President Benson to Make Two Presentations at Yale Nov. 14

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Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson will make two presentations at Yale University on Friday, Nov. 14.

Benson was invited to speak at the Yale Law School by the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. He will address the role of the G.I. Bill and the Morrill Land Grant Act in shaping public universities and discuss how those acts inform today’s debates regarding higher education. He was also asked to discuss his 1997 book, “Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel,” at a private dinner with Shabtai: The Jewish Society of Yale (formerly known as Eliezer).

Hal Boyd, student president of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society at Yale, said that he and the group’s faculty adviser, John Morley, became familiar with Benson during his previous presidential tenure at Southern Utah University and followed his move to EKU.

“President Benson … represents the next wave of leaders in public higher education who are reaffirming the role of public universities in the modern economy and civil society,” Boyd said, noting Benson’s relative youth among university chief executives. “It will be a fabulous opportunity for students to hear from President Benson.”

Benson will also be the subject of a filmed interview by Shabtai. The interviews are not publicly available, but are “placed in the Society’s archives along with interviews of other past speakers, which include prominent politicians, academics and thought leaders,” Boyd noted.

Shabtai, founded by Rabbi Shmully Hecht, Sen. Cory Booker and Harvard’s Noah Feldman, among others, has hosted an eclectic group of guests ranging from distinguished politicians like Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Sen. Joe Lieberman to well-known authors and intellectuals such as David Brooks and Edward Rothstein.

The J. Reuben Clark Law Society is an organization of attorneys and law school students consisting of more than 65 professional and 125 student chapters throughout the world. The Society’s membership is primarily Mormon, although there is no requirement that members be part of the LDS church. The Society claims as members six U.S. Senators, nine U.S. Representatives, 14 Circuit Court of Appeals judges, 18 U.S. District Court judges, four United States Attorneys, more than 85 state judges (including state supreme courts), thousands of practicing attorneys and law students, and 17 Fortune 500 corporate counselors.

While on the New Haven, Conn., campus, the EKU president also plans to visit the Latter-Day Saint Institute at Yale, and meet with, among others, the Sterling Professor of Humanities and noted literary critic Harold Bloom.

Published on November 07, 2014

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