Tate Distinguished Lecture Series

Political and social analyst David Brooks delivers Tate Lecture, Nov. 11, 2014

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SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series presents political and social analyst David Brooks Tuesday, Nov. 11. 

Brooks will offer his insight and opinion on current events to continue the 33rd season of Tate Lectures. Brooks will give The Omni Hotels Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Through his humor, insight and passion, Brooks has a gift for brining audiences face-to-face with the spirit of the times. He is a detailed observer of the American way of life and a perceptive analyst of present-day politics and foreign affairs.

He holds several prestigious positions as commentator:

The_Social_Animal_(David_Brooks_book)Brooks’ current book, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement, tells the story of a fictional American couple to explain the importance of neuroscience and sociology in understanding America’s politics, culture and the future. His previous books, Bobos in Paradise and On Paradise Drive are in a style he calls “comic sociology” – providing descriptions of how we live and “the water we swim in.” All three novels are as witty and entertaining, as they are revealing and insightful.

All SMU students, faculty and staff are invited to the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum segment at 5 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and seats may be reserved online.

The evening lecture is sold out. However, SMU students can got 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: Nov. 5, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-11-05 at 3.37.33 PMStanton Sharp Lecture: The Clements Department of History presents Redefining the Front Line: Civilians in the First World War featuring guest speaker Susan R. Grayzel. Exploring the impact of warfare on civilian populations, Grayzel will discuss the difference between “home front” and “front line.” The lecture will take place Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m., in the Hughes-Trigg Center Ballroom.

SMU Fall Dance Concert: Meadows School of the Arts presents The SMU Fall Dance Concert. Featuring four innovative contemporary works, the performance will take place Nov. 5-8 at 8 p.m., and Nov.9 at 2 p.m., in the Owen Arts Center. For more information, call 214.768.2787.

SMU Anthropology Lecture Series: Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the SMU Anthropology Lecture Series features distinguished anthropology alumni Joe Watkins. Watkins will present his work on “Telling the Stories of the Ancients – Archaeological vs. Indigenous Perspectives.” The event will take place Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m., in McCord Auditorium. 

Works by Student Composers: Meadows School of the Arts presents Emerging Sounds: New Works by SMU Student Composers. From chamber electronic to traditional genres, the event features the premiere of new works by students in the SMU composition program. The performance will take place Thursday, Nov. 6, 8 p.m., in Caruth Auditorium. For more information, call 214.768.2787.

Stampede of Service: Partnering with Interfaith Housing Coalition, Stampede of Service will take place Friday, Nov. 7, 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 8, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This annual event seeks to bring SMU alumni, students, faculty and staff together in the spirit of service and volunteering. For additional information, visit the Stampede of Service webpage.

crest for webLuncheon to Honor U.S. Military Veterans: SMU Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility will host a Luncheon to Honor U.S. Military Veterans Tuesday, Nov. 11, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom. Guests are encouraged to RSVP as there is limited seating. For more information, visit the Maguire Center webpage.

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

 

A.J. Jacobs, the man on a quest, to deliver April 1 SMU Tate Distinguished Lecutre

Journalist, author and “human guinea pig” A.J. Jacobs will be at SMU Tuesday, April 1 to deliver the Oncor Lecture of the 2013-14 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series. The event will begin at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

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Jacobs practices immersion journalism, which has led to four books, two times on the New York Times bestseller list and one film optioning. His first title, My Life as an Experiment: One Man’s Humble Quest to Improve Himself focuses on various rules and skills for life. His second, The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World, comedically details how Jacobs spent one year reading the Encyclopædia Britannica from A to Z. The book spent 10 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into 11 languages.

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible also made the New York Times bestseller list and has been optioned by Paramount Pictures. The book describes following all biblical rules, and both the humor and the comfort of rituals he found in the process. His most recent book, Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection, was written entirely on the treadmill and goes over the latest diet and workout plans.

Follow A.J. Jacobs on Twitter @ajjacobs

When Jacobs isn’t on his next humble quest, he spends his time at his day job as editor-at-large of Esquire magazine. He practices the same immersion techniques for the magazine, and his piece “My Outsourced Life” was optioned by Universal Studios. For the article Jacobs hired a team of assistants in Bangalore, India to do everything for him, from office work to at-home duties.

He is already planning his next book about a global family reunion and is giving everyone the opportunity to be a part of it. Jacobs received his degree from Brown University and currently lives in New York with his wife and three children.

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

Jacobs 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, April 1 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 Jacobs a question via Twitter, send a tweet to @SMUtate with @ajjacobs and the hashtag #SMUtate.

 

Chess champion, activist and author Garry Kasparov delivers SMU’s March 4 Tate Distinguished Lecture

Garry KasparovChess grandmaster, author and human rights activist Garry Kasparov visits the Hilltop Tuesday, March 4 for SMU’s 2013-14 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series. He will give The Ebby Halliday Companies Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

In 1985 at the age of 22, Kasparov became the youngest world chess champion in history. He played IBM’s Deep Blue computer twice in 1996 and 1997 and won the Linares super tournament nine times in 16 years. Kasparov made history when he won 10 major tournament victories in a row in 2002. That same year, he launched the Kasparov Chess Foundation to introduce chess into the education system, which operates in all 50 states and several countries.

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Kasparov retired from professional chess in 2005 after a record 20 years as the world’s top-ranked player. Following his retirement, he became active in the Russian pro-democracy movement and is the founder and chairman of the United Civil Front, a social movement that is a part of The Other Russia, an opposition coalition in Moscow.

As an author, Kasparov has published more than 20 books, including My Great Predecessorswhich follows the history of the 12 world champions who preceded him, How Life Imitates Chess and, most recently, The Blueprint: Reviving Innovation, Rediscovering Risk, and Rescuing the Free Market.

SMU students may attend the evening lecture for free with their University ID if seats become available. Kasparov 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. 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 Kasparov a question via Twitter, send a tweet with the hashtag #SMUTate. Student moderator Lauren Lyngstad will ask some of these questions during the event.

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

SMU’s Tate Distinguished Lecture Series returns with author Khaled Hosseini Feb. 11, 2014

HosseiniNew York Times best-selling author Khaled Hosseini will deliver the first Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture of 2014. The author of The Kite Runner gives the Tolleson Family Lecture at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 in McFarlin Auditorium.

Hosseini did not start out as a writer, making his debut in 2003 after more than ten years of practicing medicine. Originally from Afghanistan, Khaled moved with his family to the United States in 1980 after being granted political asylum from his war-torn homeland. Khaled was 15 when they moved, and he entered school in California speaking no English. He went on to get a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Santa Clara University and a medical degree from the University of California-San Diego.

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While working as a doctor, Hosseini released The Kite Runner. After its wild success, he left the medical profession to become a full-time writer. The Kite Runner spent more than five years on the New York Times best-seller list, and Hosseini followed it up with the novels A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountains Echoed. His novels feature the recurring setting of his Afghanistan homeland, as well as the recurring theme of family.

In addition to writing, Hosseini has provided support and service to Afghanistan. In 2006, he was named a goodwill envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency. Following this he established The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, a nonprofit that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

In 2007 The Kite Runner was made into a film; a movie version of A Thousand Splendid Suns is due out in 2015. Hosseini currently lives in California with his wife, Roya, and their two children.

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.

Hosseini 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, Feb. 11 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 Hosseini a question via Twitter, send a tweet to @SMUtate with @tkhf and the hashtag #SMUtate.

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Co-founders of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, Erskine Bowles
and Alan Simpson, deliver final Tate Lecture of 2013

Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, co-founders of the Campaign to Fix the Debt, will be at SMU Tuesday, Dec. 3 to deliver the final lecture of the Tate Distinguished Lecture Series for 2013. They will give the Omni Hotels Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

BowlesErskine Bowles started his career in financial services. He worked for numerous venture and private equity firms and even founded the firm, Bowles, Hollowell and Conner. In 1991, he joined the administration of President Bill Clinton as Administrator of the Small Business Administration and went on to serve as Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff and later as White House Chief of Staff from 1997-98. Bowles is credited with negotiating the first balanced budget in a generation during his time at the White House.

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SimpsonAlan Simpson comes from a legacy of law; after his honorable discharge from the Army in 1956 he practiced law for 18 years at his father’s firm, Simpson, Kepler and Simpson. He went on to serve as City Attorney of Cody, Wyoming for 10 years and in 1964 he was elected state representative for his native Park County in the Wyoming State Legislature. Simpson continued his political career and served three terms in the United States Senate from 1978-97.

In 2010 Barack Obama asked Bowles and Simpson to co-chair the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. The bipartisan commission produced a plan to reduce the Nation’s deficits by $4 trillion over the next decade. The two men then co-founded the Campaign to Fix the Debt, a non-partisan movement to put America on a better fiscal and economic path. Bowles and Simpson will be speaking of this current project at Tuesday’s Tate.

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Bowles graduated from UNC and received his M.B.A. degree from Columbia University. He is noted for coordinating the federal response to the Oklahoma City bombing and in 2004  joined the United National Deputy Special Envoy to coordinate the global response to the Indian Ocean tsunami. He is married and has three children and nine grandchildren. Two of his sons dealt with juvenile diabetes, leading to Bowles’ involvement in the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, including service as its national president.

Simpson received his bachelor’s and J.D. degrees from the University of Wyoming. Before accepting his current position, he was a visiting lecturer and taught a class part-time with his brother at the University of Wyoming. He wrote the book Right in the Old Gazoo: A Lifetime of Scrapping with the Press and is the subject of a biography entitled Shooting from the Lip. He is married and has three children and six grandchildren.

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

Bowles and Simpson 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, Dec. 3 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 the men a question via Twitter, send a tweet to @SMUtate with @BowlesSimpson and the hashtag #SMUtate.

The Tate Distinguished Lecture Series will return in 2014 with Khaled Hosseini on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson gives Tate Lecture Nov. 19, 2013

RobinsonInternationally acclaimed expert on creativity, innovation and human resources in education and business Sir Ken Robinson visits SMU on Tuesday, Nov. 19. He will speak on “All Our Futures: Learning to be Creative” as part of the 2013-14 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Robinson works with numerous governments, international agencies and various businesses to develop creative and economic strategies. He speaks to audiences on creative challenges facing business and education in global economies. In 1998 he led a national commission for the UK Government on creativity, education and the economy. He has also served as one of the four international advisors to the Singapore Government for its strategy to become the creative hub of South East Asia.

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Robinson is a three-time speaker for the TED conference. His 2006 TED Talk, “How schools kill creativity,” was the most-watched TED Talk of all time as of 2013. The video, and that of his 2010 talk, “Bring on the learning revolution!,” have been viewed by around 200 million people in more than 150 countries. His April 2013 talk, titled “How to escape education’s death valley,” describes “three principles crucial for the human mind to flourish – and how current education culture works against them,” according to the TED website.

For 12 years Robinson was a professor of education at the University of Warwick, where he is now professor emeritus. He has received five honorary degrees and numerous awards for his work in arts, education and business. In 2003 he received knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts. He is also the author of three books; his first, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times best seller. In 2005 he was named one of TIME/FORTUNE/CNN’s “Principal Voices.”

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Robinson was born in Liverpool and studied at Bretton Hall College of Education, University of Leeds. He received a Ph.D. from the University of London. He is married to Marie-Therese Robinson and lives in Los Angeles; they have two children.

The evening lecture is sold out, but SMU students may attend for free with their University ID if seats become available; meet in the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m. Sir Robinson 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, Nov. 19 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 Sir Robinson a question via Twitter, send a tweet to @SMUtate with @SirKenRobinson and the hashtag #SMUtate.

Pulitzer-winning historian Robert Caro delivers Tate Lecture Oct. 29

Award-winning historian and author Robert A. Caro is at SMU Tuesday, Oct. 29 for the 2013-14 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series. He will give The Anita and Truman Arnold Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Caro is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian for his biographies of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson. His piece on Moses, The Power Broker, was his first book and received praise from many organizations and publications – notably TIME Magazine, which called it “one of the hundred top nonfiction books of all time.” His biography of Lyndon Johnson is split into four volumes, the most recent installment of which is The Passage of Power.

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Robert A. Caro (Image via SMU Tate)

In a recent interview with The Dallas Morning News, Caro explained that there are numerous books focusing on the assassination of Kennedy but none look at Johnson’s perspective. The United States lost a president on that day but it also created one; Caro focuses on this angle in his books.

“In The Passage of Power, I wanted to look at that day from Johnson’s point of view,” Caro says. “There was something magnificent in the way he took over. There are about 11 weeks between when a president is elected and when he takes office. Johnson had only two hours and six minutes.”

Read the full interview at DallasNews.com

In 2010, Caro received the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama. “Caro has a unique place among American political biographers,” The Boston Globe said. “He has become, in many ways, the standard by which his fellows are measured.” A great deal of research goes into his books, including a move from New York to D.C. to live where Johnson grew up; this in-depth work has landed him more than 40 awards and honors throughout his lifetime.

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Four volume biography of Lyndon Johnson (Image via Robet Caro website)

Caro was born and raised in New York City and attended Princeton for his undergraduate studies in English. He went on to become a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and was once an investigative reporter for Newsday.

Tuesday’s lecture takes place less than a month before the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s death, and Caro will speak on the assassination and the events following as Johnson took over the presidency. The evening lecture is sold out, but SMU students may attend for free with their University ID if seats become available; meet in the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Caro 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, Oct. 29 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 Caro a question via Twitter, send a tweet to @SMUtate with @RobertACaro and the hashtag #SMUtate.

Visit the SMU Tate Distinguished Lecture Series homepage at smu.edu/tateseries

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