This Year's Speakers

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Below is a list of Society of Skeptics speakers for the 2020-2021 school year. All lectures will take place virtually, beginning at 7 p.m., and history department chair Jason Beck will send a private webinar link to the members of the Blair community on the morning of each presentation. Blair will post a recording publicly on its website the following day.

Date Speaker Topic
September 8

Luol Deng '03, global philanthropist

"Global Philanthropy"
September 15

Jason Howk, Islam scholar

"The Afghan Peace Process"
September 22

Nishta Mehra, author & educator

"Brown White Black: Living Authentically"
September 29

Dr. James Dickerson, chief research scientist, Consumer Reports

"Science & Consumer Practices"

October 6

Carrie Giddins Pergram ’92, professor, American University

"A 2020 Election Preview"

October 20

Emmanuel Bello ’04, vice president, Owl Rock Capital 

"Careers in Investment & Business"

October 27

Alison Wright, photographer, National Geographic

"Pandemic to Protest: Photos of New York City"
November 3

Election Forum

Young Democrats & Young Republicans Lead Election Night Forum
November 17

Camelia M. Valdes, Passaic County prosecutor

Pathways to Success
February 2 Kathy Abbott, Susan Ferris, Laura Castelblanco Englehardt, New Jersey League of Women Voters "A Century of Women’s Suffrage and Music"
February 9 Bill Baroni, attorney & former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey during former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration TBD
February 23 Anthony D’Amato ’06, musician  "A Life of Music"
March 2 Stephen Patane ’09, Jenna Catalano ’10, Annika Rollock ’14, Will Pemberton ’16  Young Alumni Skeptics
March 9 Rob Smith, U.S. Army veteran and political activist "Always a Soldier: Service, Sacrifice, and Coming Out as America's Favorite Black, Gay Republican"
March 10

Christo Brand, Nelson Mandela’s prison guard on Robben Island

Chapel Collaboration, “Lessons from a Warder and his Prisoner”
The James Youngelson ’53 Lecture on Responsibility & Ethics
March 16

Kevin Levin, historian & author

"The Controversy Around Black Confederates and Questions of How We Remember the Civil War"
March 30 Gillian Sciaretta ’03, associate editor, Wine Spectator
"The Wine & Hospitality Industries"
April 6

Doug Bandow, senior fellow, Cato Institute

"Foreign Policy Challenges Facing the Biden Administration"
April 13

Dr. Anthony Jack, Harvard University sociologist & author

"The Privileged Poor"
April 20

Jay Faison, CEO, Clearpath & environmental entrepreneur

"A Way Forward"
April 27 Connie Fletcher-Hindle ’74, retired, accounts payable, Hindle Power, Inc., & community volunteer; Shanen Aranmor ’90, mental health counselor & founder of Weld Like A Girl; Dr. Sharon Sutherland ’93, attending physician, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Primary Care Center @ Cobbs Creek; Virginia Case ’03, CEO, StraTac Marketing 50 Years of Coeducation at Blair Panel

Recent Lectures

Jay Faison

Climate change philanthropist Jay Faison is the founder of the ClearPath Foundation, an entrepreneurial, strategic nonprofit focused on the acceleration of clean energy solutions. Mr. Faison joined the Blair community virtually on April 20 to talk about climate change politics and policy during his Society of Skeptics presentation, “A Way Forward.”

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