The 2017 Churchill Fellows Weekend at the National Churchill Museum of the United States on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri takes place on Saturday, April 1. Jon Meacham, author of Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, will deliver the Enid and R. Crosby Kemper Lecture in the morning, and former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus will speak in conversation format that same afternoon.
Jon Meacham is a #1 New York Times best-selling author. His biography of President Andrew Jackson won the Pulitzer Prize. Presently he is an Executive Vice President and Executive Editor at Random House. He is also a former Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek. His 2004 study of Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt was a best-seller and praised by reviewers including Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Tom Brokaw, and Michael Beschloss.
Gen. David Petraeus served in the US Army for thirty-seven years. He was the Commander of US forces in Afghanistan and NATO International Security Assistance Force before serving as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama. He is presently Chairman of KKR Global Institute.
The National Churchill Museum was founded to commemorate the legacy of Sir Winston Churchill at the site of his famous 1946 Iron Curtain Speech. The museum is located directly beneath the beautifully restored church of St. Mary the Virgin, which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren but largely destroyed during the Blitz. In the 1960s the remains of the church were brought from London to Fulton and painstakingly re-built. The result is a space of spectacular beauty and the venue for the annual Kemper Lecture.
In 2016 the National Churchill Museum formally merged with the International Churchill Society. This will be the first Churchill Fellows Weekend since the merger and represents the beginning of a strong synthesis of two longstanding Churchillian institutions.
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