In his first public appearance since being elected into Trump’s Cabinet, Ben Carson spoke to students and faculty at Yale on Thursday night. Carson, a Yale alumus from the class of ‘73, discussed plans for his new political position.
Though some were critical about Carson’s stance on various issues, the talk was well-received overall by Yale students, according to Yale Daily News. Carson, soon-to-be Secretary of Housing and Development, highlighted what he saw as the government’s role in addressing America’s poor.
The Yale Daily News reported that he argued the need for more “mechanisms of opportunity” for the working population. An example he gave was granting incarcerated people greater education to provide them with a mechanism for getting a job once they leave.
Carson was asked about the conservative party agenda and agreed with many of his fellow future Cabinet members’ views. Yale's school paper wrote that many students saw his claims to be unsubstantial, however, and did not see his ideas as concrete enough.
Having graduated from Yale with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Carson made sure to keep it light and include neuroscience facts that he found fascinating throughout his talk. The Yale Daily News reported that he entertained students with a “long, rapid-fire description of all the neural functions necessary for a person to raise their hand.”
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