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April 18, 2005


DALLAS (SMU) -- Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, journalist Christiane Amanpour and architect Frank Gehry highlight the 2005-06 season of the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series at SMU.

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Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005 The Linda and Mitch Hart Lecture
Colin Powell, former Secretary of State
Interviewer: David Gergen, editor-at-large, U.S. News & World Report, former presidential advisor
Colin Powell
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005 The Omni Hotels Lecture
David McCullough
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author
David McCullough
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005 The Gregg and Molly Engles Lecture
Eliot Spitzer
Attorney General, State of New York
Eliot Spitzer
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2005 The Tolleson Lecture
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006 The Dan and Gail Cook Lecture
Frank Gehry
Frank Gehry
Tuesday, March 7, 2006 The Dan and Gail Cook Lecture
Isabel Allende
Author of The House of Spirits
Isabel Allende
Tuesday, March 28, 2006 The Jones Day Lecture
"As the Future Catches You: How Genomics and Other Forces are Changing Your Life"
Juan Enriquez
Founder and former director of the Harvard Business School Life Sciences Project
Juan Enriquez
Tuesday, April 18, 2006 The TXU Lecture
Christiane Amanpour
Chief International Correspondent, CNN
Christiane Amanpour

"In its 24th season, SMU's Tate Lecture Series will present world-renowned figures in architecture, business, journalism, law, literature, science and world diplomacy," said Bob Rowling, chair of the Tate Lecture Series Board of Directors. "Even more importantly, the series provides SMU significant financial support for scholarships and student programs."

SMU's Tate Lecture Series is presented by The Dallas Morning News and sponsored by WFAA-TV (Channel 8), the Mansion on Turtle Creek and American Airlines. Supporters are Cebolla Fine Flowers, SMU Student Foundation, Sewell Lexus and The Weitzman Group.

Current season ticket holders have until May 31 to renew their seats. Those who want to be added to a waiting list for season tickets may contact SMU Program Services at (214) 768-8283. For more information, visit