Christopher Buckley to give Tate Lecture Nov. 17

Christopher BuckleySocial and political satirist Christopher Buckley will give the next lecture in SMU’s 2009-10 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series Nov. 17. Buckley will present The Lacerte Family Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Buckley, who served a stint as chief speech writer for former Vice President George H.W. Bush, has written for numerous national newspapers and magazines but is best known as the author of more than a dozen books. His best-sellers include Little Green Men, Supreme Courtship and Thank You for Smoking, which became a major motion picture in 2006.

A native of New York, Buckley graduated from Yale University and became managing editor of Esquire magazine at the age of 24. At age 29, he published his first best-seller, Steaming to Bamboola: The World of a Tramp Freighter. In 1989 he started a new magazine, Forbes FYI, for which he still serves as editor-in-chief.

The evening lecture is sold out. Buckley will answer questions from SMU community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom.

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2009-10 Tate Lecture season kicks off Sept. 8

Thomas Friedman, Fareed Zakaria and David GergenThomas Friedman and Fareed Zakaria will offer their insights on current events and international politics Sept. 8 in the first event of the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series’ 2009-10 season.

Friedman is a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist with The New York Times and the bestselling author of Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution – And How It Can Renew America. Zakaria is editor of Newsweek International and host of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS.” The two will participate in a discussion 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 Tate Lecture Series Student Forum with the speakers at 4:30 p.m. on lecture day in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center. Doors open at 4 p.m. Seats may be reserved online, and reserved seats are guaranteed until 4:15 p.m.

Scientists, satirists, fashion leaders, and one of the first men to walk on the moon are among the leaders coming to campus as part of the 2009-10 Tate Series. The line-up, announced at political analyst Cokie Roberts‘ lecture May 5, includes Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, director and Oscar-winning actress Diane Keaton, fashion industry icon Kenneth Cole, political satirist Christopher Buckley, neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor and former Apollo astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin.

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