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Churchill Conference 2020 The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG CH to Highlight Virtual Conference

Registration is now open for the 37th annual International Churchill Conference. Former Prime Minister Sir John Major will be one of the featured speakers. This year the conference will take place online on 23 and 24 October. The conference will be based in Britain and will include both live and pre-recorded sessions from various locations around the world. Registration is free. For details on how to register, please CLICK HERE.

The International Churchill Society recently welcomed  Sir John as its newest honorary member. As part of the conference, Sir John, who served as Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative party from 1990 to 1997, will be featured in conversation with former Foreign Secretary William Hague, who is now a member of the House of Lords. The theme of this year’s conference will be “Churchill: Leadership in Adversity.”

In addition to Sir John and Lord Hague, the conference program from Britain will include veteran broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby, who will chair a panel discussion on Churchill’s relevance today. The panel will include historian Andrew Roberts, Rear Admiral Dr. Chris Parry, and Dr. Karin von Hippel, Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute. From Chartwell, Katherine Carter will introduce the refurbished painting studio, and Dr. Barry Phipps and Paul Rafferty will explore Churchill’s painting and how it helped him in his darkest hours.

From North America, the conference will feature a virtual look at America’s National Churchill Museum at Westminster College and a discussion with special guests David Reynolds, Emeritus Professor of International History and a Fellow of Christ’s College at the University of Cambridge, and Catherine Katz, author of The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans: A Story of Love and War. This session will focus on Churchill on the international stage, the “Special Relationship” between the United States and the United Kingdom, and anticipate the 75th Anniversary of the “Sinews of Peace” (Iron Curtain) speech in March 2020. This session will be moderated by the Museum’s Sandra L. and Monroe E. Trout Director and Curator Timothy Riley.

Conference sessions will begin at 2:00 PM BST on both Friday the 23rd and Saturday the 24th. This will be 9 am in the Eastern time zone of North America and 6 am in the Pacific time zone. There will be approximately 4–5 hours of programming each day. Further details will be reported here in the Churchill Bulletin each month as we approach the conference dates.

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