The Blair community looked ahead to the major policy and political challenges facing President Donald Trump when foreign policy and civil liberties expert Doug Bandow addressed the Society of Skeptics on January 24. Mr. Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, a Washington, D.C., public policy research organization, who writes for leading publications including Fortune magazine, National Interest, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Times, and comments regularly on major news networks.
“We all have a major stake in President Trump’s success as he tries to adapt to the demands of the presidency, in which everything he says and does has impact around the world,” Mr. Bandow said. “I hope to give students some signposts to watch for as he takes office and give them some ideas on issues they should monitor and work to hold him accountable on. After all, how Mr. Trump performs will shape the world in which they will be living in the years ahead.”
A former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and editor of the political magazine Inquiry, Mr. Bandow has challenged the Blair community with discussions of terrorism, drug legalization, ancient Chinese culture and the 2012 presidential election in past years. He holds a JD from Stanford University.
The Society of Skeptics was established as a forum for students and faculty to discuss and debate important global issues; it 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 Elliott Trommald, PhD, Hon.’65, established the modern Skeptics program as a regular forum for student discussion and debate; history teacher Martin Miller, PhD, 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 has featured a wide variety of speakers who are engaging, accomplished in their respective fields and often controversial. For a listing of upcoming Skeptics programs, please click here.