The Tate Lecture Series is in its 35th season at Southern Methodist University. For 35 years, it has brought some of the most influential politicians, philanthropists and successful world-changers to campus to encourage and provoke our future world-changers. 

Lectures begin at 8 p.m. on the evening they are scheduled.

Students who are interested in going to the lecture should meet in the basement of McFarlin Auditorium at 7 p.m.


Student Foundation provides ushers for every lecture.

Spring 2017 Schedule

January 31: Angela Duckworth, professor and psychologist, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

March 7: Brandon Stanton, creator of the popular blog Humans of New York and New York Times bestselling author

April 4: Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, global food and beverage company with $63 billion in revenue

May 2: Alan Alda, former star of M*A*S*H and The West Wing who also donates his time and money to science


2017 tate committee

Tate Chair - Cameron Farr

Head Usher - Hunter Kolon

Head Usher - Kyle Baker

Head of Marketing - Avery Hinson

Vice President of Programming - Anna Bender