Dr. Mary Grabar, Resident Fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI), participated in the annual conference of the Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania. This year’s conference, held April 20-21, centered on “The God That Failed: Communism & Socialism Then and Now.”
Dr. Grabar presented on “Poetry for the Proletariat: Langston Hughes vs. George Schuyler,” which focused on the Soviet Union’s efforts at recruitment in the black community in the 1920s and 1930s. She discussed the role of the Langston Hughes, considered to be the “Poet Laureate of the Harlem Renaissance,” in propagandizing for the Soviet Union, and the role of journalist George Schuyler in exposing the Soviet’s efforts and Hughes’s role. The presentation derived from her forthcoming biography of Schuyler.
Other speakers at the conference included distinguished scholars and journalists such as Lee Edwards, Paul Kengor, Michael Medved, David Horowitz, Jonah Goldberg, and Ron Radosh as well as members of the faculty of Grove City College.