Season-ending Tate Lecture with Tina Brown rescheduled for May 11, 2011

Tina BrownBecause of breaking news on the death of Osama bin Laden, Tina Brown, editor of Newsweek, was unable to travel to Dallas on May 3 to deliver the final 2010-11 Tate Distinguished Lecture.

The lecture has been rescheduled to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 11 in McFarlin Auditorium. Tickets purchased for the May 3 lecture will be honored on the rescheduled date.

A native of England, Brown graduated from St. Anne’s College of Oxford University. After beginning her journalism career at the London Sunday Times and Punch magazine, she became editor of Tatler magazine at the age of 25. She moved to the United States in 1984 to serve as editor of Vanity Fair. Under her leadership, the magazine’s circulation increased from 250,000 to 1.2 million.

Ms. Brown undertook her next publishing challenge in 1992 as the first woman editor of The New Yorker. During her editorship, the literary magazine received numerous awards and she was honored with the National Press Foundation‘s Editor of the Year Award.

Her bestselling biography of Princess Diana, The Diana Chronicles, was published in 2007. She also has hosted Topic [A] with Tina Brown on CNBC and currently writes a column for British audiences in The Times of London and Brown was named the editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast-Newsweek merger in 2010. She was also a featured correspondent during ABC’s coverage of the recent royal wedding.

Brown 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 11 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. The event is free, but seating is limited. RSVP online to ensure a place.

The Tate Series’ 2011-12 season will be announced at Brown’s evening lecture, which is sold out. Watch the SMU Forum for more information after the announcement, and learn more at

2011 Tate Lecture with Tina Brown to be rescheduled

Due to the breaking news of Osama bin Laden’s death, Newsweek Editor Tina Brown will reschedule her season-ending Tate Distinguished Lecture, according to a message from SMU News dated May 2, 2011:

Because of breaking news on the death of Osama bin Laden, Tina Brown, as editor of Newsweek, will be unable to travel to Dallas to deliver the Tate Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. The lecture will be rescheduled and will be announced as soon as possible.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. At the same time, we recognize that her future visit will provide even more compelling information on the news of the world.

Tickets for the May 3 lecture will honored on the rescheduled date. Check the Tate website for updates.

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