The Society of Skeptics welcomed author and speaker Glenn LeBoeuf on February 14 for a pre-President’s Day discussion of “The Making of an Abolitionist: Abraham Lincoln's Evolving Views on Slavery.” A passionate student of history and former social studies teacher in New Providence, New Jersey, Mr. LeBoeuf shared insights on Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States and issuer of the Emancipation Proclamation. To watch his presentation, click "play" below.
Mr. LeBoeuf was a Civil War reenactor from 1989 to 2001, during which time he organized a 22,000-person reenactment near Gettysburg in 1998, the largest Civil War reenactment ever held. He appeared in two films, Glory (1990) and Gettysburg (1993), spoke at the prestigious Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College in 2007 and is a member of the Abraham Lincoln Association. Mr. LeBoeuf holds a BA in history from Monmouth University and has 33 years’ experience as a lecturer on a variety of historical topics. His first book, 25 What Ifs' in the Life of Abraham Lincoln, will be published this summer.
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.