Hart Global Leaders Forum

Save the date: The Dalai Lama returns to SMU July 1, 2015

The 14th Dalai Lama at SMU, May 9, 2011

The 14th Dalai Lama received an honorary doctorate from SMU at a special Hart Global Leaders Forum event in McFarlin Auditorium on May 9, 2011. His Holiness will return to the University July 1, 2015, for a moderated discussion in Moody Coliseum.

SMU and the George W. Bush Presidential Center will welcome His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to Dallas Wednesday, July 1, 2015 for “A Conversation with the Dalai Lama.” The renowned spiritual leader and Nobel laureate will participate in a moderated discussion at 1:30 p.m. in Moody Coliseum.

The event, which is open to the public, is hosted by SMU and the George W. Bush Presidential Center in conjunction with the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.

The Dalai Lama’s visit to Dallas will happen just days before his 80th birthday on July 6 – a birthdate that he shares with former President George W. Bush. The Dalai Lama last visited the SMU campus on May 9, 2011, speaking to more than 2,500 at McFarlin Auditorium during a special Hart Global Leaders Forum lecture. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from SMU at that event.

Tickets go on sale, Monday, May 18, at ticketmaster.com. Watch the SMU Forum for additional updates.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates visits SMU Sept. 27-28

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. GatesRobert M. Gates, former U.S. Secretary of Defense under Presidents Bush and Obama, will meet with the campus and Dallas communities during a visit to SMU Sept. 27-28, 2011.

Gates will deliver a special Tate Distinguished Lecture presented by Linda and Mitch Hart at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in McFarlin Auditorium. He also will speak with Dallas Independent School District students in the Hart Global Leaders Forum at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28.

As the United States’ 22nd Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011, Gates warned of the danger of over-reliance on military intervention as an instrument of American foreign policy. He directed the troop surge during the war in Iraq and also directed the beginning of troop withdrawal from Iraq in 2008, a policy that has continued into the Obama administration. In 2009, he became the 14th Cabinet member in history to serve under two presidents of different parties, and the first to do so as Secretary of Defense.

Dr. Gates served as Director of Central Intelligence from 1991 to 1993 and is the only career officer in CIA history to rise from entry-level employee to director. He served as Deputy Director of Central Intelligence from 1986-89 and as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser under President George H.W. Bush from January 1989 to November 1991.

Gates served as the interim dean of the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University from 1999 to 2001 and became the 22nd President of Texas A&M in August 2002, serving until his appointment as Secretary of Defense in 2006.

Dr. Gates has also served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the American Council on Education, the Board of Directors of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, and the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America. He has also been president of the National Eagle Scout Association.

In 2008, Gates was named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report. Upon his retirement in 2011, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, from President Obama.

A native of Kansas, Gates received his B.A. degree in history from The College of William & Mary in Virginia and his M.A. in history from Indiana University. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Russian and Soviet history from Georgetown University. In 1967 he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and served as an intelligence officer at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

On Sept. 6, 2011, Gates was named the 24th chancellor of his alma mater, The College of William & Mary, where he also received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in 1998. He will succeed former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor as chancellor upon the completion of her term in February 2012.

Gates will answer questions from SMU community members and local high school students in the Tate Lecture Series Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. The event is free, but seating is limited. RSVP online to ensure a place.

Single tickets are still available for the Tate Lecture. Current SMU students may receive one free admission each with their University IDs by reporting to the McFarlin basement 30 minutes before the lecture begins.

> Learn more about this year’s Tate Lectures at smu.edu/tateseries

Tune In: The Dalai Lama at SMU

The Dalai Lama, renowned spiritual leader of Tibet and a Nobel laureate recognized for his unwavering message of peace, delivered a special lecture at SMU’s 10th Hart Global Leaders Forum May 9 in McFarlin Auditorium. He also received a 2011 Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa from the University.

His Holiness spoke to approximately 2,000 local high school students, SMU faculty and staff, and about 500 members of the general public – with the University’s webcast going out to many more. The entire event is now available for YouTube viewing. Click the YouTube screen to watch, or open a video of the Dalai Lama’s visit to SMU in a new window. video

> See a slide show of the Dalai Lama at SMU slide show
> Ten thoughts from the Dalai Lama during his SMU visit

Tune In: Watch the Dalai Lama live at SMU May 9, 2011

His Holiness the Dalai LamaThe Dalai Lama, renowned spiritual leader of Tibet and Nobel laureate, will deliver a special lecture and receive an honorary degree at SMU’s 10th Hart Global Leaders Forum from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, 2011 in McFarlin Auditorium.

No tickets remain available for the event, but you can still watch His Holiness’ speech and honorary degree ceremony live via webcast. Streaming begins about one half-hour before the 2:30 p.m. start time at smu.edu/live.

> Learn more about the Dalai Lama’s visit from smu.edu/dalailama

The Dalai Lama to speak at SMU, receive honorary degree May 9, 2011

His Holiness the Dalai LamaThe Dalai Lama, renowned spiritual leader of Tibet and Nobel laureate, will deliver a special lecture and receive an honorary degree at SMU’s 10th Hart Global Leaders Forum from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, 2011 in McFarlin Auditorium.

His Holiness will speak to approximately 2,500 guests, primarily local high school students and SMU students and faculty. Current SMU students, faculty and staff will be able to obtain up to two tickets beginning May 3 at the Mane Desk. A valid SMU ID and birthdate for all attendees is required to pick up tickets. Tickets are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

A limited number of free tickets will be available to the general public by online request. UPDATE: Due to overwhelming demand, tickets for the general public are sold out. Members of the general (non-SMU) public may join a ticket waiting list.

The Dalai Lama’s visit comes during an important period of transition, as the 76-year-old leader announced in mid-March that he will retire as head of state for the Tibetan government-in-exile to focus on spiritual matters. The Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his consistent opposition to the use of violence in his campaign to end Chinese rule in Tibet.

Since its inception in 1999, the Hart Global Leaders program has brought a series of prestigious speakers to the SMU campus for seminars and forums, including former Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush, Gen. Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The program is committed to the development of young people into ethical, responsible leaders and citizens and is made possible through the generosity of Mitch and Linda W. Hart.

> Learn more about the Dalai Lama’s visit from smu.edu/dalailama

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