Jack Maddox Distinguished Lecture Series Presents Ben Stein

Ben Stein will be the Fall 2006 Jack Maddox Distinguished Lecture Series speaker on Tuesday, October 3.

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The Fall 2006 Jack Maddox Distinguished Lecture Series, hosted by College of the Southwest, will present An Evening with Ben Stein on Tuesday, October 3. Stein will take the stage at Tydings Auditorium on the Hobbs High School campus, located at 800 North Jefferson, at 7:30 p.m.

Stein has had what may be the most diverse career of anyone now on the national scene. He is in every sense a Renaissance Man. He has been an award winning actor, economist, writer, journalist, and teacher. He is equally well known in Americas board rooms, dormitories, and frat houses.

Born in Washington D.C., Stein attended Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he studied alongside future luminaries such as Sylvester Stallone, Carl Bernstein, Goldie Hawn, and Connie Chung. He received a bachelors degree in economics from Columbia University, where he was active in the civil rights movement to secure voting and other legal rights for African-Americans. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1970 and was the valedictorian of his class, by election of his classmates.

After graduation, he served as a poverty lawyer, a trial lawyer, and a teacher at American University, University of California at Santa Cruz, and Pepperdine University. He was a speech writer and lawyer for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

He has been a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Magazine, New York Magazine, E! Online, and has written a lengthy diary for ten years for The American Spectator. Stein is also known as a novelist, television sitcom writer, and movie script writer. He has written and published 17 books including seven novels about life in Los Angeles and nine non-fiction books about finance, ethical and social issues in finance, and the political and social content of mass culture. His titles include, A License to Steal: The Untold Story of Michael Milken and the Conspiracy to Bilk the Nation; The View From Sunset Boulevard; Hollywood Days, Hollywood Nights; DREEMZ, Financial Passages; and Ludes.

Steins role as the boring economics teacher in the movie Ferris Buellers Day Off was ranked as one of the 50 most famous scenes in American film. Stein appeared as a recurring character in the television shows Charles in Charge and The Wonder Years, and in 1997, he began hosting the long-running quiz show, Win Ben Steins Money. The show has won six Emmy awards and Stein has won one Emmy for Best Game Show Host.

His most recent book is the best-selling humor self help book, How To Ruin Your Life.

Stein lives with his wife and son in Beverly Hills, California.