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Nov. 10, 2005

Ben Stein to Speak at Presidential Lyceum Series

You might hear the familiar phrases, “Bueller…Bueller,” and “Anyone…Anyone,” made well known by actor Ben Stein in the 1986 movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, when you come and see Stein as he speaks at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Stein will speak at the James E. Cofer, Sr. Presidential Lyceum Series Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Brown Auditorium.
Ben Stein’s financial and economical work was cited in the efforts of George Akerlof, the recent Noble Prize winner in economics.
Stein graduated with honors from Columbia University in economics in 1966. Four years later, he graduated from Yale University Law School as valedictorian.
As a writer, Stein has written speeches for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He has authored books on a variety of topics, including economics.
But he is best known for his movie roles and game show host career. In the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” Stein’s film career received a boost that made him a household name. According to Wikipedia, an encyclopedia database, Stein used his economics background in the movie and gave a real, unscripted lecture in one scene. The only scripted lines were when he called attendance.
Amongst other work, he did a series of commercials for Clear Eyes, making their advertising unusual and memorable. Stein is very interested in the American Civil War and has worked, demonstrated, and struggled for voting rights for African Americans.
Stein will be present at a luncheon at the top of the library at 12 noon on Friday, Dec. 2. This invitation-only luncheon will give local high school students an opportunity to meet Stein.
Schedule permitting, there will be an opportunity for media interviews. If you are interested, please contact Veronika Avery at 342-5444 or by email,
Tickets are on sale now at the Indian Bank. All seating reserved. For ticket orders call 318-342-5134 or for more information call 318-342-5132.
Patron tickets are $50 and include a private cocktail reception and book signing with Ben Stein from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the ULM Conference Center on the 7th floor of the library.
Students, faculty and staff may purchase tickets for $10 with a limit of two per person. Community tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at Just click on Special Events under Leisure Learning. For more information, call the Division of Continuing Education at 318-342-1030.

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