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Mia Farrow, Daymond John Open 2015-16 UTA Maverick Speakers Series

Award-winning actress and humanitarian Mia Farrow opens UT Arlington’s 2015-2016 Maverick Speakers Series on Oct. 8 for a season that also includes entrepreneur and investor Daymond John, political leaders and a famed animal behavior researcher. 

2015-16 Maverick Speakers Series poster

Former Congressman and leading Libertarian Ron Paul, political strategist and commentator Donna Brazile and primatologist Jane Goodall complete the lineup. Now in its eighth season, the Maverick Speaker Series features diverse voices leading thought-provoking conversations for the university community.

New this year, Maverick Speakers Series patrons are invited to purchase a season ticket package that includes two tickets to each of the five Maverick Speaker Series events at a cost of $250, a discount of $50 off preferred seating prices. The deadline to purchase season tickets is Sept. 30.

Other ticket options include:

  • Preferred Package: The preferred package offers greater access and is available for $30 a ticket. The preferred package includes reserved entrance to the lecture facility to avoid long lines, reserved seating near the front of the venue, reserved parking near the front of the venue (one parking permit per purchase), and front-of-the-line access to book signings when offered. Preferred packages can be purchased at
  • V.I.P. Package: V.I.P. ticket holders are offered select benefits including preferred packages access and entry to an exclusive reception with the featured speaker. Along with entry to a private sit-down, catered dinner before the event, photograph and autograph opportunities are available. V.I.P. tickets are $500 per person. Contact Mark LaVelle at or 817-272-5235 to purchase this package.

All lectures are free, but tickets are required. Reserve free general admission ticket at General admission tickets are limited to two per person.

All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m., either in College Park Center, 601 Spaniolo Drive, or at Texas Hall, at 701 W. Nedderman Drive. Visit to learn more.


Mia Farrow – “What Falls Away: One Woman’s Journey to Fulfillment”

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Texas Hall – Tickets available Sept. 8, 2015

The award-winning actress has worked extensively as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and is involved in humanitarian activities in Africa.

Daymond John – “Daymond John on Shark Tank Entrepreneurship”

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, 7:30 p.m. College Park Center – Tickets available Oct. 6, 2015

An entrepreneur in every sense of the word, Daymond John is the CEO and founder of FUBU, a global lifestyle brand, and a pioneer in the fashion industry with over $6 billion in product sales. He joined the cast of Shark Tank in 2009.

Ron Paul – “Liberty Defined: The Future of Freedom”

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, 7:30 p.m. Texas Hall – Tickets available Jan. 5, 2016

Since his retirement from Congress, Paul has continued to work for limited constitutional government. In addition to hosting the nationally syndicated podcast Ron Paul’s America, he has launched The Ron Paul Channel, an online network airing original programming.

Donna Brazile – “Donna Brazile: Politics and Beyond”

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, 7:30 p.m. Texas Hall – Tickets available Jan. 19, 2016

Democratic political strategist and commentator Donna Brazile is also an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, and a vice chair at the Democratic National Committee.

Jane Goodall – “Gombe and Beyond: An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall”

Thursday, March 31, 2016, 7:30 p.m. College Park Center – Tickets available March 1, 2016

A UN Messenger of Peace and one of the world's foremost experts on chimpanzees, Dr. Jane Goodall is best known for her more than five decades of scientific exploration on the behavior of wild chimpanzees at Gombe National Park.

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