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Bulletin #43 – Jan 2012

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American Student Group Attends International Churchill Conference

Three students from Cushing Academy (CA), a leading New England preparatory school founded in 1865, attended the 28th International Churchill Conference, which examined the leadership and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill.

Churchill Centre benefactor Kristen Kelly Fisher sponsored John Kelly ’13, Grady MacPhee ’13 and Nick Merrill ’13 for the trip to London, traveling along with faculty member Alec Coyle, Chairman of the History and Social Sciences Department of Cushing Academy.
“The focus of this year’s conference was the ‘Special Relationship,'” said Coyle. “While the diplomatic, intelligence, defense and cultural ties across the Atlantic were naturally a point of focus, Churchill’s personal relationship with the US was also discussed. The state of the alliance between the US and UK are always a subject of worry on both sides of the Atlantic, but the participants pointed out that it is fundamentally sound and healthy.

“The conference was a great opportunity for the students and me to immerse ourselves in both a high-level academic and policy-making discussion of Churchill’s legacy today and an examination of the man. The students met and networked with many persons of renown and we were able to meet some of the great historians and thinkers in the fields of Churchill’s life and legacy as well as twentieth and twenty-first century political, diplomatic and military history.”

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Birthday for Sir Winston in Denver

Author Douglas Russell Speaks at Celebration in Colorado


By Carol House

The Rocky Mountain Churchillians hosted their 6th annual Winston S. Churchill birthday Dinner on November 19th at the Park Hill Golf Club.
Our featured speaker, gave an outstanding presentation based on his fine book, Winston Churchill: Soldier: The Military Life of a Gentleman at War by Douglas S. Russell and Sir Martin Gilbert (2009). The first full-length, fully researched biography of Churchill’s military career. Douglas Russell was educated at Grinnell College and the University of Iowa College of Law, and served in the United States Army, Military Intelligence. He is also the author of The Orders, Decorations and Medals of Sir Winston Churchill.

A lively group of 50 engaged Doug with many questions at the conclusion of his presentation. Doug also graciously signed copies of his book for those who brought along a copy.

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New Churchill Centre Chapter to be Formed in Cape Town

A new Churchill Centre chapter is currently being formed in Cape Town, South Africa. 

The new chapter is being established by Phillip Engelen, a cousin of British historian Andrew Roberts. All interested in British history and politics as well as in Winston Churchill will be welcome to join. The founder envisions speakers on a wide range of historical topics and a black-tie dinner each quarter. 

Meetings are to be held at the historic Cape Town Club, located at Leinster Hall, Weltevreden Street, Gardens, Cape Town 8001. The Club is an ideal setting for these meetings and currently is celebrating it’s 154th year, since its founding in 1858. 

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Black-Tie Birthday in Chicago

Professor of the Naval War College Talks on the WWII Campaign in the Pacific


By Phil & Sue Larson
Phil Larson, Susan Larson, John Maurer, Lee Pollock, Joe Troiani, and Dan Myers
Chicago area Churchillians gathered on Dec 9th at the Union League Club for the Chicagoland Chapter black tie celebration commemorating the 137th anniversary of the birth of Sir Winston.

Prof. John Maurer, Chairman of the Strategy and Policy Department at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. addressed the group on the subject of Churchill, Roosevelt and the Coming of the War in the Pacific, skillfully exploring the strategic options available to the Allied and Axis powers and their leaders as tensions grew in the 1930’s.

Dr. Maurer is a graduate of Yale University and holds a M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and was previously Executive Editor of Orbis: A Journal of World Affairs and a senior research fellow at Foreign Policy Research Institute. For the last fifteen years, he has taught a course concentrating on Churchill’s role as a statesman, war leader, and strategist that has been taken by over 200 career military officers. He is writing a book that examines Churchill’s role in the 1920s and the 1930s as Britain faced rising challenges to its position as a global superpower.

Following the presentation, attendees asked an extensive series of questions, reflecting the enthusiastic response to Prof. Maurer’s remarks.

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