ESP Biography



BIL LEWIS, Computer Scientist who loves teaching




Major: Computer Science

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: Not available.

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 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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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.”


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.”