The 27th International Conference of the Churchill Centre, originally scheduled for October 28-29, 2010, in Washington has been rescheduled for early 2011 according to Laurence Geller, Chairman of the Centre.
“The American people will take to the polls to participate in a highly meaningful election on November 2nd, a scant four days after our scheduled conference,” said Mr. Geller. “In a poll of our invited and potential speakers, it was their considered opinion that if we were to proceed with the conference this October, the timing of the elections could have a detrimental impact on the success of the event. Therefore, the prudent course is to postpone this event until Spring 2011.”
Thus, in 2011 the Centre will hold the 27th International Churchill Conference on March 25-26, in Charleston, South Carolina. Speakers already confirmed for this program include Churchill’s granddaughter, Celia Sandys; Lynne Olsen, author of Citizens of London and Troublesome Young Men; Paul Reid, author of Defender of the Realm, the last of the William Manchester 3-volume history of Winston Churchill; and Warren Kimball, editor of Churchill and Roosevelt, the Complete Correspondence. The theme of the conference will be “Churchill in the News,” and will feature never-before-seen Churchill archive footage from the Movietone News collection at the University of South Carolina.
Later in the Spring of 2011, the Churchill Centre will hold its first Global Leadership Summit on “Fostering Collaboration and Understanding: Security and Democracy in the 21st Century” at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC. This summit will feature an impressive array of political, business and academic leaders who will examine the security needs of 21st Century society through Churchillian eyes.
Finally, in the Fall of 2011, the Churchill Centre/United Kingdom will organize an International Churchill Conference at the Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel in London. Details are still being discussed; an announcement of dates, speakers and themes will be made later.
These program changes are part of a new strategic direction of the Centre to offer more opportunities for Churchill study at local conferences within the U.S., U.K., and Canada, as well as to extend the organization’s reach to younger generations through programs, publications and internet activities focused on current and topical issues.
For the latest information, refer to our Calendar of Events
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ANYONE WITH FOUR SEASONS HOTEL RESERVATIONS IN OCTOBER: Please cancel your reservation directly with the hotel to avoid a charge. The Centre cannot make these cancellations for you.