2018 Annual Conference Participant Biographies

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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: “Who is to blame for World War I?”

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: “Changes from the War: America’s Educational System and Christian Political Thinking” (with Dr. Jason Edwards)

Jason Edwards is a professor of history at Grove City College and a fellow for popular culture with The Center for Vision & Values. A former Lehrman Scholar and Salvatori Fellow with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Edwards currently serves on the board of the Society for Classical Learning. Edwards co-authored the book Ask the Professor: What Freshmen Need to Know 2.0 and has published writings on history, culture, and education in a variety of newspapers and journals including the Washington Times, University Bookman, and Touchstone. Edwards received his bachelor’s degree from Asbury College and both his master’s and doctorate from the University of Kentucky.

  • Topic: “Changes from the War: America’s Educational System and Christian Political Thinking” (with Dr. Michael Coulter)

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: “Globalization and Demolishing an Objective Moral Order” (with Dr. Mark Hendrickson)

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: “Word War One’s Greatest Casualty: God”

Mark Graham is a professor in the History Department at Grove City College. Graham has graduate degrees in history from Michigan State University (PhD) and the University of South Carolina (MA), and has held teaching appointments at Stanford University and the Yanbian University of Science and Technology. He is the author of News and Frontier Consciousness in the Late Roman Empire (University of Michigan Press, 2006), coauthor of Ancient Empires: From Mesopotamia to the Rise of Islam (Cambridge University Press, 2011), and is currently working on a book project preliminarily entitled “Antiquity in the American Imagination” (Taylor & Francis / Routledge).

  • Topic” “The Great War and the Birth of the Western Civilization Course”

Andrew J. Harvey is a 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: “Fiction and Poetry of the Great War” (with Dr. David Hogsette and Dr. Eric Potter)

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: “Globalization and Demolishing an Objective Moral Order” (with Dr. Mark Hendrickson)

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: “”Fiction and Poetry of the Great War” (with Dr. Andrew Harvey and Dr. Eric Potter)

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: “World War I and the Protestant Campaign to Suppress Prostitution”

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: “World War I’s Wickedest Legacy: Russian Bolshevism and International Communism”

Andrew Kloes is a research historian (federal government contractor) working at the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is currently researching and writing entries on Nazi Secret State Police (Gestapo) detention facilities for the Museum’s Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos. He received his doctorate in the History of Christianity from the University of Edinburgh, where he wrote his PhD on German Pietism after the Enlightenment. He is also a graduate of Grove City College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

  • Topic: “The First World War and the Protestant Communities of Germany: Between Christian Faith and the ‘Idolatry of Nationalism'”

Richard D. Kocur is an assistant professor of business at Grove City College where he specializes in marketing and business policy & strategy. He has authored several syndicated articles dealing with the business of healthcare and the reform of the American healthcare system, and is a frequent contributor to the Center for Vision & Values. As an American of Slovak descent, his interests outside the classroom led him to write a biography of his grandfather, a Slovak immigrant and WW I veteran, titled Jan Kocur: A Story of Slovak Pride, American Patriotism, and the Golden Age of the Slovak League. In addition, Kocur is also a past president of the Western Pennsylvania Slovak Cultural Association and a contributor to Jednota, a Slovak-American newspaper. Professor Kocur earned a B.S. in biology from Grove City College, an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in marketing from Anderson University.

  • Topic: “The Slavic Quest for Freedom and a Slovak-American Soldier in the Great War” (with Dr. Michelle McFeaters)

Marc LiVecche is the managing editor of Providence: A Journal of Christianity & American Foreign Policy, and Scholar of Christian Ethics, War, & Peace at the Institute on Religion and Democracy. He earned his PhD at the University of Chicago, where he worked under the supervision of the political theorist and public intellectual Jean Bethke Elshtain, until her death in August, 2013. His dissertation, With “Malice Toward None: The Moral Ground for Killing in War”, links just war and moral injury. Prior to all this, Marc spent twelve years doing a variety of things in Central Europe—including teaching and writing at a Christian study and research center, to leading seminars on history and ethics onsite at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp in Poland. This latter experience allowed him to continue his undergraduate study of the Shoah; a process which helped permanently inoculate him against pacifism.

  • Topic: “Fighting to Win: Decisiveness as an Implication of the Just War Tradition”

Joseph Loconte is an associate professor of History at The King’s College in New York City, where he teaches courses on Western Civilization, American Foreign Policy, and International Human Rights. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918 (Harper Collins, 2015). His essays and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the National Interest and National Review. Loconte previously served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, and was a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. He is currently at work on a documentary film series about the impact of war on the lives and achievements of Tolkien and Lewis.

  • Topic: “Tolkien, Lewis, and the Great War”

Joshua Mayo  is an assistant professor of English at Grove City College and a faculty member of the GCC Writing Program. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Grove City College (2010), his master’s in English from the University of Mississippi (2012), his master’s in literature from the University of Dallas (2014), and his doctorate in literature from Dallas’s Institute for Philosophic Studies (2017). Joshua’s academic passion is the recovery of liberal arts learning through literature and composition. .

  • Topic: “The Militarist & the Pacifist: G.K. Chesterton, WWI and the Idea of a Just War”

Michelle A. McFeaters is assistant dean of the Alva J. Calderwood School of Arts and Letters of Grove City College and 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 and other publishers to write supplementary course materials for Principles of Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, and Cost Accounting textbooks.  She has taught a variety of accounting courses and currently teaches principles of accounting, cost accounting, and contemporary accounting theory. Her 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 working with Deep Springs International, a humanitarian organization working in Haiti, and is the president of The Foundation of the Allegheny Region, a religious charitable foundation partnering with churches to further innovative and missional ministries in western Pennsylvania.

  • Topic: “The Slavic Quest for Freedom and a Slovak-American Soldier in the Great War” (with Mr. Richard Kocur)

Kimberly Miller is professor of communication and visual arts at Grove City College, where she teaches film studies and writing courses. In addition to presentations at numerous conferences and seminars, Miller contributed a chapter titled “Clueless Times at the Ferris Bueller Club: A Critical Analysis of the Directorial Works of Amy Heckerling and John Hughes” that is included in the book ReFocus: The Films of Amy Heckerling. Miller received her doctorate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.

  • Topic: “World War I and the Impact of All Quiet on the Western Front”

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: “The First World War and the Birth of Israel”

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 of Pierre Schoendoerffer: An Homage to Honor and Hope” that will be published in an upcoming festschrift to John F. Guilmartin, Jr.

  • Topic: “Food Will Win the War: The U.S. Food Administration during the Great War”

George Nash is the author of The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945.  A historian and independent scholar, he has written three volumes of a definitive, scholarly biography of Herbert Hoover and is the editor of two previously unseen Hoover memoirs.  Nash holds a Ph.D in history from Harvard University and is a Senior Fellow of the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal.  He lectures and writes extensively on twentieth-century American political and intellectual history.

  • Topic: “The Aftermath of World War I”

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. He has published a collection of poetry, “Things Not Seen” (Wipf & Stock, 2015) as well as three poetry chapbooks, “Heart Murmur,” “Still Life,” and, just released, “A Day of Small Things.” 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: “Fiction and Poetry of the Great War” (with Dr. David Hogsette and Dr. Andrew Harvey)

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). He has been an American Red Cross instructor on campus for 14 years. 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: “We Need a Medic: The Rise of the Red Cross and the Great Pandemic of 1918” (with Dr. Gary Welton)

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: “World War I, Woodrow Wilson, and the Rise of the Modern 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: “We Need a Medic: The Rise of the Red Cross and the Great Pandemic of 1918” (with Mr. Sean Severson)

Benjamin Wetzel is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame. He is currently working on two book-length projects. The first examines the attitudes of America’s Christian communities toward America’s wars from 1860 to 1920; the second is a religious biography of Theodore Roosevelt (under advance contract with Oxford University Press). Beginning fall 2018, he will be assistant professor of history at Taylor University.

  • Topic: “Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and the Protestant Mainline: Religious Perspectives on World War I”

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