The Cable Center‘s “Cable Mavericks” lecture series kicks off Tues with NBCU cable investments pres Doug Holloway speaking at his alma mater, Emerson College in Boston. Scripps Nets ‘ Doug Hurst and Annette Brun will talk marketing Mar 4 at the U of TN Knoxville. USA Net‘s Jeff Wachtel is slated to speak to UCLA’s Anderson School of Management Mar 11. — More than 30 broadband experts have been chosen by NCTA to author the ’08 Technical Papers and to lead the technical sessions at this year’s The Cable Show. Topics slated for discussion at the show include advanced advertising and mobile content delivery, and the papers are available for purchase at NCTATechnicalPapers.com. — The Assoc of Cable Communicators will stage its 4th annual Cable Comm Institute Jun 1-4 in NYC, with Syracuse Univ as the graduate level program’s new academic partner. — ACA celebrates its 15th year of representing small cable ops this year. Activities are planned this year under the banner “15 Years Fighting for Independents.” ACA recently launched an online gallery of photos and milestones at http://www.americancable.org/acasummit www.americancable.org/acasummit.