ESP Biography



BIL LEWIS, Computer Scientist who loves teaching




Major: Computer Science

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: Not available.

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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 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 offices of Congress, and on March 16th, 2017, in the Massachusetts Statehouse.



Past Classes

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C14930: Inside Java in Spark 2022 (Mar. 12 - 13, 2022)
We are going to have fun. We are going to explore all sorts of interesting aspects of Java, Java's implementation, Java's history. I was not on the Java team myself, but all my friends were. So half of this course will be me telling you fun, interesting, curious events and quirks of my friends and why Java is what it is. The class will open with an exploration of Java from Eclipse, using reflection interfaces. We will compare Java to Lisp and C and C++. We will continue on to consider type hierarchies, multiple inheritance, and primitives. We will use the "Omniscient Debugger" to "go backward in time" to examine programs and understand their behavior. The class concludes with an open discussion of anything the Students want to talk about. You will leave the class with a solid understanding of: - The basic design of Java and the JVM. - How method dispatch works via both Classes and Interfaces. - How Objects are laid out in memory, where Instance Variables are stored, how they are accessed. - How Hardware Interrupts turn into Unix Signals, into Java Exceptions, and are handled.


H14931: James Madison on the Founding of the United States in Spark 2022 (Mar. 12 - 13, 2022)
President James Madison would like to come to your classroom and lead a forum on the issues and debates leading to the establishment of this country. From 1776 onward, as the United States came into being, James Madison was at the center of it all. With the assistance of audience members reading appropriate dramatic quotations from Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Dolly Madison, etc., he 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 the underlying reasons that prompted them to act as they did. Many of the issues they confronted then continue to be relevant today. • Should we be one Country? • What debts should be paid? • Who gets the power of Taxation? • Should a Private Bank issue money? • 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 eliminate Slavery? • How do we make real the “Spirit of ’76?” So we can truly say that “All Men are Created Equal.”


H14728: James Madison on the Founding of the United States in Splash 2021 (Nov. 20 - 21, 2021)
With the assistance of students playing the roles of Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Dolly Madison, etc., he 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 the underlying reasons that prompted them to act as they did. Many of the issues they confronted then continue to be relevant today. • Should we be one Country? • What debts should be paid? • Who gets the power of Taxation? • Should a Private Bank issue money? • 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 eliminate Slavery? • How do we make real the “Spirit of ’76?” So we can truly say that “All Men are Created Equal.”


H14421: President Madison with Chief Justice Richard Guy on the Founding of the United States in Spark 2021 (Mar. 13 - 27, 2021)
With the assistance of students playing appropriate dramatic parts as Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Dolly Madison, Paul Jennings, etc., he 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 the underlying reasons that prompted them to act as they did. Many of the issues they confronted then continue to be relevant today. • Should we be one Country? • What debts should be paid? • Who gets the power of Taxation? • Should a Private Bank issue money? • 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 eliminate Slavery? • How do we make real the “Spirit of ’76?” So we can truly say that “All Men are Created Equal.” President Madison will be assisted by Retired Chief Justice of Washington State, Richard Guy.


H14154: President Madison on the Founding of the United States in Splash 2020 (Nov. 14 - 15, 2020)
With the assistance of students reading appropriate dramatic scenes as Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Dolly Madison, 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 the underlying reasons that prompted them to act as they did. Many of the issues they confronted then continue to be relevant today. • Should we be one Country? • What debts should be paid? • Who gets the power of Taxation? • Should a Private Bank issue money? • 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 eliminate Slavery? • How do we make real the “Spirit of ’76?” So we can truly say that “All Men are Created Equal.” The class tends to be noisy and raucous, as there are numerous requirements for Huzzahing and Yelling and Singing the songs of the age. History was loud, so we have to be loud, too.


H14079: James Madison on the Founding of the United States in HSSP Summer 2020 (Jul. 11, 2020)
With the assistance of audience members reading appropriate dramatic quotations from Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Dolly Madison, etc., he 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 the underlying reasons that prompted them to act as they did. Many of the issues they confronted then continue to be relevant today. • Should we be one Country? • What debts should be paid? • Who gets the power of Taxation? • Should a Private Bank issue money? • 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 eliminate Slavery? • How do we make real the “Spirit of ’76?” So we can truly say that “All Men are Created Equal.”


Z13719: President Madison on the Founding of the United States in Spark 2020 (Mar. 14 - 15, 2020)
With the assistance of audience members participating in skits, reading the parts of Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Dolly Madison, 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. In recognition of the extensive amount writing that made this country possible, each student shall receive their very own, personal, finely carved quill pen with which they shall practice proper writing skills. (Primary flight feathers from the Left wing of the goose available for the Bar-Dexter, Right wing quills for the Bar-Sinister.) 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. Should we be one Country? What debts should be paid? Who gets the power of Taxation? Should a Private Bank issue money? 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 eliminate Slavery? How do we make real the “Spirit of ’76?” So we can truly say that “All Men are Created Equal.”


Z13170: President Madison on the Founding of the United States in Splash 2019 (Nov. 23 - 24, 2019)
With the assistance of students performing in vignettes as Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Dolly Madison, Paul Jennings, etc., we will explore events from the House of Burgesses, the Constitutional Convention, the “Dinner Party,” the battle over the First United States Bank, 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. What were their values? What were their experiences in life? Many of the issues they confronted back then continue to be relevant today. Should we be one Country? What debts should be paid? Who gets the power of Taxation? Should a Private Bank issue money? 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 eliminate Slavery? How do we make real the “Spirit of ’76?” So we can finally say that “All Men are Created Equal.”


H12352: President Madison on the Founding of the United States in Splash 2018 (Nov. 17 - 18, 2018)
With the assistance of audience members reading appropriate dramatic quotations from Patrick Henry, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Dolly Madison, 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. Should we be one Country? What debts should be paid? Who gets the power of Taxation? Should a Private Bank issue money? 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 eliminate Slavery? How do we make real the “Spirit of ’76?” So we can truly say that “All Men are Created Equal.”


H12072: Madison on the Founding of the Country in Spark 2018 (Mar. 17 - 18, 2018)
President James Madison (in full costume) would like to lead a forum on the issues and debates leading to the establishment of this country. From 1776 through 1796 the United States came into being and James Madison was at the center of it all. With the participation of the students playing the parts of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Dolly Madison, etc., he will lead reenactments from the Declaration of Independence, the Constitutional Convention, the “Dinner Party,” etc., ending with the peaceful transition of power from Washington to Adams that marked the coming of age of the United States. More than a mere recitation of dates and facts, we will explore the underlying reasons that prompted them to act as they did. Many of the issues they confronted then continue to be relevant today. The presentation covers a good deal of the Massachusetts High School History Curriculum. • What debts should be paid? • Who gets the power of Taxation? • Should a Private Bank issue money? • Should we be agrarian? Or a center of manufacturing? • How do we limit the influence of Great Corporations on our public life? • How do we eliminate Slavery? • How do we make real the “Spirit of ’76?” So we can truly say that “All Men are Created Equal.”


H11246: President Madison on the Founding of the United States in Spark 2017 (Mar. 11 - 12, 2017)
With the participation of the students playing the parts of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Dolly Madison, etc., we will lead reenactments from the Declaration of Independence, the Constitutional Convention, the “Dinner Party,” etc., ending with the peaceful transition of power from Washington to Adams that marked the coming of age of the United States. More than a mere recitation of dates and facts, we will explore the underlying reasons that prompted them to act as they did. Many of the issues they confronted then continue to be relevant today. How we pay off our debts? Who gets the power of Taxation? Who gets taxed? Should Private Banks issue money? Should we involve ourselves in foreign wars? Should we be agrarian? Should we be a center of manufacturing? How do we limit the influence of Great Corporations on our public life? How do we eliminate Slavery? How do we make real the “Spirit of ’76?” So we can truly say that “All Men are Created Equal.”