Contact: Ellen Sterner
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650
May 8, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- Vice President Dick Cheney, two-time Academy Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier, best-selling author John Irving, renowned paleontologist Paul Sereno and cable television hosts Bill O’Reilly and Chris Matthews will be among the speakers for the 21st season of SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series.

This season the Tate Lecture Series is pleased to welcome the law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue to this year’s list of sponsors. The firm will present The Jones Day Lecture on March 4, 2003.

The 2002-03 season begins Tuesday, Sept. 17 with The Linda and Mitch Hart Lecture featuring a panel moderated by David Gergen, editor-at-large of U.S. News & World Report. Panelists will include Tom Friedman, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, and Bernard Shaw, Emmy Award-winning former principal anchor for CNN.

Other lectures will be as follows:

Tuesday, October 1, 2002 The William H. Lively Lecture
Sidney Poitier
Two-time Academy Award-winning actor
Tuesday, November 12, 2002 “Thriving Locally in a Global Economy”
Rosabeth Moss Kanter
Internationally known business leader, educator and author
Tuesday, December 10, 2002 Live…from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
The Omni Hotels Lecture
“Hunting Dinosaurs in the Sahara”
Paul Sereno
Paleontologist, discoverer of “SuperCroc”
Sunday, February 16, 2003 The Lacerte Family Lecture
“War of the Words”
Chris Matthews
Host of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews
Bill O’Reilly
Host of Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor
Tuesday, March 4, 2003 The Jones Day Lecture
“Balancing Civil Liberties and National Security”
Charlie Rose, Moderator
Host of PBS’s The Charlie Rose Show
Ward Connerly
Chairman of the American Civil Rights Institute
Bob Gates
Former Director of the CIA
Tuesday, March 25, 2003 The TXU Lecture
John Irving
Best-selling author of The Cider House Rules and The World According to Garp
Tuesday, April 15, 2003 The Tolleson Lecture
“Where is Technology Leading Us?”
Gary Hamel
Acclaimed author on business and corporate strategy
April/May TBA The Dan and Gail Cook Lecture
Dick Cheney
Vice President of the United States

In its 21st season, the Tate Lecture Series has become an integral part of the cultural and intellectual life of Dallas.

“We are delighted to announce the 2002-03 Tate Lecture Series schedule,” said Linda W. Hart, chair of the Tate Lecture Series Board of Directors. “Both the slate of speakers and the topics of discussion should generate a lot of excitement for our patrons and the Dallas community.”

The Tate Lecture Series is presented by The Dallas Morning News and sponsored by WFAA-TV (Channel 8), Talk Radio 570 KLIF and American Airlines. Supporters are Mansion on Turtle Creek, Blumengarten by Judy Blackman, Cencor Realty Services, SMU Norwick Center for Media, SMU Student Foundation, Sewell Lexus and The Weitzman Group.

“This season continues the Tate Series tradition of presenting a powerful slate of national and international speakers,” said Jeanne P. Whitman, SMU’s Vice President for Development and External Affairs. “Their presence at SMU provides the university and the Dallas community as a whole the opportunity for the audience to hear unique perspectives on policy, business, science and culture.”

Current season ticket holders have until June 18 to renew their seats. Those who want to be added to a waiting list for season tickets may contact the SMU Lecture Programs Office at (214) 768-8283. For more information, call the Lecture Programs Office or visit the Tate Series Web site at

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David Gergen Tom Friedman Bernard Shaw Sidney Poitier
Rosabeth Moss Kanter Paul Sereno Chris Matthews Bill O'Reilly
Charlie Rose Ward Connerly Bob Gates John Irving
Gary Hamel Dick Cheney