The Maverick Speakers Series at the University of Texas at Arlington will kick off its third season of “compelling conversations to stimulate your mind” on September 24, 2010, and conclude on March 23, 2011. The five featured speakers include an Emmy and Academy award nominated filmmaker, a celebrity chef, journalist, athlete and television scientist.
The first speaker of the 2010-2011 season is Ken Burns, who will speak on September 24th. Burns’ latest film, The Tenth Inning, is a four-hour follow-up to his nine-part Baseball, and covers the last 20 years of baseball, including the good-the rise of the Boston Red Sox, the bad-the widespread use of performance enhancing drugs, and the dynastic-the New York Yankees.
Rick Bayless, chef, restaurateur, and author, will speak on October 14 at the Lone Star Auditorium. Bayless has won numerous awards for his cooking, and was named Humanitarian of the Year in 1998 by the Beard Foundation. The PBS Series Mexico: One Plate at a Time, is based on his book by the same name.
Journalist Lisa Ling is the guest speaker on November 23. Formerly a co-host on The View, Ling is now the host of National Geographic Explorer, has reported on a variety of national and international issues, and been a frequent guest on Oprah.
Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. will start off the new year, speaking on February 17. Ripken played for the Baltimore Orioles for 21 seasons, earning the nickname “iron man,” and making him well qualified to speak on the topic of “The Keys to Perseverance.”
The 2010-2011 Maverick Speaker Series wraps up on March 23, 2011, when Bill Nye, the Science Guy, is the featured speaker. In addition to being the writer, producer and host of Bill Nye the Science Guy, Nye also wrote and hosted Solving for X,Stuff Happens, The Eyes of Nye, and 100 Greatest Discoveries, among others. Nye is also the author of five children’s books and holds three patents.
As the University of Texas at Arlington says, “Mavericks are bold. Unique. Visionary. Difference Makers.” And the Maverick Speaker Series embraces that concept by bringing in speakers like those featured in the 2010-2011 season, people who are bold, unique, and visionary enough to be called a Maverick.
All lectures begin at 7:30, and are held in the 2,700-seat Texas Hall, unless otherwise noted. They are free and open to the public, and seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets can be reserved online; any tickets still available on the day on the lecture can be claimed at the door. For more information about the Maverick Speaker Series at the University of Texas at Arlington, read these frequently asked questions.
Texas Hall is located at 701 W. Nedderman Dr.; Lone Star Auditorium is located in the Maverick Activities Center, located at 500 W. Nedderman Dr.
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