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Churchill 2017: New York City Full Conference Schedule Now Available

The full schedule for the 34th International Churchill Conference has now been set. The conference will take place at the J. W. Marriott Essex House in New York City next October 10, 11, and 12. Follow this link to register today.

The conference will begin on Tuesday, October 10 with a tour for those arriving early of historic Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn. This is the burial site of Winston Churchill’s maternal grandparents and numerous other luminaries. In the afternoon, a special talk about the Dunkirk evacuation will take place at Chartwell Booksellers. The opening reception will take place in the evening at the Essex House with welcoming remarks by Randolph Churchill followed by a special screening of the forthcoming film Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman as Churchill becoming prime minister in 1940.

The second day of the conference includes a full day of speakers including talks by members of the House of Lords as well as members of the Churchill family. Lady Williams, one of Churchill’s last surviving secretaries and the mother of the present Archbishop of Canterbury, will share her memories with Churchill granddaughter Celia Sandys. In the evening Lord Dobbs, creator of the immensely popular House of Cards series, will deliver the Keynote Speech at our annual black-tie gala.

The conference will conclude on the morning of Thursday, October 12 with three final talks including one by best-selling author Andrew Roberts.

2017 Churchill Conference Schedule


Tuesday, October 10

Morning—Conference Registration

12:30—Greenwood Cemetery tour (busses to and from the Essex House)

4:00—Michael Korda, “Alone: Britain, Churchill and Dunkirk” speaking at Chartwell Booksellers

6:00—Opening Reception at the Essex House with welcoming remarks by Randolph Churchill followed by sneak preview screening at the New York Institute of Technology of Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman as WSC


Wednesday, October 11

8:00-9:00—Coffee service and breakfast

9:00–9:30—Opening remarks by Laurence Geller and Michael Bishop

9:30–10:15—Lord Owen, “Cabinet’s Finest Hour”

10:30–11:15—David Lough, “Churchill and the Art of the Deal”

11:30–12:00—Lord Watson “Churchill and Germany”

12:00–1:30—Lunch including ICS Awards and Tim Riley with “The Fulton Report”

1:30–2:15—Lewis E. Lehrman, “Churchill, Roosevelt & Company”

2:30–3:15—Thomas E. Ricks, “Churchill & Orwell”

3:30–4:30—Celia Sandys in conversation with Lady (Jane) Williams with introduction by Jennie Churchill

4:30–5:30      Book signing

6:30–7:30      Reception

7:30–9:20      Black Tie Dinner with Keynote Speech by Lord Dobbs and introduced by Lisa Daftari.


Thursday, October 12

9:00–9:45—Lord Bew and John Bew, “Churchill and Attlee”

10:00–10:45—Kevin Ruane, “Churchill the Nuclear Statesman”

11:00–11:45—Andrew Roberts, “Churchill’s Sense of Living History”

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