Historian, writer, broadcaster and professor Niall Ferguson is at SMU Tuesday, March 19 for the 2012-13 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series. He will give the Omni Hotels Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.
Ferguson’s historical financial and economical knowledge has been showcased on many platforms. He has written 12 books, and several of them have won awards. His first, Paper and Iron: Hamburg Business and German Politics in the Era of Inflation 1897-1927, was short-listed for the History Today Book of the Year award, and The World’s Banker: The History of the House of Rothschild received international critical acclaim and won the Wadsworth Prize for Business History.
Ferguson’s book The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World was made into a four-part television series and won the 2009 International Emmy Award for best documentary. The series was produced by Chimerica Media, Ferguson’s own TV production company started in 2007 with Melanie Fall and Adrian Pennink. Chimerica Media has also produced Civilization and Kissinger, a full-length documentary about former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, both of which ran on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom.
In 2004, Time Magazine named Ferguson one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He is a weekly columnist for Newsweek, contributing editor for Bloomberg TV and adviser to the architects Foster & Partners, the hedge fund GLG Partners and merchant bank Kleinwort Benson.
Ferguson graduated with an honors degree in history from the University of Oxford and received a doctor of philosophy from Magdalen College. He currently divides his time between the United States and the United Kingdom. He is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University & William Ziegler Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.
The evening lecture is sold out, but SMU students may attend for free with their University ID if seats become available. Ferguson will answer questions from University community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.
The Forum is free, but seating is limited. SMU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend; RSVP online to ensure a place. To ask Ferguson a question via Twitter, send a tweet to @SMUtate with @nfergus and the hashtag #SMUtate. Student moderator Amie Kromis will ask some of these questions during the event.