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Maverick Speaker Series Revealed

CNN's Anderson Cooper and Sanjay Gupta to dispense free knowledge at UT Arlington

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Anderson Cooper will be the third of five speakers in the 2013-2014 UT Arlington Maverick Speakers Series. Photo courtesy of CNN
Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Dr. Sanjay Gupta will share his newly-formed thoughts on pot to Arlington. Photo courtesy of CNN
Jose Antonio Vargas
Jose Antonio Vargas will kick off the UT Arlington Maverick Speakers Series on September 24. Photo courtesy of UT Arlington
ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen
ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen will be the second speaker in the series. Photo courtesy of UT Arlington
Nina Totenberg
NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg will wrap up the 2013-2014 Maverick Speakers Series. Photo courtesy of UT Arlington
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Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Jose Antonio Vargas
ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen
Nina Totenberg
College Park Center at UT Arlington
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UT Arlington has announced the lineup for the 2013-14 Maverick Speakers Series, and if you're a big fan of CNN, you're in luck; Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta take up two slots in the five-person series.

Cooper will come to College Park Center on the UT Arlington campus on November 11, where he'll talk about his 12-year career at CNN, along with the myriad other positions he's held over the years. Here's hoping he takes at least a couple minutes to talk about his short tenure as host of The Mole.

Gupta is next in line at College Park Center after Cooper, but he won't arrive until March 18, 2014. The neurosurgeon has also been with CNN for 12 years, covering everything from 9/11 to the Iraq War to the 2011 Japan tsunami. He's gained recent notoriety for the reversal of his opinion on the medical benefits of marijuana.

Other speakers in the Maverick Speakers Series' sixth season will include immigration rights activist Jose Antonio Vargas on September 24, 2013; ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen on October 24, 2013; and NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg on April 8, 2014. Those three lectures will take place at Texas Hall on the UT Arlington campus.

All of the events are free and open to the public, but all attendees still require a ticket. Tickets become available two to three weeks prior to each event; check the UTA site for details. So-called "Preferred Packages" are also available for $25 per person.

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