ARLINGTON — Dallas
Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith and Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will open and
close the fourth season of the Maverick Speakers Series at The University of
Texas at Arlington. Lectures are free to the public and the campus community.
New this year, patrons
may purchase a Premium Seating package for any of the lectures. The package
includes a front-of-house seat, reserved parking near the venue, front-of-line
access to book-signings and more. Premium Seating packages are $25 and are
available at www.utatickets.com. As in seasons past,
free general admission tickets also may be obtained at the website.
All lectures begin at
7:30 p.m. in Texas Hall unless otherwise noted.
Oct. 20 - Smith kicks off the series; tickets will be available Oct. 3. The celebrated running back led the Dallas Cowboys to three Super Bowl titles in the 1990s and
was 2006 champion of the popular reality show “Dancing With the Stars.” He is the
National Football League’s all-time leading rusher with 18,355 yards in his 14
seasons (12 with the Cowboys). He was inducted into in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. Currently, he is the
majority partner and co-chairman of ESmith Legacy Inc., a Dallas-based
commercial real estate company.
The Maverick Speakers
Series schedule includes:
Nov. 17 - Entrepreneurs and activists Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. The founders
of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., grew their storefront venture into a $300
million ice cream empire by harnessing the power of social responsibility and
creative management. Ben and Jerry will present
“An Evening of Entrepreneurial Spirit, Social Responsibility & Radical
Business Philosophy.” Guests will receive free ice cream at the lecture.
Feb. 7 - CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien discusses “Diversity in America.” Since joining CNN in 2003, O’Brien has reported breaking
news from around the globe and has produced critically acclaimed documentaries
on the most important stories facing the world today, including on race,
education, diversity, the Royal Wedding, economics, natural disaster and more.
March 6 - Deep sea explorer and oceanographer Robert Ballard discusses “Adventures in Deep Sea Exploration.” Ballard has made some of the most startling undersea discoveries in recent years, both natural and man-made, including finding the
wreckage of the Titanic in 1985. Hehas led or participated in more than 65 underwater expeditions, authored 16
books and is the pioneer of the JASON Project that allows schoolchildren to
virtually explore the oceans. Ballard’s appearance on campus coincides with the
centennial of the Titanic’s sinking.
March 23 - Gov. Jeb Bush closes
the season with the first lecture in
the new 7,000-seat College Park Center. He will
discuss “Achieving Excellence in Education.” Bush served as Florida governor
from 1998 to 2007 and is the son of President George H.W. Bush and brother of President
George W. Bush. In his two terms as Florida governor, Bush worked to improve
Florida’s education system, protect its environment and boost its economy. He now heads the Foundation for Excellence in
Education, and his ideas on education reform are garnering national interest.
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