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Past Speakers


Bob Woodward
Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist
The State of the American Presidency
September 19, 2019 · Texas Hall

Dr. Jackson Katz
Renowned Global Thought-Leader
The Big Picture: Gender Violence in Historical, Cultural, and Political Perspectives
October 24, 2019 · Texas Hall

Samantha Power
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
The State of the World: Challenges and Opportunities
November 19, 2019 · Texas Hall

Grammy Award-winning Artist and Activist
An Evening with Common
February 11, 2020 · College Park Center


Graham Hill
Sustainability Innovator, Entreprenuer
Removing the Unnecessary in Life and Business
September 13, 2018 · Texas Hall

Terry Crews
Actor, Artist, Activist
An Evening with Terry Crews
October 16, 2018 · College Park Center

Naomi Oreskes
Science Historian, Author
The American Denial of Global Warming
November 20, 2018 · Texas Hall

Jack Hanna
Zookeeper, Animal Conservationist
An Evening with Jungle Jack Hanna
Presented by Oncor
February 5, 2019 · College Park Center

Anna Deavere Smith
Actor, Playwright, Professor
Engaging the World: The Role of the Artist in Society
March 26, 2019 · Texas Hall


Lou Diamond Phillips
Actor, Director, and Producer
An Evening with Lou Diamond Phillips
September 7, 2017 · Texas Hall

Anousheh Ansari
Privately Funded Astronaut and CEO of Prodea Systems
My Dream of Stars
October 3, 2017 · Texas Hall

Roland Fryer
Economist and Harvard Professor
Solutions to Fixing Education in America: No More Excuses
November 2, 2017 · Texas Hall

Michael Pollan
Best-selling Author and Sustainable Food Advocate
One Writer’s Trip: From the Garden to the Plate and the Beyond
February 20, 2018 · Texas Hall

Gretchen Carlson
Broadcast News Anchor, Journalist, and TV Host
An Evening with Female Empowerment Advocate & TV Host Gretchen Carlson
March 29, 2018 · Texas Hall


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Reza Aslan
Author and Religious Scholar
My Journey through the World's Religions
September 13, 2016 · Texas Hall

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Journalists and Humanitarians
A Path Appears: How an Individual can Change the World
October 6, 2016 · Texas Hall

Alexandra Cousteau
Environmental Advocate
This Blue Planet: Preserving and Sustaining a Healthy Earth
November 3, 2016 · Texas Hall

Maverick Speakers Series Special Edition
The Honorable Stephen Breyer
Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
December 13, 2016 · Texas Hall

Kevin O’Leary
Shark Tank Investor
Swimming with a Shark - An Evening with Kevin O’Leary
February 16, 2017 · College Park Center

Fareed Zakaria
Economic and Political Columnist and CNN Host
The Politics and Culture of the Global Economy
March 7, 2017 · College Park Center
In Partnership with Texas Health Arlington Memorial


Mia Farrow
Actress and Activist
What Falls Away: One Woman’s Journey to Fulfillment
October 8, 2015 · Texas Hall

Daymond John
Daymond John on Shark Tank Entrepreneurship
November 10, 2015 · College Park Center

Ron Paul
Former Congressman
Liberty Defined: The Future of Freedom
February 2, 2016 · Texas Hall

Donna Brazile
Political Strategist and Media Commentator
Donna Brazile: Politics and Beyond
February 25, 2016 · Texas Hall

Jane Goodall
Primatologist and Conservationist
Gombe and Beyond: An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall
March 31, 2016 · College Park Center


James Carville & Mary Matalin
Husband-and-Wife Political Commentators
All’s Fair: Love, War, and Politics
October 20, 2014 · Texas Hall

James Stavridis
Admiral, USN, (Ret), PhD
Sailing the Cyber Sea: The New Realities of 21st Century Security
November 4, 2014 · Texas Hall

Michio Kaku
Theoretical Physicist
Physics of the Future
February 19, 2015 · Texas Hall

Henry Cisneros
Urban Planning Expert
Smart Growth: Developing the Economy, Infrastructure, and a Sustainable Future
March 26, 2015 · Texas Hall

Bob Costas
Sports in America: Is it Still Only a Game?
April 13, 2015 · College Park Center


Jose Antonio Vargas
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist
Define American: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant
September 24, 2013 · Texas Hall

Bill Rasmussen
ESPN Founder
Share the Dream: The ESPN Story
October 24, 2013 · Texas Hall

Anderson Cooper
Journalist, Anchor of Anderson Cooper 360°
An Evening with Anderson Cooper
February 10, 2014 · College Park Center

Sanjay Gupta
Neurosurgeon and CNN Chief Medical Correspondent
Medicine and Media
March 18, 2014 · College Park Center

Nina Totenberg
NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent
The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You
April 8, 2014 · Texas Hall


Frank Deford
Sportswriter and Commentator
Journalism: Sports and Beyond
September 25, 2012 · Texas Hall

Cokie Roberts
Political Analyst
An Insider’s View of Washington, D.C.
October 04, 2012 · Texas Hall

Seth Meyers
Actor and Comedian
An Evening with Seth Meyers
November 19, 2012 · College Park Center

Mark Kelly
Endeavoring to Build a Better America
February 19, 2013 · Texas Hall

Jeff Corwin
Television Host and Conservationist
100 Heartbeats: A Global Movement
March 27, 2013 · College Park Center

Aaron Neville
with special guest Ellis Marsalis
A Night with New Orleans Music Legends
April 02, 2013 · College Park Center


Emmitt Smith
Football Legend and Entrepreneur
A Championship Vision
October 20, 2011 · Texas Hall

Ben and Jerry
Entrepreneurs, activists
Entrepreneurial Spirit, Social Responsibility & Radical Business Philosophy
November 17, 2011 · Texas Hall

Soledad O'Brien
CNN anchor and special correspondent
Diversity in America
February 24, 2012 · Texas Hall

Robert Ballard
Deep sea explorer, oceanographer
Adventures in Deep Sea Exploration
March 6, 2012 · Texas Hall

Jeb Bush
Former Governor of Florida
Achieving Excellence in Education
March 23, 2012 · College Park Center


Ken Burns
Documentary Filmmaker
An Evening with Ken Burns
September 24, 2010 · Texas Hall

Rick Bayless
Celebrity Chef
An Evening with a Celebrity Chef
October 14, 2010 · Lone Star Auditorium

Lisa Ling
Journalist, TV Host, Activist
Open Heart, Open Mind
November 23, 2010 · Texas Hall

Cal Ripken, Jr.
Baseball Hall-of-Famer
The Keys to Perseverance
February 17, 2011 · Texas Hall

Bill Nye
Scientist, Educator, TV Host
A Night with the Science Guy
March 23, 2011 · Texas Hall


Richard Florida
Bestselling author and urban theorist
Creative Class Consumption
September 25, 2009 · 8:00 pm · Texas Hall

David Gergen
CNN's senior political analyst
Eyewitness to Power - SOLD OUT
October 22, 2009 · 8:00 pm · Bluebonnet Ballroom (University Center)

Jon Meacham
Editor of Newsweek
War, Healthcare, and the Economy: Reflections on Obama's First Year
November 16, 2009 · 8:00 pm · Texas Hall

Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jr.
Basketball legend and business icon
32 Ways To Be a Champion in Business
February 11, 2010 · 6:00 pm · Texas Hall

Sally Ride
Astronaut, first American woman in space
Leadership and America's Future in Space
February 15, 2010 · 8:00 pm · Texas Hall

Jeffrey Toobin
Author, legal analyst
Current Issues Facing the Courts
March 24, 2010 · 8:00 pm · Lone Star Auditorium (Maverick Activities Center)


Thomas L. Friedman
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author
Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Revive America
September 11, 2008 · 7:30 pm · Lone Star Auditorium (Maverick Activities Center)

Juan Williams
Emmy Award-winning American writer and radio and TV correspondent
Breaking Down Barriers: The Historic Election of 2008
October 14, 2008 · 7:30 pm · Lone Star Auditorium (Maverick Activities Center)

Ronald Takaki
Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, a preeminent scholar on our nation's diversity
A discussion on diversity held in conjunction with Asian Heritage Month
November 17, 2008 · 7:00 pm · Rosebud Theatre (University Center)

Doris Kearns Goodwin
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian
A recap of the presidential election and discussion of her book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 2008 · 8:00 pm · Texas Hall

Neil deGrasse Tyson
Astrophysicist, author, and television host
A conversation on "The Cosmic Perspective": How the astrophysicist views life, the universe, and everything
February 17, 2009 · 8:00 pm · Texas Hall

Lani Guinier
Harvard Legal Professor and civil rights expert
A discussion on diversity held in conjunction with UT Arlington's Second Annual Diversity Week and Women's History Month events
March 03, 2009 · 7:00 pm · Rosebud Theatre (University Center)

Barbara Ehrenreich
Sociologist and best-selling author
A discussion of her books Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch, in conjunction with the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) research symposium
March 25, 2009 · 7:30 pm · Rosebud Theatre (University Center)