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February 12, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- The April 8 lecture by Rudolph W. Giuliani at Southern Methodist University is being moved to a larger venue on campus because of greater than expected demand to hear the popular former mayor of New York City.

Originally, Giuliani was to appear in SMU's McFarlin Auditorium, where the Tate Lecture Series traditionally is held. Tickets for the special lecture, however, sold out within hours of going on sale Jan. 2.

"We are pleased to schedule this special visit of Rudolph Giuliani for our important Tate audience and to broaden access to the greater community by holding the event in Moody Coliseum," said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. "In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Mayor Giuliani taught us valuable lessons about leadership and courage during a time of crisis. As the world continues to combat the threat of terrorism, we will learn even more as he shares his reflections firsthand."

Giuliani will deliver The American Airlines Lecture of the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series Monday, April 8, at 8 p.m. in Moody Coliseum, 6024 Airline Road.

"The employees of American Airlines were inspired by the leadership of Rudolph Giuliani during a time of great loss for New York City, the country and our company," said Don Carty, American Airlines chairman and president. "American Airlines has long valued our relationship with Mayor Giuliani, and we respect the leadership values he brought to the city of New York -- the same leadership values and objectives we embrace at American."

Tickets are now available and may be ordered by phone at 214-768-8283 or by email at Most major credit cards will be accepted.