Foundations of American Leadership Series
The Rivers Club, Pittsburgh
One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant Street

Dr. Andrew Mitchell
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 – Foundations of American Leadership Series
Cold War Witness: The Enduring Words and Relevance of Whittaker Chambers

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Revisiting a dramatic moment of the Cold War from the fascinating perspective of one of American’s most important ex-communists: Whittaker Chambers. Dr. Andrew Mitchell will discuss Chambers, the former Soviet spy who took down Alger Hiss, an active Soviet spy inside the State Department, in one of the most sensational trials of the 20th century. Dr. Mitchell will give special attention to Chambers’ classic memoir, Witness, and his stirring “A Letter to My Children.”

Register online or contact Brenda Vinton at blvinton@gcc.edu or (724) 450-1541. Please bring a friend. Registration deadline is March 18 at 12 p.m. The cost of lunch is $25.


Andrew Mitchell is an associate professor of history at Grove City College. He earned his bachelor’s degree 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. He 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. 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), and most recently finished an article titled, “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.


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