UT Arlington announces 2010 Maverick Speakers Series lectures

News Release — 18 August 2010


Media contact: Kristin Sullivan, (817) 272-2761, kristinsul@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - The third season of the Maverick Speakers Series at The University of Texas at Arlington will include a documentary filmmaker, a major league baseball icon and a TV science star.

Ken Burns

Filmmaker Ken Burns

The 2010-2011 season kicks off Sept 24 with Ken Burns, a noted historian whose documentaries have won seven Emmy awards and been nominated for two Academy Awards. All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. in Texas Hall, 701 W. Nedderman Drive, unless otherwise noted. The events are free and open to the public. Tickets are required and may be obtained at www.utatickets.com.

Burns' latest film is "The Tenth Inning," a two-part continuation of the Baseball series that aired in 1994 to an audience of 48 million. The documentary tells the tumultuous story of the national pastime from the 1990s to the present day, including players' use of performance-enhancing drugs, the influence of Asian and Latino players on the sports, the new Yankees dynasty and the breakthrough of the Boston Red Sox.

"The Tenth Inning" is scheduled to air on PBS stations Sept. 28-29.

Among Burns' other noted works are "The Civil War," "Jazz," "Unforgiveable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson," "The War" and "National Parks: America's Best Idea," which is nominated for an Emmy.

The Maverick Speakers Series also includes:

  • Celebrity chef Rick Bayless on Oct. 14 at Lone Star Auditorium in the Maverick Activities Center. Bayless has won two James Beard Awards, including the group's International Humanitarian of the Year award. He won the Bravo Channel's Top Chef Masters, a reality show contest among high-profile chefs, in 2009. Bayless is credited with doing much to further authentic Mexican cuisine. His best-selling cookbook, "Mexico: One Plate at a Time," inspired a PBS cooking show, now in its fifth season.
  • Lisa Ling, a television host, journalist and activist, on Nov. 23. Ling is a former co-host of "The View" and current host of National Geographic's "Explorer." She has covered a host of international stories and issues including China's one-child policy, the Columbian drug war and the looting of Iraq's antiquities. Ling serves as a contributing editor for "USA Weekend" and has produced eight documentaries for PBS, several of which have won awards.
  • Cal Ripken Jr., Major League Baseball's noted iron man, on Feb. 17 speaking about "The Keys to Perseverance." Ripken played 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. His Hall-of-Fame career includes being one of only eight players to hit 400 home runs and 3,000 hits. Ripken is probably most noted for playing in 2,632 consecutive games, breaking Lou Gehrig's string of 2,130 consecutive games. In 2001 he and his family established the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, in memory of the family's patriarch. The foundation helps teach life lessons through baseball to disadvantaged youth.
  • Bill Nye - scientist, engineer, comedian, author and inventor - on March 23, 2011 in "A Night with the Science Guy." The television show host has worked to foster an understanding about science among viewers. "Bill Nye, The Science Guy" has won seven national Emmy Awards for writing, performing and producing. Nye also hosts "The 100 Greatest Discoveries" and "The Eyes of Nye."


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