Tolleson Family Lecture

Political-risk expert Ian Bremmer to speak in SMU’s 2017-18 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series Tuesday, Jan. 30

Ian BremmerIan Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia Group and one of the world’s leading experts on political risk, will deliver the Tolleson Family Lecture in SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. The lecture will begin at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Dubbed a “rising guru” in the field of political risk by The Economist, Bremmer teaches classes on the discipline as Global Research Professor at New York University and is a foreign-affairs columnist and editor-at-large for TIME magazine. His most recent book, Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World, was published in May 2015.

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In 1998, Bremmer established Eurasia Group with $25,000. Today, the company has offices in New York, Washington and London, as well as a network of experts and resources in 90 countries. Eurasia Group provides analysis and expertise on how political developments and national security dynamics move markets and shape investments across the globe.

As the firm’s president and most active public voice, Bremmer advises leading executives, money managers, diplomats and heads of state. He is credited with bringing the craft of political risk to financial markets — he created Wall Street’s first global political risk index (GPRI) — and for establishing political risk as an academic discipline. His definition of emerging markets — “those countries where politics matter at least as much as economics for market outcomes” — has become an industry standard. “G-Zero,” his term for a global power vacuum in which no country is willing and able to set the international agenda, is widely accepted by policymakers and thought leaders.

Bremmer has published nine books, including the national bestsellers Every Nation for Itself: What Happens When No One Leads the World and The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations? He is a regular columnist for the Financial Times A-List and has written hundreds of articles for leading publications. He also appears regularly on CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg, CNN, the BBC, and other networks.

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Bremmer earned his Ph.D. degree in political science from Stanford University in 1994 and was the youngest-ever national fellow at the Hoover Institution. In 2007, Bremmer was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, where he is the founding chairman of the Global Agenda Council on Geopolitical Risk. He is the Harold J. Newman Distinguished Fellow in Geopolitics at the Asia Society Policy Institute and serves on the President’s Council of the Near East Foundation, on the Leadership Council for Concordia, and on the Board of Trustees of Intelligence Squared.

All SMU community members are invited to the free Tate Lecture Series Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tweet questions for Ian Bremmer to #SMUtate.

Students can go to the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m. with their SMU IDs for possible free seating at the evening lecture. Seats will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

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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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