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Bulletin #71 - May 2014
The Churchill Centre is pleased to make available free audio recordings of the presentations made at its recent 31st International Churchill Conference in New Orleans. The conference was held in conjunction with the National World War II Museum of the United States and was one of the most successful in recent history. 2014 marks the seventieth anniversary of the D-Day landings, and this subject was well covered at the event, where the theme was "Churchill: Fighting & Writing". To listen to the recordings, please CLICK HERE.
The Churchill Centre has announced the rescheduling of the fall 2014 conference originally set to take place in Kansas City, MO in conjunction with the National World War I Museum of the United States. The conference is now scheduled for October 2015.
Winston Churchill served as a chancellor in three different capacities. First as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in 1915, then as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1924-29 and finally as Chancellor of Bristol University from 1929 until his death in 1965. This year marks the eighty-fifth anniversary of his assuming the Bristol office. In a newsreel made in 1941, Churchill can be seen wearing his official robes (now on display at Chartwell) and speaking as Chancellor of Bristol at a ceremony to confer honorary degrees upon US Ambassador Gil Winant and Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies. To watch the video, please CLICK HERE.
Finest Hour number 162 (spring 2014) contains coverage of two of The Churchill Centre's most memorable events as well as some of its most important scholarship. The cover depicts the Churchill bust by sculptor Oscar Nemon presented to the United States Congress last October. Inside is full coverage of the historic event including the full text of the remarks by Churchill's grandson Nicholas Soames MP, who spoke on behalf of the family to a gathering of congressional leaders and invited guests. To become a member of The Churchill Centre and receive copies of Finest Hour, please CLICK HERE.
On 29 April, the London School of Economics and Political Science in conjunction with The Churchill Centre, hosted a Churchill Debate. The major theme of the event was Winston Churchill’s leadership and how his approach to leadership has created a legacy of Churchill as a political icon. The event was chaired by Dr. Anthony Best, who introduced the themes and speakers in the crowded Hong Kong Theatre. Dr. A Warren Dockter provided the following report:
Churchill Centre Organizes Symposium at Aspen Institute
The Churchill Centre recently organized a highly successful three-day Churchill symposium for the Aspen Institute, one of the country’s largest and most prestigious think tanks. Held at the Institute’s campus in Aspen, CO in early February, the symposium was coordinated by Centre Executive Director Lee Pollock and included presentations by the Chair of the Centre’s Board of Academic Advisers, James W. Muller, well-known Churchill scholar John H. Maurer (Chair of the Strategy Department at the U.S. Naval War College) and Steven Hayward, currently Visiting Scholar at the University of Colorado.
Celebrated author and speaker Celia Sandys has led several tours following in the footsteps of her grandfather Winston Churchill. This past month, she informed the Chartwell Bulletin about her latest plans for adventure:
"Over the past years many people have expressed interest in a Cuban tour, but I was not confident that I could find a local expert with sufficient knowledge of the Churchill story. Recently, though, I met Hal Klepak, a Canadian who lives between Ottawa and Cuba. Hal is writing a book on Churchill and Cuba and agreed to join me to guide a tour "Chasing Churchill in Cuba".
On April 16, Michael Shelden, author of best-selling Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill, lectured on Churchill to more than 100 honors students at Purdue University. Former Indiana Governor and current Purdue University President Mitch Daniels hosted the event at Westwood, the presidential residence.