Philanthropist and actor Jeff Bridges to deliver final 2017-18 Tate Distinguished Lecture Tuesday, May 1

Jeff BridgesPhilanthropist, artist, musician and Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges will deliver the final talk in SMU’s 2017-18 Tate Distinguished Lecture Series on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Emmy Award-winning Dallas film critic Gary Cogill will moderate the sold-out Anita and Truman Arnold Lecture. The event begins at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

The Tate Series will announce the events in the 2018-19 series before Bridges’ lecture. Arrive early and be among the first to know next year’s lineup.

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A seven-time Oscar nominee, Jeff Bridges has been active in Hollywood since 1970. He won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as a faded country-western musician in the 2009 film Crazy Heart. His most recent nomination was for his role as Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton in the 2016 film Hell or High Water.

Outside of the big screen, Bridges is the founder of the End Hunger Network and national spokesman for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

Bridges has also produced and narrated a new documentary, Living In the Future’s Past, exploring the origins and impulses of humans as a species, as well as the environmental challenges facing the world. The 2018 USA Film Festival has scheduled a free screening with director Susan Kucera in attendance at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Angelika Film Center in Mockingbird Station. Tickets will be available at 6 p.m. at the USA Film Festival table inside the theater.

The evening lecture is sold out. All SMU community members are invited to the free Wells Fargo/Turner Construction Tate Lecture Series Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tweet questions for Jeff Bridges to #TalkTate.

On the night of the event, students can go to the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m. with their SMU IDs for possible free seating at the evening lecture. Seats will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Technology entrepreneur and PayPal founder Peter Thiel delivers Tate Lecture Oct. 21, 2014


Technology entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist Peter Thiel will visit SMU Tuesday, Oct. 21 to deliver 2014’s second Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series.

Thiel will offer his insight and opinion on current events as moderated by political analysts and Tate Series veteran David Gergen. Continuing the 33rd season of Tate Lectures, Thiel and Gergen will give The Tolleson Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

ThielDefining a new era of fast and secure online commerce, Thiel started PayPal in 1988 and served as CEO until 2002 when he took the company public. In 2004, Thiel made the first outside investment in Facebook, where he continues to serve as a director. The same year he launched Palantir Technologies, a software company that harnesses computers to empower human analysts in fields like national security and global finance. Additionally, Thiel is a partner in Silicon Valley venture capital firm Founders Fund and has provided initial funding for LinkedIn, Yelp, Airbnb, SpaceX and dozens of other successful technology startups.

Thiel also serves as a philanthropist through his work with the Thiel Fellowship and Thiel Foundation. While the Thiel Fellowship ignited a national debate by encouraging young people to put learning before school, the Thiel Foundation works to advance technological progress and long-term thinking about the future.

411YBdZVAPL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Recently, Thiel has published novel Zero to One with Blake Masters. Zero to One presents an optimistic view on the future of progress in America. Introducing a new way of thinking about innovation, Thiel encourages his readers to ask the obscure questions that lead to finding value in unexpected places.

All SMU students, faculty and staff are invited to the Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum segment at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 4 p.m., and seats may be reserved online.

The evening lecture is sold out. However, SMU students can go to the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m. with their SMU IDs for possible seating on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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