Art history was the focus of the Society of Skeptics when attorney and art critic James Moore joins the Blair community on March 28. In a presentation titled “Great Art: Cardsharps, Saints, Beheadings and Murder,” Mr. Moore presented an introduction to the life and times of Caravaggio, the Italian painter (1571-1610) who produced many now-famous biblical masterpieces while leading a tumultuous life punctuated by murder and brawls.
A longtime trial attorney, Mr. Moore is a former partner in the Rochester, New York, law firm of Harter Secrest & Emery. He served as president of the New York Bar Association (1998-1999) and is a member of the International Association of Lawyers’ governing board.
Mr. Moore is also a student of late Renaissance and early Baroque art who has lectured on the subject at several conferences, including two on Italian art crime in 2013 and 2014. He holds a BS and LLB from Cornell University and is a former captain in the U.S. Army who served in Vietnam.
Finally, Mr. Moore is a member of the Blair family: He is the father of English department chair James Moore and grandfather of Nils Stahlkrantz '10, James Stahlkrantz '12, Emma Moore '12, Harrison Moore '17 and Lindsay Stahlkrantz '17.
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.