Dr. Robert Mayhew
Ph.D., Philosophy, Georgetown University, 1991
Mayhew is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Seton Hall University.
He is the editor of Ayn Rand's Marginalia and of Ayn Rand's
The Art of Nonfiction. He has translated Aristophanes'
Assembly of Women, and is the author of Aristotle's
Criticism of Plato's Republic and of numerous articles and
reviews on Aristotle.
Russian Smiles: The Leftist Response to Ayn Rand's HUAC Testimony
In 1947, Ayn Rand went to Washington to testify before the House
Un-American Activities Committee on communist infiltration in
Hollywood. Dr. Mayhew is presently writing a book-tentatively
entitled Ayn Rand and "Song of Russia"-which discusses
in detail (1) the film that was the focus of her testimony, (2)
the testimony itself, and (3) the responses to her testimony in
the fifty years since she appeared before the HUAC. In this lecture,
Dr. Mayhew will briefly describe his book, and then present the
bulk of the chapter that deals with the Leftist response to Ayn
Rand's testimony-from a 1947 "article" in the communist rag New
Masses, to the recently published autobiography of Ring Lardner,
Ayn Rand's Q&A
After the publication of Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand turned
to nonfiction writing and public speaking. Following dozens of
lectures, she took part in Q&A sessions, where she had the opportunity
to elaborate on views she had presented elsewhere, or in some
cases, to discuss issues about which she had written nothing.
Dr. Mayhew is presently editing this material for publication.
In this lecture, he presents a sampler, covering such diverse
topics as: libertarians, Hemingway, Dagny Taggart, chess, and