Brown to grant Ben Affleck honorary degree
April 25th, 2013
02:14 PM ET

Brown to grant Ben Affleck honorary degree

Ben Affleck will soon be the proud owner of a pair of Oscars and an honorary doctorate in fine arts.

The actor and filmmaker will be granted the degree from Brown University at the institution's commencement on May 26, along with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz and other luminaries in science, art and education.

The distinction comes on the heels of a banner awards season for the 40-year-old, who's gone from being a celebrity gossip magnet to a respected creator in his field. Earlier this year, Affleck accepted the best picture Oscar for his 2012 film, "Argo," which he starred in and directed.

Brown notes that in addition to his theatrical achievements, Affleck's also an active humanitarian. On Monday, he announced that he was joining an initiative called Live Below the Line, which draws attention to the fact that 1.4 billion people are living on less than $1.50 a day.

As a result, Affleck's going to join the effort by surviving on $1.50 for one day next week on behalf of the Eastern Congo Initiative, an advocacy and grant-making organization that he founded.

Filed under: Ben Affleck • Celebrities

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  1. Very Attracted too Ben and always will be especially with his new contact lenses.

    we'll meet soon ben

    May 19, 2013 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Nobody has herpes dear ... clear as a whistle

    now go wash your face and comb your hair

    May 19, 2013 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. Rosa Vanstrom

    The classics, in the Western academic tradition, refer to cultures of classical antiquity, namely the Ancient Greek and Roman cultures. The study of the classics is considered one of the cornerstones of the humanities; however, its popularity declined during the 20th century. Nevertheless, the influence of classical ideas in many humanities disciplines, such as philosophy and literature, remains strong; for example, the Gilgamesh Epic from Mesopotamia, the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the Vedas and Upanishads in India and various writings attributed to Confucius, Lao-tse and Chuang-tzu in China....";

    http://www.picturesofherpes.coCiao for now

    May 19, 2013 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. Not attracted to Ben...he is what we call entertainment.

    May 5, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ben is so much more higher then jen is...why take it.


    April 28, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mr. Alo--Never banged him---he wants me no lie--but i didn't do it...didn't blow him either...


    April 28, 2013 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |


    April 28, 2013 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. wow he is still hot!


    April 28, 2013 at 5:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. Moving Closer

    wow is this guy hot

    April 26, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Separate Lives

    look at him he's georgous....

    April 26, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sam Drive


    April 26, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Twitter Text From Bella Thorne and W

    Ben is a talented actor....

    April 26, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Calcommuter

      You have obviously never seen Armageddon, Gigli, Pearl Harbor, or Hollywoodland! For the latter, the studio took strides NOT to show him in the previews even though the plot was about the death of his character. They did that knowing that no one would pay money to see him "act"!

      April 26, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MKard

    why are you on a blog? the people i know with doctrate's are still at school

    April 26, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Timothy

    To the person who asked me what my doctorate was in, it is in education.

    April 26, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Wall Street Baby

    anyone who knows me for years will say......she's a straight shooter and on the level....

    April 26, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  16. 23k too yr pyout saw on cawfee table...while sleeping

    🙂 🙂

    April 26, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Timothy

    I am sure Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz is just thrilled to be honored with Ben Affleck. I would not be surprised if Junot had to ask who Ben Affleck is, and if Ben Affleck had to ask someone what is a Pulitzer Prize?

    April 26, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Not Me...I don't lie...

    all you have too do is ask and u get the answer....

    April 26, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  19. 15

    do you have yours?...

    April 26, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Timothy

    If you want a doctorate degree earn it and enroll in acting as minor degree too. I have a beard and run around the desert pretending to be someone I am not too, where is my honor doctorate? oh that's right. I actually went to college and got a real doctorate degree.

    April 26, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  21. ben thought he was gonna hurt 50 the rest of his life

    while bimbo and ho's fly.....i don't think so.....

    April 26, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Calcommuter

    Now he has an honorary degree in douchology, big deal. His first oscar was honorary. Matt did all the writing and he supplied the dope.

    April 26, 2013 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  23. s. sanatori


    April 26, 2013 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • (Reported)

      Did you know that posting material like that in a public forum can be classified as a form of molestation? If a child were to come in here and read that and it was subsequently reported... Hope for your sake you're not on a public, work or school computer because you could be branded a s e x o f f e n d e r for that. Good Luck with that!


      April 26, 2013 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  24. Tychi

    "surviving on $1.50 for one day " Wow, such a hard thing to do, what a great statement for humanity. I wrote a fantastic term paper .... I want an honorary degree.

    April 26, 2013 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  25. Meh

    That skinny blonde's story was more interesting

    April 26, 2013 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  26. No Second Setup Ben---Not happening this time

    salads are good...yep

    April 26, 2013 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  27. GOOD FOR BEN---


    April 26, 2013 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  28. cnnlicksit

    Honorary degree = meaningless.

    April 26, 2013 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  29. M.A.P.

    Stupid Pliny complains about my fecal humor, where are your beetchy comments for the other fecal fellons? One sided turd.

    April 26, 2013 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Oh yeah – Ben Affleck is the smugest turdburger in Hollywood ATM. Vom.

      April 26, 2013 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  30. elle oop

    $1.50 a day while living in his millions-of-dollars house....his cigarettes cost more than $1.50 a day.....Gotta love Hollywood. That are so righteous.

    April 26, 2013 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |

    April 26, 2013 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
    • (Reported)

      Did you know that posting material like that in a public forum can be classified as a form of molestation? If a child were to come in here and read that and it was subsequently reported... Hope for your sake you're not on a public, work or school computer because you could be branded a s e x o f f e n d e r for that. Good Luck with that!

      April 26, 2013 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  32. SISTER.


    April 26, 2013 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |


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    April 26, 2013 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  35. Nikki minaj

    i think ben is da shizzle mon, but as for da rest of you copraphagus butt dwelling monkeys need to see a shrink or a tibetan monk one! wiga please!

    April 26, 2013 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  36. Matt_D

    Nice hairpiece Ben....

    April 26, 2013 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  37. Jaleesdebra

    He's going to "survive" on $1.50 for one day next week? That's one of the stupidest things I've read.

    April 26, 2013 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  38. Dick Guzinyia


    April 26, 2013 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  39. Monsieur Diabolique

    I put roll-on deodorant on my bunghole every morning, yet I still have eye-watering/room-clearing farts. Why is that?

    April 25, 2013 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  40. joek

    Can't believe they are giving that anti-white racist Juno Diaz an award.

    April 25, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  41. USA

    🙂 🙂

    April 25, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  42. USA


    April 25, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  43. USA


    April 25, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  44. USA

    Congratulations Ben. Good Luck to you. I really enjoyed the movie ARGO 🙂

    April 25, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Name*Concerned

    Meant as reply to Fun Fact–sorry.

    April 25, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Name*Concerned

    What is a "form of molestation"? Don't remember learning that term in law school.

    April 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • It's a made up offense

      by a feeble minded, easily offended twit and nothing more. Every word in that troll's statement is a load of b.s.; I ran it by the legal dept. and they couldn't stop laughing.

      April 25, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Nate

    I got Barrett's Syndrome. It's not as fun as green poop. It does mean I'll probably poop out in the next 10 years or so. That is pooooopy.

    April 25, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |

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