Elizabeth Hubert Malott Public Affairs Program

The Elizabeth Hubert Malott Public Affairs Program, established by the Malott family in memory of alumna and trustee Elizabeth Hubert Malott ’53, makes manifest her belief that a range of opinions about the world — especially opinions with which we may not agree, or think we do not agree — leads to a better educational experience. Although the primary audience for this annual program is the Scripps College student body, all members of the Claremont community and the general public are welcome.

Past Speakers

Peggy Noonan · February 6, 2014

Peggy Noonan is a widely admired columnist for The Wall Street Journal and the best-selling author of eight books on American politics, history, and culture. Noonan's essays have appeared in TIME, Newsweek, The Washington Post and other publications, and she provides frequent political commentary on television.

Charles Krauthammer · February 7, 2013

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and named by the Financial Times as the most influential commentator in America, Charles Krauthammer has been honored from every part of the political spectrum for his bold and original writing. MSNBC's Joe Scarborough calls him "the most powerful force in American conservatism." National Review featured him on its cover as "Obama's critic-in-chief." New York Times columnist David Brooks says that today "he's the most important conservative columnist."

Ben Stein · February 9, 2012

Ben Stein has served as an economist at the Department of Commerce, a poverty lawyer in New Haven and Washington, D.C., a trial lawyer at the Federal Trade Commission, and an adjunct professor at American University in Washington, D.C., the University of California Santa Cruz, and Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. A prolific and best-selling author, Stein has written or co-written 30 books, including seven novels. His 21 nonfiction books are mainly about finance, ethical and social issues in finance, and the political and social content of mass culture.

David Brooks · February 8, 2011

David Brooks is a keen observer of the American way of life and a penetrating analyst of present-day politics and foreign affairs. He has become one of the prominent voices of conservative politics in the United States; with his elegance and finely tuned reason and wit, he engages both sides of the debate eloquently. Brooks is one of the New York Times' most widely read columnists and is a regular analyst on News Hour with Jim Lehrer and NPR's All Things Considered.

Newt Gingrich · March 3, 2010

Newt Gingrich was first elected to Congress in 1978 where he served for twenty years. In 1995, he was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and became well-known as the architect of the “Contract with America.” He was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year in 1995 for his leading role in returning the U.S. House majority to the Republican Party for the first time in 40 years.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali · February 5, 2009

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an outspoken defender of women’s rights. Her courage and effectiveness in educating the world about women’s oppression and violence against women in conservative Islamic cultures led Time magazine to name her one of the “100 Most Influential People” in 2005. Her current research deals with the relationship between the West and Islam, women’s rights in Islam, violence against women propagated by religious and cultural arguments, and Islam in Europe.

Liz and Mary Cheney · November 15, 2007

Liz Cheney is an attorney and specialist in the areas of U.S. Middle East policy and reform in the Arab world. Mary Cheney is an author and was a top campaign aide to Vice President Dick Cheney.

Mary Matalin · October 5, 2006

Mary Matalin formerly served as assistant to President George W. Bush and counselor to Vice President Dick Cheney. She was the first White House official to hold the two titles simultaneously. The GOP strategist appears frequently as a political commentator and co-hosted the critically acclaimed political talk shows Crossfire and Equal Time. Her three-hour afternoon program on CBS Talk Radio Network, The Mary Matalin Show, highlighted current events and featured distinguished guests. Talkers Magazine listed Matalin as one of The 100 Most Important Talk Show Hosts in America in 1996, 1997, and 1998.