Five distinguished guests will share their global experiences and
diverse perspectives as part of The University of Texas at Arlington's 2013-14
Maverick Speakers Series.
The season opens Sept. 24 with a
lecture by immigration rights activist Jose Vargas and includes CNN
anchor Anderson Cooper, NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg,
entrepreneur and ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen, and neurosurgeon and CNN
medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta.
Now in its sixth season, the Maverick Speakers Series
is a cross-disciplinary lecture series that brings to the University
individuals of extraordinary accomplishment. The lectures are free and
open to the public.
“We are delighted to bring these outstanding
individuals to campus,” said Vistasp M. Karbhari, UT Arlington
president. “Each of these speakers will share their unique perspectives
and will provide an enriching experience for our university community.”
lectures begin at 7:30 p.m., either in College Park Center, 601
Spaniolo Drive (formerly S. Pecan St.), or Texas Hall at 701 W.
Nedderman Drive. Visit www.uta.edu/maverickspeakers to learn more.
MAVERICK SPEAKERS SERIES Schedule
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Texas Hall – Tickets available Aug. 26
Jose Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker and founder of Define American,
an immigration-awareness campaign. He exposed his story as an
undocumented immigrant in the groundbreaking essay, “My Life as an
Undocumented Immigrant,” for the The New York Times Magazine,
stunning the media and political circles and attracting worldwide
coverage. An alumnus of San Francisco State University, Vargas has
served as a senior contributing editor at the Huffington Post and covered the tech and video game culture, HIV/AIDS, and the 2008 presidential campaign for The Washington Post. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech.
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Texas Hall – Tickets available Sept. 19
Bill Rasmussen changed
the face of sports and television when he founded ESPN in the summer of
1978. The legendary entrepreneur and business advisor’s innovations in
advertising, sports and broadcast are numerous and include not only
ESPN, but also the concept for Sports Center, wall-to-wall coverage of
NCAA regular season and “March Madness” college basketball, and coverage
of the College World Series. He holds a degree in economics from DePauw
University and served in the U.S. Air Force before beginning his
professional career working for Westinghouse in sales and marketing. He
later earned his master’s degree in business administration from Rutgers
Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, 7:30 p.m. College Park Center – Tickets available Oct. 3
Anderson Cooper is anchor of Anderson Cooper 360°, an
unconventional, wide-ranging news program on CNN. He has covered major
breaking news stories, including the war in Iraq, the space shuttle Columbia disaster
and the 2004 presidential election. Before joining CNN, Cooper served
as an ABC News correspondent and host of the network’s reality program, The Mole. He wrote the memoir Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of Wars, Disaster, and Survival, which chronicles his personal struggles and journalism success.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 7:30 p.m. College Park Center – Tickets available Feb. 13
Sanjay Gupta is a
practicing neurosurgeon, assistant professor of neurosurgery at Emory
University School of Medicine and chief medical correspondent for CNN.
His medical preparation and public health policy experience distinguish
his reporting on a range of topics including brain injury, disaster
recovery, health care reform, fitness, military medicine, HIV/AIDS and
other areas. He is the author of two best-selling books, Chasing Life and Cheating Death,
both of which became companion documentaries for CNN. He received his
undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in
medicine from the University of Michigan Medical School.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m. Texas Hall – Tickets available March 6
Nina Totenberg is an award-winning legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio whose reports are heard on All Things Considered and Morning Edition.
In 1991, her groundbreaking report about University of Oklahoma Law
Professor Anita Hill’s allegations of sexual harassment against Clarence
Thomas, then a nominee for the Supreme Court, led the Senate Judiciary
Committee to re-open Thomas’s confirmation hearings. Before joining NPR
in 1975, Totenberg served as Washington editor of The New York Times Magazine, and before that she was the legal affairs correspondent for the National Observer. She is the only radio journalist to have won the National Press Foundation award for Broadcaster of the Year.
About The University of Texas at Arlington
University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research
institution of more than 33,800 students and more than 2,200 faculty
members in the heart of North Texas. It is the second largest
institution in The University of Texas System. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.