Society of Skeptics

Established as a forum for students and faculty to discuss and debate important global issues, the Society of Skeptics has grown to become one of the premier high school lecture series in the United States.

Each week, speakers from the political, social, scientific, economic and literary arenas share their unique perspectives with students, who are encouraged to engage with presenters, asking questions and debating points of view.

The program was an outgrowth of the Blair International Society, begun in 1937. Forty years later, former history department chair Dr. Elliott Trommald H'65 established the modern Skeptics program as a regular forum for student discussion and debate; Dr. Martin Miller took over in the mid-1980s and molded the program into a weekly lecture series, one that has since continued without interruption.

Under the tutelage of Dr. Miller, Skeptics features 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. 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
9/15/15 Scarlett Lewis, founder of Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation "Sandy Hook Mother Speaks Out"
9/22/15 Rob Montz "Cuba's Economy & Politics" 
9/29/15 Haider Hamza, Iraqi journalist, scholar & activist
"Growing Up in a Conflict Zone"
10/6/15 Edwidge Dorelien, former French teacher "Haiti: An Unknown 'Maroon'" 
10/13/15 Ifa Ibeyza, Africana studies, Brown University "The Life of Emmett Till"
10/20/15 Young Alumni Panel Alumni will give presentations on their careers. 
10/27/15 Dave Stevens, congenital amputee & college football player "Overcoming Physical Limitations"
11/3/15 David Chase, general manager of the Sussex County Miners "The MLB Civil Rights Ball Game"
11/10/15 Chris Fussell, chief growth officer for McChrystal Group "'Team of Teams' Approach to More Effective Organizations" 
11/17/15 Stan Spraitzar '67 senior cyber strategist/advisor for the National Security Agency "Cyber Pearl Harbor" 
12/1/15 Brad McNamara, co-founder of Freight Farms
"Growing Food in Urban Areas Year-Round" 
12/8/15

Sandy Apgar ’58 , former assistant secretary of the Army and Defense Business Board member

Sarah Apgar ’98 , director of New Stores & Facilities at Warby Parker and Founder of Fitfighter Training

"Entrepreneurship" 
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1/12/16 Doug Bandow, Cato Institute "Oppression of Christians in Islamic Lands" 
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2/9/16 TBD
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3/29/16 TBD
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4/5/16 Elliott Trommald, former history department chair
"John I. Blair" 
4/12/16 Dick Boak '68, Martin Guitars "Thoughts about the '60s" 
4/19/16 Rick Hunt, MD, Director for Medical Preparedness Policy, National Security Council Staff, The White House "Ebola"
4/26/16 Ruth Millman, Holocaust survivor "A Personal Account of the Holocaust" 
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