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.