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Reagan Ranch Roundtable featuring Ben Stein

July 16, 2010

Santa Barbara, CA


The July Wendy P. McCaw Reagan Ranch Roundtable will be held in conjunction with Young America’s Foundation’s upcoming student seminar “Advancing Freedom in the Era of New Socialism” and  feature author and actor Ben Stein on Friday, July 16, 2010 from 12pm – 1:30pm at Young America’s Foundation’s Reagan Ranch Center. Please click here to watch the archived event. 


You must RSVP in advance as space is limited.

 When:  Friday, July 16, 2010

              Noon- 1:30PM

Where: The Reagan Ranch Center

             217 State Street

             Santa Barbara, CA 93101 

RSVP: By July 9th to Meredith by phone only at 805.957.1980 

Cost:   $35/person pre-pay (payment at time of RSVP)

            $45/person at the door (advance RSVP still required)

            Students Free (advance RSVP still required)

About Ben Stein

Ben 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, and is equally well known in America's board rooms and in America's dormitories and fraternity houses. He is certainly the only man to be a famous humorous teacher about economics and law. 

Ben Stein was born in Washington D.C., the son of noted economist and writer Herbert Stein. He attended Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he studied alongside future luminaries Sly Stallone, Carl Berstein, Goldie Hawn, and Connie Chung. He received a B.A. with honors from Economics of Columbia, where he was active in the civil rights movement to secure voting and other legal rights for African-Americans. He was valedictorian of his class, by election of his classmates, at Yale Law School class of 1970, where he also worked strenuously part time as a poverty lawyer and as an activist and demonstrator for civil rights and decent treatment of the poor.

After graduation, he served as a poverty lawyer in the field of advertising, and a teacher about the political content of the film and TV at American University, UC Santa Cruz and Pepperdine. He was a speech writer and lawyer for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He also did legal work for Mr. Nixon, in the darkest days of Watergate. He is not, repeat not, Deep Throat.

He was a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and also wrote editorials for the Journal. In June of 1976, he moved to Hollywood to become a novelist, TV sitcom writer, and movie script writer. He has written and published 19 books, seven fiction and the rest nonfiction. Most of his books are about Hollywood and mass culture, but some are self help, and some are about finance. He labored especially hard on a decade long project of exposing financial fraud and the self dealing at large companies. His work on the Milken/Drexel junk bond scheme was instrumental in the recovery of billions for investors and tax payers. 

Stein has also taught about law and economics and securities law at Pepperdine Law School for many years and has served as an expert witness in many securities law cases. 

In 1986, with no professional training, Stein became an instant cult hero for his role as the boring economics teacher in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, which scene was directly voted one of the fifty funniest scenes in American film history. After that, Stein went onto be a recurring character in Charles in Charge, and then The Wonder Years, and then in 1997, began his long running hit quiz show, Win Ben Stein's Money.



About the Reagan Ranch Roundtable Luncheons

The Reagan Ranch Roundtable is typically held on the third Friday of each month at the Reagan Ranch Center in downtown Santa Barbara. Designed especially for the Santa Barbara community, the luncheons advance the principles that Ronald Reagan championed—individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values. Santa Barbara community members and students gather to hear from speakers such as Karl Rove, Ann Coulter, Jonah Goldberg, Dennis Prager, Ken Starr, and John Stossel. 


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