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UT Arlington closes out 2012-13 Maverick Speakers Series with conservationist Jeff Corwin and singer Aaron Neville

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Media Contact: Bridget Lewis

News Topics: College Park Center, environment, Maverick Speakers Series, music

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Tickets remain to see the final speakers in UT Arlington’s Maverick Speakers Series. Emmy winner and conservationist Jeff Corwin speaks at 7:30 p.m. March 27 at College Park Center, 601 Spaniolo Drive.

Legendary crooner Aaron Neville performs at 7:30 p.m. April 2, also at College Park Center. Jazz great Ellis Marsalis opens for Neville with a question-and-answer session between sets. Krys Boyd, host and managing editor of KERA 90.1 FM radio’s “Think with Krys Boyd,” will emcee this event.

General admission tickets are required but free to both lectures. A Premium Seating package may be purchased for $25. The package includes a front-of-house seat, reserved parking near the venue and front-of-line access to book signings. Tickets may be obtained at

Corwin has been working for the protection of endangered species and ecosystems around the world for nearly three decades, but he is most well known as the host of the Animal Planet show, “The Jeff Corwin Experience.”

For his conservation efforts, he was named ambassador of climate change and endangered species on behalf of Defenders of Wildlife, a prominent conservation organization. Corwin’s well-reviewed book, “100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth’s Most Endangered Species,” was published in 2010.

Neville has been delivering timeless music for five decades and released his latest project, My True Story, in January. The selections range from pop to R&B and soul, and he collaborated with music giants such as The Drifters (“Under the Boardwalk”) and the Imperials (“Tears on My Pillow”).

During his performance at UT Arlington, Marsalis will join Neville, for “A Night with New Orleans Music Legends.”

Marsalis is one of the most respected pianists in jazz. In 2011, he was honored with the opening of the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in Musicians’ Village in New Orleans. Each of his four sons is a jazz musician, including music legends Branford and Wynton Marsalis.

The Maverick Speakers Series provides a dynamic forum for today’s brightest minds to examine the people, ideas, actions and solutions that impact the world around us. In addition to Corwin and Neville, this fifth season of the popular lecture series featured prominent sportswriter Frank Deford, renowned journalist Cokie Roberts, actor and comedian Seth Meyers and astronaut Mark Kelly.

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