Churchill in the Classroom Prof. Dane Kennedy teaches at GWU

Undergraduate courses on Winston Churchill are lamentably rare, but one of them is currently on offer at the George Washington University, home of the National Churchill Library and Center. “Churchill’s World” is taught by Professor Dane Kennedy of the History Department, with the assistance of NCLC Director Michael F. Bishop, who will serve as an occasional guest instructor. The class meets weekly in the Reading Room of the NCLC. Read More >

The Impossible Presidency: A Conversation with Jeremi Suri Monday, February 26, 2018 | 2:00 PM

Please join us as the National Churchill Library and Center welcomes historian Jeremi Suri for a discussion of his latest book, The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office. 

Jeremi Suri is the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs, and Professor of Public Affairs and History, at the University of Texas at Austin.  He is the author or editor of nine books, including Henry Kissinger and the American Century, and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere.

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The Square and the Tower Tuesday, March 20, 2018 | 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Churchill Honored in Washington A Capitol Birthday

November 30, the 143rd birthday of Sir Winston Churchill, was the occasion of a brief burst of bipartisanship as Speaker of the House Paul Ryan hosted a toast to Churchill in the Rayburn Room of the Capitol that was also attended by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and about 120 guests. Read More >

Politics and Leadership, Past and Present: A discussion with journalist Robert Costa Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Please join us as the National Churchill Library and Center welcomes Robert Costa for a discussion about the current political scene and the lessons of history.

Robert Costa is a national political reporter for The Washington Post, a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and the moderator of Washington Week on PBS.

Mr. Costa was born in Richmond, Virginia and raised in Pennsylvania.  He holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. from the University of Cambridge, where the focus of his study was Winston Churchill.

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Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

A discussion with author Sally Bedell Smith

Please join us at the National Churchill Library and Center welcomes Sally Bedell Smith for a discussion of her bestselling biography, Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life.  Ms. Smith will also discuss the future of the British Monarchy.

Sally Bedell Smith is a journalist and contributing editor at Vanity Fair.  She is the author of many books, including Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern MonarchGrace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House, and Diana in Search of Herself: Portrait of a Modern Princess.  She received her B.A. from Wheaton College and her M.S. from the Columbia School of Journalism.

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Greater Gotham: A History of New York Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

A discussion with author Mike Wallace

Please join us at the National Churchill Library and Center welcomes Mike Wallace for a discussion of the second volume of his epic history of New York City, Greater Gotham: A History of New York 1898 to 1919. The first volume, Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, co-written with Edwin G. Burrows, was published to great acclaim in 2000 and won the Pulitzer Prize. Tyler Anbinder, a professor of history at GW and author of Five Points and City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York will lead the discussion.

Mike Wallace is a Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and founder of the Gotham Center for New York City History at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He was educated at Columbia University.

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Ireland in a Post-Brexit World Monday, October 23, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

A discussion with Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States

Please join us at the National Churchill Library and Center welcomes Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States, for a discussion on Irish politics, history, and diplomacy in the wake of Brexit.

Ambassador Mulhall took up his current post in September 2017 and was previously Irish Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2012 until his current appointment.  Prior to that, he served as Ambassador to Germany.  He is an avid promoter of Irish culture and tweets poetry on a daily basis.

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David Petraeus on Churchill’s ‘Iron Curtain’ Speech

Churchill gave his famous ‘Iron Curtain’ Speech in 1946


These events took place at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury and the National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. It was on the campus of Westminster College on 5 March 1946 that Winston Churchill gave his famous ‘Iron Curtain’ speech.

During his 37-year career in the U.S. Army, General Petraeus was widely recognized for his command of the organization that produced the U.S. Army’s counterinsurgency manual and overhauled all aspects of preparing U.S. Army leaders and units for deployment to combat. Before his retirement in 2011, his commands included the leadership of the Surge in Iraq and for his command of forces in Afghanistan. Upon retirement from the U.S. Army, he became Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

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Timothy Snyder at the NCLC

Author of On Tyranny gives a talk in Washington, D.C.

Professor Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, gave a talk at the National Churchill Library and Center about his book in which he reflects on how many democracies failed throughout Europe during the 20th century and how these specific cases can be used as lessons for maintaining democracy today. Watch the entire talk at C-SPAN.

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LETTERS – Finest Hour 174

Finest Hour 175, Winter 2017 Page 05 Email: Tweet: @ChurchillCentre Getting the Bearings HAMPSHIRE—The description of the armorial bearings of the Royal College of Defence Studies on page 21 [image on page 18] is unspecific about which elements represent the branches of the armed forces. Could you please elucidate? —Paul H. Courtenay Dr. Stewart […]

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Announcing the Completion of Phase I of the National Churchill Library and Center in Washington, DC

Churchill Friends: Over three decades ago, a small group of Churchill Centre members set forth an ambitious dream:

The creation of a new headquarters in Washington, DC to provide a substantial permanent home for Churchill studies in the heart of our nation’s capital.

Despite the passage of years, the dream did not die – but the financial, practical and organizational

challenges were formidable and made it seemingly beyond our reach. Yet we knew that to fulfil our mission to, in the words of Churchill’s daughter Lady Soames, “keep the memory green” and also ensure the continuing relevance of his legacy, we simply had no choice but to “never, never, never, never give in….”


Thus, it gives us great satisfaction to tell you that we have recently completed Phase I of the Capital Campaign for the new National Churchill Library and Center at George Washington University (the NCLC.) It is with enormous pleasure to announce the buildout of its permanent home in the University’s Gelman Library will be completed this summer with a grand opening to coincide with the 33rd International Churchill Conference in Washington, DC October 27-29.

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