This Year's Speakers

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Below is a list of Society of Skeptics speakers for the 2020-2021 fall semester. 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 Valdes, Passaic County prosecutor


Recent Lectures

Brittany Rockenfeller

Blair Academy is pleased to welcome James H. Dickerson, PhD, who will speak to students, faculty and staff during a virtual Society of Skeptics lecture on September 29 at 7 p.m. His presentation, “Using Science for Good,” will center around his work at Consumer Reports and the use of scientific findings to drive marketplaces changes to improve products.

Read More about Consumer Reports Chief Research Scientist to Visit the Society of Skeptics
Jason Beck
Blair Academy

The Society of Skeptics is one of Blair’s most storied programs, a fact that can undoubtedly be attributed to the vision and deep commitment of former history teacher Martin Miller, PhD, who helmed the program from the 1980s until he retired last June. Upon Dr. Miller’s retirement, history department chair Jason Beck took the reins after years of working closely with Dr. Miller and supporting the development and execution of the program.

Read More about History Department Chair Jason Beck Takes the Reins of the Society of Skeptics