The Blair community was excited to welcome back foreign policy and civil liberties expert Doug Bandow to the Society of Skeptics on January 7. 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.
In 2017, Mr. Bandow’s talk focused on the major policy and political challenges facing then-President elect Donald Trump. His talk on January 7 will explore the 2020 election and what to expect as we move into the new year. Since his talk in 2017, Mr. Bandow has become a ForeignPolicy.com and Huffpost contributor, where he reflects frequently on policy in the United States. He has written several books, including Foreign Follies: America's New Global Empire, The Korean Conundrum: America's Troubled Relations with North and South Korea and Tripwire: Korea and U.S. Foreign Policy in a Changed World.
A former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan, 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.
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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.