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Past Speakers

2015-16 Speakers

Mia Farrow
Actress and Activist
What Falls Away: One Woman’s Journey to Fulfillment
October 20, 2014 · Texas Hall

Daymond John
Entrepreneur
Daymond John on Shark Tank Entrepreneurship
November 10, 2015 · College Park Center

James Carville & Mary Matalin
Husband-and-Wife Political Commentators
All’s Fair: Love, War, and Politics
October 20, 2014 · Texas Hall

James Carville & Mary Matalin
Husband-and-Wife Political Commentators
All’s Fair: Love, War, and Politics
October 20, 2014 · Texas Hall

James Carville & Mary Matalin
Husband-and-Wife Political Commentators
All’s Fair: Love, War, and Politics
October 20, 2014 · Texas Hall

2014-15 Speakers

James Carville and Mary Matalin

James Carville & Mary Matalin
Husband-and-Wife Political Commentators
All’s Fair: Love, War, and Politics
October 20, 2014 · Texas Hall

James Stavridis

James Stavridis
Admiral, USN, (Ret), PhD
Sailing the Cyber Sea: The New Realities of 21st Century Security
November 4, 2014 · Texas Hall

Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku
Theoretical Physicist
Physics of the Future
February 19, 2015 · Texas Hall

Henry Cisneros

Henry Cisneros
Urban Planning Expert
Smart Growth: Developing the Economy, Infrastructure, and a Sustainable Future
March 26, 2015 · Texas Hall

Bob Costas

Bob Costas
Sportscaster
Sports in America: Is it Still Only a Game?
April 13, 2015 · College Park Center

2013-14 Speakers

Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist
Define American: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant
September 24, 2013 · Texas Hall

Bill Rasmussen

Bill Rasmussen
ESPN Founder
Share the Dream: The ESPN Story
October 24, 2013 · Texas Hall

Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper
Journalist, Anchor of Anderson Cooper 360°
An Evening with Anderson Cooper
February 10, 2014 · College Park Center

Sanjay Gupta

Sanjay Gupta
Neurosurgeon and CNN Chief Medical Correspondent
Medicine and Media
March 18, 2014 · College Park Center

Nina Totenberg

Nina Totenberg
NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent
The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You
April 8, 2014 · Texas Hall

2012-13 Speakers

Frank Deford

Frank Deford
Sportswriter and Commentator
Journalism: Sports and Beyond
September 25, 2012 · Texas Hall

Cokie Roberts

Cokie Roberts
Political Analyst
An Insider’s View of Washington, D.C.
October 04, 2012 · Texas Hall

Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers
Actor and Comedian
An Evening with Seth Meyers
November 19, 2012 · College Park Center

Mark Kelly

Mark Kelly
Astronaut
Endeavoring to Build a Better America
February 19, 2013 · Texas Hall

Jeff Corwin

Jeff Corwin
Television Host and Conservationist
100 Heartbeats: A Global Movement
March 27, 2013 · College Park Center

Aaron Neville
Aaron Neville

with special guest Ellis Marsalis

A Night with New Orleans Music Legends

April 02, 2013 · College Park Center



2011-12 Speakers

Emmitt Smith
Emmitt Smith

Football Legend and Entrepreneur

A Championship Vision - SOLD OUT

October 20, 2011 · Texas Hall

Ben and Jerry
Ben and Jerry

Entrepreneurs, activists

Entrepreneurial Spirit, Social Responsibility & Radical Business Philosophy

November 17, 2011 · Texas Hall

Soledad O'Brien
Soledad O'Brien

CNN anchor and special correspondent

Diversity in America

February 24, 2012 · Texas Hall

Robert Ballard
Robert Ballard

Deep sea explorer, oceanographer

Adventures in Deep Sea Exploration

March 6, 2012 · Texas Hall

Jeb Bush
Jeb Bush

Former Governor of Florida

Achieving Excellence in Education

March 23, 2012 · College Park Center



2010-11 Speakers

Ken Burns
Ken Burns

Documentary Filmmaker

An Evening with Ken Burns - SOLD OUT

September 24, 2010 · Texas Hall

Rick Bayless
Rick Bayless

Celebrity Chef

An Evening with a Celebrity Chef - SOLD OUT

October 14, 2010 · Lone Star Auditorium

Lisa Ling
Lisa Ling

Journalist, TV Host, Activist

Open Heart, Open Mind

November 23, 2010 · Texas Hall

Cal Ripken, Jr.
Cal Ripken, Jr.

Baseball Hall-of-Famer

The Keys to Perseverance - SOLD OUT

February 17, 2011 · Texas Hall

Bill Nye
Bill Nye

Scientist, Educator, TV Host

A Night with the Science Guy - SOLD OUT

March 23, 2011 · Texas Hall


2009-10 Speakers

Richard Florida
Richard Florida

Bestselling author and urban theorist

Creative Class Consumption

September 25, 2009 · 8:00 pm · Texas Hall

David Gergen
David Gergen

CNN's senior political analyst

Eyewitness to Power - SOLD OUT

October 22, 2009 · 8:00 pm · Bluebonnet Ballroom (University Center)

Jon Meacham
Jon Meacham

Editor of Newsweek

War, Healthcare, and the Economy: Reflections on Obama's First Year

November 16, 2009 · 8:00 pm · Texas Hall

Earvin
Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jr.

Basketball legend and business icon

32 Ways To Be a Champion in Business - SOLD OUT

February 11, 2010 · 6:00 pm · Texas Hall

Sally Ride
Sally Ride

Astronaut, first American woman in space

Leadership and America's Future in Space

February 15, 2010 · 8:00 pm · Texas Hall

Jeffrey Toobin
Jeffrey Toobin

Author, legal analyst

Current Issues Facing the Courts - SOLD OUT

March 24, 2010 · 8:00 pm · Lone Star Auditorium (Maverick Activities Center)


2008-09 Speakers

Thomas L. Friedman
Thomas L. Friedman

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author

Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Revive America

September 11, 2008 · 7:30 pm · Lone Star Auditorium (Maverick Activities Center)

Juan Williams
Juan Williams

Emmy Award-winning American writer and radio and TV correspondent

Breaking Down Barriers: The Historic Election of 2008

October 14, 2008 · 7:30 pm · Lone Star Auditorium (Maverick Activities Center)

Ronald Takaki
Ronald Takaki

Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, a preeminent scholar on our nation's diversity

A discussion on diversity held in conjunction with Asian Heritage Month

November 17, 2008 · 7:00 pm · Rosebud Theatre (University Center)

Doris Kearns Goodwin
Doris Kearns Goodwin

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian

A recap of the presidential election and discussion of her book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

November 19, 2008 · 8:00 pm · Texas Hall

Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist, author, and television host

A conversation on "The Cosmic Perspective": How the astrophysicist views life, the universe, and everything

February 17, 2009 · 8:00 pm · Texas Hall

Lani Guinier
Lani Guinier

Harvard Legal Professor and civil rights expert

A discussion on diversity held in conjunction with UT Arlington's Second Annual Diversity Week and Women's History Month events

March 03, 2009 · 7:00 pm · Rosebud Theatre (University Center)

Barbara Ehrenreich
Barbara Ehrenreich

Sociologist and best-selling author

A discussion of her books Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch, in conjunction with the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) research symposium

March 25, 2009 · 7:30 pm · Rosebud Theatre (University Center)