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SMU’s 2016-17 Tate Lecture Series opens Tuesday, Sept. 20 with Doris Kearns Goodwin, Tom Brokaw and David Gergen

Tom Brokaw, Doris Kearns Goodwin, David Gergen Tate Lecture Series 2016-17

Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and veteran journalist Tom Brokaw return to SMU Tuesday, Sept. 20 to kick off the 35th season of SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series.

Goodwin and Brokaw will offer their insights on the historic 2016 U.S. election, moderated by political analyst and Tate Series veteran David Gergen. The trio will deliver The Linda and Mitch Hart Lecture program at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Doris Kearns Goodwin by Eric Levin

Doris Kearns Goodwin | Photo credit: Eric Levin

After earning a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, Doris Kearns Goodwin began her career as an assistant to President Lyndon Johnson in his last year in the White House. She later assisted President Johnson in preparation of his memoirs.

As a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of historical biographies, Goodwin has won praise for her meticulous, in-depth research and ability to chronicle both the public and private lives of her subjects. She has written six New York Times best-selling books.

Goodwin also worked with Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Studio to create the film Lincoln, based in part on her award-winning Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. The film grossed $275 million at the box office and earned 12 Academy Award nominations.

> Follow Doris Kearns Goodwin on Twitter @DorisKGoodwin

Tom Brokaw

Tom Brokaw

Tom Brokaw is best known as the anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News” from 1982 to 2004. He has covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Challenger space-shuttle disaster, the 1989 Lorna Prieta earthquake, Hurricane Andrew and the 9/11 terror attacks. He now serves as a special correspondent for NBC News and can be heard every weekday on his radio segment, An American Story, on iHeartRadio.

In addition, Brokaw is the best-selling author of The Greatest GenerationThe Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About America, and A Lucky Life Interrupted: A Memoir of Hope. His many awards and honors include several Emmys and Peabody Awards, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast journalism, the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in Media, and the Four Freedoms Award.

Brokaw was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014. He received his B.A. degree in political science from the University of South Dakota.

> Follow Tom Brokaw on Twitter @TomBrokaw

David Gergen

David Gergen

David Gergen is a senior political analyst for CNN, as well as professor of public service and co-director of the Center for Public Leadership in Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

In 1971, Gergen joined the Nixon White House as a staff assistant to a speech writing team and went on to presidential advisor for four former presidents. In addition to his political work, he was an officer in the U.S. Navy, worked at U.S. News & World Report and appeared on the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. Gergen graduated with honors from both Yale University and Harvard Law School.

> Follow David Gergen on Twitter @David_Gergen

All SMU students, faculty and staff are invited to the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 4 p.m., and seats may be reserved online.

The evening lecture is sold out. However, SMU students can go to the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m. with their SMU IDs for possible seating on a first-come, first-serve basis.

> Learn more about the 35th Tate Distinguished Lecture Series
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Technology entrepreneur and PayPal founder Peter Thiel delivers Tate Lecture Oct. 21, 2014

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Technology entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist Peter Thiel will visit SMU Tuesday, Oct. 21 to deliver 2014’s second Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series.

Thiel will offer his insight and opinion on current events as moderated by political analysts and Tate Series veteran David Gergen. Continuing the 33rd season of Tate Lectures, Thiel and Gergen will give The Tolleson Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

ThielDefining a new era of fast and secure online commerce, Thiel started PayPal in 1988 and served as CEO until 2002 when he took the company public. In 2004, Thiel made the first outside investment in Facebook, where he continues to serve as a director. The same year he launched Palantir Technologies, a software company that harnesses computers to empower human analysts in fields like national security and global finance. Additionally, Thiel is a partner in Silicon Valley venture capital firm Founders Fund and has provided initial funding for LinkedIn, Yelp, Airbnb, SpaceX and dozens of other successful technology startups.

Thiel also serves as a philanthropist through his work with the Thiel Fellowship and Thiel Foundation. While the Thiel Fellowship ignited a national debate by encouraging young people to put learning before school, the Thiel Foundation works to advance technological progress and long-term thinking about the future.

411YBdZVAPL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Recently, Thiel has published novel Zero to One with Blake Masters. Zero to One presents an optimistic view on the future of progress in America. Introducing a new way of thinking about innovation, Thiel encourages his readers to ask the obscure questions that lead to finding value in unexpected places.

All SMU students, faculty and staff are invited to the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum segment at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 4 p.m., and seats may be reserved online.

The evening lecture is sold out. However, SMU students can go to the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m. with their SMU IDs for possible seating on a first-come, first-serve basis.

> Learn more about the 33rd Tate Lecture Series
> For additional information, contact the SMU Tate Series

SMU’s 2014-15 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series begins Sept. 29

141038TateLectureAGPFormer Secretaries of State Madeleine K. Albright and Colin L. Powell will visit SMU Monday, Sept. 29 to kick off the 33rd season of the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series.

Albright and Powell will offer their insights and opinions on current events as moderated by political analyst and Tate Series veteran David Gergen. Albright, Powell and Gergen will open the season with The Linda and Mitch Hart Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Madeleine K. Albright. 64th Secretary of State.

Madeleine Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States, serving under President William J. Clinton. In 1997, she was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As Secretary of State, Albright reinforced alliances, advocated democracy and human rights, promoted American trade and business, as well as labor and environmental standards abroad.

Prior to her service in the Clinton Administration, she served as President of the Center for National Policy; was a member of President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Council and White House staff; and served as chief legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Edmund Muskie. In 2012, Dr. Albright received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Obama.

Colin L. Powell. 65th Secretary of State.

Colin Powell was the 65th Secretary of State for the United States, serving under President George W. Bush. Powell was the first African American appointed Secretary of State, as well as the first African American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As Secretary of State, Powell led the State Department in major efforts to address regional and civil conflicts abroad. He also worked on the forefront of American efforts to advance economic and social development worldwide.

For more than 50 years, Powell has devoted his life to public service. He has held senior military and diplomatic positions across four presidential administrations.

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David Gergen is a senior political analyst for CNN, as well as director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and professor of public service.

In 1971, Gergen joined the Nixon White House as a staff assistant to a speech writing team and went on to presidential advisor for four former presidents. In addition to his political work, he was an officer in the U.S. Navy, worked at U.S. News & World Report and appeared on the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. Gergen graduated with honors from both Yale University and Harvard Law School.

> Follow Gergen on Twitter @David_Gergen

All SMU students, faculty and staff are invited to the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum segment at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 4 p.m., and seats may be reserved online.

The evening lecture is sold out. However, SMU students can go to the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m. with their SMU IDs for possible seating on a first-come, first-serve basis.

> Learn more about the 33rd Tate Lecture Series
> For additional information, contact SMU Tate Series

 

New Tate Lecture season begins Sept. 17, 2013

Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, former U.S. Secretaries of Defense and directors of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), will visit SMU Tuesday, Sept. 17 to kick off the 2013-14 season of the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series.

Panetta and Gates will offer their insights and opinions on current events as moderated by political analyst and Tate Series veteran David Gergen. Gates, Panetta and Gergen will open the season with The Linda and Mitch Hart Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Robert M. Gates

Robert M. Gates was recruited to the CIA from the military in 1966 and spent nearly 27 years there. He served as CIA Director from 1991-93, becoming the only career officer in the agency’s history to rise from entry-level employee to director. He was awarded the Distinguished Intelligence Medal three times, the CIA’s highest award. After the CIA Gates was president of Texas A&M University, a post he left to become the 22nd U.S. Secretary of Defense from 2006-11. He is the only Secretary of Defense in U.S. history to be asked to remain in that office by a newly elected president. At the end of his service, President Barack Obama awarded Gates the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.

Gates also wrote a memoir, From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider’s Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold WarHe received a bachelor’s degree from College of William and Mary, a master’s in history from Indiana University and a doctorate in Russian and Soviet history from Georgetown University. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of Starbucks and as a partner at RHG LLP.

Leon Panetta

Leon Panetta has been involved in public service for most of his life. As an Army intelligence officer, he received an Army Commendation Medal, served in the U.S. House of Representatives, and served as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton. He continues this commitment as co-director of the Leon & Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy at California State University-Monterey Bay, a nonprofit that seeks to instill the values of public service in young men and women.

As director of the CIA from 2009-11, Panetta oversaw the operation that resulted in bringing Osama bin Laden to justice. Following the CIA, Panetta succeeded Gates as the 23rd U.S. Secretary of Defense, serving from 2011-2013. During this time he oversaw the final removal of American troops from Iraq and the beginning of troop withdrawals from Afghanistan. He received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Santa Clara University.

David Gergen

David Gergen is a senior political analyst for CNN and director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he is also a professor of public service. Gergen joined the Nixon White House in 1971 as a staff as assistant to a speech writing team and went on to presidential adviser for four former presidents. In addition to his political work he was an officer in the U.S. Navy, worked at U.S. News & World Report and appeared on the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. Gergen graduated with honors from both Yale College and Harvard Law School.

> Follow Gergen on Twitter @David_Gergen

All SMU community members are invited to the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 4 p.m., and seats may be reserved online. Please tweet your questions for the forum to #SMUtate.

The evening lecture is sold out. However, students can go to the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m. with their SMU IDs for possible seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Learn more about this season’s Tate lecturers and the Tate Student Forum series for the community at smu.edu/tateseries. Don’t forget to follow along with everything Tate on Twitter: @SMUtate and Instagram: @smutate.

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Tate Distinguished Lecture Series announces 2013-14 season

SMU Tate microphoneSMU’s 32nd season of the Tate Distinguished Lecture Series features events such as a national security discussion with two former U.S. Secretaries of Defense; an award-winning presidential biographer on John F. Kennedy’s legacy 50 years after his assassination; an examination of the national debt by the men who created the Bowles-Simpson deficit plan; and an evening with the “Founding Mothers” of National Public Radio.

All lectures take place at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

The upcoming season at a glance:

For more information, visit the Tate Distinguished Lecture Series website.

New Tate Lecture season begins Sept. 11, 2012

William J. Bennett, Chris Matthews, and David GergenFormer U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett will meet journalist and commentator Chris Matthews at SMU to offer insights and opinions on current events, including the 2012 elections. They kick off the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series’ 2012-13 season at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 in McFarlin Auditorium.

Their discussion will be moderated by news analyst, former White House adviser and longtime Tate Series favorite David Gergen.

Bennett is the Washington Fellow of the Claremont Institute, where he is also the chairman of Americans for Victory over Terrorism, a project dedicated to sustaining and strengthening public opinion in the war on terrorism. He headed the U.S. Department of Education during the Reagan administration. He later served the nation’s first Drug Czar as part of the George H.W. Bush. The author of numerous books, including the perennial best-seller The Book of Virtues (1993), Bennett is also the host of the nationally syndicated radio show Morning in America. In addition, he is the founder and first chairman of the online education company K-12.

> Follow Bennett on Twitter @WilliamJBennett

Matthews is host of MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show.” As a journalist, he has covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first all-races election in South Africa, the Good Friday Peace Accord in Northern Ireland, the funeral of Pope John Paul II, and every U.S. presidential election campaign since the 1980s. His 14 years as a newspaper journalist included time as Washington bureau chief for The San Francisco Examiner and as a national columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle. Previously, he had a 15-year career in public service in the U.S. Senate, in the White House during the Carter Administration, and as the top aide to Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill. He is the author of 7 best-selling books, including his most recent, Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero (2011).

Keep up with Matthews on Twitter @Hardball_Chris

David Gergen is a senior political analyst for CNN and the director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he is also a professor of public service. Gergen joined the Nixon White House in 1971 as a staff assistant to a speech writing team that included Pat Buchanan, Ben Stein and Bill Safire. He worked in the administration of Gerald Ford and as an adviser to the 1980 George H.W. Bush presidential campaign. He served as director of communications for Ronald Reagan and as adviser to Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Warren Christopher on domestic and foreign affairs. In 2000, he published the best-selling book, Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton.

Check out Gergen on Twitter @David_Gergen

The lecture is sold out. All SMU community members are invited to attend the Tate Lecture Series Student Forum with the speakers at 4:30 p.m. on lecture day in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 4 p.m. Seats may be reserved online, and reserved seats are guaranteed until 4:15 p.m.

To ask the speakers a question via Twitter, send a tweet with the hashtag #SMUTateGergen. A moderator will ask some of these questions during the event.

Learn more about this season’s Tate lecturers and the Tate Student Forum series for the community at smu.edu/tateseries.

2011-12 Tate Lecture season begins Sept. 6

James A. Baker III, Fareed Zakaria and David GergenFormer U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III and journalist Fareed Zakaria will offer their insights on current events and international politics Sept. 6 in the first event of the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series‘ 2011-12 season.

Baker, honorary chair of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, headed the U.S. Department of State during the administration of George H.W. Bush. Previously he served as chief of staff in Ronald Reagan’s first administration and as Secretary of the Treasury in the second Reagan administration. Zakaria is editor-at-large of TIME magazine and host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS.” The two will participate in a discussion moderated by news analyst, former White House adviser and longtime Tate Series favorite David Gergen.

The lecture is sold out. All SMU community members are invited to attend the Tate Lecture Series Student Forum with the speakers at 4:30 p.m. on lecture day in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 4 p.m. Seats may be reserved online, and reserved seats are guaranteed until 4:15 p.m.

This year’s Tate Lecture line-up, announced at The Daily Beast founder Tina Brown‘s lecture May 11, includes former U.S. Secretary of Defense and 24th chancellor of the College of William & Mary Robert M. Gates, former eBay president and CEO Meg Whitman, astrophysicist and PBS “NOVA scienceNOW” host Neil deGrasse Tyson, broadcaster Katie Couric, Aspen Institute president and CEO and Teach For America chair Walter Isaacson, columnist Charles Krauthammer, and journalist Bill Moyers.

Learn more about this season’s Tate lecturers and the Tate Student Forum series for the community at smu.edu/tateseries.

Tate Distinguished Lecture Series announces schedule for 2011-12 season

Fareed ZakariaSMU’s 30th season of the Tate Distinguished Lecture Series has been posted online and features prominent names such as Fareed Zakaria, Meg Whitman, Bill Moyers and (in something of an unofficial school tradition) a return appearance by moderator David Gergen.

One Fall 2010 speaker is yet to be announced. All lectures take place at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

The upcoming season features these speakers:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011 – Senior statesman and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III and Newsweek International editor and CNN analyst Fareed Zakaria (pictured) will be joined by returning moderator David Gergen, former presidential advisor and CNN senior political commentator.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011Meg Whitman (pictured), former president and CEO of eBay and recent runner-up for the Governorship of California.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011Neil DeGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and host of PBS’ popular program NOVA Science Now, a program dedicated to examining our current role and position in active scientific frontiers and pursuits.
  • Meg Whitman

  • Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012Dambisa Moyo, international economist and best-selling author of How the West Was Lost and Dead Aid, named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine in 2009.
  • Thursday, Mar. 1, 2012Michael Pollan, best-selling author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and a major contributor to the 2008 Academy Award-nominated documentary, “Food, Inc.”
  • Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2012 – President and CEO of The Aspen Institute Walter Isaacson, chair of Teach for America and a noted biographer.
  • Tuesday, May 1, 2012 – Pulitzer-winning columnist and Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer and former Johnson Administration press secretary and journalist Bill Moyers.

For more information, visit the Tate Distinguished Lecture Series website.

Tune In: David Gergen talks politics live from SMU

David Gergen at SMUSenior Political Analyst David Gergen spoke live from SMU on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” Sept. 14. Gergen’s appearance on the segment was made possible by SMU’s newly operational broadcast studio, which gives networks and television and radio stations fast and easy access to University guests, as well as faculty experts, researchers and administrators.

Gergen was at SMU to moderate the Linda and Mitch Hart Lecture and the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Tate Student Forum, both part of the Tate Distinguished Lecture Series. Click the YouTube screen to watch the segment in a new browser window. video

> Watch The Daily Mustang’s interview with Gergen video

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Calendar Highlights: Sept. 14, 2010

SMU Tate Lecture SeriesTate’s back: The SMU Tate Lecture Series starts its 2010-11 season with a lecture on foreign relations, politics, the economy, and how it all fits together. CNN Senior Political Analyst (and Tate regular) David Gergen moderates a lecture between two leaders of the Council on Foreign Relations, president Richard Haass and co-chairman Robert Rubin at 8 p.m. Sept. 14 in McFarlin Auditorium. Visit smu.edu/tateseries for more information.

Career Fair returns: Professors, it’s time to remind your students about the upcoming Career & Internship Fair on Sept. 16. Students are asked to fill out the RSVP form on the Hegi Career Center website beforehand. A list of companies making an appearance at the fair can be found online. The fair takes place noon-4 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom from, with lunch served one hour before at 11 a.m.

Opera, anybody? Anyone in the Dallas area feeling the need to brush up on their Baroque should consider attending a concert by the Dallas Bach Society at 2 p.m. Sept. 19 in Caruth Auditorium. The program includes French composer Rameau’s opera-ballet Zéphyre and J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. This will mark the first North American production of Rameau’s piece, possibly because budget shortages made it impossible to produce during the French and Indian War – the era in which it was composed. Tickets are $15-40 each and are available online.

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