Justice Clarence Thomas to give Tate Lecture Sept. 30

Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence ThomasSupreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas will give the next lecture in SMU’s 2009-10 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Sept. 30 in McFarlin Auditorium.

In 1990, Justice Thomas became a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He took his seat on the Supreme Court in 1991 after his nomination by President George H.W. Bush. He was admitted to law practice in Missouri in 1974, and served as an Assistant Attorney General of Missouri from 1974-77. Following that, he was an attorney with the Monsanto Company from 1977-1979 and Legislative Assistant to Senator John Danforth from 1979-81.

From 1981-82, Justice Thomas served as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education. From 1982-90, he was Chairman of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

He received an A.B. cum laude from Holy Cross College and his J.D. degree from Yale Law School in 1974. In addition, Justice Thomas is the bestselling author of My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir, published in 2007 by Harper.

The evening lecture is sold out. Justice Thomas will answer questions from SMU community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30 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 smu.edu/tateseries.