Society of Skeptics

The weekly Society of Skeptics series, which has been in continuous existence since 1977, is one of the premier high school lecture series in the country.

The program was an outgrowth of the Blair International Society, begun in 1937, and has served as a forum for the discussion and debate of important national and international issues. Over the past 35-plus years, under the tutelage of history teacher Dr. Martin Miller, the weekly lecture series has featured a wide variety of speakers who are engaging, accomplished in their respective fields and often controversial.

All lectures are at 7 p.m. in Cowan Auditorium unless otherwise noted. Please check back often for additional speakers and dates. To see photos or videos of past lectures, click on the date, name of the speaker or the title of the program below. 

Date Speaker Topic
9/16/14 Haider Hamza, Iraqi journalist, scholar & activist "Humanizing War: The Experiences of Soldiers & Civilians During Conflict"
9/23/14 Dr. Jane Ferry, MD, FACEP, MMM & Colleagues  "Medical Project in Kenya"
9/30/14 Alison Wright, photographer for National Geographic “Congo & South Sudan”
10/7/14 Jerry Paffendorf, CEO of LoveLand Technologies "Detroit: The Rise, Fall & Possible Rise of a Major U.S. City"
10/14/14          Hudson Taylor '05, co-founder of Athlete Ally "On Tolerance"
10/21/14 Blair's Debate Team "On Balance, the Benefits of Genetically Modified Foods Outweigh the Harms"
10/28/14 Dr. James Dickerson, PhD, Brookhaven National Laboratory  "Nanotechnology"
11/11/14 Alex Troy P'14 '15 "Amistad: The Charter School Experience"
11/18/14 Jim Thaller, managing director of Talier Trading Group, Inc. & senior agribusiness advisor of The World Bank "Agricultural Innovation in Developing Countries"
12/2/14 Rev. Robert D. Higgs, executive director of Old Historic Trust "350 Years of New Jersey History: Lessons for Today"
12/9/14 Amy Litzenberger, co-founder of Take the Lead "On Removing Obstacles to Leadership Roles for Women in Business"
1/6/15 Rob Montz "Cuba's Economic Reforms"
1/13/15 Doug Bandow, Cato Institute "Legalization of Drugs"
1/19/15 A Special Monday-Evening Skeptics Program to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."

Young Alumni Panel

*This event has been canceled due to inclement weather. 

Alumni will give presentations on their careers.
2/10/15 Lois Pryce, author "What It’s Like to Motorcycle Solo Through Iran as a Woman"
2/24/15 Josh Sanborn, chairman of the history department at Lafayette College "A Conversation About US/Russian Relations"
3/24/15 Dr. David Robinson, PhD, New Jersey State Climatologist & geography professor at Rutgers University "Climate Change"

Ronn Cort P'16, COO of Sekisui SPI

Herman Hollerith Lecture on Innovation & Entrepreneurship

"3-D Printing Revolution"
4/7/15 Steven Kampmann, former Blair faculty member "Dreams"
4/14/15 Zak Taylor '94 "Innovation & Entrepreneurship"
4/21/15 Walter Fortson, NJ Regional Field Manager "The Petey Greene Program: Tutoring in Prisons"
4/28/15 Dr. Jose Lopez, professor of physics at Seton Hall University "A Better Way to Clean Water: The Development of an Ozone Purification Process"