2019 Broward College Speaker Series Features Dynamic Line-Up

Ben Stein, Marlee Matlin, Terry Bradshaw and Hill Harper

Fort Lauderdale, FL (October 17, 2018) – Broward College is excited to announce a dynamic schedule of speakers for its 2019 Speaker Series to be held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Keeping in line with the Broward College Speaker Series mission, the series now in its sixth year features notable speakers that educate, enlighten and entertain the community on a variety of topics. Kicking off the series on January 16 is a longtime columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Barrons and The New York Times, Ben Stein. The series will continue with Academy Award-winning Actress and Activist Marlee Matlin on February 6 and Sports Analyst and Broadcaster Terry Bradshaw on March 11. Closing the Broward College Speaker Series on April 24 will be Award-winning Actor and Bestselling Author, Hill Harper.

"Our commitment to education expands beyond the classroom, as the College plays a key role in fostering social and cultural dialogue within the community," said Broward College President Gregory Haile. "The Speaker Series connects our community with national thought leaders, trend-setters, and history-makers shaping social change."

The speakers will share their exciting experiences, insights, points of view and behind the scenes stories on some of the most current topics of the day. Each lecture will take place at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Amaturo Theater (201 SW 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale) beginning at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $60 - $80 and can be purchased at www.BrowardCollegeSpeakerSeries.com.

The Broward College Speaker Series dates, topics, and pricing are as follows:

January 16, 2019 | Ben Stein - Economist; longtime Columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Barrons and The New York Times

Topic: Politics in America!

Moderator: Tom Hudson, WLRN News

Ben Stein offers laughter, insight, and tears as he explores society's most quirky conundrums. Armed with a curmudgeonly persona and offbeat style, he dissects the economy and helps audiences balance life's priorities, even as he offers an eye-opening tour of its greatest absurdities. An exceptionally gifted economist whose market analysis is sought by companies and organizations across the country, Stein is author of "Yes, You Can Supercharge Your Portfolio!; Yes, You Can get a Financial Life; and How to Ruin the United States of America." Stein's career achievements range from speechwriter for President Nixon to the pop icon who starred as Ferris Bueller's teacher. He is, above all, an expert on bringing meaning to both life and work.

Tickets: Can be purchased online at www.BrowardCollegeSpeakerSeries.com

February 6, 2019 | Marlee Matlin - Academy Award-Winning Actress and Activist

Topic: Nobody's Perfect: Achieving Inclusion, Diversity, and Access

Marlee Matlin received worldwide critical acclaim for her film debut in Paramount Pictures' Children of a Lesser God, for which she received the Academy Award for Best Actress. At 21, she became the youngest recipient of the Best Actress Oscar and only one of four actresses to receive the honor for her film debut. In addition to the Oscar, Matlin received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama. Though Matlin lost her hearing when she was only 18 months old, she never let her challenges dictate her future or deter her dreams. Along with a successful Hollywood career, Matlin has dedicated herself to raising awareness for many humanitarian causes, including diversity and LGBT rights. She is a staunch advocate for children and a champion for those struggling against domestic abuse and addiction (battles she knows well). Matlin has also helped raise awareness for better hearing health for millions of deaf and hard of hearing children and adults in developing countries. In 2015, Matlin developed "Marlee Signs", the first celebrity-driven app teaching basics of American Sign Language on mobile devices. In 2016, she returned for her third appearance at the Super Bowl, signing the National Anthem alongside Grammy-winning and Platinum-selling artist, Lady Gaga.

Tickets: Can be purchased online at www.BrowardCollegeSpeakerSeries.com

March 11, 2019 | Terry Bradshaw - Co-host and Analyst, FOX NFL Sunday and NFL Legend

Topic: Why Not Your Best?

Moderator: David Hyde, Sun-Sentinel

A larger-than-life personality known for his energy, zeal and enthusiasm both on and off the field, Terry Bradshaw is an All-American icon. From his achievements in football as a Hall of Fame quarterback and two-time Super Bowl MVP, to his celebrity success as television's preeminent football analyst, best-selling author, television and film actor and gospel singer with three hit albums, Bradshaw is a beloved household name who came from humble beginnings to achieve astounding success. Having reached the pinnacle of professional accomplishment and survived the depths of depression, Bradshaw talks about sacrifice, pain, competition and adversity. He illuminates how he used the power of positive thinking to reach levels of success he never dreamed possible. Admired for his unvarnished honesty and colorful style, Bradshaw is a three-time Emmy Award-winning co-host of America's most-watched pregame show, FOX NFL Sunday. Bradshaw is the author of "No Easy Game", the remarkably introspective autobiography "Looking Deep" and New York Times best sellers, "It's Only A Game and Keep It Simple."

Tickets: Can be purchased online at www.BrowardCollegeSpeakerSeries.com

April 24, 2019 | Hill Harper - Award-winning Actor, Bestselling Author, and Philanthropist

Topic: Sailing the Seven C's of Success

Harper is a humanitarian, actor, author, entrepreneur, health and wellness ambassador/educator and philanthropist. Harper is perhaps most recognizable for his starring role in the CBS hit television drama "CSI: NY" where he played eccentric Dr. Sheldon Hawkes from 2004 to 2013 for which Harper won three NAACP Image Awards for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Subsequently, Harper returned to CBS starring in "Covert Affairs", the fast-paced drama "Limitless", and Showtime's award-winning drama "Homeland". Harper is a member of the cast of ABC's #1 drama "The Good Doctor" and hosts "How It Really Happened" with Hill Harper on HLN. Harper is the author of four New York Times best-sellers and has earned seven NAACP Image Awards for his writing and acting. Additionally, Harper founded The Manifest Your Destiny Foundation which is dedicated to empowering underserved youth through mentorship, scholarship, and grant programs. Harper graduated magna cum laude as valedictorian of his department with a bachelor's degree from Brown University and cum laude with a Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School. He also holds a master's degree with honors from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and holds Honorary Doctoral Degrees from Winston-Salem State University, Cheyney University, Westfield State College, Tougaloo College, Le-Moyne Owen College, Dillard University and Howard University.

Tickets: Can be purchased online at www.BrowardCollegeSpeakerSeries.com

Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Amaturo Theatre
201 SW 5th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $60 - $80 and can be purchased by going to www.BrowardCollegeSpeakerSeries.com.

SPONSORS: Brightline, WLRN; Sun-Sentinel, SunTrust City & Shore Magazine and The Riverside Hotel.


Serving approximately 60,000 students annually, Broward College provides residents with certificate programs, two-year university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees, and baccalaureate degrees in selected programs. The mission of the College is to provide high-quality educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a diverse community of learners. For more information, visit www.broward.edu.