ARLINGTON – UT Arlington’s
2012-2013 Maverick Speakers Series kicks off Sept. 25 with a lecture by legendary
sportswriter and novelist Frank Deford and features Saturday Night Live Weekend
Update anchor Seth Meyers and Animal Planet host Jeff Corwin.
In its fifth season, the
Maverick Speakers Series brings some of the brightest minds of our time to UT
Arlington to feature the people, ideas, actions and solutions that have an
impact on the world around us. General admission tickets are free, and the
lectures are open to the public.
Patrons may purchase a Premium
Seating package for $25 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 available exclusively at www.utatickets.com. As in previous seasons, free general admission
tickets also may be obtained through the website.
All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m.
in either College Park Center, 601 S. Pecan St., or Texas Hall at 701 W.
Nedderman Drive. Visit www.uta.edu/maverickspeakers to learn more.
Deford kicks off the series Sept.
25 at Texas Hall. Tickets will be available Aug. 28. With a 50-year tenure at
Sports Illustrated, Deford is a senior contributing writer. As a commentator,
he appears regularly on National Public Radio and HBO’s “Real Sports” with
Deford has authored 17 novels;
his latest is “Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter.” He has written several
television documentaries, and his novel “Everybody’s All-American” was turned
into a feature film. Among his journalism honors are a Peabody, CableACE, and
Emmy. Deford also serves as chairman emeritus of the Cystic Fibrosis
The 2012-2013 Maverick Speakers
Series also includes:
Oct. 4 – ABC News political
commentator Cokie Roberts discusses
“An Insider’s View of Washington, D.C.” at Texas Hall. Tickets will be
available Sept. 6. Roberts provides analysis for
all ABC News programming. She also serves as a contributing senior news analyst
for National Public Radio and is a regular roundtable analyst for “This Week
with George Stephanopoulos.”
In her more than 40 years in
broadcasting, Roberts has won many prestigious awards, including the Edward R.
Murrow Award and an Emmy. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable
Hall of Fame, and American Women in Radio and Television has cited her as one
of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting.
Nov. 19 – Actor and comedian Seth Meyers at College Park Center.
Tickets will be available Oct. 25. A fan favorite on “Saturday
Night Live,” Meyers is in his sixth season as head writer and “Weekend Update”
anchor. This year marks his 11th season as part of the SNL cast. Before “Update,” Meyers was a
regular player in SNL sketches and performed numerous characters and
impressions. He has hosted the Webby Awards twice.
Most recently, he hosted the
2011 ESPY Awards and headlined the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association
Dinner. He co-created “The Awesomes” with Mike Shoemaker of SNL. The half-hour
series was picked up by Hulu.com and will premiere in 2013.
Feb. 19, 2013 – Astronaut,
retired U.S. Navy captain, and best-selling author Mark Kelly discusses “Endeavoring to Build a Better America” at
Texas Hall. Tickets will be available Jan. 22, 2013. An experienced naval aviator,
Kelly flew combat missions during the Gulf War. As an astronaut, he flew his
first of four missions in 2001 aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, which he
commanded on its final flight in May 2011.
Kelly became the center of international
attention after the 2011 assassination attempt on his wife, former
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Kelly’s identical twin brother is also an
astronaut, and they are the only twins and only siblings to have both traveled
March 27, 2013 – Television
host and nature conservationist Jeff
Corwin closes the season with “100 Heartbeats: A Global Movement” at
College Park Center. Tickets will be available Feb. 28, 2013. Corwin has been working for the
protection 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.”
For his conservation efforts,
he was named ambassador of climate change and endangered species on behalf of
Defenders of Wildlife, a prominent conservation organization. Corwin’s
well-reviewed book, “100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth’s Most Endangered
Species,” was published in 2010.
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