Calendar Highlights: Nov. 30, 2010

James StiglitzWelcome back for the last weeks of the Fall 2010 semester. There’s not much left going on as students and faculty buckle down for the final stretch, but here’s proof that there are still some events happening around campus:

One more Tate for the road: The Fall Tate Lecture Series ends on a poignant note as Columbia University professor and Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz (right) goes right for the heart of one of the bigger American stories this year in the “Aftermath of the Financial Crisis.” Stiglitz is also president of the International Economic Association and the Chair of the Commission of Experts of the President of the United Nations General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System. The lecture is at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30 in McFarlin Auditorium. The McFarlin box office opens at 7 p.m. For more information, visit or call 214-768-8283.

James IvoryHollywood comes to SMU: The Division of Cinema-Television welcomes noted film director James Ivory to the Dallas area. Ivory (left) – famous for such films as A Room With a View, Howard’s End and The Remains of the Day – will answer questions following a screening of his 1983 work Heat and Dust, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2. Two 1996 works, Surviving Picasso and The Proprietor (the latter of which was directed by frequent Ivory collaborator Ismail Merchant), will be screened at 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3. The weekend program ends with another doubleheader on Saturday, Dec. 4, including The Remains of the Day and another Merchant film, In Custody, at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. respectively. All showings will be held in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood Street in downtown Dallas. Admission is free. Space is limited, so reservations are recommended. For info and reservations, call 214-922-1818 or visit

Tate Distinguished Lecture Series announces 2010-11 season

Tate Distinguished Lecture Series logoSMU’s Tate Distinguished Lecture Series announced its 2010-11 lineup during Diane Keaton‘s season-closing lecture May 4.

The speakers include Dallas pastor T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and magazine editor Tina Brown – as well as former presidential cabinet members Robert Rubin (Secretary of the Treasury during the Clinton Administration) and Margaret Spellings (Secretary of Education under George W. Bush).

One fall 2010 speaker is yet to be announced. All lectures take place at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

> Watch the Tate Lecture Series homepage for updates

The schedule at a glance:

• Sept. 14, 2010: Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR); and Robert Rubin, CFR chairman and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1995-99 – moderated by David Gergen, CNN senior political analyst and former presidential adviser

• Oct. 5, 2010: Ray Kurzweil, developer of computer speech, optical character recognition and synthesized music technology, and inventor of the K-NFB Reader for the blind and learning-disabled

• Fall 2010: Speaker to be announced

• Nov. 30, 2010: Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University professor, Nobel laureate and author of Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy

• Jan. 25, 2011: T.D. Jakes, philanthropist, entrepreneur and chief pastor of The Potter’s House in Dallas

• Feb. 15, 2011: Joshua Cooper Ramo, award-winning journalist, expert on China and author of The Age of the Unthinkable

• March 29, 2011: Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of The Harlem Children’s Zone; and Margaret Spellings, U.S. Secretary of Education, 2005-09

• May 3, 2011: Tina Brown, former editor of The New Yorker and Vanity Fair and founder/editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast

> Find season ticket information at the Tate Series website