The Blair community welcomed CNBC senior analyst and commentator Ron Insana to the Society of Skeptics on December 4 for a discussion of recent politics. An expert on economic and market issues, Mr. Insana delved into topics that have been in the news over the past weeks. The presentation was held in the Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration.
During his 30-year career as a business journalist and money manager, Mr. Insana has shared his expertise as an NBC Nightly News and Today Show contributor and USA Today columnist. He authored four books on Wall Street and currently delivers “The Market Scoreboard Report” to radio stations nationwide. Mr. Insana’s interviews with high-profile newsmakers cover the who’s who of politics and industry, and he was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role in NBC’s coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He is an honors graduate of California State University at Northridge.
The father of Emily ’16, Thomas ’20 and Anna ’21, Mr. Insana has offered insightful commentary at three previous Skeptics lectures, including two sessions of “Blair Tank,” modeled after the reality show “Shark Tank.”
To watch his Skeptics presentation, click "play" below.
The History of Skeptics
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.