Splash Biography

BIL LEWIS, Computer Scientist who is also James Madison

Major: Taught 6 semesters

College/Employer: Not available.

Year of Graduation: 1974

Picture of Bil Lewis

Brief Biographical Sketch:

Bil Lewis is a Computer Scientist who has taught at Stanford and Tufts Universities. He is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who taught High School in Kenya and later in Palo Alto and Somerville. He is a Past District Governor for Toastmasters, a small businessman, and an Eagle Scout.
Bil has presented as James Madison in many setting, including the National Archives, the Shirley-Eustis House, the offices of Congress, and the Massachusetts Statehouse. He has presented formal courses to numerous High School and College classes, along with dozens of civic clubs.

Past Classes

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H119: President Madison on the Founding of the United States in Rainstorm Spring 2020 (May. 30 - 31, 2020)
With the assistance of audience members participating in skits, reading the parts of Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Dolly Madison, Paul Jennings, etc., we will lead investigations into events from the House of Burgesses, the Constitutional Convention, the “Dinner Party,” etc., that marked the coming of age of the United States. More than a mere recitation of dates and facts, this will be an exploration into the underlying reasons that prompted them to act as they did. Many of the issues they confronted then continue to be relevant today. Why should we be one Country? What debts should be paid? Who gets the power of Taxation? Should a Private Bank issue money? Should the Federal Government assume the debts of the states? Should we be agrarian? Or a center of manufacturing? How do we limit the influence of Great Corporations on our public life? How can we protect the Common Man from the rapaciousness of the Rich and Powerful? How do we abolish Slavery? How do we make real the “Spirit of ’76?” So we can truly say that “All Men are Created Equal.”