This Year's Speakers

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Below is a list of all Society of Skeptics speakers for the 2017-2018 school year. All lectures are at 7 p.m. in the Chiang Center for Innovation and Collaboration unless otherwise noted.

Date Speaker Topic
September 19 Bonnie St. John, 1984 Winter Paralympics medal winner "Resilience"
September 26 Gina Trish & Kate Matteson, Democratic candidates for New Jersey's 24th District Assembly "Running for Political Office"
October 3 Dan Chamberlin, Kittatinny Regional High School environmental studies teacher "A Project in Costa Rica"
October 10 Ted Dowey, design manager for New York Department of Environmental Protection "Supplying Quality Water to New York City"
October 24 Mariela Shaker, Syrian refugee & musician "Life in Aleppo & as a Refugee"
October 30 Arno Michaelis, author & speaker "My Life After Hate"
November 7 Doug Simon, professor of political science emeritus at Drew University "The American Intelligence Community: Critical Questions"
November 28 Quint Clarke '87, Blair history teacher and Blair in Kenya founder, & Lafayette College senior Kelvin Serem '13 "Blair in Kenya: Building Two Village Schools"
December 5 Rob Montz, video producer & writer "Political Correctness on the College Campus"
January 9 Dr. Vikram Mansharamani '92, lecturer at Harvard University "Humanity and its Challenges"
January 23 Jenna Samra, PhD student studying high-energy astrophysics at Harvard's John Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences "The August Solar Eclipse"
January 30 Major (Ret.) Jason Howk, author & lecturer "My New Translation of the Quran"
February 12 Glenn LeBoeuf, historian "Ten Moral Moments in the Life of Abraham Lincoln"
February 27 Sam Tarantino, entrepreneur "Entrepreneurship: Creating Grooveshark"


March 27 Emily Boak '13, heritage analyst for the Afghan Heritage Mapping Partnership


"Afghan Archaeology from Above"
April 3 Blair Shark Tank: Angel investor John Moore P'19 of Investors' Circle Philadelphia, Fox Rothschild partner Liz Sigety P'16 '18 '20 '21 & CNBC contributor Ron Insana P'16 '20 '21
*Herman Hollerith Lecture on Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Venture capitalists evaluate an entrepreneur's business pitch
April 10 Joanna Weber '03, Hudson Collins '07, Filip Gzella '08 & Yale Kim '09 Alumni give presentations on their careers.
April 17 Carlos Garcia Hernandez, volunteer teacher of the Peace Boat (NGO) 
*James Youngelson '53 Lecture on Ethics & Responsibility
"The Voyage of the Peace Boat"
April 24 George Kolber, former COO of American Eagle Outfitters, Inc., & current CEO of Retail Ventures, Inc. "A Family's Survival"

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