This Year's Speakers

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Below is a list of all Society of Skeptics speakers for the 2019-2020 school year. All lectures are at 7 p.m. in the Chiang-Elghanayan Center for Innovation and Collaboration unless otherwise noted.

Date Speaker Topic
September 17

Vivek Tiwary, author & theatre producer (2004 revival of Raisin in the Sun)

"The Fifth Beatle"

September 24 Bob Teitel P'23, State Street Productions & Hollywood producer of films such as Men of Honor, Barbershop, Soul Food & The Hate You Give "Chicago Roots & Becoming a Filmmaker"
October 1

Zak Ebrahim, son of El Sayyid Nosair, planner of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing

"A Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice"

October 8

Dr. Jason Piccolo, former U.S. Border Patrol agent on U.S./Mexico border

"An Assessment of U.S. Border Policy"

October 15

Julia Kerrigan, MD, & James Kerrigan, MD, neurologists

"Latest Concussion Research"

October 22 Michael Stival '03, attorney at Excel Sports Management "Lessons Learned From Major League Baseball Players"

October 29

Becky Selengut '88, chef, author, humorist & cooking teacher


"How to Taste"
November 5

Young Alumni Skeptics

Vanessa Black '06, Marissa Mattar '08, Craig Stocker '08 & Patrick Maillet '10

November 12 Dr. Kyle Kolaja P'20 senior director/head of investigative toxicology & cellular therapy, Celgene Corporation  "Cell Therapy Realities"
November 19

Alison Wright, award-winning photographer & National Geographic Magazine Traveler of the Year

"World Cultures"

January 7

Doug Bandow, Cato Institute senior fellow & former special White House assistant to President Ronald Reagan

"The 2020 Presidential Election"
January 14 Emily Reid, vice president for open learning at AI4ALL "Artificial Intelligence & its Social Impact"
January 28

Cynthia Harvey, American Ballet Theater ballet mistress, former Royal Ballet principal ballerina & former principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater

"On Dance"

February 6 Raymond Seitz, former ambassador to the United Kingdom "The Imperative (and Unraveling) of U.S. Alliances"
February 11 Mike Vacarro, lead sports columnist for The New York Post "Recent Issues in Sports"
February 25 Sergio Troncoso, author & professor, Yale Writers' Workshop "The Immigrant Outsider"
March 31

Dr. Stacey Spring '95, Groton School history department     

"Lessons from Europe: Could the U.S. Break Its Two-Party Political System"
April 8 (Wenesday night presentation) Victoria Gardner Coates, PhD, P'20 '23, Department of Energy Senior Policy Advisor "U.S. Foreign Policy"
April 14 Sarah Apgar '98, founder of  FitFighter  "Training Program"
April 21 Peter Mandaville '90, George Mason University professor of government & former U.S. State Department senior advisor on Middle East "Advising for the State Dept; Interviewing Jamal Kashoggi, the assassinated Saudi journalist" 
April 28 Violinist & Syrian refugee Mariela Shaker

"Life in Aleppo & as a Refugee"

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