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Maverick Speakers Series debuts

Thomas Friedman

Thomas Friedman

Launched this fall, the Maverick Speakers Series features some of the leading voices of our time taking an in-depth look at the people, ideas, actions and solutions that impact the world around us.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Friedman inaugurated the series in September with a discussion of his book Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Renew America. Hot refers to global warming, flat to the rise of the middle class worldwide and crowded to the population explosion.

Friedman told a near-capacity Texas Hall crowd that an energy technology revolution has replaced the information technology revolution.

“We must make absolutely sure that the United States of America dominates the energy revolution,” he said. “The country that does will have the most economic security, the highest standards of living, the most energy security, the cleanest environment and the most global respect.”

The Maverick Speakers Series invites opinions from all sides, with topics that are as diverse and far-reaching as the people who present them. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Speakers

Juan Williams, Emmy Award winner and NPR news analyst
7:30 p.m. Oct. 14, Lone Star Auditorium

Dr. Ronald Takaki, author and ethnic studies scholar
7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Rosebud Theatre

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian
7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, Lone Star Auditorium

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, author and astrophysicist
7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, 2009, Texas Hall

Dr. Lani Guinier, Harvard law professor and civil rights attorney
7:30 p.m. March 3, 2009, Rosebud Theatre

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