History

history class

Blair students develop critical academic skills that lead to success at the college level, including reading comprehension, written expression, speaking, critical thinking and research skills.

JASON BECK, HISTORY DEPARTMENT CHAIR

Overview

Beginning in ninth grade Global Issues, students have an opportunity to explore three important regions in the developing world: Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The 10th grade year focuses on Modern European History, with a special emphasis on the roots of the United States. The 11th grade year continues this theme through courses in United States history. During senior year, history students may choose from a number of electives, including Economics and Intellectual History Honors.

In addition to the regular curriculum, the Society of Skeptics offers weekly lectures by a wide variety of speakers, including noted historians, authors, and business and educational leaders. Skeptics speakers have included: CNN’s Lou Dobbs, Columbia University history professor Eric Foner, Lafayette College professor of history Joshua Sanborn, George Mason University history professor Peter Mandaville, two former governors of New Jersey, chair of the 9/11 Commission Governor Thomas Kean, and former U.S. ambassador to Vietnam Raymond Burghardt ’63.

Meet the Faculty

Meet Blair's History Department

Jason Beck

Jason Beck

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Joanne Brandwood

Joanne Brandwood

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Quinten Clarke

Quinten Clarke

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David Facciani

David Facciani

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Hannah Higgin

Hannah Higgin

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Carter Lorant

Carter Lorant

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Tessa McEvoy

Tessa McEvoy

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Martin Miller

Martin Miller

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Marianna Paone

Marianna Paone

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Michael Russell

Michael Russell

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Andee Ryerson

Andee Ryerson

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Andrew Sykes

Andrew Sykes

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Ann Williams

Ann Williams

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Courses

  • Global Issues
  • Modern European History
  • U.S. History
  • AP U.S. History
  • AP European History
  • Economics Honors: History & Theory
  • Intellectual History Honors: Existentialism & Modern Thought
  • AP Comparative Government/Politics
  • 1968: A Year in Crisis
  • History of Women’s Rights
  • Race in America
  • American Government: Constitutional Law
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Art History
  • America at War: Conflicts That Shaped a Nation
  • Twenty-First Century Conflicts
  • Ancient History: Greece & Rome

Beyond the Classroom

  • Weekly Society of Skeptics lectures
  • Regular Head of School & Alumni Roundtables
  • Master classes taught by Skeptics & Alumni Roundtable speakers
  • Diplomacy Club
  • Student government
  • Model United Nations
  • Trips to Intelligence Squared debates
  • Travel to the Washington Ideas Forum & other lectures & museums in New York City, Philadelphia & Washington, D.C.
  • Participation in annual TEDx conference
  • School break trips to Europe, Asia & Africa
  • Young Republican & Young Democrat Clubs
  • Blair in Kenya