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The god that failed: Communism & socialism then and now

April 20-21, 2017 | Grove City College

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(IMPORTANT: Tickets for the day-time sessions on Thursday, April 20 have SOLD OUT. There are a limited amount of spaces available for the Thursday evening session. Also, all meal sessions on Friday have SOLD OUT. We will be live-streaming the meal lectures to another venue on campus so those who attend the full conference without meal tickets can still view those lectures. Please contact Brenda at blvinton@gcc.edu if you would like to be put on a wait list for meals.)

In 1949, a group of six ex-communists published a seminal work titled, “The God That Failed.” It was a major work that riveted America. In 2017, has communism and socialism failed? Sadly, no—at least in the popular imagination and in the minds of many Millennials. Why does socialism suddenly seem on the surge in America in a way that it hasn’t before? Where, why, and how are today’s young people learning to like socialism?

The year 2017, incidentally, will be the centenary of the launch of global communism, when the Bolshevik Revolution erupted in Russia. Overall, 2017 seems a perfect time to pause and assess the history and future of socialism in America, and even more radical variants such as communism. Many communists, including in the USSR, referred to themselves as socialists. Many socialists today bristle at the idea that their socialism has any resemblance to communism, especially Western socialists and “democratic socialists.” What is the status of these ideologies? How should we view them from a political, economic, cultural, philosophical, ideological, educational, and (especially) religious perspective? How should people of faith assess socialism and its more radical variants?

In April, the Center for Vision & Values will consider these important questions. Our next annual conference will address the communist-socialist phenomenon—past, present, and future.

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Participant Bios

Schedule:

Thursday, April 20, 2017

9:30 – 9:50 | Harbison Chapel
All are welcome to attend. Praise songs begin at 9:00 a.m. and chapel begins at 9:30. by Dr. Gary Smith

10:00 – 11:00 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Communism and Socialism Then & Now: An Overview” a panel discussion featuring Dr. John Moore and Dr. Alejandro Chafuen moderated by  Dr. John Sparks

11:30 – 12:45 | Lunch in Rathburn Hall | Morledge Great Room (for those who register for meals)
“Why does Communism still have defenders, while Nazism… not so much?” by Michael Medved, nationally syndicated radio talk show host, best-selling author, and veteran film critic.

1:00 – 2:15 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“The Millennial Flirtation with Socialism: From Upton Sinclair to A Clockwork Orange to Today’s Spoken Word” by Dr. Andrew Mitchell, Dr. David Hogsette and Dr. Eric Potter

Simultaneous lecture | Pew Fine Arts Center / Recital Hall
“From VE Day to the Cold War: Did America Really Win?” by Dr. Marvin Folkertsma and Dr. Mark Hendrickson

2:30 – 3:45 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Radical Son: Dr. Paul Kengor interviews David Horowitz” with David Horowitz, founder and president of the Freedom Center and editor of FrontPage Magazine.

Simultaneous lecture | Pew Fine Arts Center / Recital Hall
“Resistance and the spread of socialism in Europe” by Dr. Michael Coulter and Dr. Robert Clemm

3:00 – 6:00 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Atrium
“The Michael Medved Show” — radio show by Michael Medved

5:15 – 6:30 | Dinner in Rathburn Hall | Morledge Great Room (for those who register for meals)
“Ronald Reagan and John Paul II: The Extraordinary Partnership That Defeated an Evil Empire” by Dr. Paul Kengor

7:00 – 8:00 | Crawford Hall / Crawford Auditorium
“Jonah Goldberg on Socialism, Communism, and Liberal Fascism” featuring Jonah Goldberg, senior editor at National Review.

Friday, April 21, 2017

9:00 – 9:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“A Framework for Understanding Economic Systems” by Dr. Robert Graham

Simultaneous lecture | Pew Fine Arts Center / Recital Hall
“The Fundamental Undermining of Private Enterprise: Socialized Healthcare and Social Responsibility” by Dr. Andrew Markley and Mr. Rich Kocur

10:00 – 10:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Contemporary Insights into Communism: Today’s Czech Citizens and Coaching in the USSR” by Dr. Michelle McFeaters  and Mr. Sean Severson

Simultaneous lecture | Pew Fine Arts Center / Recital Hall
“The Siren Song of Collectivism” by Dr. Shawn Ritenour and Dr. Jeff Herbener

11:30 – 12:45 | Lunch in Rathburn Hall | Morledge Great Room (for those who register for meals)
“The Communist Experience, the Rosenbergs, and Me” by Ron Radosh, an American writer, professor, historian, and former communist.

1:00 – 1:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Immersed in Red, My Formative Years in a Marxist Household” by Mike Shotwell, an author and researcher who was able to extricate himself from his Marxist/Stalinist upbringing.

Simultaneous lecture | Pew Fine Arts Center / Recital Hall
“The Death of God and the Rise of Caeser?” by Dr. T. David Gordon and Dr. Caleb Verbois

2:00 – 2:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Poetry for the Proletariat: Langston Hughes vs. George Schuyler” by Dr. Mary Grabar, resident fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization.

Simultaneous lecture | Pew Fine Arts Center / Recital Hall
“‘Responding Before the Bolsheviks and Was the New Deal Socialist?” by Dr. Paul Kemeny and Dr. Gillis Harp

3:00 – 3:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Irony and the Iron Curtain: Fiction and Film from a Cold War America” by Dr. Mark Graham and Dr. Andrew Harvey

Simultaneous lecture | Hall of Arts and Letters / Room 110
“How Can the Next Generation Avoid Our Baby-Boomer Mistakes” by Dr. Patricia Tinkey and Dr. Gary Welton

4:00 – 4:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“My Time in the Gulag and How Ronald Reagan Set Me Free” by Vladimir Rusak

5:15 – 6:30 | Dinner in Rathburn Hall | Morledge Great Room (for those who register for meals)
“The Day the Soviet Union Died” by Dr. Lee Edwards, distinguished fellow in conservative thought at The Heritage Foundation and chairman of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

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(IMPORTANT: The all meal sessions for have SOLD OUT. We will be livestreaming the meal lectures to another venue on campus so those who attend the full conference without meal tickets can still view those lectures. For those not in the meal sessions, the student union and cafeterias offer reasonable alternatives. Please contact Brenda at blvinton@gcc.edu if you would like to be put on a wait list for meals if space becomes available.)