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July 18, 2006

Mexico President Vincente Fox to Headline
Speakers for SMU'S 2006-07 Tate Lecture Series

DALLAS (SMU) —Vicente Fox, president of Mexico since 2000, will headline the 2006-07 season of the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series at SMU.

President Fox's lecture is scheduled for Feb. 27, 2007.

Other speakers for the 25th-anniversary Tate Series include legendary television journalists Tom Brokaw and Ted Koppel, Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

The complete schedule:

Sept. 26, 2006

The Linda and Mitch Hart Lecture

Ted Koppel
Former anchor of ABC's Nightline; Managing Editor for The Discovery Channel

Tom Brokaw
Former anchor of NBC Nightly News; Author of The Greatest Generation

David Gergen
, editor-at-large, U.S. News & World Report, former presidential advisor

Oct. 19, 2006

The Greg and Molly Engles Lecture

Lee Kuan Yew
First Prime Minister of Singapore; Minister Mentor to current Prime Minister

Nov. 14, 2006

The Jones Day Lecture

Anderson Cooper
Host of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360

Dec. 5, 2006

The Tolleson Lecture

Malcolm Gladwell
Staff writer, The New Yorker and author of The Tipping Point and Blink

Jan. 16, 2007

The Lacerte Family Lecture

Doris Kearns Goodwin
Historian and author

Feb. 27, 2007
The Omni Hotels Lecture

Vincente Fox
President of Mexico

March 27, 2007

The TXU Electric Delivery Lecture

Steve Levitt
Economist and author of Freakonomics

April 11, 2007

The Dan and Gail Cook Lecture

Jared Diamond
Geographer and societal historian

“We are excited about the 25th anniversary of SMU’s Tate Lecture Series, which will bring to the campus distinguished leaders in diverse fields, ranging from world affairs and journalism to economics and history,” said Gregg Engles, chair of the Tate Lecture Series Board of Directors. “The 2006-07 series will present stimulating and thought-provoking speakers and topics, while also providing SMU with significant financial support for scholarships and student programs.”

"The Tate Lecture Series enriches the Dallas community by providing opportunities for area residents to hear national and international leaders discuss topics that impact our world," said Brad E. Cheves, SMU vice president for development and external affairs. "In addition, each year several thousand middle and high school students benefit from informal afternoon forums at which the students have opportunities to ask questions of Tate Series speakers."

The Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series is presented by The Dallas Morning News and sponsored by WFAA-TV (Channel 8), The Mansion on Turtle Creek, American Airlines and Turner Construction. Supporters are Cebolla Fine Flowers, KLIF, SMU Student Foundation, Sewell Lexus, TIAA-CREF and The Weitzman Group/Cencor Realty Services.

Tickets to individual lectures may be ordered on-line at or by calling SMU Program Services at (214) 768-8283.

Also see a column on the Tate Lecture Series by Robert Miller of The Dallas Morning News.