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James A. Baker, III to Keynote Churchill 2016

Former Secretary of State will speak at the Thirty-third International Churchill Conference in Washington, D. C.
Register now for events taking place 27–29 October

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James A. Baker, III, who served as Secretary of State from 1989–1992 under President George H. W. Bush, will deliver the Keynote speech at this year’s international Churchill conference. Secretary Baker will be introduced by Chris Matthews, the host of MSNBC Hardball and a trustee of The Churchill Centre. The black-tie gala that highlights this year’s conference will take place in the historic Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room at the US State Department. Secretary Baker’s time in office covered a dramatic period of history that included the end of the Cold War and the first Iraq War. Space is still available for all conference events.

To register online, please CLICK HERE. To book rooms at the Mayflower Hotel, please CLICK HERE or call 1-877-212-5752 and quote “The 33rd International Churchill Conference, October 27–29.” Churchill Centre members receive a 10% discount on all tickets by entering promotional code TCCINDC after selecting their tickets (you can find the promotional code selection just under the “Student Registration” line). Enter the promotional code TCCinDC and click “Apply”; tickets will then reflect the discounted price.

Conference Agenda

Theme: “Churchill: Friends and Contemporaries”

Thursday, 27 October

Morning: Conference registration opens at the Mayflower Hotel.
Evening: Opening banquet at the Mayflower to start the conference with welcoming remarks by Randolph Churchill and followed by swing-era music performed by The White House Band.

Friday, 28 October

The first full day of the conference will start with opening remarks by The Churchill Centre’s Chairman, Laurence Geller, and Executive Director, Lee Pollock. This will be followed directly by the first panel:

“Churchill and the Presidents”
Dane Kennedy, moderator
Nigel Hamilton, “Franklin D. Roosevelt”
Alonzo Hamby, “Harry S. Truman”
William Hitchcock, “Dwight D. Eisenhower”

After a short break, Sir David Cannadine, will speak about “Churchill and the Monarchs” in which he will examine the four kings and two queens whom Churchill served and the nature of the relations in each case.

Following lunch Candice Millard will discuss her new book about Churchill in the Boer War, Hero of the Empire.

Afternoon presentations will begin with Lord Watson of Richmond speaking about “Churchill and the Europeans.” This will be followed by the final panel of the day:

“Winston’s Wizards”
Rob Havers, moderator
David Lough, “Churchill’s Financial Team”
Warren Dockter, “T. E. Lawrence”

In the evening coaches will take guests to and from the State Department for dinner in the Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room.
Keynote Speaker: Secretary James A. Baker, III introduced by Chris Matthews

Saturday, 29 October

The final day of the conference begins with another full panel:
“Great Contemporaries”
Ted Bromund, moderator
Kevin Ruane, “John Anderson”
Terry Reardon, “W. L. Mackenzie King”
John H. Mather, “Lord Moran”

After a short break, Andrew Roberts will speak on “Winston Wept: The Extraordinary Lachrymosity and Romantic Imagination of Sir Winston Churchill.” This will be followed by Christopher H. Sterling speaking about “Churchill in Washington, D.C.”

Following lunch at the Mayflower, coaches will take guests to and from the Gelman Library on the campus of The George Washington University and home to the brand new National Churchill Library. The final presentations of the conference will take place in the Gelman Library and include Michael Makovsky speaking about “Churchill & Chaim Weizmann.”

Registration is free for high school and college students, however, student tickets are not available online. Please contact Dan Myers at [email protected] for more information.

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