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The speaker series was made possible through the generosity of First Savings Bank. First Savings Bank’s vision is to improve education in the state of Indiana by establishing a speaker series that engages students, faculty and the business community of southern Indiana and to advance the mission of Indiana University Southeast.


2018 First Savings Bank Speaker Series
Featuring Willie Robertson

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Time: 7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Location: IU Southeast Paul W. Ogle Center

This is a free general admission event; however tickets are required. Visit the Ogle Center website to request tickets.


Upcoming Speaker

Willie RobertsonBusinessman, outdoorsman, hunter, speaker and author - Willie Robertson is best known as the CEO of Duck Commander on A&E's Duck Dynasty. Duck Commander is not only the brand of the best-selling duck call in the United States, but also a popular trademark for apparel, hunting gear, wine, foods, spices and more. Willie has expanded the family company from a living room operation to a multi-million-dollar enterprise and into a premiere destination for all things outdoors including Buck Commander, Fin Commander, Strut Commander and Duck Commander Family Foods.

As the executive producer of Duck Dynasty on A&E and Buck Commander on Outdoor Channel, Willie combines his passion for the outdoors with his natural ability to entertain. While the Robertsons' story is a great example of entrepreneurship and dedication, it is at its core built on faith and family. Willie is a New York Times bestselling author of The Duck Commander Family: How Faith Family and Ducks built a Dynasty, American Hunter and American Fisherman, and he along with his family, have a platinum selling Christmas album Duck The Halls. Willie and Korie along with their children live in West Monroe, Louisiana.

Past Speakers

2017 First Savings Bank Speaker Series - Nolan Bushnell

Nolan BushnellNolan Bushnell is often referred to as the father of the video game industry. He is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time Theater. Mr. Bushnell is passionate about enhancing and improving the educational process by integrating the latest in brain science, and truly enjoys motivating and inspiring others with his views on entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation and education.

Over the past forty years, Bushnell has been a prolific entrepreneur, founding numerous companies, including: Etak, the first car navigation system whose mapping is still the basis for car navigation systems today; Androbot, a personal robotics company; Catalyst Technologies, the first technology incubator; and ByVideo, the first online ordering system, which allowed customers to order and pay for product from kiosks.

Three years ago, he published of his first book, "Finding the Next Steve Jobs", a "how to" for people interested in finding, hiring, keeping and nurturing creative talent. Currently, Mr. Bushnell is devoting his talents to education with his new company, Brainrush. His beta software is teaching academic subjects at over 10 times the speed in classrooms with over 90 percent retention. His Anti-Aging Games project helps seniors to avoid many of the problems of mental aging through game exercises that maintain mental flexibility and problem solving.

Mr. Bushnell was inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame, the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame, named ASI 1997 Man of the Year, and named one of Newsweek's "50 Men That Changed America." In March of 2009, Bushnell was honored with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Fellowship Award (BAFTA) the highest accolade the Academy bestows, for his outstanding creative contribution to the Video Games Industry.

Currently a biopic about Nolan Bushnell, titled Atari, is in pre-production. The story was acquired by Leonardo DiCaprio's production company, with DiCaprio slated to play Mr. Bushnell.

2016 First Savings Bank Speaker Series - Ben Stein

Ben SteinBen Stein is the most famous economics teacher in America. His comedic role as the droning economics teacher in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" has been ranked as one of the fifty most famous scenes in movie history.

In real life, Ben Stein is a powerful speaker on economics, politics, education, and history. Like his father, Herbert Stein, he is considered one of the great humorists on political economy.

Stein has a bachelor's with honors in economics from Columbia, studied econ at the graduate level at Yale, and is a graduate of Yale Law School (valedictorian of his class by election of his classmates in 1970).

His background includes being a poverty lawyer for the poor in New Haven, a trade regulation lawyer for the FTC, a speech writer for both Presidents Nixon and Ford (He did NOT write the line, "I am not a crook...."), a columnist and an editorial writer for The Wall Street Journal, and a teacher of law and economics at UC Santa Cruz (undergrad) and Pepperdine (law school and undergrads).

He has written or co-written roughly 30 books with his brilliant colleague Phil DeMuth. His published works are concentrated on investing, and many of them have been New York Times bestsellers. Their book, "Yes, You Can Time The Market," has become a landmark of using price theory for securities market analysis.

He wrote a column about economics for The New York Times from 2004-09.

He co-hosted the show “Win Ben Stein’s Money” with Jimmy Kimmel, which won seven Emmys, including best game show host. (Surely making him the only well-known economist to win an Emmy). Presently, he writes a column for The American Spectator and for NewsMax. He is a regular commentator on Fox News and on CBS Sunday Morning, as well as a frequent commentator on CNN.