Churchill Centre Organizes Symposium at Aspen Institute
The Churchill Centre recently organized a highly successful three-day Churchill symposium for the Aspen Institute, one of the country’s largest and most prestigious think tanks. Held at the Institute’s campus in Aspen, CO in early February, the symposium was coordinated by Centre Executive Director Lee Pollock and included presentations by the Chair of the Centre’s Board of Academic Advisers, James W. Muller, well-known Churchill scholar John H. Maurer (Chair of the Strategy Department at the U.S. Naval War College) and Steven Hayward, currently Visiting Scholar at the University of Colorado.
The symposium was attended by some fifty Institute Trustees and Fellows and included a wide range of presentations and events with an opening reception hosted by Aspen City Councilor Adam Frisch and a Trustees dinner lead by Institute Executive Vice President Elliot Gerson. Presentations by Professors Muller, Maurer and Hayward covered a wide range of subjects under the headings of, “The Education of Winston Churchill”, “Churchill as Statesman and War Leader” and “Churchill’s Ideas: Past, Present and Future”. Participants were provided with specially selected readings from Churchill works such as “My Early Life”, “Thoughts and Adventures” and “The Dream”, along with extracts from authors such as William Manchester. Each session included wide-ranging audience participation and discussion.
Feedback from the Institute was outstanding with Deputy Director Patrick Kelly noting, “From the opening session….to the compelling discussions and multimedia presentations, it was a great success by every measure. The evaluations are glowing and the program has generated a terrific buzz.” The Institute’s Peter Waanders added, “From historical analysis to leadership implications, it offered a deeply enriching exploration.”
Comments from individual participants were equally positive:
One of the best of many Aspen Institute courses we have taken.
What a great experience!
Thank you for coming to share your wisdom and that of your colleagues. It was a wonderful few days….a truly marvelous session.
I loved the Symposium so much; it was truly inspiring. I have nothing to offer but….thanks
Based on the success of the symposium, The Churchill Centre and the Institute are exploring opportunities for additional presentations to the Institute in other locations in the 2014-15 program year.