Sept. 14, 2009
Well-known actor, humorist, economist and commentator Ben Stein will be the featured speaker for the 2009 Waitt Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 9, in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Avenue, on the Morningside College campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Stein’s lecture at Morningside College will present a humorous and sardonic look at economics, finance and current events that is patterned after his series of “how to ruin...” books: “How to Ruin Your Life,” “How to Ruin Your Financial Life,” “How to Ruin the United States of America.”
Famous for his iconic role as the boring economics teacher in the 1986 film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” Stein also hosted the television game show “Win Ben Stein's Money” that ran from 1997 to 2002 on the Comedy Central cable network and won seven Emmys. Stein has more recently authored a series of finance and self help books; written regular columns for The American Spectator, the New York Times and Yahoo! Finance online; appeared as a TV commentator for CBS Sunday Morning, Larry King Live and Fox News; and worked as a commercial pitchman for products that include Comcast, Freescore.com, and Clear Eyes.
Stein graduated from Columbia University in New York City in 1966 with honors in economic. He studied law and economics at Yale and graduated from Yale Law School as valedictorian of the class of 1970. He has worked as a trial lawyer, a poverty lawyer, a university instructor, and a speech writer and economic advisor for presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
Norman Waitt Jr., a 1986 Morningside graduate and a member of the Morningside College Board of Directors, established the Waitt Lecture Series at Morningside College in 1997. Recent speakers in the series have included filmmaker Ken Burns (2008), author Stephen Dubner (2007) and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Friedman (2006). The Waitt Lecture Series is endowed by The Kind World Foundation.