The conference will get underway with a reception on Friday, November 9th at 6 PM and conclude Sunday, November 11th at 12 noon. The final day of the conference will mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice agreement that brought to an end the First World War.
The keynote for our thirty-fifth international conference will be by Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy (ret.), Supreme Court of the United States.
This year’s speakers will include Emma Soames, Andrew Roberts, David Cannadine, Edward Lengel, Daniel Todman, John Bew, Mitchell Reiss, Brough Scott and Felix Klos.
During the conference, historian Andrew Roberts will speak about his major new Churchill biography Walking with Destiny, which will be published in the autumn of 2018.
The International Churchill Society is pleased to announce that the Thirty-fourth International Churchill Conference will be held in the historic Essex House Hotel in New York City on 10-12 October 2017.
Watch the archive of the conference sessions at C-SPAN
The 33rd International Churchill Conference took place at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. on October 27-29, 2016. The conference coincided with the opening of the new National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC) at The George Washington University on October 29, 2016.
Michael Bishop, NCLC Director and ICS Executive Director
Conference Chairman David Freeman opened the conference, followed by retiring Executive Director Lee Pollock introducing The International Churchill Society (ICS) Chairman Laurence Geller. At the end of Geller’s remarks, he introduces Michael Bishop, the newly appointed Director of the NCLC and Executive Director of ICS.
Laurence S. Geller CBE, is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Churchill Society and Chairman of Geller Capital Partners. An accomplished businessman and entrepreneur, he has more than forty-five years experience in the lodging industry having led multi-national, hospitality corporations. Mr. Geller serves on the board of Michels & Taylor (U.K) and previously served as Chairman of the IREFAC for six non-consecutive terms. Mr. Geller is active in many philanthropic organizations including service on the boards of Choose Chicago, Children’s Memorial Hospital, British American Business Council, and the American Jewish Committee. He is also Chairman of the UK Dementia Appeal Board. A graduate of Ealing Technical College, Mr. Geller is Chancellor of the University of West London. On 31 December 2011, Mr. Geller was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. You can also read International Churchill Society Chairman Laurence Geller’s opening remarks here. Read More >
Watch Boris Johnson’s ‘Churchill Factor’ Presentation at the 32nd International Churchill Conference
The Hon Boris Johnson MP and Mayor of London, was introduced to the speeches of Sir Winston Churchill from a very early age. He recalls his father reciting Churchill’s speeches and used this as inspiration to write his recent book on Sir Winston Churchill. He identified what made Churchill great as the ‘Churchill Factor’.
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