Academy News

Guest Speakers

National History Academy hosts over 20 guest speakers who are nationally recognized experts in their fields. These speakers supplement the lessons learned in the site visits, Harvard Business School case studies and parliamentary debates with real-world examples. Over the course of the summer, a George Washington scholar might visit with you before a trip to Mount Vernon, you may interview a Civil Rights leader, or you could have lunch with the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the former Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.

Learning from the Experts

Among the over 20 guest speakers during 2018 were:

  • Douglas Bradburn, President & CEO of Mount Vernon
  • Jeff Buchheit, President of the Baltimore National Heritage Area
  • Gayle DeLashmutt, owner of President James Monroe’s Oak Hill
  • Robert Duvall, Academy Award-winning actor
  • Brent Glass, Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History
  • Ernest Green, one of the “Little Rock Nine”
  • Courtney Hobson, Maryland Lynching Memorial
  • Ed Lengel, Author of George Washington: First Entrepreneur
  • Ron Maxwell, Writer & Director of the movie Gettysburg
  • Chris Miller, President of the Piedmont Environmental Council
  • Dr. Matt Moen, President of the Gettysburg Foundation
  • Professor David Moss, Harvard Business School
  • Dr. Doug Owsley, Forensic Anthropologist, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • Jon Parrish Peede, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Professor Matthew Pinsker, Lincoln Historian
  • Trevor Potter, former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission
  • Tracy Revis, Museum Designer
  • Margaret L. Richardson, former Commissioner of the IRS
  • David M. Rubenstein, Financier and Philanthropist
  • Rodney Slater, Former US Secretary of Transportation
  • Mark Summers, Manager of Public and Educational Programs, Historic Jamestowne
  • Christine Woodhouse, Documentary Filmmaker