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The Statesman as Artist Sir David Cannadine to Speak at 2018 Churchill Conference

Best-selling historian Sir David Cannadine will speak about “Churchill: The Statesman as Artist” at the 2018 International Churchill Conference to be held in Virginia’s Colonial Williamsburg, November 9–11. This year’s theme will be “Churchill: Walking with Destiny.” Please click here to register for your place at the conference. 

Sir David is always one of the most popular speakers at a Churchill Conference, and the International Churchill Society is delighted to have the Princeton Professor of History back to speak once again. His newest book surveys Churchill’s career as an amateur artist and how this constructive therapy revealed the many talents of Britain’s wartime leader.

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The Williamsburg Lodge will be conference headquarters for panel sessions while other events will take place in and around the historic community. The final day will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and will feature a memorial ceremony.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who announced his retirement from the United States Supreme Court in June, will be the Keynote Speaker at this year’s formal dinner, always the conference highlight. Another central feature will be the launch of Andrew Roberts’s major new biography Churchill: Walking with Destiny. Based on original research in the Royal Archives, this is certain to be the new standard biography for our generation. Andrew will also serve as honorary conference co-chair along with Churchill granddaughter Emma Soames.

First-time conference speakers will include Felix Klos, author of Churchill’s Last Stand: The Struggle to Unite EuropeGiles Milton, author of Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, an account of “black ops” during the Second World War; Daniel Todman; and Edward Lengel. Further details will be released in the coming months.

Conference Schedule

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9: Opening Reception (starting at 6:00 p.m.) followed by a “Capitol by Candlelight” tour. Both events are included in the Blenheim registration package.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10: Panel sessions in the morning and afternoon with gala banquet in the evening featuring Keynote Address by Justice Kennedy, who will be introduced by Jennie Churchill.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11: panel sessions continue with Andrew Roberts followed by a ceremony marking the centenary of the Armistice. An optional “Walking with Winston” tour rounds out the conference, which is included in the Blenheim Package.

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