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May 20, 2003

SMU Announces Speakers For 2003-04 Tate Lecture Series

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DALLAS (SMU) -- Author Tom Clancy, Award-winning actress Stockard Channing, computer mogul Michael Dell and presidential historian Michael Beschloss will be among the speakers for the 22nd season of SMU's Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series.

The 2003-2004 season begins Wednesday, Sept. 24, with The Linda and Mitch Hart Lecture featuring a panel moderated by David Gergen, editor-at-large of U.S. News & World Report and adviser to four U.S. presidents. The topic is "American Leadership in Today's World;" and panelists will include former U.S. Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen and former U.S. Senator George Mitchell.

Other lectures will be as follows:

Monday, Oct. 20, 2003 The TXU Lecture
Zahi Hawass

Egyptian archaeologist and Director of the Giza Pyramids Excavation
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003 The Lacerte Family Lecture
Tom Clancy

Author of The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003 The Omni Hotels Lecture
James Baker

Former U.S. Secretary of State

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004

The Dan and Gail Cook Lecture
"How Does the Entertainment Media Impact our National Culture? "
Michelle Malkin, Moderator
Nationally syndicated columnist and FOX News correspondent
Jack Valenti
President and CEO, Motion Picture Association of America
William Bennett
Former U.S. Secretary of Education and author of The Book of Virtues
Tuesday, March 16, 2004 The William H. Lively Lecture
Stockard Channing

Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress
Tuesday, April 13, 2004 The Jones Day Lecture
Michael Beschloss

" The U.S. Presidency"
Presidential historian and author of Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964
Monday, May 10, 2004 The Tolleson Lecture
Michael Dell

Chairman and CEO of Dell Computer Corp.
Alan Webber, interviewer
Co-founding editor, Fast Company magazine

"We're excited about the 22nd season of the Tate Lecture Series, which has become such an integral part of the cultural and intellectual life of Dallas," said Linda W. Hart, Chair of the Tate Lecture Series Board of Directors. "The speakers and the topics will make for memorable evenings at SMU. "

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 Robb & Stucky, the 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.

"Whether it is policy, business, science or culture, the Tate Lecture Series continues its tradition of presenting national and international issues featuring well-known speakers and panelists," said Jeanne P. Whitman, SMU's vice president for Development and External Affairs. "SMU is pleased to bring these perspectives not only to the university but to the Dallas community."

Current season ticket holders have until June 17 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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Stockard Channing Michael Beschloss Michael Dell