The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington

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2013-14 Speakers

Nina Totenberg

Nina Totenberg

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.

Sanjay Gupta

Sanjay Gupta

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.

Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper

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.

Bill Rasmussen

Bill Rasmussen

ESPN Founder

“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.

Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas

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.

2012-13 Speakers

Aaron Neville

Aaron Neville

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.

Jeff Corwin

Jeff Corwin

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

Mark Kelly

Mark Kelly

Astronaut

“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.

Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers

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.

Cokie Roberts

Cokie Roberts

Political Analyst

“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. 

Frank Deford

Frank Deford

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.

2011-12 Speakers

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush

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.

Robert Ballard

Robert Ballard

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.

Soledad O’Brien

Soledad O’Brien

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.

Ben and Jerry

Ben and Jerry

Entrepreneurs, activists

“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.

Emmitt Smith

Emmitt Smith

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.

2010-11 Speakers

Bill Nye

Bill Nye

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.

Cal Ripken, Jr.

Cal Ripken, Jr.

Baseball Hall-of-Famer

“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.

Rick Bayless

Rick Bayless

Celebrity Chef

“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.

Ken Burns

Ken Burns

Documentary Filmmaker

“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.