The Society fully endorses honest debate and welcomes the inclusion of multiple perspectives. It does not support unbalanced discussions that remove historical figures from the context of their times. We learn the crucial lessons of Sir Winston Churchill’s example only when his legacy is examined from a holistic approach that views his actions and words as part of historical continuity.
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Virtual Ceremonies from America’s National Churchill Museum
Event set for Friday, March 5; Open and Free to the Public Online
FULTON, MO, February 15, 2021 – George Will, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist, will lead a distinguished line-up of historians, authors, and other notables on Friday, March 5, in virtual ceremonies to commemorate the 75th anniversary of a speech that rocked a war-weary world and ushered in a Cold War by Western Allies against the former Soviet Union.
Besides Will’s keynote, the ceremonies will include an expert panel discussion, video salutes, and the debut of an intriguing documentary and a virtual exhibit from America’s National Churchill Museum at Westminster College, where former British Prime Minister Sir Winston S. Churchill, accompanied by President Harry S. Truman, gave his now-famous “Sinews of Peace” address on March 5, 1946.
The day’s commemoration activities about Churchill and his speech — often called the “Iron Curtain” speech — will be streamed live online and offered free to the public. But registration on the Museum’s website (www.nationalchurchillmuseum.org) is required.
Seventy-six years after the end of the Second World War, Churchill’s legacy has come under attack in the halls of academia. During a discussion hosted by Churchill College, Cambridge, on February 11, 2021, one participant claimed that Churchill embodied white supremacy. History does not support this gross and offensive allegation; ironically, it is only due to the courage and essential leadership that Churchill provided during Britain’s darkest hours that allow these individuals the freedom to discuss his legacy in this manner, no matter how ill-informed. Simply put, equating Churchill to a dangerous, racist, and violent ideology is wrong and should be condemned.
The International Churchill Society is seeking a part-time Membership and Administrative Coordinator. The Membership and Administrative Coordinator will report directly to the Executive Director (US). This position is initially funded for 12 months with the potential to be converted into a permanent position. The qualified candidate can expect to work between 10 and 20 hours each week.
To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Although we appreciate your application, only those invited to the interview process will receive a response. The application deadline is December 31, 2020, by 5:00 pm EST.
Dr John H. Mather was for many years a huge figure in the International Churchill Society, working alongside such notables as Richard Langworth CBE of Hillsdale College, who was formerly editor of Finest Hour; Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill: Walking With Destiny (pub. Penguin Books); Dr Allister Vale and John Scadding, authors of Winston Churchill’s Illnesses 1886-1965, (pub. Frontline Books Pen & Sword, 2020).
The official society studying the life and work of Winston Churchill has called for greater recognition of the former war leader’s links to Scotland.
Churchill’s birthday falls on St. Andrew’s Day (November 30, 1874). No greater or emblematic, and perhaps ironic, connection exists than Churchill’s close friendship with a founder and leader of the Scottish National Party, Andrew Dewar Gibb.
Churchill commanded the 6th (Service) Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers in 1916. He was a Lieutenant Colonel. Serving as his adjutant was Major Andrew Dewar Gibb, then a captain, who went on to become a founder and leader of the SNP (1936-40).
The National Churchill Library and Center at the George Washington University has been renamed the National Churchill Leadership Center effective immediately.
Announcing the change, Program Director Justin Reash said,
“Winston Churchill’s leadership continues to provide inspiration, instruction, and thought leadership to leaders in every field across the globe. This name change reflects the Center’s focus on using Churchill’s example as a lens to view leadership studies in all fields. Being housed in George Washington’s Gelman library, we interface with thousands of students and visitors each year and act as a convening platform for influential leaders to engage with our broad and diverse audience.”
Laurence Geller, Chairman of the International Churchill Society said,
“Leadership. One word. Easy to say. Everyone agrees we need good leadership, never more so than in these volatile and dynamic times. But how do you quantify it? How do you deliver it? That is much more difficult. Churchill is a case study for effective leadership in the past and an inspiration for leadership in the future. He delivered when it mattered most, in a time of global war and immense adversity. He did it through his actions and his words. The National Churchill Leadership Center will learn from the past in order to shape the future; it will use words to shape actions. It will not just be about discussing leadership as an esoteric concept, but also about delivering measurable outcomes. On behalf of the entire International Churchill Society, I congratulate George Washington University Dean of Libraries Geneva Henry and Program Director Justin Reash on announcing the change. We greatly look forward to our continued partnership in this new direction.”
Joint Winner of the Inspire Like Churchill Essay Contest
“Hi, my name’s Zac Du Boulay. I’ve been fighting for my life since I was born because I couldn’t breathe, eat, speak or smile. I have spent a lot of time living in isolation in hospital and at home.
…Before we had to go into lockdown, I sometimes felt too scared to leave the house because I’m scared of crowds and of people bullying me for being different, but I just have to believe in myself and be brave.”
Churchill knew the power of words. Eighty years ago he mobilized the English language and sent it into battle. This year the International Churchill Society responded to the Covid-19 crisis by asking people to come up with their own words of inspiration. The prize money was to go to a hospital or healthcare charity of the winner’s choice.
Tuesday, 18 August 2020
The official society studying the life and work of Winston Churchill has published an edition of its journal Finest Hour dedicated to Churchill and Scotland with a foreword by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The society is also launching an appeal for more information about Churchill’s many associations with Scotland to enable further study about how the famous wartime Prime Minister and the Scottish people affected one another.
The International Churchill Society (ICS) is pleased to announce that The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH and The Rt Hon Gordon Brown have each agreed to be honorary members of the Society.
Following in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, Sir John Major was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1990 to 1997, and Gordon Brown held the office from 2007 to 2010.
‘Inspire Like Churchill’ Essay/Video contest attracts nearly 600 entries
Nearly 600 entries were submitted for the ‘Inspire Like Churchill’ Essay/Video Contest. Entries came in from all around the world, including Bahrain, Haiti, Monaco, Taiwan, Norway, Armenia and Australia among others, with the majority of the entries coming in from North America and the United Kingdom.
Congratulations to all of the winners! The first prize and third prizes will be split between the tied winning entries.
First Place Winners (Tie) – $5,000 to each of the nominated charities
Nominated charitable organisation: Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
Watch Zac’s video here.
“In This Dark Hour”
New Jersey, United States
Age range, 14-18
Nominated charitable organisation: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Read Delilah’s entry here.
Second Place Winner – $2,500 to the nominated charity
Chislehurst, Kent, United Kingdom
Age range, 13 or under
Nominated charitable organisation: Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough
Watch Aaryan’s entry here.
Third Place Winners (Tie) – $1,500 to each of the nominated charities
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Nominated charitable organisation: St Paul’s Foundation, Vancouver BC
Watch Michael’s video here.
“Coronavirus came like an assassin in the night.”
Manchester, United Kingdom
Age range, 25-39
Nominated charitable organisation: Blue Skies – Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
Read Lisa’s entry here.
Mahatma Gandhi was murdered for agreeing with Winston Churchill. Today statues of both men stand in London’s Parliament Square. In early June 2020, the statue of Churchill was vandalized by a mob of protestors. The name “Churchill” engraved on the plinth was crossed through with black spray paint, and the words “was a racist” were added beneath. For good measure, the mob also vandalized the nearby statue of Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, who was murdered by an avowed racist.
Statement from the International Churchill Society regarding the defacing statue of Sir Winston S. Churchill in Parliament Square, London
The statue of Sir Winston S. Churchill stands in Parliament Square in London as a tribute to his efforts and leadership in defeating the greatest challenge to democracy in the twentieth century. His place in history is virtually unparalleled. Churchill was a man with the scars and blemishes of his age. There is no doubt that he was a life-long imperialist and held many of the views on race and class that were common to his time. However, he was also an active and consistent foe of anti-Semitism, a great admirer of the bravery of Muslim and Sikh soldiers with whom he served on the battlefield, and a vocal opponent of several imperial atrocities, including the Amritsar massacre.
Memorial Day is a time for reflection; a day to acknowledge the sacrifice made to preserve our freedoms by past generations. This year it is given added resonance by the struggle against Covid-19 and the toll it is taking on the most vulnerable in society and those who are fighting to save them.
Can you lift the spirits of those around you? Can you provide the words to help get us through these dark days? Just as Churchill’s oratory helped inspire the fight against fascism, we invite you to come up with your own words of inspiration to help guide people through this pandemic. The winning entry will receive $10,000 for a hospital, hospice or healthcare organisation of the winner’s choice.
Randolph Churchill and Jennie Churchill present From Brooklyn to Blenheim and Beyond: The Influence of Winston Churchill’s Mother
The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute in Phoenix, Arizona recently invited Randolph Churchill and his sister Jennie Churchill to be part of their Distinguished Speaker Series.
Author and eminent Churchillian Cita Stelzer coordinated with the O’Connor Institute on behalf of the International Churchill Society.
Founded in 2009 by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the nonpartisan institute continues her distinguished legacy and lifetime work to advance civil discourse, civic engagement and civics education.