Here’s your Fall 2014 Brown Lecture Board speaker poll

We interrupt your summer recess for an important announcement: Brown Lecture Board has opened its speaker poll for Fall 2014! Mindy Kaling and Sir Ian McKellen, popular former bids, are joined by newcomers Kevin Spacey, Toni Morrison, and Jane Goodall.

Kaling is a prominent comedian on her show The Mindy Project and was on The Office. McKellen was nominated for two Oscars and has also been immortalized as Gandalf in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, Magneto in X-Men, and this. Kevin Spacey stars in the Netflix political thriller House of Cards as the pure evil cunning Frank Underwood. Morrison is a universally acclaimed author and Pulitzer Prize winner. Her novel Beloved is a favorite of Professor Arnold Weinstein in the comp lit department. Finally, Goodall is famous as both a scientist and a humanitarian and is considered “the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees.”

The poll (found here) is complete with mini-bios for each speaker, and BLB really hopes that students will take the time to make an educated decision. Of course, we at BlogDH promise to keep you informed about all of the candidates as well. Let WWIII commence amongst our staff writers.

An important note: Remember that when you invite actors, you aren’t actually inviting their characters. Ian Mckellen cannot tell you what happens after the last of the elves sailed to Valinor, and as much as we would to love to see Wendy Schiller front and center in Salomon 101, this question is probably inappropriate for Kevin Spacey:


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Know your Lecture Board Fall Speaker Poll candidates: Arianna Huffington


Born in Greece, educated in the United Kingdom and nowadays often featured prominently in lists of the most influential women in media, Arianna Huffington has a long list of accomplishments to her name. Perhaps her best known feat is her role in the founding of The Huffington Post, a liberal news outlet that combines both news aggregate and blogging elements. Although AOL purchased the site in 2011, Huffington stayed on as editor-in-chief, managing the Post to a Pulitzer Prize win in 2012.

Almost as intriguing as Ms. Huffington’s professional career is her political history; she has identified as both conservative and liberal at varying points in her decades-long career as both journalist and entrepreneur. (Ed — any good Californian knows she also opposed Terminator for governor in the 2003 recall.) This unique view of both sides of the political spectrum, coupled with her groundbreaking work in digital media, make Arianna Huffington a fantastic and informative candidate for Fall Speaker, Sir Ian’s peerless cool notwithstanding.

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Know your Lecture Board Fall Speaker Poll candidates: Sir Ian McKellen

“Fly, you fools!”

…to your laptops and vote here right now to have Sir Ian McKellen as this year’s fall lecturer! Yes, you heard right. You may be able to see Gandalf/Magneto in the flesh.

But why Sir Ian McKellen? Well, why breathe? Why eat? Why smile back at Gail at the Ratty? Sir Ian McKellen is everything that is good in the world. Not only does he boast an impressive acting career, but he’s also just unfathomably suave and cultured. It’s hard for me to articulate just how perfect this man is (you did notice the “Sir” part, right?), so I’ll just let his accomplishments speak for themselves.


The grandpa we all secretly want

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Know your Lecture Board Fall Speaker Poll candidates: Guy Fieri

Where would our culture be without Guy Fieri? Probably the same place, but cultural superfluity is always more fun than cultural necessity. Guy Fieri has left an indelible mark on the United States of America. Guy came up with “Donkey Sauce”– the only way to make a mustard-mayo combo seem more like animal semen than it already does. Guy created a Times Square amusement restaurant, which will forever go down in the pantheon of food criticism because Pete Wells was having a particularly bad day. Guy hosts a show that talks up neighborhood places as long as they aren’t run by minorities or gays. Guy taught Food Network that its audience would accept a chef whose cooking talent was inversely proportional to the amount of “bling” on his or her body.

In essence, Guy Fieri is the quintessential 21st century television personality: got his start on a competition show, parlayed his 15 minutes into several years and is now deeply loved by half of America and reviled by the others. So the question now is: why wouldn’t you want to grill this guy (or douse him with verbal donkey sauce) at a Lecture Board lecture? Take a big bite out of Guy and vote Fieri on the Lecture Board Poll!

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Know your Lecture Board Fall Speaker Poll candidates: Bill Nye the Science Guy

Upon learning that the Lecture Board  Speaker Poll was officially open, one of our writers sprung into action to proclaim that she planned to vote for Mindy Kaling. World War III erupted as both BlogDH staffers and readers alike disagreed with this preference. As such, several members of our team were inspired to action and decided to write pieces advocating for their first-choice speakers. Expect fleshed-out plugs for each candidate from now until the poll closes. It’s like All That‘s ‘Know Your Stars’… except not fake. 

First of all, I have to say Lecture Board did a PHENOMENAL job with this year’s candidates. Sure, Mindy Kaling is pretty cool; Arianna Huffington created one of the most popular news sites of our age, which is okay; Guy Fieri is ignorant about his ‘90s boy-band frosted tips, which is completely amusing; and Sir Ian McKellen was knighted, which I guess is kind of a big deal. But guys… BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY.

Make your childhood-self proud.

Seriously, this guy.

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Brown Lecture Board opens Speaker Poll (and we want Mindy Kaling)

The Brown Lecture Board opened its Fall Speaker Poll today, overwhelming us with awesome choices like Bill Nye, fresh off a short-lived DWTS tenure, and Guy Fieri, who I guess is still relevant. However, I almost fainted when I opened the link to the poll and saw…

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… which means my poll now looks like:

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