Ben Stein: He's Coming

By Lauren Prince '14, Editor-in-Chief

Ben Stein is this year’s Elizabeth Hubert Malott Public Affairs Program Speaker.

The mission of the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Public Affairs Program is to “to bring the world to Scripps students” by instituting a speakers program that facilitates informed debate on topics of public policy. Elizabeth Hubert Malott (’53) lends her name to a program whose mission is “to bring diverse points of view to the campus by way of a public affairs program emphasizing substantive expertise to which students may not be exposed every day.” This person is chosen and voted on by Scripps students. Last year, New York Times columnist and author David Brooks came to campus to discuss his latest book, The Social Animal.

According to Vice President of Communication and Marketing Marylou Ferry, students submitted names for speakers they wanted to come, and Stein was chosen by a committee of students, faculty and trustees.

Ben Stein. You might recognize him as the teacher from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. And for those of you who are more politically oriented, you may remember Stein as an economist at the Department of Commerce, a lawyer, a columnist for the New York Times and Wall Street Journal and an author of both fiction and nonfiction.

In true Scripps fashion, there will be a conversation between Ben Stein and a group of selected students followed by an intimate dinner in the Hampton room. He will then give a lecture open to the public entitled “Dark Days in America: How to get to Daybreak.” If you have free time this winter break, you might want to take the time to read a couple of Stein’s books: The Gift of Peace: Guideposts on the Road to Serenity and How to Ruin the United States of America.

Scripps will welcome Ben Stein to the campus in the spring on Feb. 9.