Legendary primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall drew one of the largest crowds in Maverick Speakers Series history. Her March 31, 2016, speech was a sellout inside UTA's College Park Center (watch a highlight video). Dr. Goodall captivated the audience as she recounted stories from decades of groundbreaking research with chimpanzees in Africa. "All the time now, new facts are coming out about animals that we didn't realize before, and we didn't realize them before because we didn't have open minds," she said. "We still labored under this arrogant belief that we humans are so superior, but it turns out that animals in all kinds of different species have emotions and feelings. We're not the only beings on this planet that matter."
Next year's lineup will include bestselling author and producer Reza Aslan on September 13; Pulitzer Prize-winning couple Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn on October 6; explorer, filmmaker, and water advocate Alexandra Cousteau on November 3; entrepreneur Kevin O'Leary, who appears on the show Shark Tank, on February 16; and journalist Fareed Zakaria, who hosts CNN's flagship foreign affairs program, on March 7. Visit uta.edu/maverickspeakers for the latest updates and ticketing information.