Economic historian Niall Ferguson delivers Tate Lecture March 19

Amie Kromis

Economic historian Niall Ferguson delivers Tate Lecture March 19

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.

Niall FergusonFerguson’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 1897-1927was 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.

>  Follow Niall Ferguson on Twitter @nfergus

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.

> Visit the SMU Tate Distinguished Lecture Series homepage at smu.edu/tateseries

March 18, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News|

Presidential historians Beschloss, Brinkley visit SMU Feb. 5, 2013

Michael Beschloss and Douglas Brinkley

Presidential historians Michael Beschloss and Douglas Brinkley will speak in SMU’s 2012-13 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Presidential historians Michael Beschloss and Douglas Brinkley visit the Hilltop Tuesday, Feb. 5 for the 2012-13 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series. They will give the Anita and Truman Arnold Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Michael Beschloss is an award-winning historian based out of Washington, D.C., focusing on presidential history for NBC News. He appears regularly on NBC programs such as Meet the Press and Today and  is a regular commentator on PBS NewsHour. Newsweek has called Beschloss “the nation’s leading presidential historian.”

In 2005 Beschloss won an Emmy for his role in creating the Discovery Channel series Decisions that Shook the World. He also served as the show’s host. In addition to his television work, Beschloss has authored nine books, including New York Times bestseller Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy, co-authored with Caroline Kennedy.

> Follow Michael Beschloss on Twitter @BeschlossDC

Douglas Brinkley is a Texas-based historian focused on American events and leaders of the 20th and 21st centuries. He has written more than 40 books, five of which have been selected as New York Times “Notable Books of the Year.” Brinkley is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, The Lost Angeles Times Book Review and American Heritage.

Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and a fellow of the James Baker III Institute of Public Policy. While teaching at Hofstra University, Brinkley spearheaded the American Odyssey course, in which he took students on numerous cross-country treks where they visited historic sites and seminal figures in politics and literature. He later wrote The Majic Bus: An American Odyssey to chronicle his experiences; the book served as the progenitor to C-SPAN’s Yellow School Bus.

> Follow Douglas Brinkley on Twitter @ProfDBrinkley

Beschloss graduated from Williams College with highest honors and a degree in political science; his first book, Kennedy and Roosevelt: The Uneasy Alliance, was started as his senior honors thesis there. After Williams, he earned an M.B.A. degree Harvard Business School. He has been called “easily the most widely recognized Presidential historian in the United States.”

Brinkley received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and his doctorate in U.S. diplomatic history from Georgetown University. He has been called “America’s new past master” by The Chicago Tribune.

The evening lecture is sold out, but SMU students may attend for free with their University ID if seats become available. Beschloss and Brinkley will answer questions from University community members and local high school students at 4:30 p.m. 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 Beschloss and Brinkley a question via Twitter, send a tweet to @SMUTate. Student moderator Amie Kromis will ask some of these questions during the event.

> Visit the SMU Tate Distinguished Lecture Series homepage

February 5, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News|
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