Primatologist and Conservationist
“Gombe and Beyond: An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall”
March 31, 2016
Legendary primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall drew one of the largest crowds in Maverick Speakers Series history. Her March 31 speech captivated the audience and capped off a brilliant 2015-2016 season.
“Liberty Defined: The Future of Freedom”
February 2, 2016
Former U.S. Congressman Ron Paul spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of about 1,500 people Tuesday about individual liberties and the limited role he believes the government should play in people’s lives.
Actress and Activist
“What Falls Away: One Woman’s Journey to Fulfillment”
October 8, 2015
Acclaimed actress, activist, and humanitarian Mia Farrow delivered inspirational messages of hope, leadership, and global responsibility Thursday night at Texas Hall. She was the first speaker in UTA’s 2015-16 Maverick Speakers Series.
“Sports in America: Is it Still Only a Game?”
April 13, 2015
Calling sports “drama without a script,” Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Bob Costas entertained a College Park Center audience with tales of famous athletes and historic moments to wrap up the 2014-15 Maverick Speakers Series.
Urban Planning Expert
“Smart Growth: Developing the Economy, Infrastructure, and a Sustainable Future”
March 26, 2015
Former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros says the growth and prosperity of cities is a complex mix of providing for residents and businesses, education, and investing in the next generation. The former secretary of housing and urban development spoke at Thursday night's Maverick Speakers Series event at Texas Hall.
“Physics of the Future”
February 19, 2015
Michio Kaku enlightened and entertained a packed Texas Hall with his accessible approach to theoretical physics and its impact on the future as part of the Maverick Speakers Series.
Admiral, USN, (Ret), PhD
“Sailing the Cyber Sea: The New Realities of 21st Century Security”
November 4, 2014
Retired Navy admiral and security expert James Stavridis discussed the realities of cyberspace safety in the 21st century during his Maverick Speakers Series presentation in Texas Hall.
Husband-and-Wife Political Commentators
“All’s Fair: Love, War, and Politics”
October 20, 2014
Mary Matalin and James Carville shared differing opinions and a few laughs at the Maverick Speakers Series on Monday night at Texas Hall.
NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent
“The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You”
April 08, 2014
NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg offered insights into the Supreme Court and its impact on American society during her Maverick Speakers Series presentation at a packed Texas Hall.
Neurosurgeon and CNN Chief Medical Correspondent
“Medicine and Media”
March 18, 2014
Sanjay Gupta told audience members at Tuesday night's Maverick Speakers Series event to expect the unexpected in life, just as he had to do when becoming a doctor and a reporter. The Emmy Award-winning chief medical correspondent for CNN spoke about medicine and the media at College Park Center.
Journalist, Anchor of Anderson Cooper 360°
“An Evening with Anderson Cooper”
February 10, 2014
While discussing his career in journalism as part of the Maverick Speakers Series, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper captivated the College Park Center audience with his humility, humor, and sincerity.
“Share the Dream: The ESPN Story”
October 24, 2013
By refusing to take "no" for an answer, Bill Rasmussen built ESPN into the worldwide leader of TV sports programming. He detailed his challenges and triumphs as part of the Maverick Speakers Series.
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Immigration Reform Advocate
“Define American: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant”
September 24, 2013
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas offered a heartfelt account of his life as an undocumented immigrant in the first lecture of the 2013-14 Maverick Speakers Series on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Texas Hall. A native of the Philippines whose mother sent him to the U.S. at age 12 to live with his grandparents, Vargas said he has spent much of his life trying to prove he's an American.
with special guest Ellis Marsalis
“A Night with New Orleans Music Legends”
April 02, 2013
R&B singer Aaron Neville and jazz great Ellis Marsalis showed why they are music legends Tuesday night at College Park Center. The duo performed and spoke about their musical lives for the last Maverick Speakers Series event of the academic year.
Television Host and Conservationist
“100 Heartbeats: A Global Movement”
March 27, 2013
Emmy winner Jeff Corwin has been working for the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems around the world for nearly three decades, but he is best known as the host of the Animal Planet show The Jeff Corwin Experience.
“Endeavoring to Build a Better America”
February 19, 2013
Astronaut, aviator, and author Mark Kelly spoke about America's future at Tuesday night's Maverick Speakers Series lecture in Texas Hall. Commander Kelly is the husband of U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Actor and Comedian
“An Evening With Seth Meyers”
November 19, 2012
For one night in November, College Park Center transformed into an oversized comedy club. As part of the Maverick Speakers Series, Saturday Night Live star Seth Meyers entertained a sold-out crowd with an hour-long stand-up routine.
“An Insider’s View of Washington, D.C.”
October 04, 2012
Political commentator Cokie Roberts discussed the recent presidential debate, getting out the vote, and what voters want at the 2012-13 Maverick Speakers Series program Oct. 4 at Texas Hall.
Sportswriter and Commentator
“Journalism: Sports and Beyond”
September 25, 2012
Sports journalist Frank Deford shared his thoughts on sports writers vs. editor and sports as a unifying element in life for the first program in the 2012-13 Maverick Speakers Series. He spoke Sept. 25 at Texas Hall.
Former Governor of Florida
“Achieving Excellence in Education”
March 23, 2012
Jeb Bush talks about his policies on education reform while governor of Florida. His visit to the UT Arlington College Park Center marks the last offer Maverick Speaker's Series for the 2011-2012 season.
Deep sea explorer, oceanographer
“Adventures in Deep Sea Exploration”
March 06, 2012
Oceanographer Robert Ballard discussed "Adventures in Deep-Sea Exploration" in his sold-out Maverick Speakers Series presentation at Texas Hall. Dr. Ballard encouraged the audience to be scientists and to explore the unknown.
CNN anchor and special correspondent
“Diversity in America”
February 24, 2012
CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien discussed diversity in America at the Maverick Speakers Series lecture Feb. 24 at Texas Hall.
“Entrepreneurial Spirit, Social Responsibility & Radical Business Philosophy”
November 17, 2011
Ice cream magnates Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield visit UT Arlington in the Maverick Speakers Series with talks on entrepreneurial spirit, social responsibility, and radical business philosophy.
Football Legend and Entrepreneur
“A Championship Vision”
October 20, 2011
Football great Emmitt Smith spoke about a championship vision to a sold-out crowd in Texas Hall for the year’s first Maverick Speakers Series event.
Scientist, Educator, TV Host
“A Night with the Science Guy”
March 23, 2011
Scientist, educator, and TV host Bill Nye, "The Science Guy", spoke on scientific challenges we face in the future.
“The Keys to Perseverance”
February 17, 2011
Hall of Famer and best-selling author Cal Ripken, Jr. spoke on strength, integrity, and perseverance in the game of baseball and life for the Maverick Speakers Series at UT Arlington.
“An Evening with a Celebrity Chef”
October 14, 2010
In his Oct. 14 campus appearance, celebrity chef Rick Bayless talked about his life, his career, and of course, food. Interesting tidbit: He spoke about how his background in anthropology has made him a better chef. Thanks to his studies, he has a deep appreciation and passion for how food can link us to the past even while we celebrate the present.
“An Evening with Ken Burns”
September 24, 2010
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns spoke to a sold-out crowd Thursday night in Texas Hall. Burns has made documentary films for more than 30 years. Since the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, he has directed and produced some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made.