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April 12, 2007

JOURNALISTS, SCIENTISTS, AUTHORS AND ACADEMY AWARD WINNER
TO SPEAK IN 2007-08 TATE LECTURE SERIES AT SMU

DALLAS (SMU) — Distinguished broadcast journalists, leaders in science and technology, best-selling authors and an Academy Award winner are among the speakers for the 2007-08 Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series at SMU. In its 26th year, the Tate Series will bring renowned leaders from diverse fields to share their unique perspectives with area residents.

Tuesday
Sept. 18, 2007

The Linda and Mitch Hart Lecture

Jim Lehrer (panelist)
Anchor and executive editor of “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” on PBS

George Stephanopoulos (panelist)
Chief Washington correspondent for ABC News and anchor of “This Week” on ABC

David Gergen (moderator)
News analyst and former presidential adviser

Tuesday
Oct. 16, 2007
The TXU Electric Delivery Lecture

Marcus Buckingham
Business analyst and co-author of First, Break All the Rules

Tuesday
Nov. 6, 2007
The Dan and Gail Cook Lecture

Burt Rutan
Aerospace entrepreneur and engineer of the first privately funded manned spaced flight

Monday
Dec. 3, 2007
The Gregg and Molly Engles Lecture

Azar Nafisi
Human rights activist and author of the best-seller Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

Tuesday
Feb. 5, 2008

The Tolleson Lecture

Michael Douglas
Academy Award-winning producer and actor

Tuesday
March 4, 2008
The Jones Day Lecture

Bob Woodruff
ABC News anchor and reporter

With his wife, Lee Woodruff
And co-author of In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing

Tuesday
April 1, 2008

The Omni Hotels Lecture

Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Saving U.S. Science and Technology Leadership”

Ralph J. Cicerone
president of the National Academy of Sciences
 

Harvey V. Fineberg,
president of the Institute of Medicine
 

Charles M. Vest
president of the National Academy of Engineering

Tuesday
May 6, 2008
The Lacerte Family Lecture

Douglas Brinkley
The New York Times best-selling author and presidential historian

“Every year the Tate Lecture Series is faced with the challenge of building on the previous year’s season,” said Gregg Engles, chair of the Tate Lecture Series Board of Directors. “Once again, we have met that challenge and are announcing an exciting season that will bring to the campus distinguished leaders from diverse fields – ranging from world affairs and journalism to human rights and science, as well as the compelling story of Bob and Lee Woodruff.”

“For more than 25 years, the Tate Lecture Series has given area residents opportunities to hear national and international leaders while providing the University with significant financial support for scholarships and student programs,” said Brad E. Cheves, SMU vice president for development and external affairs. “In addition, we are pleased that thousands of middle and high school students attend the afternoon Turner Construction Student Forums, at which they have opportunities to ask questions of Tate Series speakers.”

The Tate Lecture Series is presented by The Dallas Morning News and sponsored by American Airlines, The Mansion on Turtle Creek, Turner Construction and WFAA-TV. The series annually returns nearly $1 million to the University.

Tickets to individual lectures may be ordered online at www.smu.edu/tate or by calling 214/SMU-TATE (214/768-8283).

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