Calendar Highlights: Feb. 15, 2011

Joshua Cooper RamoTate Series welcomes China expert: Author, journalist and strategic adviser Joshua Cooper Ramo will give the Anita and Truman Arnold Lecture in SMU’s 2010-11 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Feb. 15 in McFarlin Auditorium. Called “one of China’s leading foreign-born scholars” by The World Economic Forum, Ramo served as China analyst for NBC during the 2008 Olympic Games and as the youngest-ever Foreign Editor of TIME magazine. In his 2009 book, The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It, Ramo argues that instead of relying on traditional models and institutions, people and nations must adapt to an age of unprecedented global change with innovative solutions and creative problem-solving. Ramo will answer questions from the SMU community and local high school students during the Tate Lecture Series Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Admission to the Student Forum is free. For more information, call Program Services at 214-768-8283 (214-SMU-TATE).

Dance, dance, revolution: American studies scholar Jason Mellard, a postdoctoral Fellow of SMU’s Clements Center for Southwest Studies, will discuss the cultural politics of 1970s Texas in the next Clements Center Brown Bag Lecture. Mellard, the Summerlee Fellow for the Study of Texas History, will present “Bull Chic: Urban Cowboy, Saturday Night Fever, and Seventies Discourses of Region, Class and Gender” at noon Feb. 16 in the Texana Room, DeGolyer Library. Mellard examines the narratives of the two popular ’70s films as primers on an American sense of region, and the importance of place, in a moment in which the social mobility preached by both movies came under considerable strain. Bring your lunch. For more information, visit the Clements Center website.

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