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December 12, 2001


DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series will present a special event with New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani on Monday, April 8, 2002, at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium on the SMU campus.

Mayor Giuliani is a life-long New Yorker. He was born into a working class family in Brooklyn, attended high school in Brooklyn, went to college in the Bronx and graduated magna cum laude from New York University Law School.

In 1991, on his second campaign for mayor, Giuliani became the 107th mayor of New York City. He was reelected in 1997 and leaves office at the end of this year because of term limits.

Giuliani began his career by clerking for a United States district judge and then joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office. At age 29, he was named chief of the Narcotics Unit and rose to became an executive U.S. attorney. In 1975, Giuliani was recruited to Washington, D.C., where he was named associate deputy attorney general and chief of staff to the deputy attorney general. In 1981, Giuliani was named associate attorney general, the third highest position in the Department of Justice, supervising all of the U.S. Attorney Offices’ federal law enforcement agencies, the Bureau of Corrections, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Marshals. In 1983, Giuliani was appointed U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

“Mayor Guiliani often speaks of being the grandson of Italian immigrants, from whom he learned to work hard and to love this country,” said Jeanne Whitman, SMU vice president for Development and External Affairs. “These traits surfaced powerfully on September 11 and in its aftermath when he was a source of strength to New Yorkers and the nation at large. He inspired and heartened us, and we are privileged to bring him to SMU.”

Tickets for the April 8 evening lecture will go on sale to the general public January 2, 2002. Those wanting to purchase tickets can call SMU Lecture Programs at 214-768-8283.