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.

2017-2018 Schedule

September 26: Richard Haass and Fareed Zakaria with David Gergen, A discussion on emerging threats to the U.S. moderated by David Gergen

October 24: Amanda Lindhout, Freelance journalist who was kidnapped in Somalia where she spent 460 days in captivity

November 28: Sarah Parcak, Archeologist and Anthropologist renowned for her use of satellite imagery to locate archeological sites, 2016 recipient of the prestigious TED prize.

January 30: Ian Bremmer, President and Founder of the Eurasia Group

February 27: Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation

March 20: David Petraeus, One of the most-decorated military officers in U.S. history

April 10: Shawn Achor, Bestselling author noted for his research on happiness and the promotion of positive psychology

May 1: Jeff Bridges, Seven-time Academy Award nominee and Oscar winner, founder of the End Hunger Network


2017 tate committee

Tate Chair - John David Clark

Head Usher - Matthew Hutnyan

Head Usher - Harley Sutton

Head of Marketing - Ashley Gans

Vice President of Programming - Christina Gilchrest