Tina BrownBecause of breaking news on the death of Osama bin Laden, Tina Brown, editor of Newsweek, was unable to travel to Dallas on May 3 to deliver the final 2010-11 Tate Distinguished Lecture.

The lecture has been rescheduled to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 11 in McFarlin Auditorium. Tickets purchased for the May 3 lecture will be honored on the rescheduled date.

A native of England, Brown graduated from St. Anne’s College of Oxford University. After beginning her journalism career at the London Sunday Times and Punch magazine, she became editor of Tatler magazine at the age of 25. She moved to the United States in 1984 to serve as editor of Vanity Fair. Under her leadership, the magazine’s circulation increased from 250,000 to 1.2 million.

Ms. Brown undertook her next publishing challenge in 1992 as the first woman editor of The New Yorker. During her editorship, the literary magazine received numerous awards and she was honored with the National Press Foundation‘s Editor of the Year Award.

Her bestselling biography of Princess Diana, The Diana Chronicles, was published in 2007. She also has hosted Topic [A] with Tina Brown on CNBC and currently writes a column for British audiences in The Times of London and Salon.com. Brown was named the editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast-Newsweek merger in 2010. She was also a featured correspondent during ABC’s coverage of the recent royal wedding.

Brown will answer questions from SMU community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. May 11 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. The event is free, but seating is limited. RSVP online to ensure a place.

The Tate Series’ 2011-12 season will be announced at Brown’s evening lecture, which is sold out. Watch the SMU Forum for more information after the announcement, and learn more at smu.edu/tateseries.