Thursday, February 7, 2013
Just ahead of the 67th anniversary of Churchill’s fabled “Sinews of Peace” speech at Westminster College in Fulton, the National Churchill Museum is hosting a lecture that promises to shed some light on a lesser-known aspect of the leader’s life.
The annual Churchill Weekend March 2-3 will feature the 29th Kemper Lecture speaker, Cambridge University Professor Peter Clarke, who will give a presentation on “Churchill: Statesman as Author,” detailing the former Prime Minister’s work as a journalist and author.
The public events during the weekend begin Sunday with a noon lunch at the museum. Clarke’s lecture follows at 2 p.m. with a reception and book signing at 3 p.m.
Clarke, a lauded professor at Cambridge University who has taught on a variety of aspects of British history, will give his talk on Churchill’s writings and his new book, “Mr. Churchill’s Profession: Statesman, Orator, Writer.”
“(The book) explores an aspect of Churchill’s life that was a crucial part of who Churchill was but doesn’t get a great deal of publicity in its own right,” said Rob Havers, executive director of the college. “Churchill supported himself from a financial point of view as a journalist for most of his life, and also as an author who wrote a history of the second World War that won a Nobel Prize in literature.”