Calendar Highlights: Sept. 14, 2010

SMU Tate Lecture SeriesTate’s back: The SMU Tate Lecture Series starts its 2010-11 season with a lecture on foreign relations, politics, the economy, and how it all fits together. CNN Senior Political Analyst (and Tate regular) David Gergen moderates a lecture between two leaders of the Council on Foreign Relations, president Richard Haass and co-chairman Robert Rubin at 8 p.m. Sept. 14 in McFarlin Auditorium. Visit for more information.

Career Fair returns: Professors, it’s time to remind your students about the upcoming Career & Internship Fair on Sept. 16. Students are asked to fill out the RSVP form on the Hegi Career Center website beforehand. A list of companies making an appearance at the fair can be found online. The fair takes place noon-4 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom from, with lunch served one hour before at 11 a.m.

Opera, anybody? Anyone in the Dallas area feeling the need to brush up on their Baroque should consider attending a concert by the Dallas Bach Society at 2 p.m. Sept. 19 in Caruth Auditorium. The program includes French composer Rameau’s opera-ballet Zéphyre and J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. This will mark the first North American production of Rameau’s piece, possibly because budget shortages made it impossible to produce during the French and Indian War – the era in which it was composed. Tickets are $15-40 each and are available online.

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