This Year's Speakers

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Below is a list of all Society of Skeptics speakers for the 2018-2019 school year. All lectures are at 7 p.m. in the Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration unless otherwise noted.

Date Speaker Topic
September 18 Chris Wolfe '85, former equities trader now working for Merrill Lynch wealth management Personal recollections of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the twin towers in New York City
September 25 Marina Antropow Cramer, author of Roads Russian families facing the challenges associated with the 1941 Nazi invasion
October 2 Alison Wright, National Geographic photographer Journey around the world with National Geographic photographer Alison Wright
October 9 Ben Schwartz, MD, surgeon, NY Brightwater Intuitive’s Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System 
October 16 Frank Angiolelli, strategic consultant, McAfee Cybersecurity, a closer look at hackers & how to fight them
October 23 Dr. Don Lincoln, senior scientist at FermiLab (America's particle physics & accelerator lab) Issues in physics
October 30 George Hincapie, world-class road bike racer who has ridden in the Tour de France 17 times The life of a world-class bike racer
November 6 Maj (Ret.) Jason Howk, author & lecturer Afghanistan: America’s longest war
November 13 Olympic gold medalist Brandon Slay, executive director & head coach of the University of Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Regional Training Center Achieving dreams & leadership
December 4 Ron Insana P'16 '20 '21, CNBC contributor On recent politics
December 11 Alan Moskin, U.S. World War II veteran Helping to free Nazi concentration camps
January 8 Rob Montz, video producer & writer  Political correctness on college campuses 
January 22 Marsha Smith, Normandy Allies  Remembrance tour of 1944 D-Day beaches, cemeteries, museums & villages
January 29 Ridge & Valley School (Blairstown)


The charter school option
February 12 Betsy Schamberger P'22 Environmental Cleanups - When Is It Clean Enough?
February 26 Jane Ferry, MD, Grand View Hospital Medical mission to Kenya
April 2 Lucienne Ronco '80, vice president of translational medicine at Fulcrum Therapeutics  Development of new medicines
April 9 Young Alumni Skeptics Reflecting on career success, life on the hilltop & finding fulfillment after Blair
April 16 Chris Fussell '92, partner at the McChrystal Group & former Navy SEAL A former Navy SEAL speaks
April 23 The James Youngelson '53 Lecture on Ethics & Responsibility: David Kaczynski, brother of Ted Kaczynski (also known as the Unabomber) On his infamous brother, the justice system & capital punishment
April 30

Gina Moore, AJO Partners

Joanne M. Hill, PhD, CFA Institute Research Foundation Board & Cboe Vest LLC
Bill McNabb, former CEO of The Vanguard Group


The Herman Hollerith Lecture on Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Jack Bogle ’47's Legacy in the World of Investing

Recent Lectures

Jack Bogle '47 Legacy Skeptics
Joanne Miceli

As inventor of the index mutual fund and founder of The Vanguard Group, the late Chairman Emeritus of the Blair Board of Trustees John C. Bogle ’47 was a financial industry titan and an unrelenting champion of individual investors. The Society of Skeptics examined Mr. Bogle’s towering legacy in the world of investing during a special panel presentation at this year’s Herman Hollerith Lecture on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

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David Kaczynski Skeptics
Suzy Logan

On April 23, David Kaczynski—brother of Theodore Kaczynski, the so-called “Unabomber,” who was arrested in 1996—talked about his infamous brother, the justice system and capital punishment at the Society of Skeptics' annual James Youngelson '53 Lecture on Ethics and Responsibility. He delivered his remarks in the Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration.

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Dr. Lucienne Ronco ’80
Suzy Logan

On April 2, Dr. Lucienne Ronco ’80 will return to campus to talk about science and technology at the Society of Skeptics, encouraging students to consider these exciting fields as they explore career options. She will deliver her remarks at 7 p.m. in the Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration, pointing to her own career trajectory as a researcher and scientist.

Read More about Scientist Introduced Students to Translational Medicine, Drug Discovery, Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals