New Tate Lecture season begins Sept. 11, 2012

David Gergen

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.

September 11, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News|

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.

September 6, 2011|Calendar Highlights, News|

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.

May 16, 2011|News, Save the Date|

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

September 21, 2010|News, Tune In|

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.

September 14, 2010|Calendar Highlights|
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