Denison Lecture Series Hosts Lawyer, Actor, TV Host Ben Stein
Posted: September 16, 2003
The Denison University Lecture Series presents Ben Stein as its first speaker for the fall semester. Titled "Win Ben Stein's Insight," this convocation is set for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday (Sept. 25) in Swasey Chapel and is free and open to the public.
Stein is best known from his role as the boring teacher in the movieFerris Bueller's Day Off, recently ranked as one of the 50 most famous scenes in American film. He has hosted the Comedy Central quiz showWin Ben Stein's Moneysince 1997 and served as a speechwriter and lawyer during both the Nixon and Ford administrations.
Stein earned his bachelor's degree with honors in economics at Columbia University in 1966 and was valedictorian of his Yale Law School class in 1970.
Stein has worked as a poverty lawyer in Washington D.C., a trial lawyer in the field of trade regulation at the Federal Trade Commission and as an adjunct professor at American University, University of California Santa Cruz and Pepperdine University.
Author of 15 books (seven novels and eight non-fiction books about finance, ethical and social issues in finance and political and social content of mass culture), Stein recently publishedHow to Ruin Your Life, a humorous self-help book. He has been a columnist in numerous publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, Los Angeles Magazine, New York Magazine, E!--Online, The Washington Post and Barron's, where his articles about the ethics of management buyouts and issues of fraud in the Milken-Drexel junk bond scheme drew national attention. Stein has also written about concealed messages in television and how televisions and movies are made.
Stein has worked as a screenwriter on scripts such as the first draft ofThe Boost, a movie based onLudesand the outlines for the miniseriesAmerikaand the acclaimedMOW, Murder in Mississippi. He is also one of the creators of the comedyFernwood Tonight.
While at Denison, Stein will also participate in interactive sessions with the students.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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