amy Cuddy is a social psychologist and an expert on the behavioral science of power, presence and prejudice. Author of the best-selling book Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges, Cuddy’s TED Talk on the topic of body language is the second-most-viewed TED Talk of all time.

Kathy Bates

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The Anita and Truman Arnold Lecture
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

8 p.m.
McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus

A 1969 graduate of SMU, Kathy Bates is an undeniable force on stage, screen and television. She first received critical acclaim and a Tony Award nomination for her role in the original Broadway production of ‘night Mother. Known for her ability to portray a breadth of characters, Bates won an Academy Award for her depiction of obsessed fan Annie Wilkes in Misery. A two-time Emmy Award winner, she’s been celebrated most recently for her work on the television series American Horror Story. Bates is an avid philanthropist and a two-time cancer survivor.

Lecture Schedule

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

September 25, 2018 - (Sold Out)

James Baker, III and Leon Panetta with David Gergen

October 16, 2018 - (Sold Out)

Jon Meacham

November 6, 2018 - (Sold Out)

Thomas Friedman

December 4, 2018

Siddhartha Mukherjee

February 5, 2019

Bill Browder

February 26, 2019

Lisa Randall

April 2, 2019

Amy Cuddy

May 7, 2019 - (Sold Out)

Kathy Bates