By Suzanne Sigman
The Churchill Centre, in partnership with The Churchill Archives Centre (UK) and The Morgan Library and Museum, held two seminars in November for sixty teachers in New York City in advance of “Churchill: The Power of Words,” an exhibit from the Archives Centre opening June 8, 2012 at the Morgan. Arnie Mansdorf, a twenty-five year member of The Churchill Centre and the Lead Social Studies Teacher at the High School of American Studies, hosted the first seminar at his school on the Lehman College campus. The second was held in the Morgan Library’s Education Center, with support from Linden Chubin, the Morgan’s Director of Education and Marie Trope-Podell, Manager of Gallery Programs.
Allen Packwood, the Director of the Churchill Archive Centre opened each seminar with an excellent PowerPoint presentation introducing Churchill’s life and times using documents from the upcoming exhibit.
Academics presenting other aspects were John Maurer, Chairman of the Policy and Strategy Department at the Naval War College., Newport, RI; Manfred Weidhorn, Professor of English at Yeshiva University, NYC; and Andrew Roberts, British historian, journalist, and author of several recent books, on Churchill and the Second World War.