“The speech at UWM was a screaming, foot stomping, standing ovation [and a] huge success. THANK YOU. Love. Ben”
This was actor and author Ben Stein’s response to Young America’s Foundation following his speech—entitled “How to Ruin America and How to Fix It”—to more than 650 students and community members at the University of Wisconsin– Milwaukee.
Through the use of his humor and wit, Stein won over the audience with his timely message. Kate Edwards, who organized his appearance, was extremely pleased by the large numbers of students who attended. Stein’s history in television and movies, including his part as the boring teacher in Ferris Buehler’s Day Off, also helped draw the large crowd.
In California, Mike Fincher and his conservative club at the University of California – Merced hosted Karl Rove to a packed hall of more than 900 students and community members. Mike has been involved with the Foundation since high school, attending the West Coast Leadership Conference in 2007 and the Reagan Ranch High School Conference in 2008. At Merced, Mike organized a number of events, including the Foundation’s 9/11: Never Forget Project and Freedom Week, and he also hosted Foundation speaker and author Chris Horner.
In addition, Mike attended the Foundation’s student training seminar at the Reagan Ranch Center earlier this year where the Foundation’s leadership instructed Mike and other student leaders on how to host successful campus speaking events. Mike left determined to bring Karl Rove to his campus. After the student government president denied Mike’s funding request, Mike and his club fought back and received full funding from the school. Rove’s appearance drew one of the largest crowds for a student organized event at UC-Merced.
Also in October, Young America’s Foundation sponsored Jonah Goldberg and several co-authors of his latest book, Proud to be Right: Voices of the Next Conservative Generation, at a standing-room-only event covered by C-SPAN at Georgetown University. Dinesh D’Souza spoke on his best-selling book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage, at The George Washington University. In addition, the Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore addressed Furman University