Sam Nunn

Gergen, Nunn discuss election-year issues in Tate Forum

The next U.S. president must make the most of common interests to restore leadership at home and abroad, two political veterans told students at SMU Sept. 16.

“We’ve got to get over this notion that you punish people by not talking to them. You’ve got to have dialogue,” said Sam Nunn, former U.S. Senator and chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Forces, at the Turner Construction/Wachovia Student Forum. Former White House adviser David Gergen questioned Nunn before an audience of SMU and local high school students in a preview of their Tate Distinguished Lecture, which also featured former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III.


Baker, Nunn and Gergen open Tate season Sept. 16

David Gergen, James A. Baker III, and Sam NunnForeign policy and national security will be up for discussion as James A. Baker III and Sam Nunn open SMU’s 2008-09 Tate Lecture Series season Sept. 16. Baker, former U.S. Secretary of State under George H.W. Bush, and Nunn, former U.S. senator and chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Forces, will participate in a talk 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 Turner Construction/Wachovia Student Forum with the Tate speakers at 4:30 p.m. on lecture day in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Doors open at 4 p.m.

Learn more about this season’s Tate lecturers and the Tate Student Forum series for the community at