The Place to Find All Things Churchill

Last Call for New York City 2017 Churchill Conference 10–12 October

 Detailed Conference Schedule Now Published

Time is running out to register for the 34th International Churchill Conference, which will take place at the J. W. Marriott Essex House in New York City on 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 be delivered 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 at the New York Institute of Technology of the forthcoming film Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill.

The second day of the conference features 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. The afternoon will include a book signing session with books by those speaking available for sale from Chartwell Booksellers. 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

9:30–5:00—Conference Registration in the Hibiya Room located on second floor of the Essex House

11:00–4:00—Greenwood Cemetery tour. Box lunch included. Times are door-to-door from the Essex House

4:00–4:45—Michael Korda, “Alone: Britain, Churchill and Dunkirk” speaking at Chartwell Booksellers

6:00–8:00—Opening Reception at the Essex House with welcoming remarks by Randolph Churchill

8:30–10:30—Screening at the New York Institute of Technology of Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill


Wednesday, October 11

8:00-9:00—Coffee service and light breakfast in Petite Salon adjacent to Grand Ballroom

8:00–4:00—Conference Registration in Grand Ballroom foyer of the Essex House

8:00–5:30—Chartwell Booksellers open in the Petite Salon

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

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 in the Petite Salon, Tim Riley with “The Fulton Report” and “Churchill aboard the Queen Mary

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 in Petite Salon

6:30–7:30      Reception in Petite Salon

7:30–9:20      Gala Dinner in the Grand Ballroom with Keynote Speech by Lord Dobbs introduced by Lisa Daftari followed by ICS Awards


Thursday, October 12

8:00-9:00—Coffee service and light breakfast in Petite Salon adjacent to Grand Ballroom

8:00–12:00—Conference Registration in Grand Ballroom foyer

8:00–1:00—Chartwell Booksellers open in the Petite Salon

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”

11:45–12:00—David Freeman, Closing Remarks

Related Story

Join Now

Join or Renew NowPlease join with us to help preserve the memory of Winston Churchill and continue to explore how his life, experiences and leadership are ever-more relevant in today’s chaotic world. BENEFITS >BECOME A MEMBER >

The International Churchill Society (ICS), founded in 1968 shortly after Churchill's death, is the world’s preeminent member organisation dedicated to preserving the historic legacy of Sir Winston Churchill.

At a time when leadership is challenged at every turn, that legacy looms larger and remains more relevant than ever.