Diane Keaton closes 2009-10 Tate Lecture Series May 4

Diane KeatonAward-winning actress, director and producer Diane Keaton will speak at SMU May 4 as part of the 2009-10 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series. The evening lecture begins at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

Keaton has become a Hollywood legend over a career spanning four decades. After starting out as a drama student at Santa Ana College in California, she moved to New York to study acting in the Neighborhood Playhouse. In 1970, Woody Allen cast her in his Broadway production of Play It Again, Sam, for which she received a Tony Award nomination. Later adapted for film, it became the first of Keaton’s starring roles. Her most famous role came in the 1977 film Annie Hall, which director Allen wrote for her. The movie established Keaton as a star and won her both the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.

Since then, Keaton has produced, directed or acted in 50 movies and television shows, garnering 18 awards and 23 additional nominations – including Best Actress Oscar nominations for Reds (1981), Marvin’s Room (1996) and Something’s Gotta Give (2003), for which she won a Golden Globe.

Keaton will answer questions from SMU community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. May 4 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. The event is free, but seating is limited. RSVP online to ensure a place.

The Tate Series’ 2010-11 season will be announced at Keaton’s evening lecture, which is sold out. Watch SMU Forum for more information after the announcement, and learn more at smu.edu/tateseries.

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.