Social and political satirist Christopher Buckley will give the next lecture in SMU’s 2009-10 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series Nov. 17. Buckley will present The Lacerte Family Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.
Buckley, who served a stint as chief speech writer for former Vice President George H.W. Bush, has written for numerous national newspapers and magazines but is best known as the author of more than a dozen books. His best-sellers include Little Green Men, Supreme Courtship and Thank You for Smoking, which became a major motion picture in 2006.
A native of New York, Buckley graduated from Yale University and became managing editor of Esquire magazine at the age of 24. At age 29, he published his first best-seller, Steaming to Bamboola: The World of a Tramp Freighter. In 1989 he started a new magazine, Forbes FYI, for which he still serves as editor-in-chief.
The evening lecture is sold out. Buckley will answer questions from SMU community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.