2017 Annual Conference Participant Biographies
Alejandro Antonio Chafuen is president of the Atlas Network which works to help create and nurture think tanks across the globe. Chafuen is on the governing board of several think tanks including Fraser Institute, in Canada; Acton Institute, in Michigan; Center for Legal Integrity; CEDICE in Venezuela; and Fundación Internacional para La Libertad in Madrid. He is president and founder of the Hispanic American Center for Economic Research and the International Freedom Educational Foundation. He is a trustee of Grove City College and on the advisory board of its Center for Vision & Values. Chafuen is trustee of the Chase Foundation of Virginia, and member of the John Templeton Foundation, The World Charity Foundation and the Templeton Religion Trust. Chafuen is on the advisory board of the journal “Post-Communist Economies” and during his college years he witnessed the effort of communist inspired terrorists to take over his native country and took part in the intellectual resistance.
A U.S. citizen, born in Argentina, and a graduate of the Argentine Catholic University and Grove City College, Chafuen received his doctorate under Dr. Hans F. Sennholz, a disciple of Ludwig von Mises, and an honorary doctorate from the Universidad Francisco Marroquín. Among his many writings, he is the author of “Faith and Liberty” which has been translated into Chinese, Polish, Czech, Italian, Slovenian and Spanish. He has been a member of the Mont Pelerin Society since 1980 and he is the first Latin American born to be elected president of the Philadelphia Society. In 2007, he received the Nassau Institute Freedom Prize, in 2010, the Global Leadership Award from the Leadership Institute, and in 2014, the Walter Judd Freedom Award from The Fund for American Studies. Chafuen writes a column for Forbes.com on think tanks and intellectual entrepreneurship.
- Topic: “Communism and Socialism Then & Now: An Overview”
Robert Clemm is an assistant professor of history at Grove City College. In 2012, Clemm received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, where he studied Military, Modern European, and African history. His dissertation, “Delineating Dominion: The Use of Cartography in the conquest, conception, and control of Eastern Africa,” is a trans-national comparative study of the use of cartography by Germany and England in Eastern Africa from 1844-1914. He is currently turning this work into a manuscript. He has presented at conferences including the Society for Military History, the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore, and the International Society for First World War Studies. Clemm and his wife live in Grove City, PA.
- Topic: “Bulwark of the West: Poland and the Soviet-Polish War of 1920”
Michael L. Coulter is a professor of humanities and political science at Grove City College. His academic specialties are American government and political theory. A co-editor of the “Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Teaching, Social Science and Social Policy” (Scarecrow Press, Volumes 1 and 2, 2007; Volume 3: Supplement, 2012), Coulter has also has authored chapters for “Church-State Issues in America Today,” (Praeger, 2008) and “Catholic Social Teaching: American Reflections on the Compendium” (Lexington Books, 2008), and has contributed to several reference works, including the “Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court” and “Movies in American History.” Coulter graduated from Grove City College and obtained his masters and doctorate in politics from the University of Dallas.
- Topic: “The Rise, Fall, and Rise (?) of Democratic Socialism (and Social Democracy)”
Lee Edwards is distinguished fellow in conservative thought at The Heritage Foundation, is a leading historian of American conservatism and the author or editor of 25 books. Edwards also is adjunct professor of politics at the Catholic University of America and chairman of a foundation that dedicated the Victims of Communism Memorial in Washington, D.C., in 2007. His books include biographies of Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater, William F. Buckley, Jr. and Edwin Meese III as well as histories of The Heritage Foundation and the American conservative movement. His works have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, French, Hungarian and Swedish.
Edwards was the founding director of the Institute of Political Journalism at Georgetown University and a fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is a past president of the Philadelphia Society and a media fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has appeared frequently on broadcast and cable outlets such as Fox News Channel, CNN, Bloomberg, NBC, PBS, C-SPAN and NPR. His work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, National Review, Human Events, Claremont Review of Books and The American Spectator, among other places.
His awards and honors include the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, the Millennium Star of Lithuania, the Cross of Terra Mariana of Estonia, the Friendship Medal of Diplomacy from the Republic of China (Taiwan), the John Ashbrook Award, the Reed Irvine Media in Accuracy Award, Legend of YAF from Young America’s Foundation, and the Walter Judd Freedom Award. Edwards received a doctorate in world politics from Catholic University as well as a doctor of humane letters degree from Grove City College. He did graduate work at the Sorbonne in Paris. He also holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Duke University.
- Topic: “The Day the Soviet Union Died”
Marvin J. Folkertsma is a retired chairman of the political science department and professor of political science at Grove City College. A fellow for American studies with The Center for Vision & Values, he is also the author of several non-fiction and fiction books, including “Ideology and Leadership” (Prentice Hall, 1988) a novel titled “The Thirteenth Commandment” (Glenbridge Publishing, 2004), and “Criminal Intent” (Glenbridge Publishing, 2002). He is also co-author of “Agony of Survival,” an account of displaced persons in Germany after World War II. This book was an alternate selection of the Jewish Book Club and was nominated for the National Jewish Book Award. He is a frequent contributor of opinion-editorial essays. Folkertsma received his bachelor’s degree from Calvin College, and after serving in the military, both his master’s and doctorate from Wayne State University.
- Topic: “National Socialism and the Contagion of the American Left”
Jonah Goldberg is the senior editor at National Review. Goldberg is a bestselling author and columnist and fellow of the National Review Institute. His nationally syndicated column appears regularly in scores of newspapers across the United States. He is also a weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Times, a member of the board of contributors to USA Today, and a contributor to Fox News. He was the founding editor of National Review Online. The Atlantic magazine identified Goldberg as one of the top 50 political commentators in America. In 2011 he was named the Robert J. Novak Journalist of the Year at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). He has written on politics, media, and culture for a wide variety of publications and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. He is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, The Tyranny of Clichés (Sentinel HC, 2012) and Liberal Fascism (Doubleday, 2008).
- Topic: “Jonah Goldberg on Socialism, Communism, and Liberal Fascism”
T. David Gordon is a professor of religion and Greek at Grove City College and author of “Why Johnny Can’t Preach: The Media Have Shaped the Messengers” (P&R Publishing, 2009) and “Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns: How Pop Culture Rewrote the Hymnal” (P&R Publishing, 2010). Gordon, whose academic specialty is the New Testament, has contributed to a number of books and written numerous journal and magazine articles. Before he began teaching at Grove City College in 1999, he also taught at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for 14 years, among other places, and was pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashua, NH, for nine years. Gordon received his bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College, a master’s and Th.M. from Westminster Theological Seminary, and his doctorate from Union Theological Seminary.
- Topic: “Render to Caesar?”
Mark Graham is professor in the history department at Grove City College. A specialist in Late Antiquity with broad teaching interests in the ancient and medieval worlds, Graham has graduate degrees from Michigan State University (PhD) and the University of South Carolina (MA). He is the author of “News and Frontier Consciousness in the Late Roman Empire” (University of Michigan Press, 2006) and coauthor of “Ancient Empires: From Mesopotamia to the Rise of Islam” (Cambridge University Press, 2011, Portuguese translation 2013, Turkish translation forthcoming) as well as a contributor to many historical journals, encyclopedias, and edited essay collections.
- Topic: “Who’s Spartacus? Freedom and Socialism in a Cold War American Toga Film”
Robert J. Graham is the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, and professor of sociology at Grove City College. His research includes studies on the relationship between population growth and economic development, and economic segregation in urban areas.
Graham received his bachelor’s degree from Lee University, his master’s degree from Miami University, and his PhD from the University of Cincinnati.
- Topic: “A Framework for Understanding Economic Systems”
Mary Grabar is a resident fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization in Clinton, New York, where she is writing a book about George S. Schuyler (1895-1977), the highly esteemed and controversial journalist, and author of the novel “Black No More” and autobiography “Black and Conservative.”
Mary taught English at a number of colleges and universities in Georgia, most recently Emory University. In 2011, she founded the Dissident Prof Education Project, Inc., a 501(c)(3) education reform initiative. Her scholarly articles include two articles about “To Kill a Mockingbird” in the Fall 2016 National Association of Scholars journal, Academic Questions; an essay, “Black and American: George Schuyler’s Battle against Black Separatism,” in “Literature and the Conservative Ideal” (Ed. Mark Zunac, Lexington Books, 2016); and “Walker Percy’s Despairing Female and the ‘Unmoved Mover.’” Renascence (Winter 2002). Her poetry and short stories have been published in several literary journals. She also contributes articles to such publications as the Federalist, Weekly Standard, PJ Media, Minding the Campus, and Roll Call.
- Topic: “Poetry for the Proletariat: Langston Hughes vs. George Schuyler”
Gillis Harp is a professor of history at Grove City College and member of the faith & politics working group with The Center for Vision & Values. He is the author of “Positivist Republic: Auguste Comte and the Reconstruction of American Liberalism, 1865-1920″ (Penn State Press, 1995) and “Brahmin Prophet: Phillips Brooks and the Path of Liberal Protestantism” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). Harp has previously taught at McGill University and the University of Toronto, and is currently researching a book on the relationship between religion and American conservatism. His academic specialty is American intellectual and cultural history, especially the nineteenth century. Harp earned his B.A. in history from Carleton University, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from the University of Virginia.
- Topic: “Was the New Deal Socialist?”
Andrew J. Harvey is an associate professor of English at Grove City College and a contributing scholar with The Center for Vision & Values. Prior to coming to Grove City, he taught English at Eastern Mennonite University, University of Virginia College at Wise, and was a teaching fellow in the department of English at UNC Chapel Hill. His academic specialty is medieval and renaissance English Literature. Harvey received his bachelor’s from James Madison University and both his master’s and doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Topic: “Irony and the Iron Curtain: Utopian Fiction and Socialist Reality from More to Solzhenitsyn”
Mark W. Hendrickson is an adjunct professor of economics and entrepreneurship at Grove City College and fellow for Economic and Social Policy with the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. The author of hundreds of articles, many published in prominent news outlets both at home and abroad, Dr. Hendrickson is a Contributing Editor of The St. Croix Review and selfeducatedamerican.com, and writes the “No panaceas” blog on Forbes.com. His most recent books are “Problems with Piketty: The Flaws and Fallacies in ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century,’” “God and Man on Wall Street: The Conscience of Capitalism” (co-authored with Dr. Craig Columbus), and “Famous But Nameless: Lessons and Inspiration from the Bible’s Anonymous Characters.”
- Topic: “An Update on ‘America’s March Toward Communism’: Did the U.S. Lose the Cold War?”
Jeff Herbener is chair of the department of economics at Grove City College and a fellow for economic theory & policy with The Center for Vision & Values. He is also a senior fellow at the Ludwig Von Mises Institute, an associate editor of The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, director of the Austrian Student Scholars Conference, and has taught economics at Washington and Jefferson College. Herbener is editor of The Meaning of Ludwig von Mises: Contributions in Economics, Sociology, Epistemology, and Political Philosophy (Springer, 1992) and the author or editor of over one hundred articles in popular and scholarly venues including The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, and the Journal of Libertarian Studies. Herbener received his B.S. from Nebraska Wesleyan University and both his M.S. and Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University.
- Topic: “The Siren Song of Collectivism”
David Hogsette is professor of English at Grove City College, where he serves as writing program director. His major teaching and research concentrations include Romantic Period Literature, Gothic Literature, Science Fiction, Fantasy Literature, college composition, and technical communication. He has published articles on reader-response in Margaret Atwood, cultural reception of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the transatlantic Gothicism of William Godwin and Charles Brockden Brown, and philosophical perspectives on 19th-century science in Mary Shelley. He has also published a composition textbook titled Writing That Makes Sense: Critical Thinking in College Composition and a book on basic Christian apologetics titled E-mails to a Young Seeker: Exchanges in Mere Christianity. He is currently completing his next book project titled Exploring the Ethics of Elfland: Fantasy Literature and the Mythopoeic Voice of Reason. He earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.
- Topic: “The Shattered Visage of Socialism in Dystopian Science Fiction: Materialistic Dehumanization in Brave New World and A Clockwork Orange“
David Horowitz is the founder and president of the Freedom Center and editor of FrontPage Magazine. Horowitz was one of the founders of the New Left in the 1960s and an editor of its largest magazine, Ramparts. He is the author, with Peter Collier, of three best-selling dynastic biographies: The Rockefellers: An American Dynasty (1976); The Kennedys: An American Dream (1984); and The Fords: An American Epic (1987). Looking back in anger at their days in the New Left, he and Collier wrote Destructive Generation (1989), a chronicle of their second thoughts about the 60s that has been compared to Whittaker Chambers’ Witness and other classic works documenting a break from totalitarianism. Horowitz examined this subject more closely in Radical Son (1996), a memoir tracing his odyssey from “red-diaper baby” to conservative activist that George Gilder described as “the first great autobiography of his generation.” Horowitz is now publishing The Black Book of the American Left, a multi volume collection of his conservative writings that will, when completed, be the most ambitious effort ever undertaken to define the Left and its agenda.
- Topic: “Radical Son: Dr. Paul Kengor interviews David Horowitz”
Paul C. Kemeny is a professor of religion and humanities at Grove City College and assistant dean of the Calderwood School of Arts and Letters. He is the author of “Princeton in the Nation’s Service: Religious Ideals and Educational Practice, 1868-1928,” of the Religion in America Series (Oxford University Press, 1998) and co-editor of “American Church History: A Reader” (Abingdon Press, 1998) and editor of “Faith, Freedom, and Higher Education: Historical Analysis and Contemporary Reflection” (Pickwick Press, 2013). His academic specialties are history of religion, American culture, and American higher education, and he is currently researching a book, “The First Moral Majority: The New England Watch and Ward Society and Moral Reform Politics in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century America,” in addition to serving as the editor of “Church, State, and Social Justice: Five Views” (InterVarsity Press, 2007). Kemeny received his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University, his master’s from Westminster Theological Seminary, a master’s from Duke University, and his doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary.
- Topic: “Protestant Responses to Socialism and Marxism before the Bolshevik Revolution”
Paul G. Kengor is a New York Times best-selling author and professor of political science at Grove City College. He is also executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College and a visiting fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. As a presidential historian known for his scholarship on the Cold War, communism, and Ronald Reagan, Kengor’s opinion editorials have appeared in the nation’s leading print and online publications, and he is a frequent commentator on top-rated radio and television news programs. Kengor received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, his master’s degree from American University’s School of International Service, and he holds an honorary doctorate from Franciscan University. A native of Western Pennsylvania, he lives with his wife in Grove City, Pa., along with their eight children.
- Topic: “Ronald Reagan and John Paul II: The Extraordinary Partnership That Defeated an Evil Empire”
Richard D. Kocur is an assistant professor of business at Grove City College. He has authored several syndicated articles dealing with the business of healthcare and the reform of the American healthcare system. In the classroom, Kocur specializes in marketing and business policy & strategy. Prior to joining the Grove City College faculty, Professor Kocur spent over 25 years working in the healthcare sectors of pharmaceuticals, managed care, and consumer healthcare. He holds a B.S. in biology from Grove City College and an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.
- Topic: “The Promise of Socialized Healthcare or Take Two Aspirin and Call Me in 18 Weeks”
Andrew Markley is a professor of business, chair of the department of business, and director of the business program at Grove City College and contributing scholar with The Center for Vision & Values. He has also co-authored two articles for the Heritage Foundation. His scholarly interests include corporate governance, corporate social responsibility issues, and Russian legal and institutional reform. At Grove City, his teaching encompasses courses such as the legal environment of business, international business law, and advanced business law. He has lectured on legal issues at universities in France, China, Russia, and Chile. Prior to coming to Grove City in 1991, he was a partner focusing on corporate and commercial law with Fitzpatrick & Lentz. Markley received his B.A. from Grove City College, his Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and his Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
- Topic: “Corporate Social Responsibility: The Ascendancy of the Radical Version”
Michelle A. McFeaters is assistant dean of the Alva J. Calderwood School of Arts and Letters of Grove City College and associate professor of accounting. She has been at Grove City College since 1995. She completed her doctor of business administration with a concentration in accounting at Anderson University (Anderson, Indiana), her masters of science in accounting and bachelor of arts in economics, both at Grove City College. She often works with Cengage Publishers to write supplementary course materials for Principles of Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, and Cost Accounting textbooks. She teaches Principles of Accounting, Cost Accounting, Advanced Accounting, and Contemporary Accounting Theory. Her accounting career has taken her into consulting, financial, and managerial accounting positions as well as into the non-profit world. She has a life-long passion for furthering the good work of charitable organizations and is currently involved with Deep Springs International, a humanitarian organization working in Haiti, and president of The Foundation of the Allegheny Region, a religious charitable foundation partnering with churches to further innovative ministries in Western Pennsylvania.
- Topic: “The Residual Damage of Communist Rule: Contemporary Insights from the People of the Czech Republic”
Michael Medved is a nationally syndicated radio talk show host, best-selling author and veteran film critic. His daily three-hour broadcast reaches close to 5 million listeners on nearly 200 stations across the country—drawing an audience that consistently ranks his show as one of the top ten political talk shows in the United States. He is author of a dozen non-fiction books, including his recent New York Times extended bestseller: “The 10 Big Lies About America: Combating Destructive Distortions About Our Nation” (Crown Forum, 2008). He has been a frequent guest on all the major TV talk shows, including “Larry King Live,” “Nightline,” “Oprah,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Good Morning America” and countless others. Medved graduated with honors from Yale University and then attended Yale Law School.
- Topic: “Why does Communism still have defenders, while Nazism… not so much?”
Andrew Mitchell is an associate professor of history at Grove City College. He contributed a chapter, “Por Dios, Por Patria: The Sacral Limits of Empire as Seen in Catalan Political Sermons, 1630-1641,” in “The Limits of Empire: European Imperial Formation in Early Modern World History” (Ashgate, 2012). He earned his bachelor’s from Hillsdale College in 2000, and his master’s and doctorate from The Ohio State University (2000; 2005). After teaching for three years at Hillsdale College and one year at Spring Arbor University, Mitchell came to Grove City in the autumn of 2008. Mitchell has taught classes on Spain and Latin America, courses on early modern and military history, and seminars on the Reformations, piracy, and Western food & feasting. Mitchell recently finished an article entitled, “The Indochinese Films or Pierre Schoendoerffer: An Homage to Honor and Hope” that will be published in an upcoming festschrift to John F. Guilmartin, Jr.
- Topic: “Embalmed Beef, Poison Squads, and Polish (Workers’) Sausage: Teddy Roosevelt, Harvey Wiley, Upton Sinclair, and the Passage of the Pure Food & Drug Act”
John Moore was president of Grove City College from 1996 until 2003.
- Topic: “Communism and Socialism Then & Now: An Overview”
Eric A. Potter is a professor of English at Grove City College, where he teaches courses in American literature, civilization and literature, creative writing, and modern poetry. His academic specialties include: American literature, creative writing, contemporary poetry, and religion and literature. His most recent book, a collection of poetry, is “Things Not Seen” (Wipf & Stock, 2015). He has also published two poetry chapbooks, “Heart Murmur” and “Still Life.” Prior to coming to Grove City, he was an assistant professor of English at Toccoa Falls College. Potter received his bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College and both his master’s and doctorate from the University of Virginia.
- Topic: “Hip Hop Hoping: Spoken Word Poetry and Dreams for a Better World”
Ron Radosh is an American writer, professor, historian, and former member of the Communist Party USA. Radosh is the author, co-author or editor of fourteen books, including Commies: A Journey Through the Old Left, the New Left, and the Leftover Left (Encounter Books,2001); Spain Betrayed: The Soviet Union in the Spanish Civil War (with Mary Habeck) (Yale University Press, 2001); The Rosenberg File (with Joyce Milton), (Yale University Press, 1997); Divided They Fell: The Demise of the Democratic Party, 1964-1996 (The Free Press, 1996.); and The Amerasia Spy Case: Prelude to McCarthyism (with Harvey Klehr) (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1996).
His articles have appeared in such publications as Partisan Review, The New Republic, The New Criterion, The New York Times, Times Literary Supplement, The Journal of American History, The Wall Street Journal and The Weekly Standard. Radosh has served as a Senior Research Associate, the Center for Communitarian Studies at George Washington University; as Professor of History in The Graduate Faculty, City University of New York; Research Director for the United States Information Agency, and as Associate Director of the Office of the President, the American Federation of Teachers.
- Topic: “The Communist Experience, the Rosenbergs, and Me”
Shawn Ritenour is a professor of economics at Grove City College. He has previously held the Ruby Letsch-Roderique Chair of Economics at Southwest Baptist University and has served as visiting professor at the University of Angers in France. He has also served as an economist for the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. He is the author of the book Foundations of Economics: A Christian View (Wipf and Stock, 2010) and editor of The Mises Reader (The Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2016) and The Mises Reader Unabridged (The Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2016). He has written scores of book chapters, scholarly articles, and editorials on topics including cultural economics, the history of economic thought, economic theory, policy, and pedagogy, and the intersection of economics and theology and ethics. Ritenour earned a B. A. in economics from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa and a Ph.D. in economics from Auburn University.
- Topic: “The Siren Song of Collectivism: Mises on How Interventionism Leads to Socialism”
Vladimir Rusak graduated from the theological academy at Holy Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius (USSR) and in 1977 received his master of theology degree. He began working in the publishing department of the Moscow Patriarchate. On assignment from his superiors, he was researching the history of the Russian Church from 1917 when he discovered some shocking documents testifying to the dark history of Church-State relations since the Bolshevik Revolution. His conviction that these materials must be publicized decided his fate. Dismissed from his job and stripped of his rank as deacon, he nevertheless managed to continue his research while working variously as a watchman and truck driver. The authorities arrested him in April 1986 and his archives were confiscated by the KGB. He was arrested under charges of “anti-Soviet agitation” and given the maximum sentence: 7 years’ labor camp to be followed by 5 years’ exile. He was freed in October 1988 after the United States demanded that Mikhail Gorbachev release him and other wrongfully convicted prisoners.
- Topic: “My Time in the Gulag and How Ronald Reagan Saved Me”
Sean K. Severson is an assistant professor of exercise science, the head cross country coach, and assistant men’s basketball coach at Grove City College. He has professional certifications in athletic training (ATC), strength & conditioning (CSCS), personal training (NSCA-CPT), and in fitness nutrition (FNS). His men’s and women’s cross country teams have won a combined 18 conference championships and he has been named Presidents’ Athletic Conference Coach of the Year a combined 12 times. Severson earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota–Morris and his master’s from Adams State College. He and his wife Tara are the proud parents of six children.
- Topic: “Contemporary Insights into Communism: Coaching in the USSR”
Mike Shotwell, AIA Emeritus, is a retired forensic architect and author of the recently published book, “Immersed in Red, My Formative Years in a Marxist Household” (WND, World Ahead Press, 2016). He is a former reader/researcher at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, CA, and has produced manuscript novels on the Kentucky Mountain feuds and the John Henry legend. As a Civil War scholar, Shotwell has been a contributing writer to Gettysburg Magazine.
Having grown up in a Marxist home headed by his stepfather, who was heavily involved in communist politics in Minnesota in the 1930s and 1940s, Shotwell was given a firsthand education in the anti-American, pro-Soviet leftist communist ideology and agenda from the age of 7 until leaving home for college. A two-year stint in the Peace Corp in Venezuela in the late 1960s, and accumulating real world experiences, combined to propel him away from that world.
- Topic: “Immersed in Red, My Formative Years in a Marxist Household”
Gary S. Smith chairs the history department at Grove City College and coordinates the humanities core. He is a fellow for faith & politics with The Center for Vision & Values, has published numerous articles in scholarly and popular journals, and has also penned chapters for several edited volumes on religion and society. In addition, he has authored or edited 10 books, including “Religion in the Oval Office: The Religious Lives of American Presidents” (Oxford University Press, 2015). His latest book, co-authored with his wife Jane Smith, is “Suffer the Children: What We Can to Do to Improve the Lives of the World’s Impoverished Children” (2017). In 2000, he received Grove City College’s first Professor of the Year award and the next year he was named Pennsylvania Professor of the Year by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Grove City College, a master’s degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a master’s and doctorate in American history at Johns Hopkins University.
- Topic: “The Possibilities and Perils of Christian Socialism, 1890-1920”
John Sparks is the retired dean of the Alva J. Calderwood School of Arts & Letters at Grove City College, where he teaches U.S. Constitutional history and business law, and was the former chairman of the business department. A fellow for educational policy with The Center for Vision & Values, he has been named an H.B. Earhart Foundation Fellow, an R.C. Hoiles Fellow, a Chavanne Fellow (Baylor University Hankamer School of Business), and has received the prestigious George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation, Valley Forge, Pa. He was named Professor of the Year at both Hillsdale College (where he previously taught for seven years) and Grove City College (where he began teaching in 1976) and received the highest alumni award from his alma mater, the Jack Kennedy Memorial Achievement Award. Sparks is a graduate of Grove City College with a B.A. in economics and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
- Topic: “Communism and Socialism Then & Now: An Overview”
Patricia Tinkey is a professor of Spanish and education at Grove City College. In addition to supervising the French and student teachers, she challenges the teacher candidates to examine how their faith can impact their teaching approach and their pedagogical choices. Her academic specialty is also pedagogical: researching, developing, and implementing best practices for the integration of faith and learning in the classroom. Besides teaching at the college level, she has homeschooled, taught at private and public high schools, and was a K-12 Christian school principal. Tinkey earned her bachelor’s in French and Spanish from Grove City College, a master’s from Geneva College, her master’s in education from Gannon University, and her doctorate from Duquesne University.
- Topic: What is Up With Today’s Millennial Socialists?
Caleb Verbois is an assistant professor of political science at Grove City College and an affiliated scholar at the John Jay Institute. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Oglethorpe University and both his master’s and doctorate from the University of Virginia (2011). Caleb came to Grove City in the fall of 2014 after teaching at Regent University for three years. His academic focus is in the American Founding and the development of American Political institutions and development over time, especially the presidency.
- Topic: “The Death of God and the Rise of the Resurrected State”
Gary Welton is assistant dean for institutional assessment, professor of psychology at Grove City College, and a contributor to The Center for Vision & Values. He is a recipient of major research grants from the Templeton Foundation to investigate forgiveness and positive youth development, and from Microsoft Research to investigate the pedagogical impact of new technologies. Having taught courses in cross-cultural psychology, statistical methods, and advanced statistics—his academic interests include: social psychology, conflict resolution, forgiveness, statistics, assessment, and accreditation. Welton received his B.A. from Cedarville College, his M.A. from Slippery Rock University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
- Topic: “The Tragedy of the Commons in the Twenty-First Century”