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Anderson Cooper highlights sixth season of popular Maverick Speakers Series

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If you’re looking for entertainment that’s enjoyable and enriching, the 2013–14 Maverick Speakers Series is delivering both. The lineup includes a popular CNN anchor, a legendary entrepreneur, a world-famous neurosurgeon, and lauded journalists.

Award-winning CNN reporter Anderson Cooper takes the College Park Center stage Nov. 11. A respected network news figure for more than a decade, he hosts Anderson Cooper 360.

Spring 2014 lectures will feature Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon and CNN’s chief medical correspondent, and Nina Totenberg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning legal affairs correspondent for NPR. Gupta comes to College Park Center on March 18. Totenberg will speak in Texas Hall on April 8.

The fall slate began in September with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas. A native of the Philippines, he delivered a heartfelt account of his life as an undocumented immigrant. In October cable TV pioneer and ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen detailed the sports network’s beginnings and its rise to prominence.

Now in its sixth season, the Maverick Speakers Series has attracted more than 40,000 people to hear some of today’s brightest minds address current events and timely issues. Past speakers include Seth Meyers, Cokie Roberts, Ken Burns, Soledad O’Brien, and Cal Ripken Jr.

Lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. and feature audience question-and-answer sessions. When applicable, the events include book or autograph signings.

The lectures are free, but tickets are required. Preferred packages are available for purchase and include reserved seating at the front of the venue and reserved parking. For information or to reserve tickets, visit uta​.edu/​m​a​v​e​r​i​c​k​s​p​e​a​k​ers.

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