Tate Distinguished Lecture Series

NPR’s Shankar Vedantam to give Tate Distinguished Lecture Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015

Shankar Vedantam, NPR science correspondent reporting on human behavior and social sciences, author of The Hidden Brain and former reporter and columnist for The Washington Post, will be the featured speaker at The Jones Day Lecture of the 2015-16 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

The lecture program begins at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Vedantam is a science correspondent for National Public Radio, focusing on human behavior and the social sciences. He is the author of The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars and Save Our Lives, published in 2010.

> Visit Shankar Vendantam’s page at the NPR website

Vedantam earned an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering in his native India and a master’s degree in journalism at Stanford University. Before joining NPR in 2011, he spent 10 years as a reporter at The Washington Post. From 2007–09 he wrote a column on human behavior for the Post.

Vedantam has served as a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University and as a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. He has been recognized with numerous journalism honors, including awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors, the South Asian Journalists Association, the Asian American Journalists Association, the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association and the American Public Health Association. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

> Follow Shankar Vendantam on Twitter: @HiddenBrain

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. Please tweet your questions for the forum to #SMUtate.

Tickets for the evening are 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.

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> Catch up with Shankar Vendantam’s “Hidden Brain” podcast via NPR audio or podcast

The Tate Series’ 34th season also features the following events and speakers:

    • Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 – Renowned director and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, creator of Baseball, The War and The Roosevelts; will give the Oncor Lecture. Currently, he is producing Vietnam, scheduled for release in 2017.
    • Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 – Spoken-word poet Sarah Kay, who began performing in New York at age 14, will lecture. The founder and co-director of Project VOICE, which uses spoken-word poetry to entertain, educate and inspire young students, Kay is also the author of two books of poems, B and No Matter the Wreckage.
    • Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 – Actor Rob Lowe, best-selling author of two books and activist for breast cancer awareness, will give the Tolleson Lecture.
    • Tuesday, Mar. 29, 2016 – Keith Alexander, former director of the National Security Agency, former commander, U.S. Cyber Command, and CEO and President of IronNet Cybersecurity; and Kevin Mandia, former computer security officer with the U.S. Air Force and president of FireEye Security with nearly 20 years in the cybersecurity private sector; will give the Omni Hotels Lecture.
    • Monday, May 2, 2016 – James Carville, Democratic political strategist who led Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, political commentator, author and professor; and Karl Rove, Republican political consultant for George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns and former White House Deputy Chief of Staff; will give the Ebby Halliday Companies Lecture.

Visit SMU’s Tate Distinguished Lecture Series website: smu.edu/tateseries

Statistician and data-journalism pioneer Nate Silver to speak in SMU’s Tate Distinguished Lecture Series May 5, 2015

Nate Silver, SMU Tate speaker

Statistician, author and blogger Nate Silver – who has earned a national spotlight with his innovative analyses of political polling – will deliver the next Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture of 2015. Silver gives the Jones Day Lecture at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 in McFarlin Auditorium.

Follow Nate Silver on Twitter: @NateSilver538

Before his work in politics, Silver established his credentials as an analyst of baseball statistics. He developed the acclaimed sabermetric system PECOTA (Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm), which predicts player performance, career development, and seasonal winners and losers.

He first gained national attention during the 2008 presidential election, when he correctly predicted the results of the primaries and the presidential winner in 49 states. In 2012, he called 50 of 50 states. The accuracy of Silver’s analyses and predictions, and the innovative ways in which he arrived at them, led TIME Magazine to name him one of The World’s 100 Most Influential People in April 2009. In 2013, he was listed at #1 on Fast Company magazine’s list of The 100 Most Creative People in Business.

In 2010, Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog was licensed for publication by The New York Times. The site won Webby Awards for Best Political Blog from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences in 2012 and 2013.

> Learn more about Nate Silver’s work at FiveThirtyEight.com

The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver

Today, Silver is pioneering the new field of data journalism with the new FiveThirtyEight, recently relaunched in partnership with ESPN. The new format allows Silver to cover a wider range of topics, including politics, sports, science and travel. He also appears as an ESPN on-air commentator.

Silver’s first book, The Signal and the Noise, reached the New York Times best-seller list and was named the #1 best nonfiction book of 2012 by Amazon.com, as well as winning the 2013 Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science. Silver has also contributed chapters to several books in the Baseball Prospectus series, including Mind Game, Baseball Between the Numbers, and It Ain’t Over ‘til It’s Over.

Silver earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago in 2000. Since then, he has received four honorary doctorates.

Tuesday’s evening lecture is sold out, but SMU students may attend for free with their University ID if seats become available. They may meet in the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Silver 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, May 5 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 Silver a question via Twitter, send a tweet to @SMUtate with the hashtag #SMUtate.

> Visit SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series homepage

Calendar Highlights: April 29, 2015

Meet-up flyer - no borderEngaged Learning Meet-Up: Engaged Learning invites SMU community members to their Engaged Learning Meet-Up event on Thursday, April 30, at 6 p.m., in the Hughes-Trigg Commons. Held each April, the event is designed to introduce new Engaged Learning projects. To learn more about the event and new projects, visit the Engaged Learning webpage.

Dedman College Research Colloquium: SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences invites SMU community members to the second “Dedman Faculty Research Colloquium” on Thursday, April 30, in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall. The event will begin with a brief welcoming reception from 4:45-5 p.m., followed by a presentation from three senior faculty sharing aspects of their research. The three professors include: Rajani Sudan, Associate Professor of English, Pamela Corley, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Pia Vogel, Professor of Biological Sciences.

Meadows Museum Panel Discussion: Celebrating the Meadows Museum 50-year history, a Meadows Museum Panel Discussion will take place Saturday, May 2, from 2-4 p.m., in the Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium. Lee Cullum, host of KERA’s CEO, will moderate a conversation about the history of the Meadows Museum with important figures instrumental to the formation and growth of the institution. This event is free and open to the public. While no registration is required, space is limited and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, call 214-768-4677.

Dancing in the Park: As part of the Meadows Community Series, Meadows dance students present “Dancing in the Park” on Sunday, May 3, 12 p.m., at Klyde Warren Park. The event includes Meadows dance students hosting a creative movement class for children in grades K-6, followed by excerpts of their original works created for the Meadows School’s Sharp Show senior showcase. For more information, call 214-768-2718.

Tate Lecture Series: For the final Tate Lecture of the 2014-15 season, Nate Silver will visit SMU on Tuesday, May 5. Silver is an American statistician and writer who analyzes both baseball and elections. For more information, visit the Tate Lecture Series webpage. 

Co-anchor of ABC News’ “Good Morning America” delivers Tate Lecture April 7, 2015

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After a delay due to inclement weather earlier this semester, co-anchor of ABC News’ “Good Morning America” and author of recently released Everybody’s Got Something Robin Roberts will visit SMU Tuesday, April 7 to deliver the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture.

Continuing the 33rd season of Tate Lectures, Roberts will offer her insight and opinion on current events during The Ebby Halliday Companies Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. 

RobertsUnder Roberts leadership as an anchor, “Good Morning America” has won three consecutive Emmy Aways for Outstanding Morning program. Since the start of her career at “GMA” in 1995, Roberts has conducted numerous interviews with a a diverse group of newsmakers. Several of her headline-making interviews include President Barack Obama; First Lady Michelle Obama; actor Sidney Poitier; basketball legend Kareen Abdul-Jabbar on his battle with leukemia; and Lisa Niemi on her loss of her husband, Patrick Swayze.

In addition to conducting interviews at GMA’s Times Square studio, Roberts has also reported extensively around the globe. She traveled to the Middle East with former First Lady Laura Bush on a mission to raise Muslim awareness about breast cancer; to Africa with former President Bill Clinton for a first-hand look at the AIDs crisis; and to Mexico to scale the Mayan Pyramids as part of “GMA’s” “The New 7 Wonders of the World” series.

270In June 2007, Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her courageous and public battle has been recognized with awards and honors from organizations around the country, including: The Susan G. Komen Foundation; The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program; and Gilda’s Club, a non-profit organization founded by the late Joel Siegel.

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

Calendar Highlights: April 1, 2015

OptingOutOpting Out: Balancing Obligations to God and the State: SMU’s John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies presents “Opting Out: Balancing Obligations to God and the State,Wednesday, April 1, at 5:30 p.m., in Jones Great Hall. The lecture features guest speakers Hiram Sasser, Managing Director of Strategic Litigation, Liberty Institute; Marci A. Hamilton, Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law, Yeshiva University; and Matthew Wilson, Associate Professor of Political Science & Tower Center Fellow, SMU. While the event is free and open to the public, guests are encouraged to RSVP to the Tower Center via email. 

The Clothesline Muse: Presented by SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts in partnership with TECO Productions, theatre performance The Clothesline Muse opens Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m., in the Bishops Arts Theatre Center. The multidisciplinary theater performance transports audiences to a world where the task of washing clothes by hand is transformed with beautiful imagery, dance and song. For tickets and more information, visit the event webpage.

Good Friday: The University is closed for Good Friday, April 3. Classes will resume the following Monday, April 6.

SpringAwakeningPosterSpring Awakening: The SMU Program Council and SMU Student Theatre (SMUST) production of Spring Awakening debuts on Saturday, April 4, at 2 p.m., in the Greer Garson Theatre. Featuring 35 students from various majors, this full-scale production is rehearsed and put together on the SMU campus in only 24 hours. Tickets to Spring Awakening are free. For more information, visit the Spring Awakening Facebook page.

Social Innovation Forum & Expo: SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and Hegi Family Career Development Center presents the forth annual Social Innovation Forum and Expo on Tuesday, April 7 from 2-4:30 p.m., in the Own Arts Center. Featuring industry experts and social media entrepreneurs, this event offers panel discussions, networking opportunities and information on Dallas-area groups developing solutions to social problems. While admission is free and open to the public, advance registration is required. For more information, email Meadows Assistant Director Abigail Smith.

Tate Lecture: SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series presents co-anchor of ABC News “Good Morning America” Robin Roberts on Tuesday, April 7. The event will start with the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum at 4:45 p.m., in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, followed by The Ebby Halliday Companies Lecture at 8 p.m., in McFarlin Auditorium. For more information, visit the Tate Lecture Series webpage.

2015 Tate Lecture with Michio Kaku postponed

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Theoretical physicist and String Field Theory co-founder Michio Kaku must postpone a planned appearance at SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, March 24, due to a medical emergency.

Dr. Kaku is eager to work with the Tate Series to reschedule both The Oncor Lecture and the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum. The date of the rescheduled event will be announced when finalized.

Tickets and parking passes for Tuesday’s sold-out lecture will be honored at the rescheduled date. It is important that Tate patrons do not destroy their tickets or parking passes (if applicable), and keep them in their possession for use at the rescheduled lecture.

For more information, please visit the Tate Series webpage or follow the SMU Tate Series on Twitter.

Best-selling author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin delivers Tate Lecture, Feb. 24, 2015

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Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, best-selling author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin will visit SMU on Tuesday, Feb. 24 to deliver the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture. Continuing the 33rd season of Tate Lectures, Goodwin will offer her insight and opinion on current events.

GoodwinDorisKearns_credit Eric LevinAfter earning a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, 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 wining writer of historical biographies, Goodwin has won wide praise for her meticulous, in-depth research and ability to chronicle both the public and private lives of her subjects.

In addition to her six critically acclaimed and New York Times best-selling books, Goodwin’s work has also been featured on the big screen. Based in part on her award-winning Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Goodwin paired with Steven Spielberg at DreamWorks Studio to create the film Lincoln. The film grossed $275 million at the box office and eared 12 Academy Award nominations, including an Academy Award for actor Daniel Day-Lewis for his portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln.

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. 

Tickets to The Anita and Truman Arnold Lecture are 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 SMU Tate Distinguished Lecture Series

> For additional information, contact the SMU Tate Series

Calendar Highlights: Feb. 18, 2015

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Emanuel Cleaver II visits Perkins Chapel as a guest preacher on Thursday,, Feb. 19th.

The Cultural Realities of Cancer: Visiting SMU under the Department of Anthropology, Dr. Deborah O. Erwin, Director of the Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, will explore “The Cultural Realities of Cancer” and how individuals are impacted by this diagnosis. This free event will take place in the McCord Auditorium on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. For more information, email Pamela Hogan.

Emanuel Cleaver II: Sponsored by the Perkins School of Theology Black Seminarians Association, U.S. Representative and United Methodist clergyman Emanuel Cleaver II will visit the Perkins Chapel as a guest preacher on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 11:30 a.m., during the regular worship service. Celebrating Black History Month, the theme for this worship service is “We’ve Come This Far by Faith and We Won’t Stop Now!” For more information about the chapel service and Rev. Cleaver’s visit, email Ailey Pope, the chair of the Black Seminarians Association at Perkins.  

Godbey Lecture Series: In honor of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the Godbey Lecture Series presents “Perspectives on Magna Carta” featuring three SMU professors as they illuminate the history and contribution of the document. The SMU professors include; Jeremy Q. Adams, Professor of History, Joshua Tate, Associate Professor of Law, and Ada-Maria Kuskowski, Assistant Professor of History. The event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m. in the Gene and Jerry Jones Great Hall, Meadows Museum. While the lecture is free and open to the public, guests are asked to please register online. For more information, visit the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute webpage or email Elizabeth Fieldling. 

Meadows Virtuosi Players: SMU Meadows School of the Arts presents “Meadows Virtuosi Players” on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m., in the Caruth Auditorium. Formed in 2012, the Meadows Virtuosi Players concert series features select Meadows student musicians performing side-by-side with their faculty colleagues. This Saturday, directors Andrés Diaz and Matt Albert will be joined by Meadows voice faculty member Camille King. For more information, call 214.768.2787.

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Tate Lecture Series: SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series presents Doris Kearns Goodwin, on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, best-selling author and presidential historian. While The Anita and Truman Arnold Lecture is already sold out, SMU students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate in the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. 

Research Day 2015: On Wednesday, Feb. 25, SMU graduate and undergraduate students are invited and encouraged to present results of ongoing and completed SMU-based research. Guests are welcomed to meet over 160 students engaged in research, and discover opportunities for future collaboration and entrepreneurship. The event will take place in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Promenade Ballroom, from 2-5 p.m. For additional information, view the 2015 Research Day Catalog or email Sarah Sage. 

2015 Tate Lecture with Robin Roberts to be rescheduled

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Robin Roberts, host of of ABC News’ “Good Morning America,” must postpone a planned appearance at SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Tuesday, Jan. 27, due to travel disruptions brought on by severe inclement weather in the northeastern United States.

Roberts is eager to work with the Tate Series to reschedule the lecture on a mutually agreeable date, perhaps as early as April. The date will be announced when finalized.

Tickets and parking passes for Tuesday’s lecture will be honored at the rescheduled lecture. It is important that Tate patrons do not destroy their tickets or parking passes (if applicable) and keep them in their possession for use at the rescheduled lecture.

For more information, please visit smu.edu/tateseries.

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World-renowned photographer Platon delivers final SMU Tate Lecture of 2014 Tuesday, Dec. 2

150453TateLecturePlatonWorld-renowned, award-winning photographer Platon will visit SMU Tuesday, Dec. 2 to deliver the final Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series of 2014. Continuing the 33rd season of Tate Lectures, Platon will offer his insight and opinions on current events.

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 2.03.29 PMPlaton Antoniou – known professionally simply as Platon – has created powerful portraits of more than 120 heads of state, including Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Medvedev, Muammar Gaddafi, Hugo Chávez and many more. Featured in a range of publications including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, GQTIME and several books of his own, Platon artfully uses photography to answer the question, “Who is this person?”

In recent years, public speaking has progressively played a major role in Platon’s career as a communicator and storyteller. Openly sharing some of the poignant and mesmerizing stories behind his photographs, Platon takes his audience on a roller coaster of emotions from laughter to tears.

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.

Tickets to the 8 p.m. evening section are still available online. Additionally, 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

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