The Center for Vision & Values | 2018 Annual Conference

April 12-13, 2018 | Grove City College

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One of the most significant events over the past 100 years was World War I. It ended on November 11, 1918, a day we have since recognized in America as Veterans Day. This terrible war, which, at that point, had been the deadliest in history, was to be “the war to end all wars.” It was to be the war to “make the world safe for democracy.” And yet, the atheist philosopher Sidney Hook probably put it best when he described World War I as simply “the second fall of man.”

It was a war that gave us the modern world, for better and worse. On the negative side, it helped unleash the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia and Hitler’s rise in Germany. As British historian A. J. P. Taylor put it, “The first war explains the second and, in fact, caused it, in so far as one event causes another.”

This coming year, 2018, will mark the centenary of the end of World War I. If ever there was a year when the Center for Vision & Values should pause to hold a conference marking a particular historical event, this is it. Thus, our next conference, April 2018, will be titled, “World War I and the Shaping of the Modern World.”

Topics range from the various major legacies of World War I—the Bolshevik Revolution, Hitler’s Germany, the end of monarchy as Europe’s dominant form of government—to less-obvious themes, such as life on the home-fronts during and immediately after the war.

World War I truly changed America and the world. The lack of appreciation for that reality is one of the main reasons why we have chosen to pursue this topic.

Please join us on April 12-13, 2018 as we explore these topics and many more.

The conference will feature: Michael Medved (nationally syndicated radio host), Joe Loconte (author and professor of history at The King’s College), George Nash (historian and author), Marc LiVecche (managing editor of Providence and scholar of Christian ethics, war, & peace at the Institute on Religion and Democracy), Benjamin Wetzel (research associate at the Cushwa Center at the University of Notre Dame), and Andrew Kloes (historian at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum). Plus, we will have many Grove City College scholars and faculty.

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Participant Bios

Schedule:

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Note: Thursday lunch and dinner has SOLD OUT – for waiting list options please email blvinton@gcc.edu. Thanks!

10:00 – 11:00 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“The Aftermath of World War I” by Dr. George H. Nash, historian and author

11:30 – 12:45 | Lunch in Rathburn Hall | Morledge Great Room (for those who register for meals) This session is SOLD OUT.
“The First World War and the Birth of Israel” 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
“Fiction and Poetry of the Great War” by Dr. Andrew Harvey, Dr. David Hogsette, and Dr. Eric Potter

Simultaneous lecture | Pew Fine Arts Center / Recital Hall
“The Great War and the Birth of the Western Civilization Course” by Dr. Mark Graham

2:30 – 3:45 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“The First World War and the Protestant communities of Germany: Between Christian faith and the “idolatry of nationalism” by Dr. Andrew Kloes

Simultaneous lecture | Pew Fine Arts Center / Recital Hall
“We Need a Medic: The Rise of the Red Cross and the Great Flu Pandemic of 1918” by Dr. Gary Welton and Mr. Sean Severson

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) This session is SOLD OUT.
“Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and the Protestant Mainline: Religious Perspectives on World War I” by Dr. Benjamin Wetzel

7:00 – 8:00 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Tolkien, Lewis, and the Great War” featuring Dr. Joseph Loconte, author and professor of history at The King’s College

 

Friday, April 13, 2018

9:00 – 9:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“World War I’s Greatest Casualty: God” by Dr. T. David Gordon

Simultaneous lecture | Pew Fine Arts Center / Recital Hall
“Food Will Win the War: The U.S. Food Administration during the Great War” by Dr. Andrew Mitchell

10:00 – 10:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Fighting to Win: Decisiveness as an Implication of the Just War Tradition” by Dr. Marc LiVecche

Simultaneous lecture | Pew Fine Arts Center / Recital Hall
“Changes from the War: America’s Educational System and Christian Political Thinking” by Dr. Jason Edwards and Dr. Michael Coulter

11:30 – 12:45 | Lunch in Rathburn Hall | Morledge Great Room (for those who register for meals)
“World War I and the Impact of All Quiet on the Western Front” by Dr. Kimberly Miller

1:00 – 1:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“World War I, Woodrow Wilson, and the Rise of the Modern State” by Dr. Caleb Verbois

Simultaneous lecture | Pew Fine Arts Center / Recital Hall
“Globalization and Demolishing an Objective Moral Order” by Dr. Marvin Folkertsma and Dr. Mark Hendrickson

2:00 – 2:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“World War I and the Protestant Campaign to Suppress Prostitution” by Dr. Paul Kemeny

Simultaneous lecture | Hall of Arts and Letters  / Room 116
“Who is to Blame for the Great War?” by Dr. Robert Clemm

3:00 – 3:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“The Slavic Quest for Freedom and a Slovak-American Soldier in the Great War” by Dr. Michelle McFeaters and Mr. Richard Kocur

4:00 – 4:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“The Militarist & the Pacifist: G.K. Chesterton, WWI, and the Idea of a Just War” by Dr. Joshua Mayo

5:15 – 6:30 | Dinner in Rathburn Hall | Morledge Great Room (for those who register for meals)
“World War I’s Most Wicked Legacy: Russian Bolshevism and International Communism” by Dr. Paul Kengor

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